Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What I Know: Book Review & Giveaway



About The Book:

Only people at the bookends of life can truly tell it like it is. In What I Know, a remarkable group of 10-year-olds and 100-year-olds share their insights on life with Roger Fishman to reveal unguarded truths and surprising wisdom.

You’ll be inspired by the lighthearted yet profound thoughts from 10-year-olds:
“Think of yourself as a dot on a line. The things behind you are already over, so always move forward down the line.”
“Integrity is doing good deeds when no one is looking.”
“It’s not about whether somebody will ‘be there’ for you. It’s all about whether you will ‘be there’ for somebody else.”

And you’ll find time-tested knowledge in the words of centenarians:
“In marriage, you have two sides to the bed: one where you fight and the other where you make up.”
“You’ve got to love, respect, and develop a genuine belief in yourself before you can be there to do that for anybody else.”
“In life, the one thing you can control is your word.”

Offering a variety of perspectives from these two unique groups,
What I Know is, ultimately, a trove of universal truths from a diverse cross section of 10-year-olds and 100-year-olds with a wealth of experience.



 About The Author:

ROGER EMERSON FISHMAN is the founder and CEO of The ZiZo Group, Inc. He lives with his wife, Courtney Thorne-Smith, their son, Jack, and chocolate Lab, Norman, in Los Angeles.

My Review:

This book is beautiful. From the photographs of both the children and the adults, to the wisdom seen in the quotes. It has been a long time since I have been inspired by a book, and this book definitely inspired me.
It is divided into themes:

**Believing In Yourself
**Integrity
**Friendship
**Parenting
**Longevity
**The Joy Of Giving
**Preparing for Life
**Personal Choice
**Preserverance
**Change

Each section begins with a story from one of the adults and then is full of wisdom from the adults and children. I am always amazed at how wise children can be, and I still learn a lot from the wisdom of an older adult!

One of my favorite quotes is from a 10 year old....."Life is unexpected like a curveball. Sometimes you'll strike out, sometimes you'll get hit by the pitch, and other times you'll get the big hit. Just be ready for your at bat".

Another quote that really impacted me was by a 100 year old...."(talking about friendship) It's about learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. Let me tell you: you are very weird; we all are. When  you can find someone who's weirdness fits with your own, you better join up in mutual weirdness." This is priceless:)

I believe that this book will make you laugh and cry in the same reading! It did for me.

This would be the perfect gift for anyone in your life. Whether for Christmas, or birthdays, graduation or even a wedding gift! I highly recommend this book! It will change your life.

BUY IT: What I Know: Uncommon Wisdom & Universal Truth from 10 Year Olds and 100 Year olds can be purchased through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca, as well as through your local bookseller.

WIN IT: One reader will win their own autographed copy of What I Know by Roger Emerson Fishman


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22 comments:

  1. This looks like a great book! One piece of advice I was always given when I was younger was to always wear clean underwear in case I'm in an accident.
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