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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564552527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564552525
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,591,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In her still best-selling Women Who Run with the Wolves ( LJ 6/15/92), Estes, a Jungian analyst turned New Age guru, presented "myths and stories of the wild woman archetype." In this slim volume, she embeds within two other brief narratives a retelling of the story popularized by O. Henry in his "The Gift of the Magi," here set in Hungary during World War II. The moral--since Estes believes that stories not only teach but heal--is also similar to O. Henry's: "The young couple . . . like the magi, were wise too, for they gave the most golden of all things possible. They gave their love, their truest love to one another." Her twist: "And it was enough." "The Gift of the Magi" has become a well-loved classic, and while Estes's retelling is graceful and wise and Michael McCurdy's wood-cut illustrations are dramatic, is the story different enough from O. Henry's to warrant a new publication? And will the millions of fans of Estes's previous work find it to be "enough"? Recommended only where there is demand.
- Marcia Welsh, Guilford Free Lib., Ct.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

When an old woman flees to a hut in a lonely forest, she seeks safety from the savage war that has devastated her village. What she discovers is the greatest of all gifts: a story.

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Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D. is an award-winning poet, diplomate senior jungian psychoanalyst, and a cantadora (keeper of the old stories) in the Hispanic tradition. She has been in private practice for twenty-five years and is former executive director of the C. G. Jung Center for Research and Education in the United States. The author of The Gift of Story and an eleven-volume series of bestselling audio works published by Sounds True in Boulder, Colorado, Dr. Estés heads the C. P Estés Guadalupe Foundation, a human rights organization that has as one of its nascent missions the broadcasting of strengthening stories via shortwave radio to trouble spots throughout the world.

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Her story telling is her history.
Dorothy L. Clark
This is a tiny book that you could place somewhere where you are sure that it will be picked up and read.
susan becker
This book gives a very good perspective on the importance of story in our lives.
Linda Bailey

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Daniel Ypkemeule on December 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This little book is true little gem about people that have less than nothing. All they have are their memories and sweet small desires, translated in exceptional stories. A masterpiece to be confronted by our greedy way of living. A must to read
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "bayviewgehreds" on March 29, 2002
Format: Audio Cassette
I enjoy this story so much I buy it as a gift for friends. The story helps to maintian focus on what is important in this world, when possessions and ambition confuse and distract. This is true wisdom of the heart.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gopal Ramasammy-Cook on April 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Being a student and practitioner of story, I guess I'm always subconsciously looking out for interesting stories that have some meaning or application in life. After reading Joseph Campbell and Christopher Vogler, I have also developed a keen interest in Jungian archetype theory and its application to the crafting of stories.

These were probably the elements that caused me to pick up the copy of this wonderful little book I found at the local second-hand bookshop (Obz Book). From an inscription in the front of the book, I gathered that it had been given as a Christmas gift in 1995 to someone called Colleen by her niece, Sarah.

To quote the author: "Stories that instruct, renew, and heal provide a vital nourishment to the psyche that cannot be obtained in any other way." Clarissa Pinkola Estés is a psychoanalyst in the Jungian tradition, an award-winning poet, author of Women Who Run with the Wolves and other works, a human-rights activist, and a Cantadora, or keeper of the stories. In A Gift of Story, she draws on the storytelling traditions of her Spanish-Mexican and immigrant Hungarian origins to weave a wonderful tapestry of short tales, both biographical and allegorical, that all link up, often in surprising ways. She sets out to answer the question: "What is 'enough' of a gift?" Starting with the story of the dying Bal Shem Tov, and ending with an account of her aunt's experiences in wartime Hungary which runs through the rest of the book (to say any more would spoil some of the twists and surprises), the author's commentary brings home some valuable life-lessons without coming across as too transparently didactic.

My only 'regret,' if one can call it that, is that the book is so short. I felt a few more stories would have been welcome.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reader on August 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I do not relish writing a tepid review about one of Dr Estes's books, but I was disappointed by this. It is certainly well-written, and the book itself is nicely produced. But I do not get how the story illuminates what is enough, unless enough is just simply to love people close to us so much that we are willing to give away all our possessions. Ie, that completely devoted love for another person is enough. That is enough, of course, but this story has always stuck me as a sad example of that.

Wait - that is not enough. That's the sweetened version of what we're supposed to say is enough, but ask any therapist, or anyone who's ever walked into an Alanon meeting: That kind of love is not enough to sustain a healthy person. That blind devotion/give everything kind of love is an unhealthy kind of love in the real world.

I have heard the story this book tells before. Estes mentions that this is an old story in the beginning of the book. It is about a poor young couple during Christmas. They have almost nothing, but they are so resolved to give each other a gift that the woman sells her beautiful hair to be able to buy a chain for her husband's watch. He sells his watch to get a comb for her beautiful hair. They don't know this, of course, until they present each other the gifts.

This story has always made me sad. Why do they have to give material gifts? Can they not show their love for each other in any other way than to give a gift - a material, purchased gift?

Maybe this book is about having enough. If it is, this is not my version of enough. To me, it seems more like being about giving away too much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christina on April 8, 2011
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Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes has a special gift. It isn't only the story which is wise and rich, a jewel itself, but the way how it is told.
Dr.Estes is a rare "master storyteller" and she has such a power of expression. There's also deep love and warmth in her voice. Her stories refresh, cure and are very, very nourishing for the soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bailey on January 19, 2009
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Telling stories is very important to our relationships and well being. This book gives a very good perspective on the importance of story in our lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ilikebirds on December 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have a little library in my house. There is a small section where I keep a treasure trove of some of my favorite Christmas books. Some with beautiful illustrations, some for children...and this little gem of a book by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés.
It is a perfect book to read in one sitting. And though it is a 'little' book - it is so full of messages that we all need to hear. Written beautifully with 'a story within a story'. I love to gift this especially to young families, balm for frazzled parents who maybe worry that they aren't doing enough. And it's such a reminder and lesson in how to share our stories with all those we love.
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