- Publisher: Reader's Digest Association (2012)
- ISBN-10: 162145049X
- ISBN-13: 978-1621450498
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 0.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Treasury of Joy and Inspiration Hardcover – 2012
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Some of the contributors are household names as Christopher Reeve, Alex Haley, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill Bradley, Billy Crystal, Helen Keller, and James Michener. This, however, in no way detracts from the contributions made by some lesser known writers, yet are nonetheless as poignant, moving and memorable-stories that we will want to share with others.
Among the stories I found particularly moving was Helen Keller's Three Days To See where she begins with "I HAVE OFTEN thought it would be a blessing if each human being were stricken blind and deaf for a few days at some time during his early adult life. Darkness would make him more appreciative of sight; silence would teach him the joys of sound," reminding us how precious are sight and sound. And as she concludes, "I WHO am blind can give one hint to those who see: Use your eyes as if tomorrow you would be stricken blind." Another is Christopher Reeve's Decision where he candidly writes about his horrendous accident that caused paralysis from the neck down and his fight for air as if he were a drowning person. He describes his wife's dedication and her special words that encouraged him not to give up, "You're still you.Read more ›
The only downfall is that there are a couple duplicate stories. If you read all the humor books as I do, you are bound to recognize a couple. However it is really only a few so no need to be concerned.
I love this edition so much I am buying it as a present for a couple family members!
This book is highly recommended for your nightstand or library to remind us of the goodness in life.
The book contains 38 stories. The chapters are Joy, Miracles, Gratitude, Giving, Holidays, Healing, and Heroes. What probably makes this book special is many of the stories were written by famous people like Alex Haley, Dwight Eisenhower, Helen Keller, Billy Crystal, Christopher Reeve, and Neil Simon, from as far back as 1948. You would be curious what inspiring insights these celebrities shared and wonder how timeless their narratives are.
Most stories are short and just right for a quick read. Some are rather lengthy while a few are tediously stretched and trying too hard to be touching that they seem contrived. Still, you feel the need to read each one through because you don't want to miss the message and the wisdom that is being shared.
I believe the best way to read this book is to read one story from one chapter, then read another story from another chapter. The reason I say this is when you're reading through a chapter like Healing, you're hit by successive stories about death and painful loss. It gets overwhelming. Thanks to the short humor quips at the end of each story, you get a breather between heart-wrenching episodes.
On the whole, the book is a great collection of thought-provoking, uplifting, and poignant sharing that touches deep inside. Very human, highly emotional, immensely soul-stirring - Reader's Digest knows what inspirational is all about. - Ruby Bayan, OurSimpleJoys
There were three stories that I truly enjoyed reading - Shall We Dance?, The Gold-and-Ivory Tablecloth, and Letter in the Wallet. In Shall We Dance? Neil Simon discovered if his mother really danced with George Burns when she was 16 years old. In The Gold-and-Ivory Tablecloth A husband and wife are reunited by a tablecloth purchased at an auction. In Letter in the Wallet A man finds a wallet with a letter dated 1924 that leads him on a quest to find its owner.
Most of the stories are quick reads. I recognized a lot of the authors, such as Helen Keller and Alex Haley. There were only a few stories that I really couldn't get into due to the style of writing. They were at the beginning which made me question if I would like this book. But I can tell you that the rest of the book was enjoyable.
If you like reading stories that are uplifting be sure to check out Treasury of Joy and Inspiration.
I received a free copy of this book from FSBMedia and Readers Digest in exchange for my honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent and easy reading book about peoples' inspirational stories.Published 22 months ago by Glenn
Interesting articles. Great for reading at the doctor's office or whenever I have spare time.Published on July 7, 2014 by Happy Camper
I loved this book! Thru some of it I cried; and thru some of it I laughed. But it was a fabulous distraction....read it! You won't be sorry!!!! 5 stars!Published on May 3, 2014 by Renee W.
Nice book of positive stories; decent price; prompt shipping. Book has been enjoyed by those for whom I purchased it as a gift. Happy with the transaction.Published on November 3, 2013 by Joy C
I grew up with reader's digest I am 60 years old and have not been disappointed yet. I loved it so much I was looking to buy it as Christmas gifts but could not find it in print. Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by emily quaye
Love this little book and all it's uplifting stories. It would make a great gift for someone who needs a little pick-me-up.Published on September 9, 2013 by review4u