This Is Not the Life I Ordered

  • by Deborah Collins Stephens, Michealene Cristini Risley, Jackie Speier, Jan Yanehiro
  • Narrated by Jennifer O'Donnell
  • 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If you've ever felt overworked, overwhelmed, or just plain unlucky, this book is for you. Through this collection of stories, wisdom, and practical advice, readers will meet four ordinary women who have faced extraordinary life challenges. Together, they have a history of six marriages, ten children, four stepchildren, six dogs, two miscarriages, two cats, a failed adoption, widowhood, and foster parenthood. They have built companies, lost companies, and sold companies. One of them was shot and left for dead on a tarmac in South America, and two lived through the deaths of spouses. Raising babies and teenagers together, they have known celebrity and success along with loneliness and self-doubt.
This book started simply with friends getting together at the kitchen table to talk about their lives. Week by week and story by story, they realized their support of each other could help other women struggling with life's myriad issues of work, family, and love, as well as the big questions of life and death. For over a decade, the power and strength of their collective friendship has enabled these women not only to survive but to thrive. The remarkable results are lessons, stories, wisdom, and guided activities that can help any woman turn any misfortunate event into a joy-filled opportunity.


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Customer Reviews

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Couldn't get into this book at all

What would have made This Is Not the Life I Ordered better?

I don't know. I stopped listening after 3 minutes.

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I stopped listening very early on. I can't wait to return it.

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I couldn't get into it at all.

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- Kim Sellars-Bates


I must read this book again, because although I got some good information, I believe this book is kinda like the bible when you read it again, you will gain something that you did not gain in the first reading.
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- JB

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-15-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios