Is life really so complicated? Ask happy and successful people this question and you're likely to hear that, in its essence, life is really quite simple. In this book, Newt Gingrich and his daughter Jackie Gingrich Cushman--with the help of prominent people they kw and admire, such as Bill Clinton, Rush Limbaugh, Mary Matalin, and David Petraeus--show how, by following just five principles, you can live life to its fullest: --Dream Big. Like Walt Disney, who shared the magic kingdom of his imagination with millions, or like Jackie's sister, Kathy, who didn't let a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis stop her from completing a walking marathon, see where your dreams can take you.--Work Hard. As Jackie points out in her recollections of her dad's early political career, working hard can be a surprising source of energy, and adopting an attitude of cheerful persistence will help you reach your goal.--Learn Every Day. The key is to remember that learning is a reciprocal process. You can't be passive; you must be engaged. Come along on a visit to the acclaimed Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta to see how this principle works in action.--Enjoy Life. And what's the best way to do that? From the wisdom of the ancient philosophers to information from the latest scientific studies, the answer is the same: Be grateful for all your blessings, and do something every day to show compassion and generosity to others.--Be True to Yourself. It sounds easy, but it's the hardest principle to live by. Discover what people from William Shakespeare to Henrik Ibsen to John P. Abizaid have had to say about this touchstone for an honest life.With these inspiring and memorable words of wisdom, Newt and Jackie have given us a book to treasure for a lifetime.
Newt Gingrich, a college history professor and prolific author, was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979 to 1999, serving four years as Speaker of the House starting in 1995. Time magazine's 1995 Man of the Year and a 2012 presidential candidate, Gingrich is the author of over twenty books, including the New York Times bestsellers Winning the Future and Rediscovering God in America. Jackie Gingrich Cushman writes a weekly human-interest column for Townhall.com. Her nonprofit activities include serving on the Georgia Advisory Council for the Trust for Public Land, the board of Genesis: A New Life, and the board of the Learning Makes a Difference Foundation, which she founded in 2006. Jackie lives with her husband and two children in Atlanta, Georgia. Callista Gingrich is the president of Gingrich Productions, a performance and production company focusing on audio, video, and photographic production.Callista and her husband, Newt, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include include A City Upon a Hill, America at Risk, Nine Days That Changed the World, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny, Rediscovering God in America, Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage, and We Have the Power.Mrs. Gingrich is the voice for several audiobooks, including A Nation Like No Other; Valley Forge; To Save America; To Try Men's Souls; Five Principles for a Successful Life; Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less; The Art of Transformation; Real Change; A Contract with the Earth; and Rediscovering God in America. Mrs. Gingrich is also the voice for American Solutions for Winning the Future, a bipartisan organization for political and governmental change. Callista's photography has been published in the New York Times and the Washington Post. It is featured in a photographic book entitled Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny, inspired by Newt and Callista's award-winning documentary film. This unique photographic collection by Newt Gingrich, Callista Gingrich, and David Bossie honors the life and legacy of our nation's fortieth president. Callista's photography is also featured in Rediscovering God in America and is regularly displayed on the Web sites Newt.org (http: //newt.org/) and American Solutions for Winning the Future (http: //www.americansolutions.com/).Prior to leading Gingrich Productions, Mrs. Gingrich served as chief clerk of the House Committee on Agriculture in Washington, D.C. During her tenure, the committee held hearings on a wide range of issues, including biotechnology, bioterrorism, conservation, forest management, nutrition, rural development, trade, and welfare reform. Before joining the House Committee on Agriculture, Callista served in the office of Congressman Steve Gunderson (R-Wisconsin). With over eighteen years of staff experience in the U.S. House of Representatives, Mrs. Gingrich has a wide range of knowledge in government and legislative affairs, strategic planning, research, and constituent services. A devoted Catholic, Mrs. Gingrich is a member of the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., a resident professional choir. In March 2005, the choir visited Rome, Italy, to honor Pope John Paul II and recorded a compact disc entitled Pope John Paul II: A Celebration of Life and Faith. In April 2008, the choir sang for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, during his apostolic journey to the United States. In November 2008, the choir participated in the International Festival of Sacred Music and Art in Rome.Callista plays the French horn with the City of Fairfax Band in Fairfax, Virginia, promoting musical growth and education among area residents and students. The band performs frequently in Fairfax and the Washington, D.C., area. The City of Fairfax Band is a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Silver Scroll Award, which is considered North America's most prestigious award for community concer