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The Call: Perfect Dream Imperfect Life

I have been interacting with Lynne Watts, the author of The Call: Perfect Dream, Imperfect Life, for over a year now via our blogs and a blogging group called Blogplicity. From time to time, Lynne has been sharing updates about the birthing process of her book and it gives me a lot of pleasure to read and review her ‘baby’. πŸ™‚


[amazon_link id=”0983680612″ target=”_blank” ]The Call: Perfect Dream, Imperfect Life[/amazon_link]is unlike those books that help you find your passion and discover your dream of a perfect life in which everything is just right. Rather the goal of the book is most beautifully outlined in the Serenity Prayer – the whole prayer which is essentially about accepting where we are in life and making the best use of our gifts.

Filled with meaningful stories including Lynne’s personal journey, the book also has several useful exercises for you to undertake and worksheets to complete. For example, there’s a very powerful exercise on recovering your dream in the first section Answering The Call.

The second section Making Your Goals Happen leads you through setting out your goals and taking planned steps towards them. What I appreciated was the practical nature of this entire section.  It is not for people who are perfect. (Hands up, everyone who is!). For example, there’s a great worksheet on Planned Neglect – helping you prioritize your goals and ‘neglect’ the things that are less important. There are chapters on the power of recognizing abundance and gratitude in the pursuit of our goals.

Perfect Dream, Imperfect Life is the third section of the book and deals with making your dream happen.

Lynne uses a lovely quote from Elbert Hubbard: “Parties who want milk should not seat themselves on a stool in the middle of the field in hope that the cow will back up to them.” The book is truly a call to get off your stool (your seat!)and go to the cow!  Lynne says “sometimes you gotta call the cow and sometimes you need to chase them down. Sometimes you may need to actually be the cow you are waiting for.”

Like I said earlier, [amazon_link id=”0983680612″ target=”_blank” ]The Call: Perfect Dream, Imperfect Life[/amazon_link] is not promising you an easy, quick fix solution to accomplish your dreams – nor the way to get a perfect life. Rather, it is a very motivating and practical book that helps to put you on the path towards your dreams. The inclusion of several personal examples makes this book very readable and motivating. I have always enjoyed Lynne’s thoughtful posts and practical wisdom on her blog and it’s so great to see the same reflected in her book.

I would certainly recommend [amazon_link id=”0983680612″ target=”_blank” ]The Call: Perfect Dream, Imperfect Life[/amazon_link] to you and perhaps you could gift it to someone for the holidays.


  1. melissa melissa December 28, 2012

    Really meaningful interview… it’s like you’ve entered her world πŸ™‚

  2. Harleena Singh Harleena Singh December 6, 2012

    Great review Corinne!

    We all seem to like Lynne’s baby, the book looks good and interesting. You know I love these topics. Dreaming is good only if one has anchored in the reality of life. You need help to convert our imperfect life into our dream life, and I’m sure this book does that beautifully.

    Thanks for bringing the book to my attention; I’d rather gift it to myself first! πŸ™‚
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  3. Galen Pearl Galen Pearl December 3, 2012

    This sounds like it might be a wonderful gift for my daughters. Thanks for calling our attention to it and for supporting a fellow blogger.
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  4. Punam Punam December 2, 2012

    That’s a great review, Corinne!! Thanks for the heads up… the Celestine Prophesy is perhaps really coming true, as each one of us are slowly becoming aware of the spiritual journey inside our beings, and as we come out with books on how our lives shaped us, I hope, hope hope that people get inspired to find that elusive Universe within and around themselves… πŸ™‚
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  5. Leah Leah December 1, 2012

    This book sounds interesting. Not pie in the sky but more practical and realistic. Nice review, you have piqued my curiosity Corinne!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues December 8, 2012

      Lynne’s book is down to earth wisdom, Leah. Might make a good Christmas gift for a young person.

  6. Lynne Watts Lynne Watts December 1, 2012

    Corinne, Thanks so much for the lovely review! It is a blessing to know you… virtually of course!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues December 7, 2012

      You’re most welcome, Lynne. I enjoyed The Call and thank you for putting your heart into writing it. β™₯

  7. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando November 30, 2012

    Corinne, you’ve written a wonderful review of Lynne’s book! Yes, I have read it and was so impressed, I gave a copy to my daughter. This would make the perfect Christmas gift for anyone needing some motivation and practical ways to reach their goals.
    Blessings, my friend!
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  8. privytrifles privytrifles November 30, 2012

    Wow…seems like an interesting book. Specially when you mention there are no quick fixes suggested!

    And yes it is a pleasure being a part of Blogplicity and knowing so many authors πŸ™‚

  9. Hiten Hiten November 30, 2012

    Hi Corinne,

    The book sound like an interesting read, indeed. Thank you for the review. Such books, which don’t falsely promise quick fixes, yet are practical and contain nuggets of wisdom, which the author shares from her/his own experiences, are always the best.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 30, 2012

      Thanks, Hiten. I’m particularly wary of the quick-fix offers that seem to float around today. There are no shortcuts to making our dreams come true. However, we can make the way to them pleasant and interesting! πŸ™‚
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  10. Anne Anne November 30, 2012

    Great review Corinne! There are a number of books coming out today on the same topic. A lot of people seem to be talking about living life to the full and pursuing one’s dreams that maybe, this book couldn’t have come at a better. time. Thanks for the heads up! πŸ™‚
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 30, 2012

      Thanks, Anne. Yes, I think it’s a subject that we all must think about more – following our dreams and living life to the full. I know that this book has helped me to think about this more deeply.

  11. rimly rimly November 30, 2012

    The book sounds very promising Corinne. Would love to get hold of it. And once again you have done a great review.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 30, 2012

      It is, Rimly. And to think we know so many published authors! When’s your book coming out? πŸ™‚

      • rimly rimly December 7, 2012

        I don’t know Corinne. But Social Potpourri has brought out their book where a poem and short story of mine has been published.
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        • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues December 8, 2012

          Congratulations, Rimly! The start of many more publications, I hope!

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