I’ve Been Thinking…
Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life 


A New York Times Bestseller!

“If you are feeling stuck, lost, or you just need a pick-me-up, this is the book for you. Shriver’s wisdom will fill you up.”

Hoda Kotb, coanchor
The Today Show

“Thought-provoking, spirited, a deep and personal message to help one discover a meaningful and joyful life.”

Deepak Chopra

“This book is superb. Shriver teaches all of us in the graduate program of life to seek meaning through the joy of following your heart. Just the kind of advice a heart surgeon cherishes.”

Mehmet Oz, MD

As a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be. In her new book, I’VE BEEN THINKING… (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking; Hardcover; On Sale February 27, 2018; $20.00; ISBN: 9780525522607), the bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and mother of four shares her reflections for those seeking wisdom, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration on the road to a meaningful life.

In this moving and powerful book, which is inspired by the messages Shriver shares in her popular e-newsletter, The Sunday Paper, she offers up lessons she’s learned along the way and meditations she’s kept by her side as touchstones to help her negotiate the challenges that arise in all our lives. She shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, get them laughing, and get them through in one piece in their journey to what she calls The Open Field—a place of acceptance, purpose, and passion, a place of joy. You can sign up for the Sunday Paper at the bottom of this page.

“Maria Shriver has always been a voice of hope, unity, equality, and love—a wise, steady voice calling us to become our best selves. Here, she gives us her hard earned wisdom, tenderness, courage and wildly gorgeous, inclusive, accessible faith. . . . It’s a book every person should keep close.”
Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Warrior

“Maria Shriver is a person of unusual compassion, intelligence, and honor. If you want to feel uplifted, inspired, and comforted, read it. This book, like its author, is a precious gift to the world.” —Martha Beck

“Maria Shriver is a beacon of compassion and understanding—a life force.”
Tom Brokaw

“In I’VE BEEN THINKING . . . Shriver serves up golden nuggets of wisdom, honesty, and inspiration that take us out of our individual worlds and connects us to what’s important, true, and meaningful in the journey of being human.”
Mark Hyman, MD; director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine

“This book will fill up your inspirational tank until it overflows! Essential for anyone needing to restore peace, purpose, and passion.”
DeVon Franklin

“There’s so much noise in the world, so many distractions, responsibilities, choices. Shriver’s soulful words of wisdom, guidance, and strength are both beautiful and invaluable.”
Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder, Omega Institute