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“Now is the time for this book! If you are unemployed or stressed by the economic conditions of your life, here are stories of what people have done to find tremendous fulfillment.”  —Elizabeth Stookey Sunde, executive director, Public Domain Foundation



The Social Cause Diet is like Chicken Soup for the Soul, but without so much broth, because the stories are about making a difference, not just about feeling good.”  —Doug Stevens, founder, The Renewal Project



“Read this book to be inspired. Read it to be touched. Read it to gain motivation to begin your own work of hope and healing.”  —Michael Gingerich, executive director, Foundation of Cancer Research and Wellness

About the Author

Gail Perry Johnston is an art director, an artist, and a monthly columnist for Active Kids. She is the author of A Rumor of Angels and The Wish & The Wonder. She lives in Lafayette, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Cupola Press (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979334527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979334528
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,596,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am particularly passionate about birth, loss, and other pivotal times of life. My desire is to foster joy and faith, whether through my own writing or the gathering of the inspiring words of others. Self-growth has come to me largely through quiet times with a good book, and I hope to add to the pool.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sandra kay on July 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
this is a remarkable anthology filled with truth, inspiration and wisdom for children and adults alike. EXCELLENT testimonies regarding the mutually beneficial healing powers of volunteer work.

it is my philosophy that what we love to do, instructs us as to what we are here to do, and what suffering we endure, instructs us on who we are here to help once we've healed. this can be seen over and over again within the 45 short narratives of people who have transcended their personal tragedies by helping others through similar pains.

the concept and goal of this book: to successfully match readers with services/volunteer work most compatible with their personality, strengths/weaknesses, and passions, is a noble one. i was especially pleased to read, "this book provides no pecking order to the available causes to serve, because there shouldn't be any"

and gail johnston stays true to her words by showcasing the value of a wide variety of volunteer experiences from passing out pencils, to building homes, to providing medical care, to singing, random acts of kindness (prepaying a stranger's cab fare), to the actual founding of non-profit organizations.

no act of service is too small and all acts of service result in the benefits described at the beginning of the book: "...mysterious, spiritual belssings that can't be seen or measured but that surely enhance our well-being and quality of life"

like the author, i too am a survivor of eating disorders, and like the author also, i found that my healing and return to happiness and health is in large part thanks to the willingness and ability to move away from mass media influenced micro-self-consciousness and toward the much more important things in life: reaching out and helping others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brenda K. Blakely on April 23, 2009
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Everywhere you look there is a diet looking you in the face. What is the purpose? I think it is self improvement and a search for purpose. People today seem to be grasping at straws to find their purpose, find their best weight, way to do things, and the other elements that make up a purposeful life. The Social Cause Diet is really about finding your purpose. Gail Johnson presents a variety of purpose filled opportunites, many of which we would never think about on our own. It is inspiring, creative and hopefully meaningful to those who read it. If we all considered such a diet the world would be a better place and people would begin to find their purpose. Thanks Gail for the inspiration, I go back to my copy over and over to just renew my committment to a purposeful life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Louanne on December 20, 2008
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I'm not much of a non-fiction reader, but I loved this book. I really enjoyed both the author's short essays on the value of volunteering and the stories about how people have made a difference. It's the kind of book you can pick up and read for 10 minutes, finish a story, be inspired, then go back to your daily routine. I also liked the short description of each of the not-for-profit organizations featured in the book. As we change focus from accumulating material possessions to what's truly important in life, this book offers insight and direction for anyone who wants to make a difference in the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Holcomb on November 4, 2008
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I have read this book through and know I will read stories from it again soon whenever I need a pick-me-up. It is a great reminder of how many ways there are to help others and of all the great people out there who make it a habit to do so. This really showed me how we can use our own interests and talents to help others and make it our way of life. I recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James E. Ott on November 14, 2008
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I recommend this book to anyone who loves to be inspired and who cares about giving back to our community. The stories are short and uplifting and well-written. I kept thinking I'd read "just one more story" and the next thing I knew I'd read half the book. The book's message: We can all make a difference in our world and be healthier for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Gingerich on May 29, 2009
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Whenever we have deep meaning in our lives and a purpose for which to live we are richer, healthier people. This book, "The Social Cause Diet", reminds us of that. It challenges us to examine our lives and our priorities. It calls us to seek ways in which we personally can make a more positive and lasting difference in this world. The "Social Cause Diet" shows us how others are creating a legacy for themselves by reaching out to others and gives us examples of how we can do it too. I congratulate Gail Perry Johnston for putting these stories together. She has borne witness to the rich blessings that are given and that come when we strive to make our communities and the world around us a better place. Read this book to be inspired. read it to be touched. Read it to gain motivation to begin your own work of hope and healing.
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