- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: Ari Sytner; 1 edition (September 8, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0998198404
- ISBN-13: 978-0998198408
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Kidney Donor's Journey: 100 Questions I Asked Before Donating My Kidney Paperback – September 8, 2016
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About the Author
Ari Sytner is a serial optimist. He is a social worker, therapist, inspirational speaker, Huffington Post contributor, blogger, CEO, rabbi, organizational strategist, consultant and proud kidney donor. Ari is the Director of Leadership and Community Development for Yeshiva University, where he travels to communities worldwide to train and inspire healthy and functional communal relationships and organizations. He holds a BA in psychology, MS in education, MSW in social work and is currently a Ph.D. candidate. His positive messages of kindness and optimism universally resonate through all the work he does.
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Top Customer Reviews
You don’t have to be standing in line for organ donation to profit from reading this book. Simply put, important decisions in many other of life’s domains raise questions not unlike those treated in these pages about our own fears, our courage, and our responsibility to others. Sytner’s Journey is much like an organized journal of reflections at every step of the way, from reflection, to decision, to acting and returning to reflect on the results. His thoroughness provides 360° feedback to the maturation of decision, from blossom to fruit, from ripening to plucking to ultimate consumption and aftertaste. Perhaps the fact that the route of organ donation is not everybody’s everyday decision path is an asset to non-donors benefitting from this read – the dynamics of decision-making and the kinds of questions we ask become clearer when reflective subject matter is not identical to our own pressing concern.
I also found this book interesting from a professional point of view as an interculturalist. It is in a very real sense auto-ethnography in the way it reveals the author’s own identity narrative, both its uniqueness and its communality with the stories that all of us tell about who we are. Such journaling reveals the discourse we have inherited from our background and those narratives that we ourselves create, alone and with others, as we digest the flow of everyday life, punctuated by its important turns. Faith, family and community are themselves always inner voices as well as ambient ones, raising questions we need to answer, both mundane and life-challenging. All of this is reflected in Sytner’s reflections. One is reminded while reading of the old metaphor of the woolen sweater with a loose thread–if you pull carefully and gently on that thread, you may be able to unravel the whole garment and wind it into a ball that you can hold in your hand. Likewise, how we face our important decisions, if done with care may lead us to see who we are, why we do what we do, and free us from entanglements that keep us from taking important steps that enrich our deepest selves in offering parts of ourselves to those around us.
lovely soul. Sytner's thoughtful, gentle, presence permeates every word. Rarely, could one say reading a book is an inspiring holy
experience, but this is moving.
How can I say this without sounding hokey: "It almost makes one wish to need a kidney, just to have Ari's energy in your life!"
While it is magnificent that he donated a kidney, I have no doubt this 100 Questions book will go a long way to inspire many others
to do the same. This book should be in the waiting room of every doctor in America.
It is refreshing, because you brought into the heart of the matter, gently, quietly and deeply. There is no codependent hysteria screaming to everyone: DONATE A KIDNEY, DONATE A KIDNEY. This book is a quiet treatise that helps the foreign and frightening become a "doable possibility.' I am nearly 70 and I thought, "I wonder if they'd take mine?" Simply brilliant. Carlos Castenadas says it well: Follow the Path With Heart. This book sure does that.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who knows someone with chronic kidney disease, or who may be intrigued about organ donation.
I have family members with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and I am currently on the waiting list to donate my kidney. I supported Ari’s Kickstarter for the book and am now purchasing multiple copies to share with others to help increase awareness of the kidney donation process.
I would definitely recommend this book.
Who knows? Maybe you will become an altruistic kidney donor one day as a result?
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