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Kitchen Table Wisdom 10th Anniversary (Deckle edge) Paperback – Deckle Edge, August 1, 2006
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This is a MUST READ for anyone who is a "health-care professional." The wisdom and compassion learned from a lifetime of being both a doctor and a healer is beautifully and articulately expressed in this book. It could easily be described as an ethical will.
I was given a copy of this book by a colleague many years ago. I only recently read it for the first time, and I now realize what a wonderful gift I received. I know I will reread this book and refer to it many times. The subtitle explains it: "Stories That Heal." I cannot imagine that anyone reading this book thoughtfully would not be deeply rewarded for the time spent. I very rarely have read something that I would recommend to EVERYBODY, but this is one book I WILL recommend to everybody. Epiphany, anyone? File under "Guide for Living Well."
Remen shows through her own story living with Crohn's disease how suffering and helplessness helped her to connect more deeply with others and live with an open heart. Her illness included being in a coma after a massive bleed in her mid teens, having her large intestine surgically removed and having to wear an ileostomy, and years of intensive therapy with toxic drugs. She says her experience taught her that at the heart of intimacy is vulnerability. When we see a matching vulnerability in another we know we will not be judged. That we are all more than we know and that wholeness is never lost, it is only forgotten.
Her inspiring stories illustrate that the purpose in life is to grow in wisdom and love. How perfection is a booby prize. What is needed is simply to be human. How we sometimes trade wholeness for approval from others. How the way we see another may easily become the way in which we see ourselves. How "broken" is only a stage in a process. How the healing of suffering is compassion not expertise. How the healing of our woundedness lies in reclaiming our capacity to heal others through touch, forgiveness and acceptance. That anger only becomes a problem when we become wedded to it. How fear of losing things we possess end up possessing us.Read more ›
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A wonderful collection of short readings about dealing with illness. I frequently give this book as a gift to friends dealing with a new diagnosis of health problems. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Marty McLaren
Comforting book. Helps me keep at peace with my own journeys. You'll gain a nice prospective on life's struggles and triumphs. I did lots of highlighting throughout this one. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Hagop
This is a terrific read. Years ago I read some of it; now I have read all of it. Very profound and puts things into perspective. I loved it and recommend this good read.Published 20 days ago by R. Alan Hedges
I can't praise this book enough. Rachel Naomi Remen's sensitive renderings of her experiences as a doctor with very ill and at times dying people was a continual attention-getter... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer