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The Dash by Linda Ellis and Mac Anderson
Friends by BJ Gallagher
First Thing Every Morning by Lewis Timberlake
Oil For Your Lamp by BJ Gallagher and Lisa Hammond
Attitude Is Everything by Vicki Hitzges
Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
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212° The Extra Degree by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson
212° Service by Mac Anderson
The Simple Truths Of Service Inspired by Johnny The Bagger
Pulling Together by John Murphy
Finish Strong by Dan Green
Inspiration 365 by Zig Ziglar
Seven Choices for Success and Significance by Dr. Nido Quebin
The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale
Motivational Quotes by Mac Anderson
Change Is Good, You Go First by Mac Anderson
"Great beginnings are not as important as the way one finishes."
- Featured on the print Great Beginnings.
"At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. The one extra degree...makes all the difference."
- Featured on the print 212°, The Extra Degree.
"In the middle of every difficulty...comes opportunity."
- Featured on the print Fern.
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
- Featured on the print Imagination.
"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."
- Featured on the print Warm Sunbeams.
"A leader's job is to look into the future and see the organization not as it is, but as it can be."
- Featured on the print A Leader's Job.
A brand new edition with 48 more pages! Not just a
new cover, there are 14 additional stories from our readers of how
Dash has positively impacted their
Click here to read a new story from
It's not the date you were born, or the date you
died, that really matters. It's "the dash" between those years and
what you do with it that does.
This wonderful book is the most searched for book in our store
because it has life-changing and healing potential.
Give this meaningful book to anyone in need of encouragement or
students figuring out what is important in life.
Dash poem is often read at funerals as a tribute to a
person's wonderfully lived "Dash" and is a beautiful sympathy
Ellis wrote her poem, The Dash, in one afternoon in 1996, it would
change her life forever. In 239 words, she captured the "Simple
Truths" of why we were put on this earth. Click here to read the poem.
Dash has been published hundreds of times in books,
newspapers, magazines and company newsletters. It has also been
read countless times at company meetings, graduations and
funerals.Now the dash is available in a beautifully designed gift
book along with nine simple truths from Mac Anderson about what we
can do to make a difference with our lives. A special gift for your
customers or your employees, give the gift of inspiration. It'll be
one that keeps on giving.
We invite you
to preview this book, and view the short DVD movie included with
To learn more
about Linda Ellis, click here.
LIVE~LEARN~LOVE~LAUGH & ALL
From Carly Williams of Everett, Washington.At age 44 I realized I
was waiting to die...not getting busy living. The Dash's message
had a profound effect on my life. Scared and excited I packed up my
house and moved to the area (another state) I had wanted to live
in...and once I made the decision..took action and walked though
the door and began living my dash...I have been reborn...thank YOU
Thank You Simple Truths
From James R. Bowman of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. I initially
ordered two cases of The Dash thinking at first they would be
special gifts for special people. Then it began to work on me in a
profound way and I began giving them to everyone. Why? Because my
own vision was uplifted and clarified and I realized that I know no
one who was not a special person deserving of a special gift. Mac,
we are beyond grateful for everything you do and everything you
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From Anne Wayne of Passaic, New Jersey on 10/21/2013.
I like the fact that more inspirational stories have been added to this wonderful book. I have given this book to many friends who have lost loved ones or who are struggling with the meaning in their lives. I find it very uplifting for all to read and gives us a chance to reevaluate our purpose in life.
From Ted Deramos of Skokie, Illinois on 10/18/2013.
This is an excellent visual tool to awaken your love ones that don't have grip of certainty of God eternal life.
Can't get enough of them
From Anonymous of Farmington, Arkansas on 10/2/2013.
The original book was great. This one is even better. I've lost track of how many copies I've bought. They make such great gifts, especially for older people who have had a remarkable dash. It's a blessing to be part of such dashes.
From Lyn Van Der Sommen of Charlottesville, Virginia on 9/28/2013.
Since discovering The Dash many years ago, I have purchased many copies and subsequently, many other publications from Simple Truths. The Simple Truths' website, products, customer and delivery services have all been excellent.All publications, filled with beautiful prose and photographs, I have shared with colleagues, friends and family. And I have given many as gifts to very special people in my life. They never disappoint. Thank you for sharing!Lyn Van Der Sommen
From Diane Greve of Knoxville, Tennessee on 9/25/2013.
I could not put this book down, I found this so interesting and one I will not forget. It gives you a whole different look on how to look at your life and what you have accomplished. So unique.
Wonderful book as gifts
From Anonymous of Sedona, Arizona on 9/6/2013.
I bought 10 of these books and have given them out to special people to me...children, boyfriend, parents. Great for anyone who needs some support and it helps put things in perspective. I would recommend everyone read it. The photos and dvd are just beautiful, and it can be read in small bits if needed. I will order more.
From Anonymous of Bonita Springs, Florida on 8/30/2013.
Wonderful Book, am giving to my friends as gifts. I had gotten this book from my sister-in-law, who has since passed on, and I treasure it and read it often as is very inspirational. CEV
From Brenda Dodgens of Leesville, South Carolina on 8/11/2013.
I was very impressed with The Dash - "Revised Edition" with free DVD. The book is a beautiful hard covered good binding. The pages are made of good quality paper with colorful pictures and the writing..print is very legible.The CD has beautiful music as well as pictures. I was very impressed with this and was very glad that I chose this item.For the quality the price was reasonable.
From KATHY MORRILL of SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa on 8/4/2013.
THEE most perfect gift to give..
From kathy morrill of spirit lake, Iowa on 7/25/2013.
my ultimate gift to give after I received one as a gift....
From Judy Burnside of Driggs, Idaho on 7/13/2013.
From Evangeline Ott of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 6/7/2013.
Very Nice. I plan to use these as gifts.
From Jacque Swanson of Pipestone, Minnesota on 6/7/2013.
I really like the book, it is done so good and I just love this company.
From Laverne Walton of Modesto, California on 6/6/2013.
I received the books as ordered. They were ordered for gifts. I hope the recipients appreciate them! Thank you!
From Peggy Barry of West Homestead, Pennsylvania on 5/23/2013.
We had purchased several copies of the original Dash to give as presents. This book is such a beautiful way to honor a loved one.The additional chapters in the revised edition are wonderful.
From Diane D. Lang of Dumont, New Jersey on 5/17/2013.
Everyone should read this great little book! I bought one for each of my sons for Christmas.
From Daniel Romero of Colorado Springs, Colorado on 5/16/2013.
A must read for everyone. It certainly puts perspective on living a life of appreciation, gratitude and purpose. The Dash is one of those books that truly invokes thought of how we live and how that life influences others and when time is come for our end to this life what others can truly say about how we lived with purpose.
From carol goskowsky of staten island, New York on 5/13/2013.
I ordered this book for myself I cannot puit it down it is really about life and how we live it Truly inspiring
From MaryJane Haller of La Grange, Kentucky on 5/10/2013.
This was purchased as a gift for a friend. It is a beautiful book and something I was proud to give as a gift. MaryJane
From Doris J Pharris of Leitchfield, Kentucky on 5/9/2013.
Each of you should read this book "The Dash"This is a gift for a high school graduate, my wish for each of you," read and live by". What an inspiration for daily living.
From Carolyn Durr of Kingwood, Texas on 5/6/2013.
It is a useful tool for ministers, counselors, and teachers to reinforce values and ethics. I use it in my grief counseling sessons.
From Charles Ploetner of Louisville, Kentucky on 4/28/2013.
One of the best, will buy more to pass around.
From Anonymous of maple mount , Kentucky on 4/22/2013.
I received my order quickly and I am enjoying it very much!
I couldn't recommed a book more hightly
From Jim Van Heel of Golden Valley, Minnesota on 4/18/2013.
I received my first copy of the Dash from a friend after the death of my parents.This book is life changing! I have purchased many copies and have now given away 11 copies to family and friends. Some of them have told me of the life changing effects in their lives. Linda Ellis's poem was truly inspired!
From Jody Horntvedt of Roseau, Minnesota on 4/4/2013.
This is a wonderful resource (book and DVD) -- though when I use it I find myself "hanging" at the end when the music stops so abruptly (which actually takes away the effect the message is having). If there would be an opportunity for you to transition the ending more smoothly this would be an even better product!!
From Trisha of Magnolia, Texas on 3/28/2013.
This the second time I have used this book as a bereavement gift/sympathy card. I love the message and how it is so beautifully put together for this book. Both of my friends have told me several times how much this book, its message and the beautiful poem means to them and they have thanked me for sending this at time when comforting words are needed.
From Eleanore Popp of Hayfield, Minnesota on 3/27/2013.
It is a great book and poem. I love it and plan to have it used as part of the service for my funeral service whenever that may. Linda Ellis is a great poet an author. I have thought about my Dash many times since the first book. This order was my second purchase.Thank you
From Anonymous of indiana, Pennsylvania on 3/23/2013.
One of the best things I've viewed this day,hopefully days to come.Thanks
From Willie Johnson of Lowell, Arkansas on 3/20/2013.
AWESOME!! A must buy..
From Elizabeth McDonald of Spring Grove, Illinois on 3/19/2013.
The book is outstanding! I already have the original edition, and I love the feedback from others who have been impacted by the book.
From Rick Cline of Richardson, Texas on 3/15/2013.
I absolutely love "The Dash". At first I bought it for my wife and I. Then I bought 4 copies for my children. I recently bought 5 more copies for friends. It is a wonderful gift of love.
From Marthum L. Brown-Tulloch of Bronx, New York on 2/25/2013.
I had purchased the original Dash and after reading I share it with my cousin who told me she was never giving it back to me. So when I saw this new one I had to have it. I could not put it down once I started....The stories that was added from others that have read the original Dash all brought me to tears every page I read....My mother saw me reading it and I was crying and she asked me what was wrong, after finishing it I let her read it, she told me on Saturday that I will need to buy another again because I will not be getting it back. I think I will have to purchase a case.
From Vici Mobraaten of Eau Claire, Wisconsin on 2/22/2013.
The Dash is a wonderful book to be read every 6 months to remind us to take care of our dash!
From Michael Cordova of Albuquerque, New Mexico on 2/20/2013.
I have not had time to read it all yet but from what I have seen it gives one reason to pause and reflect.
From Joan C. Shultis of Scottsdale, Arizona on 2/18/2013.
This is a very special book to me. I am glad I purchased it and will read it again and again.
From Theresa Vaughn of Paw Paw, Michigan on 2/11/2013.
I had purchased a copy of THE DASH a few years ago. Both my husband and I truly have tried to live our lives in the way we would want to be remembered. Before my husband died in July of 2012, he planned his "Celebration of Life" service. He wanted THE DASH to be included in the service. As per his wishes, this was done. Many, many people had never heard of THE DASH and were very touched by its' message. Our son and I were very pleased that, even after my husband's death, he was still able to reach people(he was a guidance counselor for 39 years)through the message of THE DASH. Thank-you. Theresa Vaughn
From Janelle Stimson of COEUR D ALENE, Idaho on 1/19/2013.
I have purchased many books from this company. One of which is Dash. I have read many of them and have watched many of the DVD's. I have not completed reading Dash; however, have read much of it and it is amazing. I would recommend this book along with almost any book on this site. They are all amazing. My husband has put me on a budget for the time being as I have bought way to many to read for the time being. I have to read about a quarter of the book when I get one so I have all these books about a quarter read that need to be finished they are all so great with fantastic authors. Thank You all!
From Anonymous of tulsa, Oklahoma on 1/14/2013.
this is an all time favorite of mine...have given so many as gifts....perfect...love the update
From Anonymous of Kalamazoo, Michigan on 1/6/2013.
The book is inspirational. I liked it so much I ordered 6 to give away. I received my order the next day and no shipping charges.
From Michael of Burns, Tennessee on 1/5/2013.
A very good book for anyone who has lost a loved-one.
From Pam of Hanover, Massachusetts on 1/5/2013.
I've loved the Dash poem for many years now. Each time I read it I take something different away and it always makes me feel stronger and happier. The book The Dash is a wonderful compilation of inspiring stories you can read over and over again!
From Betty Carlisle of Poplarville, Mississippi on 1/3/2013.
I have not had a chance to read all of the new "The Dash". So far it is excellent. If it is as good as the first book I would recommend it to everyone.
From Amy Mirialakis of Holder, Florida on 1/1/2013.
From T. N. of Kansas City, Missouri on 12/30/2012.
I shared this book with fellow members of a grief class I have been attending. We all had lost a spouse, parent or child, some just a few months earlier, some a few years ago. I got 'The Dash' email video just a couple of weeks after my husband's passing and it articulated beautifully what I had been thinking about my husband's 'dash'. He pretty much lived it to the fullest and with the principles outlined in the story.I thought it was a way to honor my husband, but also provide some comfort and inspiration to my fellow grievers.I've gotten very positive comments from those in my group that have read it. They had heard me talk about 'the dash' and were thrilled to have it for themselves.
From Bonnie Piotrowski of Arlington Hts, Illinois on 12/26/2012.
I originally ordered 5 copies of this book but, after reading it, I decided I will give these books as birthday gifts to people who have an importance in my life. Since there are many who have touched my life, and made a difference in "my dash", I shall order more and distribute them to others.This book is truly inspirational.
From I.M.R. of Corpus Christi, Texas on 12/19/2012.
I first ordered the plaque with the dash poem. I gave it to a Priest friend and he loved it. I now ordered him the book for Christmas. This book should be read by every person on this earth!
The Dash - Revised Edition
From Vicki Bechard of Mc Louth, Kansas on 12/15/2012.
Loved the additional stories! The Dash is a source of motivation for me... a true metaphor for life itself. I am actually planning on using it as a part of a writing workshop I'm doing next week for a nearby school. In light of the terrible school shooting yesterday, it really hit home for me and became part of my blog too.
The Dash is very moving
From avid reader of Sioux Falls, South Dakota on 12/8/2012.
I have only flipped thru and like what I seeHave some time sensitive projects I that have to be done by the end of December That means that right now, have no time to read.From quickly going thru the book, I am sure that I will enjoy it. It was a great buy
The Dash-"Revised Edition"
From LOIS HARRISON of TACOMA, Washington on 11/26/2012.
Ordering more to give as gifts.
From LOIS HARRISON of TACOMA, Washington on 11/26/2012.
This expanded version is even better than the original & it was awesome! Have given it to my children, grandchildren & many family members & friends. Thank you.
From Karen Kirkham of Juliaetta, Idaho on 11/19/2012.
beautiful book...got two for gifts
From Mary Shelton of Whitsett, North Carolina on 11/19/2012.
The book is so well-done. It is colorful and inspiring. The poem itself is inspiring also. It made me think about myself and assess my relationships with others. I especially like stories of how the poem has impacted others.
From Anonymous of Columbia, South Carolina on 11/18/2012.
I purchased five - one to keep and four to give after hearing former Ala. coach Stallings and current Clemson coach Sweeney talk about it. The book and photography are beautiful, the poem both thought-provoking and inspirational and the remainer of the book is great.
From Anonymous of YORK HARBOR, Maine on 11/18/2012.
GAVE AS A GIFT AND WAS GRATEFULLY APPRECIATED.THANK YOU
From Larry Morales of El Dorado, California on 11/17/2012.
Great and inspiring
Highly, Highly Recommended!!
From Shirley Leahy of Saginaw, Michigan on 11/17/2012.
This book is phenomenal!!! It has changed my way of thinking about life!! I can't begin to tell you what a great book this is. This would be a fantastic gift for anyone. Thank you so very much for sending me a book that is very inspirational and motivational all in one. Everyone needs to read this.
From Dian Park of New Berlin, Illinois on 11/16/2012.
The Dash is one of the books I will treasure and the DVD that came with it. I will recommend it to everybody I know.
From John Frost of Bernardsville, New Jersey on 11/12/2012.
Great motivation as we move into new year. used it in a goal setting talk and it was well received.
From EDITH PERRY of KELSEYVILLE , California on 11/2/2012.
I LIKE TO GIVE TIME AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO FRIENDS AND STRANGERS. WHEN I FIND SOMEONE IN NEED OR SAD BECAUSE A LOVED ONE HAS LEFT THIS WORLD. I ORDERED A COPY OF DASH. IT CHANGED MY LIFE. SIMPLETRUTHS COMES UP ON MY COMPUTER AND THAT IS WHERE I FOUND DASH. IT WAS SO GOOD I ORDERED SOME. WHEN I GO TO A GROUP MEETING I TAKE DASH WITH ME. If they can't afford the $10 I charge them they get it free. THE LAST TIME I I ORDERED THE NEW DASH REVISED. IT IS FANTASTIC. I ALSO GIVE IT TO FRIENDS OR STRANGERS IF I SEE A NEED. This world would be a better place if everyone had DASH AND BELIEVED IT.
From Carol Holden of Rochester , Minnesota on 11/1/2012.
I like this book, it provides the necessary comments that all of us business people need to stop and think about to assist with bringing balance into our lives.
From Pat McNelis of Livingston, New Jersey on 11/1/2012.
One of the most touching books - I used it in a eulogy and in a training - Versatile, real and true to heart- Great!!!!!
From Dr. Andrew Sears of Saginaw, Michigan on 10/29/2012.
The Dash is a simple yet very powerful poem that makes people sit up and take note of what matters and what doesn't matter in life. All too often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life with things that in the end have no relevance whatsoever and the DASH helps bring us back to reality. I have used this simple poem at eulogies and during empowerment talks and the reaction was "WOW!Where can I get that book?" Thank you Linda Ellis and Mac Anderson
From Bonnie of Butler, Pennsylvania on 10/29/2012.
This is an excellent book that could be read every day, almost like a devotional, to remind us what is important in life. I bought several to give as memorial gifts. I truly believe this world would be a better place if everyone would read it and take it to heart!
From Norman Chan of Framingham, Massachusetts on 10/25/2012.
From Anonymous of Martinsville, Virginia on 10/21/2012.
The truth of "The Dash" is the Dash its' self--Reading the book, You,the reader, become the dash-- very revealing, an awakening of self value and understanding-- JEM III
From Diane Lizza Sanders of Canyon Lake, Texas on 10/21/2012.
No matter how many times I read this book it gives me chills. If a person can't get this message of what is and what isn't important in life, I don't think they would get it. I know many of us in life want a certain amount of financial freedom AND time freedom, but at what cost? This book reminds me to keep that in mind.
From jdahmer of lees summit , Missouri on 10/20/2012.
excellent 5 star
From Linda Smee of Mobile, Alabama on 10/18/2012.
"The Dash" is an awesome book. It is very much the manner that I was raised. I try to live by it. I believe that Linda Ellis captured what I call "A Celebration of One's Life." The first part of dignity in death is celebrating the way that one has lived their dash. I heard this first when it was new, borrowed it from our library at work, returned it to order five more. They were and have been the source of comfort and guidance to many. Thank you, Linda, for this remarkable book.
From Judy Rye of El Paso, Texas on 10/7/2012.
These were so great, I bought 3 for Christmas gifts for daughters-in-law. I plan to get 3 more for friends.
From C A Fisher of saginaw , Michigan on 10/6/2012.
Recommend this for high school and college graduates
The Dash New addition
From C A Fisher of saginaw, Michigan on 10/6/2012.
Recommended for young adults and all other adults
A Celebration of Life
From Anonymous of Mobile, Alabama on 10/5/2012.
I must tell you that I sent "The Dash" to my sister in Georgia. I do not view death or anything as negative. It should not be. Linda wrote "the Dash" as a beautiful way to live life and find happiness. At the funeral, my sisters said that as the widow, Cherie, read the poem, everyone was very reflective... like asking themselves! Have I ever thought about these things before and if I have not maybe I should! My family agrees that it is a book about the "the Celebration of a Life." It arrived amazingly enough on the morning that her husband died, so she was allowed to read to many Linda Ellis poignant poem. There was not a dry eye in the house... Thank you, Linda
From David Orwick of Houston, Texas on 10/4/2012.
Highl recommend this for yourself and as a gift.
From Anonymous of Cross Plains, Tennessee on 10/1/2012.
I LOVE this book! I have ordered 22 now! Giving as gifts to people who have recently lost a family member.
The Dash- New edition
From Anonymous of Deer Isle, Maine on 9/23/2012.
This book is my go-to book when I need to align priorities. I have purchased it for family members and will continue to buy more. It is the video I open on Sunday morning for inspiration.
The Dash - "New Edition"
From James Hahn of Danville, Indiana on 9/14/2012.
I have distributed many copies of The Dash and will look forward to doing the same with the new edition.
From Dick Harned of Perrysville, Ohio, Ohio on 9/7/2012.
The book is and has always been Great, I was not real thrilled with the way you had it autographed on a cheap sticker. Everything else you do is First Class.
From Anonymous of Reading, Pennsylvania on 9/6/2012.
I first learned of this poem from a friend who received it in an e-mail. When her husband died suddenly years later, she asked that it be read at his service. It is nearing the anniversary of his death and I am sending her this lovely book in the hope that it will be a comfort to her. I also got a copy for my husband and me.Thank you for your excellent products.
From firstname.lastname@example.org of Chicago, Illinois on 9/4/2012.
The Dash has been my favorite book from Simple Truths. I purchase a few at a time and use them to send to friends who have lost family members and I have heard the words many times ain eulogies at funerals. Thank You for this very special book
From Roberta Burmeister of Cheboygan, Michigan on 8/31/2012.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have shared it with others who were equally impressed.
Heart warming reading
From Harry Slacum of Bethany, West Virginia on 8/31/2012.
I found The Dash - "New Edition" to be sincerely meaningful, lovingly expressed,truly helpful, and above all explains the principles we should live by each day. I shared with my three children plus several friends. Thank you for this great book.
The Dash - New Edition
From Cathie of Jasper, Tennessee on 8/31/2012.
I so needed to read this book. So uplifting and inspirational. I have read, and passed along to others with a request that they read and pass forward. God is good!
From awwong of Durham, North Carolina on 8/31/2012.
Everyone should read it before it's too late. Life is short, make it memorable and reasonable. It will definitely touch your heart and it did touch mine:-)
From Rose of Berlin, Wisconsin on 8/26/2012.
Wonderful book, totally identify with the story and hope to use the inspiration of the poem to use my dash wisely and well. Love the DVD also, will definitely by more as gifts for my family. Great customer service also.
Highly Recommend the Book
From Anonymous of Wheeling, West Virginia on 8/25/2012.
The book is awesome!! However, no DVD came with the books that I purchased. I'm checking into it.
From Ray Jones of Franklin, Indiana on 8/20/2012.
I had purchased this book a few years ago and really liked it and the DVD. My brother died in July and I gave my copy to his wife. I bought 4 more copies as I will give them to spouses of my relatives and close friends when one of them passes. I want the DVD played at my celebration of life when I pass on. I think it provides a wonderful message.
From Janet Griebel of Stroud, Oklahoma on 8/19/2012.
I first read the poem "The Dash" in a magazine a couple of years ago. For some reason it just hit me right in my core being. Life can be so short, but the way you spend it can be a lifetime. I purchased a copy of the book for myself plus one as a gift, and I also have the framed inspiration sitting behind my desk at work.
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