Out on a Limb

Her most controversial book is one you will never forget An outspoken thinker, a celebrated actress, a truly independent woman, Shirley MacLaine goes beyond her previous two bestsellers to take us on an intimate yet powerful journey into her personal life and inner self An intense, clandestine love affair with a prominent politician sparks Shirley MacLaine s quest of selHer most controversial book is one you will never forget An outspoken thinker, a celebrated actress, a truly independent woman, Shirley MacLaine goes beyond her previous two bestsellers to take us on an intimate yet powerful journey into her personal life and inner self An intense, clandestine love affair with a prominent politician sparks Shirley MacLaine s quest of self discovery From Stockholm to Hawaii to the mountain vastness of Peru, from disbelief to radiant affirmation, she at last discovers the roots of her very existence and the infinite possibilities of life Shirley MacLaine opens her heart to explore the meaning of a great and enduring passion with her lover Gerry the mystery of her soul s connection with her best friend David the tantalizing secrets behind a great actor s inspiration with the late Peter Sellers And through it all, Shirley MacLaine s courage and candor new doors, new insights, new revelations and a luminous new world she invites us all to share A stunningly honest, engrossing account of an intimate journey inward Shirley MacLaine s discovery of a new sense of purpose, joy, energy, and love will touch and astonish you Literary Guild Magazine An immensely appealing woman bright, open, straightforward, sincere The New York Daily News
Out on a Limb Her most controversial book is one you will never forget An outspoken thinker a celebrated actress a truly independent woman Shirley MacLaine goes beyond her previous two bestsellers to take us on

  • Title: Out on a Limb
  • Author: Shirley Maclaine
  • ISBN: 9780553273700
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Out on a Limb”

    1. Okay, I admit it. Back in the day I haunted new age crystal stores, hoping to find the long lost spirituality that I never had. Here in Northern California there were plenty of them, believe me. It was the 80s and crystal worshipping was the new fondue. Shirley had all the answers. And who wouldn't have believed her, what with all her hobnobbing with the Rat Pack, and wearing a miniskirt in a Broadway musical. I figured anyone that successful in Hollywood must know what she was talking about.So, [...]

    2. This is a book for someone who has a thirst for spiritual experience. Shirley MacLaine has written another beautiful autobiography that brilliantly captures her own spiritual quest and adventures. All that you will need in order to enjoy the book is an open mind. You will not be disappointed.As the author of a spiritually-themed book, I appreciate any book that provides food for the soul. This was definitely a book that did it for me. It was a delightful read that intimately connected me with th [...]

    3. Shirley Maclaine the actress takes us on her journey towards spiritual enlightenment a thoughtful take on her quest to know why we are all here and have we had ‘outside’ influences along the way…. I remember reading this book when I was 17… looking back I see what a huge influence it has had on my life… I know Shirley got a lot of flack when this originally came out in 1983, but as the years have passed so many more people have actually written on this subject, I believe this book sho [...]

    4. Shirley's Cornucopia of Books :I think I read some of Shirl's books after teaching in Athens for about a year, the year of 1978. I've trawled through my Annual Reading Lists and there she is in early 1979 with "You Can Get There From Here". and then in 1987 with "Dancing in the Light".Think I read two others, yet to be located.In Athens, in 1978, one of the teaching staff got me to read Lobsang Rampa's books.Two was more than enough.And later I heard that he lived in an English suburb, so who co [...]

    5. I loved this book when i read it 18 years ago. Shirley has written a lovely book describing a period of time when experiences of an esoteric nature were dominating her life. She went through that period of time where seeking out those experiences outweighed many other considerations, including how she was viewed by her peers and the public.This is a simple book that manages to have a magical quality as she describes some telling moments in her life. Anyone opening up to the subtle energy fields [...]

    6. I really love this book. I've read it many times - often the book to reach for when the libraries and bookstores are closed. I found it at a low point in my life, and welcomed it for the suggestion that there really is more to life than we can see and analyze. This is a memoir- many others have written "how-to" books along these lines, and I don't like them nearly as well, or at all. I prefer experience, and there are many wonder-ful experiences written about here.

    7. I liked Shirley as an actress. Which is why I picked this book up at a used books sale.Huge disappointment. New Age nonsense.

    8. Good book. Very interesting to hear about some of her life experiences and how she learned to open up to the universe’s treasures

    9. What a disappointment. How is it that celebs are so freakin' vulnerable to this sort of mess? -- Writing style was kinda meh. I've read worse. Starts off about her being someone's mistress, then veers hard into weird territory. Ends up at what amounts to, "aliens, b/c jesus." well, okay then darlin'. Bless your heart. ----- honestly it might have been hilarious if i hadn't already come across this road through (so freakin' many) other reads. no matter how it starts, it's always the same, once yo [...]

    10. Okay, so this book is by the very funny actress Shirley MacLaine. Despite that, it is a very serious undertaking. At a pivotal time in her life, she began to want answers to the question of what life is all about. This book is about her thought processes and rather amazing experiences during that time. Highly metaphysical in nature with visits to mediums, conjecture about UFOs and out of body experiences, the book is earthed by a mind that had an aversion to such things and preferred to be total [...]

    11. I give Shirley MacLaine top marks for honesty and I still enjoy her writing style very much. I know you think I'm going to hammer her for buying into reincarnation and UFO's, etc. But I'm not. She's an explorer and she was exploring a new take on reality. Like all of her explorations, she threw herself into it and tried her best to keep an open mind. Some of what she came up with was very inspiring; an eternal soul, the chance to continue to improve as an entity, the possibility of life beyond t [...]

    12. Extremely tedious. Embarrassingly overconfident. Convinced that she understands and can apply science to provide evidence for things like vibrational energies and the eternal nature of the soul. Shockingly racist--full of Orientalism. I think there is a problem with some fulfilled people where they feel the lack of challenge and need to manufacture it so that they don't become bored and static. In this case, the manifestation is this lazy, sloppy jeremiad. Look, I'm not the target audience but I [...]

    13. It's taken me two years to finish this book. While I'm not on the same page as Maclaine when it comes to the after-life, I do admire her as a great writer. I think she's been written off as a nut, except when she's acting, and then you can't argue with her talents. But as someone who is writing, content aside, she's great. The beauty of this book is not only the chronicling of her spiritual journey, but this love story she shares between a married U.S. Senator (anonymous) and herself. The moment [...]

    14. This was a good book-written in 1980! Maclaine writes about her travels, experiences, thoughts and readings on reincarnation and spirituality. She has a unique way of thinking about things-just like her personality-not afraid to ask questions or just state her thoughts about what is happening around her and what she might not fully understand. She seeks answers by reading, talking to others, traveling to sacred places and by taking quiet time to listen within herself. I like how she takes time t [...]

    15. Ya, sé que este libro fue motivo de crítica popular (al menos según ciertos programas repetidos del año uno que veo en la tele, jaja), pero a mí me gustó mucho. Me pareció sincera, me pareció interesante, y aprendí cosas tan diversas como la técnica adecuada para no pasar frío cuando se aloja en las montañas andinas.Me gustó que ella tuviera el coraje de contar su historia. Quién sabe si es o no cierta, pero ¿por qué no? Ella no es de las que tiene que ir a inventar el cuento del [...]

    16. Shirley keeps surprising me with her life stories. One does get a feeling she is an energetic and fun-having person. This is a journey to her inner-self and to openness to more intangible things (reincarnation, soul,) in life. Describing all the conflicts that this causes in her as well as the thorough analysis makes this book a pleasure read and a good learning tool. I guess it could also be reading list for the topics mentioned as the reader would get quite a lot of information about different [...]

    17. This is one of those books that just came along at the right time. It was a significant part of my intellectual journey as it demonstrated that there were things beyond easy scientific explanation - provided you could believe Shirley Maclaine was not fibbing. My view was (and is) that she was telling of real experiences she had had. She certainly put herself out on a limb writing as she did. It is in no sense a mystical book but it does undermine the position of the naive realists who judge that [...]

    18. I read this book during a very tough semester in college. I never ever read anything but my school books there - the devoted engineering kid that I was - and yet somehow, I picked up Shirley MacLaine's books and I LOVED it. I loved her writing. It was a complete escape from my life and my day worries, and I loved her open expressions of love affairs, inner conflicts with existence and her explorations and self-discoveries I loved her journey and her character is quite likable. I'd read it again [...]

    19. I read this when I went through my "new age" phase because I really admire Shirley Maclaine as an actress and as a woman. She took a lot of heat for this book and it was the butt of many jokes. I often wonder if she were a man if it would have been so derided. Having said that, the problem with the book for me was the style of the writing. It was almost like a comic book script and sort of along the lines of a Danielle Steele type book so I can't give it a real, huge like. However, it is enterta [...]

    20. I love Shirley MacLaine, she is a great story teller, drawing you in and making you feel everything she is going through. I love books that make me think about possibilities of things not being what you think they are.This is a good read, I read it in an afternoon, and then wished there were more so I could keep reading it.

    21. Honestly, this book was full of crap. It covers everything from MacLaine's belief in reincarnation to extraterrestrial lifec. There is way to much information about her love affair with a married British politician. Half the time it reads like a fiction novel. The logic is so messed up

    22. I won't give a review of this book because it falls under self-help to me and who am I to say whether this book will enlighten someone or not. I think MacLaine is a good writer, but I had this funny sense of her putting on airs that had me rolling my eyes periodically.

    23. The book that began my spiritual journey of hope that God had not forsaken me and it was ok to feel different than everyone else. It also started my life long love of Yoga This books holds a very special place in my heart.

    24. An interesting read. How many ideologies are out there? How many theses can be developed. I remember a statement I read years ago that suggested if what we believe makes a loving, charitable, peace loving person one should go for it; if it makes you a selfish, hateful person then get away from it. I place that thought right at the end of this book.

    25. I really liked the spunk that Shirley McLain shows by baring her soul in this book. The title really tells us that she is sharing her deepest experiences with us. After reading this book, many years ago, I took a weekend workshop with Shirley McLain in NYC. It was a pivotal point in my spiritual growth. I am grateful to Shirley for going out on that limb for me.

    26. Life ExpandingFive stars because every one should read it!Spellbinding, fascinating, heartwarming, inspiring, life-changing, eye-opening. Shirley McLaine shares her spiritual growth fearlessly.

    27. Been years since I read this book, but it did impact me; however minute. I saw and started exercising the merits of sleeping without clothing;) As well enlightening me on reincarnation - I became a believer.

    28. My Mother handed me 'Out on a Limb' because she couldn't get into it and it was the book that started me on my spiritual path, and I never looked back! Her story was fascinating and inspiring.Thank you Shirley Maclaine.

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