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Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod [Book Review]

I finished Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM) by Hal Elrod in April, and as part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge I promised to write a book review for each book read over the next two years! This is book number 6!

I discovered Miracle Morning through another blogger and former classmate of mine. In her post, she discussed her morning routine and how it was largely inspired by Miracle Morning’s SAVERS (more on that later).

I’ve come to love reading self-development books. This hasn’t always been true though. When I started reading as a young girl it was all fiction novels. It began with Fear Street and The Babysitters Club, then I later branched out to fantasy authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling, Robert Jordan, Margaret Weis, and Tracey Hickman. Now my appreciation for literature covers many genres and I still don’t feel satiated!

I would estimate that I started reading self-development books around 2011 – with Kelly Cutrone’s If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You. My choices have changed since though. I used to be drawn to self-development books written by famous celebrities, probably because I thought I wanted to be like them so I wanted their advice. Now, however, I tend to read based on the topic or the expertise of the author.

Self-development books work because they are inspiring and motivational. People are always looking for areas of improvement in their lives so there will always be an attraction to this genre of non-fiction.

Miracle Morning is just that, it is motivational and claims to improve many areas of your life if you follow the advice of the author Hal Elrod. Continue reading to find out my thoughts on his claims and my overall impression of his philosophy.

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Quick Info

Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM) by Hal Elrod
Published by: Hal Elrod
Publication Date: December 7, 2012
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 


Miracle Morning Synopsis

“What if you could miraculously wake up tomorrow and any-or every area of your life was transformed? What would be different? Would you be happier? Healthier? More successful? In better shape? Would you have more energy? Less Stress? More Money? Better relationships? Which of your problems would be solved? What if I told you that there is a “not-so-obvious” secret that is guaranteed to transform any-or literally every area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible? What if I told you it would only take 6 minutes a day? Enter The Miracle Morning. What’s now being practiced by thousands of people around the world could perhaps be the simplest approach to creating the life you’ve always wanted. It’s been right there in front of us, but this book has finally brought it to life. Are you ready? The next chapter of your life-the most extraordinary life you’ve ever imagined-is about to begin. IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP TO YOUR FULL POTENTIAL…”

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And this epic book trailer…

My Thoughts

There were many great points made by Hal Elrod in Miracle Morning.

The premise of the Miracle Morning is to wake up an hour earlier than you normally would and use that time to incorporate different self-care techniques. According to Hal Elrod, instead of focusing on one self-care action, such as exercising, start your day doing many that are lauded in self-care books.

Called SAVERS, the Miracle Morning recommends you start your morning with Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing. These are done in 5-20 minute blocks for the first hour of your day.

Hal claims he discovered this method accidentally and it has helped him climb out of depression and reach his full potential. Since the publication of Miracle Morning, many others have shared their experience with the routine and how it has transformed their life. For example, Happy Girl Fit shared her Miracle Morning on her YouTube Channel celebrating the benefits of SAVERS.

So what do I think?

While I haven’t put the SAVERS morning routine into practice yet, I do think Hal Elrod is onto to something.

There were many points made in his books that really resonated with me.

The practice of Morning Affirmations is a good way to start your day in a positive mindset. Often times we have negative self-talk, especially if you deal with anxiety and depression, and this can really affect your outlook on life, your productivity and hamper your progress towards your goals. So I really liked the thought of saying affirmations out loud for 5 minutes in the morning.

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The reading and scribing portion of the routine also spoke to me.

Reading a self-development book for a short period in the morning can fill your brain with ideas and motivation which is exactly what I need in the morning.

Scribing is the word Elrod used for writing (because ending SAVERS with a W made no sense). In Miracle Morning he discusses journaling as a positive way to end the thinking that we aren’t accomplishing anything. Hal Elrod encourages readers to journal every single day, keeping a journal for each year so that you can look back on the year and reflect on how much you accomplished. This spoke to me because like many people I sometimes feel like I am not accomplishing anything. But if I look back, I am in fact doing a lot. It is a great exercise and one that I want to add to my routine.

My Rating

I gave Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod a 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads. It was an inspiring short book and I felt motivated to action, to incorporate SAVERS into my Morning Routine. I found his argument to include many self-care actions into a one-hour period genius! However, I did find the book spent to much time marketing the idea and preaching that it is going to transform your life rather than show me how. If the author had spent less time pitching Miracle Morning and spent more time with the actions it would have received a full 5 out of 5 stars from me.

If this sounds like a book you would enjoy you can purchase a copy from Amazon.

Other than its “salesy” tone, I highly recommend Miracle Morning if you’re interested in adding more productivity, happiness, and energy in your life. If you have read the book already let me know your thoughts by sharing them in the comments. 





  1. Katie says

    You’re totally right about the too much marketing and not enough how. I was definitely inspired to start my mornings earlier by this book and initially used the SAVERS. I’m still getting up early, but I’ve drifted away from a good routine and find myself being almost as wasteful with my time as I am in the evenings. Going to have to work harder to change that!

    • sarah.fournier says

      I think most people agree that mornings are tough but getting up earlier does have its perks. Your morning routine blog post inspired me to pick up Miracle Morning. I don’t follow SAVERS but I have trained myself to get up 3 hours earlier than I was before reading this book. I find I’m so much more productive working earlier in the morning and it’s just healthier for the mind to be up earlier in my opinion.

      P.S. I couldn’t access your blog when I wrote this post, I wanted to link back to your post about it. Will do that now though!

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