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Letters to Sam: A Grandfather's Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life Hardcover – April 23, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; English Language edition (April 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402728832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402728839
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In addition to his thriving psychotherapy practice, Daniel Gottlieb serves as the host of Voices in the Family, an award-winning mental health call-in show in America. He has also written columns for a magazine and is the author of three other books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I read the book in one day and did not want it to end.
Nanci Raphael
I know how hard it is to describe the abstract world; and hopefully one day my son will understand this world we live in and embrace those who understand.
My 3 Sons
This is a wonderful book, full of heartwarming letters and lessons on life, love and hardships.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Gordon, Ph.D. on April 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I loved Letters to Sam for several reasons. It has an emotional drive that psychologists commonly fail to develop in their books that makes it a great read. Letters to Sam is so deeply felt and courageously personal. It teaches us all how to find appreciation and meaning in life no matter what the situation. Daniel Gottlieb does it by telling us about his own struggles. I recommend this book to a patient who also has an autistic grandson. She found it therapeutic as well as a great story. Then I began to recommend it to many of my patients who seemed to be running out of steam. They were also inspired and encouraged to hang in there and grow in psychotherapy. I loved the story for its own sake. Thank you Dan for this great book and all that you have done for so many-more than you can ever realize. This book is a major achievement that will entertain and encourage people for generations.
I Love You Madly! On Passion, Personality and Personal Growth, second edition
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By W. A. Zeckhausen on May 1, 2006
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For twenty years, Dan Gottlieb has hosted a psychology call-in radio show, "Voices in the Family," broadcast from Philadelphia's NPR affiliate. For ten years, he has written a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Through letters and persons calling in, plus his psychotherapy practice, he has listened, observed, and learned about the cruelties, courage and compassion that touch us all. And as he writes in his introduction, "Books taught me a bit about psychology. But paralysis taught me to sit still and keep my ears and heart open so I could listen."

Dan has also for over twenty years of his fifty plus years been quadriplegic. In his introduction, Dan explains that quadriplegia puts the body at risk, and he feared he wouldn't live long enough to share with his grandson Sam lessons of life, or to be known by him. When Sam was two, it was discovered that he was autistic. Dan wrote: " I wept for Sam. I realized that I had more than ever to tell him. . . I wanted to teach him what I've learned about fighting against the kind of adversity that I face almost daily and fear he will face also. And I wanted to tell him how peace often happens when we simply stop fighting."

I have heard Dan speak at two Healing and Spirituality Conferences, so I know his ability to penetrate our defenses and reach those soft spots that many of us intentionally or unconsciously hide, i.e. the very places where we are most deeply human, compassionate, sensitive, and wise. So it's not surprising that Dan is able to do the same in his writing. Nor is it surprising that his publishers believe the books coming impact will be similar to "Tuesdays with Morrie". David Elpern, M.D.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nanci Raphael on May 23, 2006
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Letters to Sam is a touching, soul-provoking work of art which I could not put down. I read the book in one day and did not want it to end. Each chapter took me further into the life of the author, and at the same time I recognized parallels within my own life. As Dan Gottlieb writes to his grandson, Sam, I could feel my own heart opening up. His writing is not only genuine, but generous; sharing the deepest and darkest moments in his life, but not leaving the reader in gloom. Instead, I was left with an uplifting love, and a deeper compassion for myself and others.

As I read the book, I began to imagine what it would have been like to have a grandfather like Dr. Gottlieb, someone who could guide and advise me on this journey of living. As Dan writes this book, he holds his grandson's hand, and that of the reader's as he weaves his masterful stories with meaningful insights and lessons. What a gift for a grandchild. And what a gift for the reader!

As an Executive Coach, I want all of my clients to read this book. Sometimes we go through our days in a daze of tasks, not stopping to smell the roses. This book gives pause to living a life not full of tasks, but one of connectivity to ourselves and to those around us.

I would doubt that after reading Letters to Sam, anyone could argue that their own humanity hasn't been deepened. The ultimate message Dan Gottlieb delivers is that we need to embrace our darkest side as well as our lightest side which will bring us closer to our desires for more harmony, peace and joy in our own lives.

Bravo!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on May 28, 2006
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What a find! I purchased this book at a fund raiser and I received much more than the water damaged UU church. This book is packed with lessons on living told with striking vulnerability and wisdom. It is a concentrated dose of Dad's radio show but he is the guest and interviewer. You don't need to be a listener to be uplifted and transformed by, "Letters to Sam."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Darlene Cavalier on June 21, 2006
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Kind, gentle, loving, and remarkably gratifying. Gottlieb lets us peek into his personal life as he sprinkles golden nuggets of sage advice for his grandson, Sam. Sam is clearly loved. By sharing his knowledge and insight with Sam in this book, Gottlieb extends his love to all who read this. I feel better prepared to face life's personal challenges and to help all I love do the same.
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