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Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World Hardcover – September 26, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside; 1ST edition (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743298314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743298315
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At a tender age I discovered that it isn't doing spectacular things that makes you remarkable in the eyes of God, but instead, it is when you light just one candle to dispel a little bit of darkness that you are doing something tremendous. And if, as a global people, we put all the little bits of good together, we will overwhelm the world."-- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"I began to see that nothing I can do will bring me happiness unless it includes happiness for others. Whenever I suffer, it's really because I have discounted the other. The flip side of that is being genuinely concerned for the other. When this happens, we have a true spontaneous moment of satisfaction, happiness, and joy."-- Richard Gere

"If we think of our life as an effort to fly always just a little bit higher and reach a goal that's just a little bit beyond our reach, we are faced with a question: How high can any of us go by ourselves?"-- Dr. Jane Goodall

"I shared a conviction with my husband that, even in a conflict region such as ours, when human needs and aspirations are prioritized in a society, that society is better able to resist and topple tyrants and extremists. That when people have hope and opportunity, they will sacrifice and invest in a stable and peaceful future for their families. And when we invest in young people, miracles can happen."-- Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Craig Kielburger is the founder and chairperson of Free The Children and the cofounder of Leaders Today. Craig has received the Nelson Mandela Human Rights Award, the World Economic Forum GLT Award, the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child, the Roosevelt Freedom Medal, the Governor General's Medal of Meritorious Service, the State of the World Forum Award, and two honorary doctorates. He has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Marc Kielburger is a Harvard graduate and a Rhodes Scholar with a law degree from Oxford University. He is cofounder and chief executive director of Leaders Today and chief executive director of Free The Children. Marc is a columnist for The Toronto Star, Canada's most-read newspaper. He is one of the youngest recipients of the Canadian business community's Top 40 Under 40 award.

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This book is very uplifting.
David Reiss
Me to We is truly inspirational in the way it speaks from the heart, and encourages all of us to make a difference in our lives, our community, and our world.
Shoshana Albo
As a young person, this book really gave me a clearer understanding of the state of the world around me and how I can make a difference.
Lauren

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
The authors of ME TO WE are brothers who found that reaching out to others helped them be happier in their own lives: at age 12 Craig founded the international organization Free the Children, and human rights issues and work have led both to journeys around the world finding new connections. ME TO WE blends personal experiences with a philosophy geared to commitment and improving lives, offering the belief that individual action CAN make a difference in the world. ME TO WE tells exactly how and will serve as an inspirational guide especially recommended for public library collections.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on December 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Having a kid about the age of the kids who wrote this book I find it rather amazing that they found what they wanted to do in life as early as they did and wonder how they had the drive and the financial capability to have carried their ideas as far as they have.

The book concentrates on moving a persons attitude from thinking only about how to succeed themselves to thinking about a rather liberally defined we. As I understand their 'WE' it can be just bringing laughter to a group by being a comic. It can be a big thing like joining the peace corps, or a minor thing like volunteering somewhere to do something.

I can't, for myself, say that I've done as much as I could have done down through the years. But I can say that even a simple thing like ringing the bell at the Salvation Army Christmas pot for a few hours makes me feel a lot better. And I can say that the book has an excellent grasp of how that is.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Ezzo on April 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Kielburgers have managed to do it yet again. This book certainly matches the quality of the others they have put out in the past. Though this book really is for everyone, it appeals to an adult population that may not have already been reached. I seldom purchase books for others and I have already purchased 2 copies for friends and plan to give even more. Though labeled as a self-help book, it is less of a self-help and more about how we can help others. It reminds us of our responsibility to others and provides inspiration to continue to good things with great love. This book is perfect for those who have traveled to third-world countries, are helping others in their own communities, are participating in service learning, and those who may need a glimpse of the world beyond their front door. This book is, hands down, my favorite book of all time and is a book that I continue to read over and over again. It is great to see the work and message of people like Joe Opatowski continued through this book! Buy it and you will not regret it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Kline on April 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Words cannot describe the impact this book has had on my life. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Today's society is so "me" focused, we forget about everything else. After reading this book I started my own 501C3 organization. It's not everyday you read a book that reminds you why we are all here.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Reiss on December 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is very uplifting. The stories range from powerful to heartwarming to simply beautiful. A great read for anyone young or old. Just keep an open mind and get ready to be inspired.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Paschall on May 6, 2007
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I enjoyed this book immensely. Especially, the universal, multi-cultural worldview of the authors. Initially, I borrowed it from our library system in Maryland to see whether I wanted to add it to my collection. Then I purchased the book on amazon.com and gifted it to my friends in Eagle River, Alaska. I purchased the CD to listen to in my car. The concept of "me to we" is not new; however the book is based on the authors' experiences and successful ventures on behalf of the children of the world. As you encourage others to be less materialistic, be blessed and continue to be a blessing to others.

Mary Paschall

author "In The Silence"
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Determined Dreamer on November 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The truth conveyed by this book awakens what makes us human. It reminds us that the common denominator within us is not baseness, but greatness that is found in compassion and love.

If you wish to find out who you wish to be, read this.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. Nicholson on October 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love this book because it is so accessible. The writing is so clear and easy to understand. And you cannot help but be touched by the stories in Me to We. I'm going to have my grade 7 class read this.
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