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29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life
by Cami Walker

Published: 2009-10-06
Hardcover : 256 pages
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At age thirty-five, Cami Walker was burdened by a battle with multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurological condition that made it difficult for her to walk, work, or enjoy her life. Seeking a remedy for her depression after being hospitalized, she received an uncommon prescription from an ...
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At age thirty-five, Cami Walker was burdened by a battle with multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurological condition that made it difficult for her to walk, work, or enjoy her life. Seeking a remedy for her depression after being hospitalized, she received an uncommon prescription from an African medicine woman: Give to others for 29 days.

29 Gifts is the insightful story of the author's life change as she embraces and reflects on the naturally reciprocal process of giving and receiving. Many of Walker's gifts were simple ?a phone call, spare change, a Kleenex. Yet the acts were transformative. By Day 29, not only had Walker's health and happiness improved, but she had created a worldwide giving movement.

The book also includes personal essays from others whose lives changed for the better by giving, plus pages for the reader to record their own journey. More than a memoir, 29 Gifts offers inspiring lessons on how a simple daily practice of altruism can dramatically alter your outlook on the world.

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  "Thought and Discussion provoking"by barblibrarian (see profile) 01/28/13

Excellent book for a book club. The author suggests that giving a small something away each day for 29 days in a row changes your perspective and encourages a more giving and grateful spirit. This makes... (read more)

 
  "29 Gifts: How a Month of Givingcan Change Your Life"by StephanieL (see profile) 10/18/12

This is an honestly written story of a young busy driven woman brought to her knees by a life altering medical diagnosis. She writes about taking a different viewpoint with her lifestyle and how giving... (read more)

 
  "29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life"by lilcoco39 (see profile) 10/18/12

This book was a quick read and very uplifting. I found myself thinking about Cami's struggles with everyday tasks that we all take for granted like walking down her front steps in the morning. It reminded... (read more)

 
  "Excellent premise...unlikable person"by kdr4xmom (see profile) 08/09/11

I read this because of the idea of coping with chronic illness by focusing on others instead of self. There was just too much complaining and eventually strange spiritual stuff to really be relevant for... (read more)

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