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By Norm Goldman
Published on December 18, 2012
 

Publisher: Reader's Digest

ISBN: 978-1-62145-049-8 (HC)

ASIN: B009KYFCD2 (KINDLE)




Publisher: Reader's Digest

ISBN: 978-1-62145-049-8 (HC)

ASIN: B009KYFCD2 (KINDLE)

Celebrating their 90th anniversary, Reader's Digest has put together thirty-eight of their best stories that have been published over the years. The collection is divided into seven distinct themes, Joy, Miracles, Gratitude, Giving, Holidays, Healing and Heroes. These are essays, as noted in the introduction, will move readers to tears while others will make us laugh enabling us to forget our worries. Moreover, they are served in easily digestible five to ten page installments and make great night-time readings, particularly when we can acknowledge that we have consumed something worthwhile.

Some of the contributors are household names as Christopher Reeve, Alex Haley, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill Bradley, Billy Crystal, Helen Keller, and James Michener. This, however, in no way detracts from the contributions made by some lesser known writers, yet are nonetheless as poignant, moving and memorable-stories that we will want to share with others.

Among the stories I found particularly moving was Helen Keller's Three Days To See where she begins with “I HAVE OFTEN thought it would be a blessing if each human being were stricken blind and deaf for a few days at some time during his early adult life. Darkness would make him more appreciative of sight; silence would teach him the joys of sound,” reminding us how precious are sight and sound. And as she concludes, “I WHO am blind can give one hint to those who see: Use your eyes as if tomorrow you would be stricken blind.” Another is Christopher Reeve's Decision where he candidly writes about his horrendous accident that caused paralysis from the neck down and his fight for air as if he were a drowning person. He describes his wife's dedication and her special words that encouraged him not to give up, “You're still you. And I love you.”

Billy Crystal's My Father and Me is particularly moving when he describes his last unfortunate words uttered in anger to his dad and if he could only have been able to apologize to him before he died. Within the section Giving one story undoubtedly stands out, Henry Hurt's She Gave Her Father Life where a daughter who was killed in an auto accident donates her heart to her father.

As noted in the introduction, the participating editors state that after reading and sorting out the different stories, they felt changed because that is the power of a great story: “It lifts our spirits, teaches us something new, connects us to our community, and inspires us with ideas about who we might become.” I am sure after reading these stellar contributions, you will feel the same way. In all, a valuable and thought provoking resource that will refresh the soul, confirm one's humanity, and offer us comfort.

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