The Open Window: 8 Weeks to Creating an Extraordinary Life

Catherine Galasso-Vigorito. Turner, $24.95 trade paper (342p) ISBN 978-1-59652-896-3
Taking an in-depth look at the meaning behind the phrase "when God closes a door, he opens a window," Galasso-Vigorito (A New You) guides readers through an eight-week commitment to overcoming setbacks and finding unexpected possibilities created by them. The study challenges readers to set goals, make some positive changes, and discover new purpose for their lives. Using scripture, inspirational stories, insights from nature and personal experiences, the former Miss Connecticut and syndicated columnist cheerleads the reader along with tales of others who had doors slammed in their lives, but who went on to discover and embrace other opportunities. Each week is a different "window" offering thoughts on themes like change, courage, perseverance or thanksgiving. The windows contain thoughts for each day – almost like reflective panes -- about overcoming challenges behind doors now closed and embracing the light shining from a new direction. Some editing is needed, however. Illustrative examples at the beginning of chapters, too numerous and unrelated, can distract from the very helpful advice and growth steps sporadically included amid bulleted points, activity suggestions, quotes, and commentary. Agent: Claire Gerus, Claire Gerus Literary Agency (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 12/17/2012
Release date: 12/01/2012
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