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Morrie: In His Own Words: Life Wisdom From a Remarkable Man Paperback – October 28, 2008

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Preceding the phenomenal success of Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie, in which Albom discusses his weekly visits with his mentor, Morrie, as Morrie faces death from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Morrie Schwartz published his own book, Morrie: In His Own Words.

Schwartz intended his words to be read by people dying of terminal illnesses with passages titled ,"Living with Physical Limitations," "Grieving for Your Losses," and "Reviewing the Past." Yet, just as in the case in Tuesdays with Morrie, this collection of plainspoken reflections transcends the "death and dying" category and is more aptly shelved in one's inspiration and spirituality collection.

For example, Schwartz's simple thoughts on courage could speak to any seeker of enlightenment.

"Dealing bravely with physical pain or accidents takes one kind of courage," he writes. "Facing life as it is and accepting it requires another....I have found courage through seeking thoughtfulness, openheartedness, detachment, and other responses that make up a composed life and a calm response to illness....I hope that I can continue in this way to the end so that I die with inner peace.
As it was, on November 4, 1995, Morrie Schwartz died just as he hoped he would. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Unlike many who discover they have an incurable illness and then withdraw from society, Morrie Schwartz remained open to new experiences, including interviews on Nightline, Talk of the Nation, and several other television and radio shows. In 1994 this former Brandeis University sociology professor was 75 years old when diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Wanting to learn more about life and death, he objectively watched himself die, at first taking notes and then tape-recording his thoughts, feelings, and memories as his health declined. Personal aphorisms--heartfelt, succinct observations--form this book's core. We read about how he coped with decreasing physical abilities, managed his emotions, related to others, and stressed the need to ask for help. After each aphorism, he reflected on what the words meant and shared an anecdote or a bit of advice. With candor he wrote, "After you have wept and grieved for your physical losses, cherish the functions and the life you have left." Schwartz died in November 1995. Letting Go holds wisdom not only for those struggling with a terminal or debilitating condition but also for families and friends who must come to grips with letting a loved one go. Jennifer Henderson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books; Reprint edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802717179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802717177
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Blaine Greenfield on August 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
heard the taped version of morrie: in his own words by morrie schwartz . . . if you read mitch albom's best-seller tuesdays with morrie (one of the finest books i have ever read), you will now want to get hold of this--which presents the philosophies by which morrie triumphantly lived before he succumbed to lou gehrig's disease . . . here, you will get insight on such topics as "handling frustration" and "reaching acceptance" to "relating to others" and "being kind to yourself" . . . don't miss it!
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Format: Paperback
I can tell you this with all honesty - if you're restless, edgy, wondering what the hell is wrong with you when you've got a comfy, cushy life & job & friends & material goods, read this book. It's life-changing and makes you re-evaluate your priorities. My colleague told me about this book - one of the few that she reads that has nothing to do with work, btw - and told me I had to read this. Being in an industry (IT) that always shifts beneath our feet (sometimes more often than the tetonic plates below our Earth surface!), it relays a different message that begs the reader - and thinker - to reorganize his/her life, loves & priorities. I read it during the lunch hour and came back calling up my close friends and telling them I love them and that I want to see them more often.
Now, THAT'S a book with a difference.
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Format: Paperback
Schwartz, the protagonist of Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie, gives candid, helpful advice about making the most of your remaining days or months or years. I read Tuesdays with Morrie and thoroughly enjoyed the insights into listening to and caring about others. Albom did an effective job of culling out those parts of Morrie's advice that applied most readily to those of us who don't feel that our deaths are imminent.

"Morrie: In His Own Words" feels like Schwartz is very directly addressing those who are in the last stages of life, although he invites the rest of us to listen in. He gives practical advice for coming to terms with your diagnosis, dealing with well-meaning family and friends, and making your final months meaningful.

Of course, much of the advice applies to all of us. "It's not too late to develop new friendships or reconnect with people." "It's not to late to...ask yourself if you really are the person you want to be, and if not, who you do want to be." These important reminders helped me ask myself those questions, and any book that encourages introspection deserves consideration.

This book is poignant, practical, and short; and I would give it without reservation to a close friend approaching death. For those whose deaths have not been diagnosed, though, I might stick with Tuesdays with Morrie.
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Format: Paperback
I lost a friend to ALS two years ago. Some the insight given by Morrie would have been helpful to me during her illness. He offers suggestions to the person experiencing the terminal illness, while at the same time making suggestions to caregivers, friends and family. An easy book to read in an afternoon and one that will be remembered.
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Format: Hardcover
After reading "Tuesdays .." I wanted to read "Morrie..", I was not disappointed. I can see why Mitch Albom wrote what he did. I read "Morrie..." while waiting for my wife to come out of a cancer operation, it helped me. Her cancer was removed, notheing further was found, and Morrie was helpful to me. Great read, under any circumstances.
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By A Customer on January 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
We can learn from one man's wisdom that he has gathered throughout his life and desires to leave us. If we all followed the principles in this book, our life would be so peaceful.
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By A Customer on April 20, 2001
Format: Audio Cassette Verified Purchase
I read 'tuesdays with Morrie' and heard Morrie Schwartz's words that people are the most important thing in the world. His conversations with his adult student (Mitch Albom)were very enlightening for me as I struggled with the same conflicts in my life...the importance of work vs the work of importance of others in our lives. Morrie makes it look so simple...but he engages us with the complexities and offers us hope. Than I read 'In His Own Words' and had difficulty with it. Listened to it on audio cassette and it began to make some sense. There are some very important lessons about accepting ourselves; forgiving ourselves and others; and that grieving is an important, necessary step in becoming whole. It was important for me to read 'tuesdays...' first and then to hear 'In His Own Words'. The wisdom on this tape will provide me a lifetime of goals towards healing. There is no mystery...Morrie steps us through the maze. Morrie's gift of words leaves a long legacy of healthy living. Now, I'd love to view the Ted Koeppl tapes from Nightline!
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Format: CD-ROM
After reading Tuesday's with Morrie, I was curious to see how different Morrie in His Own Words was from Mitch Albums Tuesday's. After reading both, I preferred the lessons straight from the horses mouth. Morrie's
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