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In his first phenomenal best-seller, EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN, Robert Fulghum reminded readers everywhere of some plain and still-true truths. Now, picking up where he left off, Fulghum turns our eyes to show-and-tell, weddings, his own ten commandments, and more insightful and unique observations on what our world is and was.......

Title : It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It
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ISBN : 9780449000960
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 218 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It Reviews

  • natalie
    2019-01-20 07:01

    prostě Fulghum no... u něj už mě nic nepřekvapí. někdy se u knihy směju tak, že se na mě lidé v autobuse otáčejí. chci mít třetího dědečka - Fulghuma.

  • Elaine Neal
    2018-12-24 06:27

    First let me just say that I've had this book on my bookshelves for 20+ years. I've always wanted to read it, but somehow I always had another one more pressing. Recently I have been viewing my extensive bookcase with the purpose of culling down the read-then-gift titles. The time had arrived.What a pleasure it was to read the thoughtful, charming and totally spot on musings of a gifted author. Published in 1988, today it would more likely appear as a blog of insightful thoughts by a talented writer, without profanity of course. With a seemingly unlimited bag of show-and-tell stories Robert Fulghum writes from the perspective of the 51 year old he was then. I suspect that if I had read this 20+ years ago I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did now in my late 50s. Much of the material covers experiences that were not yet part of my own history. I would give it 4.5* if I could. The 20 year wait was worth it. Now to figure out who to pass this on to, it's a fun and quick read.

  • Marky
    2019-01-03 11:59

    Celá recenze: po dočtení: Zkusila jsem opět audioknižní podání - hlas mi sice neseděl, ale hudební doprovod byl skvělý. Lepší než školka to není, ale geniální rozhodně ano :D~~~Hodnocení: 4,5 hvězdičky

  • James Adams
    2019-01-20 09:05

    A collection of short, uplifting essays from the author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.You may have noticed that I've been reading a few uplifting, heartstring-tugging, life-affirming books recently, like 700 Sundays and Tuesdays with Morrie. Why? Have I been depressed or something?Yeah, yeah I have. It's been a rough year, including a couple of hospitalizations and a relocation (to small-town Texas, sadly) to move back in with my mom after ten years of independence in Denver. So it's been hard, and I've been trying to read things that make me feel better about the world mixed in with my regularly scheduled programming.Sorry about the autobiography. The book! Basically a bunch of cute, funny essays about how we are all the same in most ways, accepting that we are not perfect, and how much joy can be found in life. Also, climbing trees, which is awesome.It's a quick read, and maybe a bit inconsequential, but sometimes you need something light, sweet, and fluffy. I guess that makes this the literary equivalent to cotton candy, but that's okay.

  • Erin
    2019-01-20 12:16

    This is a very hopeful group of essays by the author of "All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten." He shares insights from his life, people he randomly met, lists of things to be thankful for, and amusing stories. He made me laugh and cry and the laugh and cry. I found myself writing down pages that I want to read again, even though it is a library book. I really needed this book this month and I thought it was wonderful.Have you ever heard of John Pierpont? As Fulghum explains, Pierpont was a failure at every job that he tried. He was too nice to succeed in the business world and he tried to be a poet, but wasn't very good. He fought briefly in the Civil War, but that wasn't for him either and he was 76. His life would seem to be a failure, other than one thing. Pierpoint wrote "Jingle Bells" arguablly the most famous Christmas song.I loved the stories about weddings and how everything that could go wrong usually does. His stories are so full of wit and make me laugh out loud. I loved his chapter on being thankful. I have really been struggling with this concept in the past year and was thankful for the reminder. I loved that he was thankful for the flowers growing in an empty lot and he was thankful for the old woman in a swim suit who loved to splash with children and he was thankful for the small acts of kindness that random people showed to each other.

  • Jeana
    2019-01-01 08:13

    This is a sweet, hopeful book of little essays. It's the kind of book you can keep in your purse for when you have a moment (and just a moment, as most of the stories are quite short) and pull it out and be renewed. Some of the stories are definitely better than others. But there's a lot of different stuff in here and I think it's the kind of stuff you reflect upon as life goes on. Thank you, my friend Christie, for giving me this book and this part of you. I especially loved the John Pierpont story. Oh and another of my person favorites--the list on page 90 #7 "And give money to all street musicians." This reminds me of something that happened a couple weeks ago after seeing the Nutcracker. I think I need to blog about it now.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-07 09:08

    I remember my mom found this book in my room when I was in sixth or seventh grade (I had stolen it from my grandparents house) and FLIPPED OUT. She never did give it back to me or bother to find what it actually was about (much less apologize). She just thought the title was naughty and reflexively banned me from reading it. Ha! I didn't mind much- I had already read it like 20 times.

  • Lauren
    2019-01-18 04:58

    This is an odd little book of half-baked "essays" that read much more like diary entries or the very bare bones of a manuscript with the potential to be very good. As it stands, though, it's not quite there. The oddity has large aspirations, quirky and valid insights, but.... It just doesn't quite reach the rung it strives for on the literary ladder, and it shows very plainly and can be kinda painful to witness. Just as it gets to the good bits, it abruptly drops off. With a little fine-tuning, this had the potential to be great. As it stands, it's not bad, but it's not amazing either.

  • Rose
    2019-01-16 07:00

    Great book and great author. He also wrote "All I need to know I learned in Kindergarten". This book consists of short stories that he takes from his personal life and are often humorous (especially the story about the mother of the bride), sad, or thought provoking. It is a quick read with each chapter only being 1-2 pages.I found the author to be a deep thinker and jack of all trades and master of none. His bio says he has held over 20 jobs in various capacities.

  • Binibining `E (of The Ugly Writers)
    2019-01-03 08:14

    "We are the only creature that both laugh and weep. I think its because we are the only creatures that see the difference between the way things are and the way they might be. Tears bring relief. Laughter brings release."I enjoyed reading his books. I specially like the story about the handsome brother and the toad brother, i shed tears of joy when i was reading that part.This book teaches us about lessons in life also hardships, struggles and simple joys.

  • Mark
    2019-01-07 06:24

    In my mind, Fulghum laid a whopper on us back in kindergarten. Now he takes us to being grownups having responsibilities. His advice on making marriage real is valuable.Much of the book is rambling patter, unmemorable as a whole. Watch for gems of wisdom held beneath the surface. These aren't always subtle, but sublime and explicit.

  • Cherie Palmer
    2018-12-30 11:07

    When ever I need to laugh and put life back into perspective, I read Fulghum!

  • Michael
    2019-01-19 06:59

    Not quite the magic of "...Kindergarten", but still a delight.

  • Jessica
    2019-01-17 12:11

    Another great installment. I love the story about Rosa Parks, it is emotional and profound. It stays with you for awhile after reading it.

  • Pet
    2018-12-29 05:10

    re-reading - o trosicku zabavnejsi nez skola

  • David
    2019-01-07 06:03

    Series of very gentle stories with a strong moral message behind them. Shows it's age quite badly as it's very WASPish in nice way, it was written in 1989 and published in 1990, and deals with a world that has since passed us by. Indeed for many that world never really existed apart from in small confines of the USA. Worth a quick read as most of the messages are still important today, just out of context!

  • Brennan Sigel
    2018-12-24 12:25

    These short stories/vignettes are heartwarming, inspiring, and hilarious. Strangers caught me laughing out loud on two different occasions. I have had this sitting on my bookshelf for about 14 years, and I am so glad I picked it up. I am in the midst of purging my bookshelves, however this one will remain on my shelf so that I can go back and reread my favorites

  • Cynthia
    2018-12-28 10:25

    Best combination of essays I've read in a long long. Every story gives off a different vibe and it comes with all sort of emotions. This book definitely made all my couple of very busy weeks bearable so THANK YOU Robert Fulghum

  • Drew
    2018-12-21 11:03

    Decent to good for the most part, but I'm a very different person now, at 42, than I was wheb I was 12 or so and first enjoyed a Robert Fulghum book. I'll always have good memories of my junior high days reading his stuff, but this refresher didn't really live up to the nostalgia.

  • Cynthia
    2018-12-25 07:04

    Read this book at work. Enjoyed it. Amusing, entertaining and on occasion inspirational.

  • Helen Dietrich
    2018-12-30 13:00

    Absolutely hilarious

  • Minde123
    2019-01-03 06:21

    Nemám slov. Miluji Fulghumův nadhled. Naprosto úžesné feel good čtení. :)

  • Hanča
    2018-12-31 08:59

    I liked some parts more than other, but overall it was very pleasant and heartwarming book. I understand why so many people here love Fulghum so much.

  • Mommooshka
    2019-01-09 13:09

    Another enjoyable, light read by Robert Fulghum. Great for reading in bits and pieces as time allows.

  • Carolyn
    2019-01-20 09:08

    This book was not nearly as good as "All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" also by Fulghum. This book didn't seem to flow.

  • Hannah Freeman
    2019-01-06 08:23

    Sweet and simple. I read this in a matter of hours and it made me both laugh out loud and tear up on multiple occasions. Reminded me of the goodness of humanity and I would highly recommend for anyone needing some light in their life.

  • Leah
    2019-01-18 11:22

    This is another book I received through a BookCrossing trade. Before starting it I wasn't too familiar with Robert Fulghum. I knew that he wrote All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (which I've never read), that he was a UU minister (which did earn him a few brownie points), and that he gave his books long and intriguing titles. So basically, I was interested in giving him a try. It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It is a collection of short essays and anecdotes about life. They're actually the kind of things I like to write myself: little musings on the meaning and mystery of our existence. Fulghum also adds a heavy dose of humor, which I greatly appreciated. But truth be told, it did take me a little while to get into the book. At the outset, it seemed like it might turn into one of those cliche sentimental tomes that are meant to be "inspiring" to the human spirit (Chicken Soup for the Soul, anyone?). Now, I won't deny that it did turn out to be inspiring. But it was in a down-to-earth, this-is-life-and-you-can-take-it-or-leave-it kind of way that I really admired. I particularly liked Fulghum's discussion of how hard it can be to answer the question, "So, what is it that you do?" He suggests that perhaps we should answer not with how we make money, but with "what we do that gives us great pleasure or makes us feel useful to the human enterprise." He reminds us that perhaps an "occupation" is more than just what we get paid for, that "making a living and having a life are not the same thing. Making a living and making a life that's worthwhile are not the same thing. Living the good life and living a good life are not the same thing. A job title doesn't even come close to answering the question 'What do you do?'" I'm inclined to agree. And I had a great laugh when Fulghum recounted the story of how he sat next to a man on a plane and suggested that they make up occupations to talk about during the flight. Fulghum was a nun and the other guy was a spy. They parted without knowing each others' "real" jobs. How great is that?I also really liked Fulghum's "questionnaire," which asks such questions as: "What spring wildflower is likely to be the first to bloom in your county?", "Name five residential and five migratory birds in your area. When did you last see one and what was it doing?", "What is the morning star in January this year? And the evening star?" All things which urge one to just pay attention.Other stories that stick out in my mind are the "geek dancers," which is about old couples who go out and cut a rug even though if you saw them walking down the street you wouldn't think them capable of it (I see these people swing dancing all the time. They're my favorite); the story about the tombstone which doubles as a bench, creating something both commemorative and useful; the story about the tree climbing society as well as the story about the society who protests fox hunting in delightfully amusing ways; the short Sufi stories related to Fulghum by an Islamic scholar. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this read. There were lots of laugh-out-loud moments and lots of little bits of wisdom I'd like to copy down and save for later. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who's looking for a short, moving, and entertaining read (and who's burned out on that good ol' Chicken Soup).

  • Sarah
    2019-01-07 08:28

    Skeptical at first, but well written, witty, fun, and made me laugh out loud!

  • Robyn
    2018-12-25 12:21

    Second time through - still enjoyable.

  • Ms Stef
    2018-12-20 13:12

    I wanted to like this, I really did but it just didn't click with me like his another works did. It seems with Fulghum I enjoy his newer or most recent collections better.