At age 35, 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.
Relatable, grounding, compassionate, real. Well worth the read. Highly recommended. It will change your outlook.
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I wanted to love this book but I can't.
What I love:
- Her description of her illness and what she believes are the causes.
- The idea that giving is an integral part of what we want our communities to be.
- Being a part of a team, showing that we all need a support network.
The items that make me have an extreme distaste:
- The narrator. I felt the narrator brought a tone of 'I'm better than you' to the text that I would not have read into the lines written on a page.
- Apparent lack of empathy. I wanted more of the 'I was overwhelmed and treated my husband horribly but he didn't deserve that terrible behavior.' I wanted her to feel his pain in losing the wife he thought he had. I wanted her to acknowledge that he has been awesome. I received the tension in the relationship but I didn't feel the compassionate healing that needed to come from true giving.
- An epilogue that is over an hour?
I love the idea of giving. I'm walking away from this book with a better idea of why we give and feel this will be the most valuable part. I'm rather disappointed and won't recommend this book to my friends.
I'm giving an overall of 3 stars because all a reader needs is to try is 29 days of giving without expecting anything in return.
I'm rating the narrator and story 1 star because I feel run over by negative emotions.
I can't finish this book because it lacks sensitivity and compassion, is read without authenticity or vulnerability, and does feel like bragging.
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I generally don't have much, but compared to the rest of the world? I am definitely a "Have". The only thing is, I suffer from chronic crippling depression, and that can sometimes make life and my outlook really, really bleak.
"29 Gifts" was a truly remarkable book that changed the way I maneuver my way through life and through the world. What starts as Cami's desperate way to change her illness, turns into a full-blown movement. Here you'll witness as she goes through euphoria when things start taking a turn for the better, her confusion when life STILL throws her curve balls and low points, and her complete determination to continue when no matter what, life, her spirit, changes for the absolute best.
Giving is about a mindful communion with other people, and I, as an Oblivious Git Extraordinaire, need that reminder that I'm not alone but am here on a planet filled with people just struggling to get along, people who need a kind word, a flower, a few bucks or a cup of coffee. You'll learn to give with joy, and you'll even learn how to give when you feel scarcity in your life (probably the MOST important time to give if ever there was one!).
What I liked best about the book is when Cami feels too freaked out by life and by scarcity to continue on the silly "giving" thing but does it anyway. What a gift to those of us listening to that struggle, living it.
But the most important thing is: Giving somehow, some way, brings us closer to our gratitude for all that life and the universe have bestowed upon us. Some of us have love, some have family and friends, some have security. Some have none of the above but may have the ability to look within and think: The universe has my back; and I'm worth it.
Keep in mind that the last hour or so is not the book, actually, but is a series of stories of people who are working the gifts into their lives and have seen wondrous results, felt wondrous sensations. Also, there's a website: 29gifts.org if you want to share.
I still have chronic depression, am still on meds, but now I look at the symptoms as ways to find the cure. Loneliness and worthlessness?
Give more, share more, tell people I love them more, and for heaven's sake: Be oh so thankful!!!
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I don't agree with the other reviews. Not much substance and not uplifting, maybe I was expecting more based on the other reviews. As for the narrator, her narration with her normal voice was good, but her accents for the other characters was pretty bad.
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Didn't need to be this long . Fell asleep several times . Then wake up and couldn't remember the last thing I heard .... Just way too long
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This is an awe inspiring book. I've joined the purpose and am super excited about it. A must read.
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Loved every second and felt so inspired by her journey. She makes you feel part of the story - you really connect with her as a person. It was truly beautiful ❤
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I thought the concept was great, to give a gift each day, but I could not stick with the author as she whines and then tells all these crazy New Agey stuff. Don't waste you money.
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I really thought this book was about how her life changed through the giving of these gifts. That is why I bought it. WRONG. It is about giving gifts BUT it also goes into her dealings of occultism. If I had known she was going to go there in her book I would have passed it up. The narrator did a good job so no complaints about her.
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Thought I was a giver by nature but realized I only give if it's easy... giving has many levels... the harder it is the more rewarding it is!
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