Lean Forward into Your Life by Mary Ann Radmacher is a book ďabout boldly looking forward and daring to move through lifeís obstacles with honesty, joy, and velocityĒ, as quoted from the back cover of the book. I couldnít say it in a better way. Despite itís seemingly stream of consciousness style, this book has often had the perfect words Iíve needed to read at the perfect times.
I specifically picked up Lean Forward into Your Life because I was having some trouble with staying motivated through life challenges. These werenít the big ones, but the little annoyances and disappointments that can slowly eat away at your resolve, drive, and inspiration. This book, with itís short yet relevant chapters, often gave just the clear advice or change in perspective that I needed to see to the other side of some issue.
Mary Ann has a style of writing that is very honest and full of wisdom. It felt like listening to a wiser older mentor telling me stories of how to live life well. Through sharing personal accounts and musings, Mary Ann gave her advice on how to rise above and move through those challenges of life that can otherwise slow you down or derail you completely.
There are some things that felt odd in reading the book, but stilled geled nicely with the books overall feel. For instance, some pages are filled with poetry. At first, this struck me as a weird transition in the book. Once I got over that initial block however, I had to admit that the poetry fit well with the topic currently being discussed. Much of the book is like this, transitioning from poetry to journal entry type prose to essay type prose.
Mary Ann chose 16 points to cover and 15 reminders to mention as well. Each of these has to do with life perspectives to hold. Although much of the material is whatís been said before, Mary Ann does have a very unique way of saying it. She even speaks to the fact that her material may have been seen before. She says ďThis is not that. This is an invitation. A reflection. A mirror. A set of prompts to help you remember the questions you want to ask yourself.Ē This book does this wonderfully.
There are so many passages in this book that make it worth the read just on them alone. Hereís one below. Iíve really enjoyed having this book around.