- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Books; 1st Edition edition (April 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781573228565
- ISBN-13: 978-1573228565
- ASIN: 1573228567
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 273 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is a gift to the world—which it is sure to bless."—Christiane Northrup, M.D., bestselling author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
"The stories in My Grandfather's Blessings are simple and profound, with healing lessons for all of us."—Andrew T. Weil, M.D.
"Rachel Naomi Remen is nature's gift to us, a genius of that elusive and crucial capacity, the human heart. She has much to teach us about healing, loving, and living."—Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence
"Rachel Naomi Remen has done it again. My Grandfather's Blessings is a massage to the heart. It is a wonderful book."—Marianne Williamson, bestselling author of Illuminata
"This lovely book, like its author, is itself a blessing. Where some doctors treat symptoms, Dr. Remen heals souls."—Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
"A lovely, warm, inspiring book for the soul."—Caroline Myss, bestselling author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Why People Don't Heal
"Through a series of unpretentious, affecting vignettes, the author of the bestseller Kitchen Table Wisdom encourages readers to recognize and celebrate the unexpected blessings in their own lives...She gently illustrates her advice through simple yet powerful stories...[an] exceptional book."—Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
About the Author
Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. has been counseling those with chronic and terminal illness for more than twenty years. She is cofounder and medical director of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program in Bolinas, California, and is currently clinical professor of family and community medicine at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine.
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She writes to the heart of what it means to be human.
The baby boy in the ER who somehow lived against all the odds--the power and mystery of life and of the will to live when in the presence of overwhelming love. "When it works," she titled the story, because sometimes the end of the story is not the one we would have chosen.
But sometimes, oh sometimes, it does get to be what we had so hoped for.
I was re-reading this book and its companion, "Kitchen Table Wisdom," while very ill in the hospital. A nurse walked in, saw them in my room and exclaimed over how much she loved those books, too. I instantly knew I was in good hands and that this was someone who cared deeply about her patients--and she did.
Because that is the gift Dr. Remen offers her readers: a clear view of not just medicine but life, a chance to become the best in ourselves, a way forever forward. I am deeply grateful for these books and have given many copies away.
Rachel Naomi Remen, a cancer physician, recounts her weekly childhood visits to her grandfather's house. Though she was raised in a secular Jewish home, Dr. Remen's grandfather was an orthodox rabbi; and each erev shabbat she would visit his home and enter his world of Torah stories, lessons, and blessings.
Herself a master storyteller, Dr. Remen draws you into each of these visits so completely that you feel like you are there, and a recipient of "her grandfather's blessings."
Remen uses the word 'blessing' as a synonym for the word 'love.' Yet, 'blessing' seems to me to go beyond 'love,' to be the highest order of love, the top of the pinnacle.
This is an easy read in terms of layout - short chapters filled with human interest stories. It is also a powerful and attitude changing book - read it only if you are longing for hope and to know yourself better.
Remen says, "Survival is about safety living is about risk." Her stories show us how to choose life. Her pearls of wisdom include:
"Living is a matter of passion and risk. Of finding something important and serving it...of doing whatever is needed in order to live out loud. Caring deeply makes us vulnerable.
If you carry someone else's fear and live by someone else's values, you may find that you have their lives.
Our vitality is rooted in our integrity. When we do not live in one piece, our life force becomes divided." She says people's lives are often changed by significant illness as they gather strength when they change their values.
"It is surprising how easy it is to forget that every life matters, that we are each one of a kind and worthy of unconditional love.
The Hebrew word "L'chiam" which means "To Life!" seems less about celebrating life and more about the wisdom of choosing life.
People die in character in much the same way they have lived.
Spiritual experience is not taught; it is uncovered, discovered, recovered.
People of vision may first need to abandon their resentment of the way things are in order to begin repairing the world.
Helping and fixing wounds people-service heals.
It is hard not to see the person you are helping as someone weaker than yourself, someone more needy.
Seeing yourself as a fixer may cause you to see brokenness everywhere. We can strengthen or diminish the life around us.
A helping relationship may incur a sense of debt, but service, like healing is mutual.
We strengthen life any time we listen generously or encourage someone to find meaning.
In befriending life, we do not make things happen according to our own design. We uncover something that is already happening and create conditions that enable it.
In the face of that which is beyond healing...all we can do is bear witness so no one need suffer alone.
I've spent many years learning how to fix life, only to discover...that life is not broken.
The denial of a common vulnerability is the ultimate barrier to compassion.
Hell is where people have forgotten how to bless one another.
The molecules in you and me...are secondhand, borrowed for the occasion and returned when outgrown.
All things can be made holy. Buried in the mundane and even the most difficult is a spark of God.
Silence is a place of great power and healing. Silence is God's lap.
When we grow in wisdom and love we become a blessing to those around us and a light in this world."