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Treasury of Joy and Inspiration Hardcover – 2012

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  • Hardcover
  • 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)
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By lily VINE VOICE on December 18, 2012
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Celebrating their 90th anniversary, Reader's Digest has put together thirty-eight of their best stories that have been published over the years. The collection is divided into seven distinct themes, Joy, Miracles, Gratitude, Giving, Holidays, Healing and Heroes. These are essays, as noted in the introduction, will move readers to tears while others will make us laugh enabling us to forget our worries. Moreover, they are served in easily digestible five to ten page installments and make great night-time readings, particularly when we can acknowledge that we have consumed something worthwhile.

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.
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This book is all I thought it was going to be. I have it in my Kindle and I try to read each story whenever I want to just read something 'on a break' and this book is the answer. Each story is so interesting and memorable.
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Once again Reader's Digest has come out with a special worth getting. The stories are funny, heartwarming, and classic. They can be compared to the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, but there is a big difference. These stories span the times, from early in the century to recent. I'm 31 and grew up on my grandmother reading Reader's Digest. I now have a subscription and read all the specials on my Kindle. They have kept up with the times, while still making sure that everything they publish can be read by the whole family.
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!
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I gave this collection of Readers Digest stories to 4 friends all of whom love this book. Each story is short enough to read in its entirety right before sleeping. The stories are uplifting, which is nice after reading and hearing daily news stories. The size is great too for carrying on a airplane or a purse.

This book is highly recommended for your nightstand or library to remind us of the goodness in life.
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One of the most trusted publishers of inspirational stories is Reader's Digest. No doubt this compilation, which Liz Vaccariello, Editor-in-Chief, touts as an extract of "90 years of beloved articles (shelves and shelves of bound editions housed in a mansion-like library) into a single sparkling volume that you can hold in your palm," would be truly moving. It is.

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
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Readers Digest has condensed 90 years of publishing into one volume. In this book, numerous authors tell true tales of inspiration. With their writing, they will change your perspective on life for the better.

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.
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