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How Can I Help? Paperback – March 12, 1985
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"How Can I Help? deserves a special place on that shelf reserved for truly practical wisdom." --Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
"How Can I Help? is a gentle, tender, spiritual book." --Karl Menninger, M.D., F.A.P.A
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In this practical helper's companion, the authors explore a path through these confusions, and provide support and inspiration fo us in our efforts as members of the helping professions, as volunteers, as community activists, or simply as friends and family trying to meet each other's needs. Here too are deeply moving personal accounts: A housewife brings zoo animals to lift the spirits of nursing home residents; a nun tends the wounded on the first night of the Nicaraguan revolution; a police officer talks a desperate father out of leaping from a roof with his child; a nurse allows an infant to spend its last moments of life in her arms rather than on a hospital machine. From many such stories and the authors' reflections, we can find strength, clarity, and wisdom for those times when we are called on to care for one another. How Can I Help? reminds us just how much we have to give and how doing so can lead to some of the most joyous moments of our lives.
Top Customer Reviews
I recommend it highly for anyone who wants to help others. I think it is an essential book for anyone who wants to help others
I also recommend: What the Dying Teach Us: Lessons on Living by Samuel Oliver
Basically, it starts with a focus on knowing and understanding yourself, tossing in a little mediation practice for good measure. If you are helping to feel better about yourself, you are not really helping.
Along the way there are, as other reviewers have said, inspirational stories that (well) inspire. It is a great balance of discussion and insight with stories about service.
When I got to the section on burn-out, I presumed that I know the answers. I have survive burnout and read several really good books on the subject. Relax, step back, etc. This book has an entirely different perspective that I think is more useful than the other books.
If you want to help people, and I presume if you are reading this book that you do, then you should consider reading this book. Thanks for helping.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A compassionate guide for helpers, and an aid to retaining one's independence.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
It made me look at helping from the right prospective. Beautiful and touching stories adorn this wonderful book. I could read it all over again!Published 2 months ago by Eva Tejada
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I had the pleasure of recommending "How can I Help" as a text for many years while I taught Inter and... Read more
It is a very interesting book in how to live a life from a different perspective. Very powerful stories.Published 15 months ago by kenji