Monday, December 12, 2011
The Hidden Gifts of Helping: A Book Review
The Bible clearly tells us that we are to love one another; it also proclaims that we are to bear one another's burdens.
Research has revealed that when we show concern for others - empathizing with a friend who has lost a loved one, mowing the lawn for an elderly neighbor, or volunteering to mentor a school-aged child - we improve our own health and well-being and embrace and give voice to our deeper identity and dignity as human beings.
In this moving book, Post helps us discover how we can make "helping" a lifetime activity. The Hidden Gifts of Helping explores the very personal story of Post and his family's difficult move and their experience with the healing power of helping others, as well as his passion about how this simple activity - expressed in an infinite number of small or large ways - can help you survive and thrive despite the expected and unexpected challenges life presents.
Post's story is a spiritual journey that we can all relate to at some time in our lives. Intertwined with supporting scientific research and spiritual understanding, the book demonstrates that by looking outside of ourselves we gain better well-being and strengthen our faith. This book can become your companion and guide to the power of giving, forgiving and compassion in hard times.
"We can be anywhere, so long as we are helping others and caring for them. This is probably the one source of stability in our lives that we can truly depend on, and so in the end we are never really out of place," states, Post.
About The Author:
Stephen G. Post is Professor of Preventative Medicine, Head of the Division of Medicine in Society, and Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. He was previously (1988-2008) Professor of Bioethics, Religion, and Philosophy, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University and Senior Research Scholar at the Becket Institute of St. Hugh's College, Oxford University. Post is a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. Post and his family are active members of their local Episcopal Church.
The Hidden Gifts of Healing was an incredibly motivating, encouraging and challenging read. It is very well-written, easy to read and will be enjoyed by adults at all ages and stages of life. Everyone of us has faced challenges, some harder than others, but Post encourages us to take those challenges, no matter how difficult, and turn them into something good but helping others! I really enjoyed the style of writing and the honesty and vulnerability with which the author wrote. Definitely inspirational in a time when inspiration is hard to find. A definite reminder that we may not have control over the events that occur in our lives but we can control our reactions to those events and the attitudes that result. A great reminder!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase The Hidden Gifts of Healing online through Amazon
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of The B and B Media Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***