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A Year of Doing Good review ↠ 103 ´ Judith O'Reilly author of the hugely popular blog and book Wife in the North embarks on a year long social experiment in the witty A Year of Doing Good Fed up of New Year's resolutions involving diets and exercise abandoned on January 2nd Judith is attempting to be good For one whole year She embarked on a mis10000 for charity with her Jam Jar Army and teaching a severely handicapped child to write she describes what she learns along the way that no good deed is too small and that being good makes you happy Well most of the time 'A funny uplifting and admirable book' Observer 'Banish January blues with A Year of Doing Good by Judith O'Reilly who resolved to do one good turn day utterly uplifting' Woman Home 'Fizzing with energy Judith's writing is open hearted and funny though not a guide to doing good Judith's story may inspire you to do a little for others this year' Express 'Glorious sinceritythe admiring accounts of others' lives the detailing of the deeds gladly done or furiously resented the unending chaos of family life all are rendered honestly colourfully. This was chosen by our book group so wouldn't normally be something I would go for I managed up to 6th May before giving up completelyReally not for me By reading this diary I feel that the author would be someone I would not want to spend time with I am sure she would feel the same about meHowever the consensus in the group was positive and most enjoyed it so I think my review probably says about me than Ms O'Reilly

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And occasionally hilariously' Lucy Mangan Sunday Times A Year of Doing Good inspires the reader with the day to day journey of meaning gratification and joy that comes from contributing to the lives of others in so many creative ways For those who want to put do unto others in the centre of their lives and reap the unexpected benefits of happiness and health this is the book for you Elegantly written the words jump off the page' Stephen G Post PhD author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping Judith O'Reilly is a writer and journalist Her first book Wife in the North was based on her blog of the same name and was a bestseller Her second book a novel is living in a drawer Her third book is this one She is married with three children and for one year she tried to be go. I chose this book from the library's display of 'New Non Fiction' because Catholicism is mentioned on the back cover but nearly didn't read it beyond the introduction once the author had made her views on some of the Church's teachings clear I thought Ms O'Reilly and I were too far apart in view to find a common ground and that reading her book would provoke me to anger I of course am a perfect Catholic who agrees with the Church in every detail of her teachingNo I am not a perfect Catholic And there are plenty of the teachings which I find at best challenging They're just different bits to those which Ms O'Reilly objects to So I decided to set our differences aside and dig in And I'm so glad I did So glad in fact that I'm considering starting a jam jar fund but for which charity and wondering where my own opportunities for good deeds might beMs O'Reilly decided to do one good deed every day for an entire year to become a better person and set a good example to her children She proceeded to do so and to write about it En route she raised over £10000 for a local hospice talked to the experts who study altruism from psychological and philosophical perspectives rescued children ate at the House of Lords and picked up a lot of litter Her writing is warm and engaging with several moments which had me giggling and wishing I wasn't sitting on public transport I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for the nicer side of human nature Warm fuzzies await you

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A Year of Doing GoodJudith O'Reilly author of the hugely popular blog and book Wife in the North embarks on a year long social experiment in the witty A Year of Doing Good Fed up of New Year's resolutions involving diets and exercise abandoned on January 2nd Judith is attempting to be good For one whole year She embarked on a mission to do one good deed every day Some called it a social experiment At times she called it madness Juggling family friends and a variety of neighbours in the small Northumberland village she calls home she recounts the ups downs moments of doubt and sheer bloody hard work of doing good From the small babysitting a friend's child clearing up her neighbour's dead mice and feeding her friendship cake Herman the German to the slightly larger trying to raise. Found this book in Tesco supermarket and bought it on a whim as I like diary style books It was really good and I didn't want to put it down I thought it might be a bit preachy at times bearing in mind the subject matter but it wasn't AND it made me think which was probably what the author wsa aiming to do It would have been easy for the author to just put money in charity boxes each day and draw the line there but she didn't she went uite a way beyond that on some occasions I'm now interested to read her previous book at some point