GreenlightsMatthew McConaughey


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Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey Book Summary

From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction
“Unflinchingly honest and remarkably candid, Matthew McConaughey’s book invites us to grapple with the lessons of his life as he did—and to see that the point was never to win, but to understand.”—Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

I’ve been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel, and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more me.
Recently, I worked up the courage to sit down with those diaries. I found stories I experienced, lessons I learned and forgot, poems, prayers, prescriptions, beliefs about what matters, some great photographs, and a whole bunch of bumper stickers. I found a reliable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction, at the time, and still: If you know how, and when, to deal with life’s challenges—how to get relative with the inevitable—you can enjoy a state of success I call “catching greenlights.”
So I took a one-way ticket to the desert and wrote this book: an album, a record, a story of my life so far. This is fifty years of my sights and seens, felts and figured-outs, cools and shamefuls. Graces, truths, and beauties of brutality. Getting away withs, getting caughts, and getting wets while trying to dance between the raindrops.
Hopefully, it’s medicine that tastes good, a couple of aspirin instead of the infirmary, a spaceship to Mars without needing your pilot’s license, going to church without having to be born again, and laughing through the tears.
It’s a love letter. To life.
It’s also a guide to catching more greenlights—and to realizing that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too.
Good luck.

Greenlights (Matthew McConaughey) Book Reviews

Great Book Combined With The Audiobook An Exceptional BookI find myself as a casual reader, sometimes finding it difficult to be captivated by a story but between the stories and Mathew’s incredible commentary I couldn’t put this book down! I recommend this book to anyone but strongly suggest the audiobook at the same time..Score: 5/5

Worth the time.Ive heard several of the authors speeches and the book, mirrors those speeches in more depth. I recommend this book. Entertaining and insightful..Score: 5/5

Amazing!His reality is inspiring. Amazing tale of his life, history, struggles and triumphs!.Score: 5/5

Can’t wait to read againThis book was amazing! So many great insights. Very captivating. Made me cry. Lol went to the post office as soon as I was finished to mail to my sister ! It couldn’t wait ! This is a must read. Love his philosophy on this life..Score: 5/5

GreenlightsI must say that I never gave Matthew much thought. I’m a fan of his now after reading his book..Score: 5/5

To catching more Greenlights!Excellent read, with so much perspective. It was interesting and inspiring all in one..Score: 5/5

Outstanding roadmap for lifeIncredibly inspiring. Funny, charming and insightful. I plan to read once a year to remind me of the lessons it imparts..Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put this book downCouldn’t put it down, thoroughly enjoyed this book! McConaughey is fascinating from start to finish..Score: 5/5

Life changingAs a woman quickly approaching my 40’s and stuck between what life expects of me and what I truly desire... it’s time to re-brand myself. Truly what I needed. God bless and thank you..Score: 5/5

WisdomMay not be for everyone, but Matt imparts a tone of wisdom and gives insight to soul searching and finding one’s true self in this book. Keep up the journey Matthew!.Score: 5/5

Good read. Good insight. Relatively.Fun read that added depth to my two dimensional understanding of who Matthew is. As a 50 year old father of four I appreciate the urge to be reflective at this stage of life. To check my path. To adjust if need be. To move forward..Score: 4/5

GREENLIGHTI learned a lot from reading this book “GreenLight”.Score: 5/5

Great read!Truly enjoyed getting to know Matthew and traveling through his life with him, so far. I never knew how down to earth and real he is. This book makes me want to know him more. Failure to Launch is one of my favorite movies..Score: 5/5

Soul MovingThis book is amazing for many different reasons, I’ll give you one since I’d prefer not to spoil the joyous adventure you’re in for. This book speaks energy, life, perspective and understanding not just agreeing with ones personal views of life. This book will speak to you in a way, that life should speak to you. Enjoy.Score: 5/5

This man has truly livedHis story came at a perfect time in my life. A lot of relevant life lessons even for an average joe like myself. Great read!.Score: 5/5

Food for the soulA wonderful memoir with honest, down to earth observations about life..Score: 5/5

Awesome and inspiringTruly an inspiring story!.Score: 5/5

Best book I have read in a while!Just a great story.Score: 5/5

AwesomeVery inspirational and funny. Must read. Just what I needed after a rough year,.Score: 5/5

GreenlightsI enjoyed everything about “Greenlights”. The unfiltered, brutal honesty of this book, is now after reading Greenlights is how I imagine Mr. McConaughey in true life....brutal honesty. I love it. Life lessons in all he’s done. Mr. McConaughey is a tough man, much kudos to him no doubt; but also to his parents! This world needs more Mr. McConaugheys! He walks the walk. Not afraid to throw a punch or take a punch..Score: 5/5

Thought it was the audiobook...Accidentally purchased this instead of the audiobook, first time using this app so I wrongly assumed it included the audiobook. Didn’t see anywhere that I could email to try and return it and purchase the audiobook instead, so leaving a review hoping someone reaches out. I am constantly driving so I do not have time to read the book, hoping the publisher or someone else reaches out so that I can return this and purchase the audiobook!.Score: 1/5

Brilliant Read!!Loved the way this was written...inspiring and motivating...self reflection from an old soul....Score: 5/5

SurprisedDidn’t know much about the author other than his work and quirky personality. Was surprised by the depth of his intellect and spirituality. Lots of entertaining stories That are also instructive..Score: 5/5

Pleasantly Surprised!I’ve always loved Matt’s work as an actor. I caught him in Joe Rogan’s podcast and really enjoyed his outlooks and advice to livin. So much so, I got a chill or two every now and then. I asked for this book for my birthday and was dying to finish my current read to get to this one. Pleasantly surprised at how Matt brings his experiences and thoughts together in this. I think I might start journaling....Score: 5/5

Beautiful flow and lessonsThis book was amazing, having him read it himself was the cherry on top. It was so natural and graceful. A lot can be learned from this man, his moral compass is extraordinary..Score: 5/5

Mind Blown!I absolutely could not believe how good this book is! To discover the many life experiences and wisdom that this man has shared with everyone is truly amazing. A must read! I highly recommend this books to everyone who enjoys autobiographies/memoirs or just enjoy reading a great book. Whether you’re a fan of his or not you will be blown away. Five stars from this reader!.Score: 5/5

Smooth ReadGreat book. Nice over view of Mathews life. I would say that he gives any really deep emotion but provides a since of security that life goes on. To make the best of it and to try and make the best of it. Thank you for the personal view point. Writing takes courage. Much respect..Score: 5/5

GreenlightsMatthew has had an intriguing life journey, beginning with loving but volatile parents. Instead of being corrupted by negative influences, he continued to follow his heart, his inner core values, his innate spirituality and deep devotion to family. His artistic passion for life and soul-searching made for a very unique and fascinating read..Score: 2/5

A splendid storyteller!A very heartfelt and real life story told in a unusually fresh way. His writing is interesting to read and beautifully presented! No wonder it has been on the bestseller list for so long. I am glad I read it. Congratulations Matthew you done good!!!.Score: 5/5

Insightful and enjoyableThis was super easy to read and I really enjoyed the philosophical points that came across . A great story teller and I’m sure audio would be even better , but I did feel like I could hear his voice in my head 😀.Score: 5/5

Buy it! Right now!!Excellent Read! I could barely put it down! I don’t usually tell others about what I am reading, but this book? Not only did I tell others, I read it out loud to them at times. It made me feel all the feels. Oh and I never write reviews, either because what I like is not necessarily what you will like. This book deserves a rave! Great story! GREENLIGHT!.Score: 5/5

The most amazing book I’ve ever read, after the bible.A book we can all connect with for the same reasons, for different reasons, for any reason. It is funny, deep, surprising, emotional, captivating, and a little melancholic. It is a love letter to life and if it does one thing it is highlight it’s beauty (life’s). Please purchase it. It is better than all his rom coms combined (they’re good but this is better) and a smoother read than one of his Lincoln cars..Score: 5/5

Master StorytellerAmazing storyteller! Provides a different point of view to life and gives the reader insight into the life of this man. Think so much more of Mathew after this read. Best of luck to him and his family..Score: 5/5

Increíble e inspirador!Una historia increíble que inspira a buscar lo mejor de cada uno..Score: 5/5

GreenlightsVery raw, and objective view to living life to its fullest..Score: 4/5

Great book!The way he tells his stories makes you feel like he’s sitting in front of you telling them. Even though his stories might be different or he was able to go away to places to find himself, it’s all things we can all relate to and use to help us find ourselves. Really that’s what the book is about. Him telling his way of finding himself and values to hopefully in turn help you find yourself. It’s a really good read and definitely recommend it. Enjoy.Score: 5/5

Sweet readAn experienced C “Unbelievable” 👍👍👍.Score: 5/5

Great ReadHis story is amazing, he bears his soul. It’s just a very honest inside look into who MM really is! And he’s beautiful. Great read! Highly recommend..Score: 5/5

Beautiful and breathtakingI’ve always respected him as an actor, but wow, after reading this book I’ll never see him the same again. Such a beautiful life he’s lived and continues to live, such an incredible writer with amazing perspectives. Highly recommend this week. Definitely a great read to start off 2021..Score: 5/5

Amazing!This memoir/autobiography can also be classified as a self-care book. I never thought that I would strive to follow the ways of Matthew McConaughey. The optimism and an absolutely genuine personality written out right in front of me was too good to look away from. Matthew shows his goals and successes while also showing the flaws and failures. Keeping it honest and simple. Amazing!.Score: 5/5

Keep L I V I N!! Great book!I’m not a reader. I’ve been working from home for almost a year now and decided that my average 8 hour a day screen time on my iPhone was becoming a bit ridiculous. I read the front matter and finished this book in a day and half. I feel inspired and rejuvenated after reading this. Thank you, Matthew, for sharing your life with me and reminding me to just keep L I V I N..Score: 5/5

Introspection Inspiring IntrospectionMakes you think. Makes you dream. Makes you feel. Greenlight..Score: 5/5

Amazing bookI got the hard copy of this book as a gift and I loved it. Incredibly well done and honest.Score: 5/5

BeautifulI laughed and cried through this book. I found inspiration and a revived sense of what it means to be ones true self. Beautifully written..Score: 5/5

HonestI’ve always like Matthew’s films and personality that I’ve seen. I particularly enjoyed his Oscar speech. It seemed real, authentic. This book, utilizes 35 years of his personal journaling, gives a glimpse into why he is the way he is. But there are experiences, thoughts, practices I can apply to my own life. I may not be able to wrestle an African tribesman, but I can learn to say yes to challenges that scare me. A great read..Score: 5/5

GreenlightGreenlight, is a great book from beginning to end. So many gems Matthew shared through the book. It’s definitely a book that highlights the secret to life. Be patient with yourself, keep moving when times get hard and when you want to bet on something bet on yourself because at that moment you determine who wins. Greenlight is one of my favorite reads for 2020. Thanks for sharing your journey!.Score: 5/5

Wow !Matthew is like an onion, so many layers, what a exciting life. Great read. Think I will get it in audio as well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and life with us.Score: 5/5

Change in thoughtsI’m not one to read self help or documentaries and not that this is, but I was drawn to it for some reason. Now after reading I know why ....make the investment... it’s not something I will soon forget !.Score: 5/5

Great readThis book is so easy to delve into, he’s a great storyteller. I loved it!.Score: 5/5

THIS. BOOK.An absolutely amazing read, Matthew speaks from such a humble and truthful place. 10/10 would recommend..Score: 5/5

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Fun storiesGreat stories from his life, and written in a very way that makes you hear it in his voice. Often veers towards self-help territory, but otherwise delightful.Score: 4/5

Excellent from start to finish!Great book! Who knew that this man could write. I had his voice in my head as I was reading. This book teaches you to literally follow your dreams! He literally did with all the risks and look at him now at 50! Great authentic biography. #greenlights.Score: 5/5

Amazing !!!Powerful life story and messages throughout the book. Not only are they things we can easily relate to as human beings, but they are things we can apply on a daily to better ourselves and the things that surrounds us. I give it a 11/10 for its simple, straightforward and genuine perspective..Score: 5/5

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