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What's Possible! Paperback – April 8, 2008

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“Truly inspiring! Every few pages opens the world to another brave, awesome, yet—and this is the best part—real person reaching for the life he or she was destined to live. I’m ready to go run my marathon.” —Jean Chatzky, author of Make Money, Not Excuses

“This is an amazing book. Every story is so meaningful and inspirational—Daryn deserves a lot of credit for putting it all together. Anyone who reads What’s Possible! will be motivated to think the impossible but really appreciate the day-to-day.” —Wolf Blitzer, CNN anchor

“What’s Possible! takes you on an inspiring journey that opens the

door to the fulfillment of your dreams. After reading these amazing stories of courage, passion, and creativity, you can’t help but believe that you have the power to make a difference in your life too!”

—Cheryl Richardson, author of The Unmistakable Touch of Grace: How to Recognize and Respond to the Spiritual Signposts in Your Life

“I’ve been a fan of Daryn Kagan’s for a long time, and it’s been delightful watching her progress from one who reports the news to one who inspires it. The stories she reports in What’s Possible! could make anyone feel, just by reading them, that they too could reach for the stars.”

—Marianne Williamson, author, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles

“A Sufi mystic once said, “When the heart weeps for what it’s lost, the soul rejoices for what it’s found.” Daryn Kagan’s beautiful book tells us stories of ordinary people who have endured extraordinary losses. And page after page we read about souls who have rejoiced for what they found. Each one has found something different yet spectacular: renewed faith in themselves, the ability to love others, the discovery that one can be broken and still be whole. When I finished this book, I felt better. Better about the world and better about what is possible. I think every newspaper editor and every TV news producer should be required to read this book and then reconsider what is truly newsworthy.” —Dr. Dan Gottlieb, author of Letters to Sam:

A Grandfather’s Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life

About the Author

As the creator and host of DarynKagan.com, Kagan leads an inspirational online community. She produces a daily webcast of stories that “Show the World What is Possible.” Based on the radical idea that the world is a good place, DarynKagan.com has become a daily destination for hundreds of thousands of Internet users who seek news stories that inspire. Prior to heading into cyberspace, Kagan anchored both news and sports for CNN. Described by the Los Angeles Times as a “CNN mainstay,” She traveled the world during her 12-year tenure at CNN, and reported live on-site during numerous global events, including the war in Iraq from Kuwait. She also reported from Africa during a 10-day tour with rock band U2's Bono and U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, and provided CNN in-depth reports on AIDS and famine. Additionally, she has reported from across the U.S. covering numerous presidential elections, the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy, and the hunt for the Washington, D.C. sniper.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Meredith Books (April 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0696238918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696238918
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The stories contained in this book are great examples that you don't need to be rich, connected or even extremely gifted in order to make your dreams come true. These were all ordinary folks who had a vision for what they wanted to achieve. Some had enormous obstacles that would stop most people from moving forward-- but instead of wallowing in self pity they took what life gave them and forged ahead. I love how Daryn gives her "takeaways" at the end of each chapter. It shows how we can all apply those lessons in our own lives. Best of all, this book is not political, religious or dogmatic in any way. It is simply an inspiring look at the incredible human spirit.
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Do you ever get tired of reading about all that's wrong in the world? I do. The world is full of wonderful people who do amazing things, but their stories are often ignored by the media.

Daryn Kagan is determined to find these people and tell their stories. Her website, [...] uses videos to tell the stories of people who have accomplished extraordinary feats for themselves and others. This book complements the website, with fifty of her favorite stories. I couldn't put this book down. I thought that fifty accounts might be a bit overwhelming, but each one of them was so special and inspirational that I wanted to read more. Each one of the stories is sticking with me, and I've mentioned some to my family and friends. Here are a few of my favorites:

* Sebri Omer, an Ethiopian immigrant who gave up half of his successful gas station business to fund a hospital in his native land;
* Henri Landwirth, a Holocaust survivor who founded "Give Kids the World," a group which treats children with life-threatening illness to a memorable visit to the attractions of Central Florida;
* Zainab Selbi, who survived Saddam Hussein's dictatorship and went on to found Women for Women International, which helps other women war refugees;
* Bob Nameng, who went from being a Soweto street child to founding Soweto Kliptown Youth (SKY) to help give the children and young adults of Kliptown hope for the future;
* Paula Lucas, who founded the American Domestic Violence Crisis Line to help women like herself who were being abused on foreign soil;
* Ken Wyniemko, who got heavily involved in The Innocence Project after he was released after being wrongfully imprisoned.
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This is a great book ...very uplifting. In our world today there is so much negativity and that's why this book is a "must read"...it's just the opposite! It's also very motivating....if you think things seem impossible at times..read how others turned their challenges into victories I'm going to pass on this book to my children.
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A wonderful compilation of well written short stories about people getting around some of life's road blocks to achieve different levels of greatness.

I have been inspired by these stories, especially the story of Bill Montgomery. He was 80 years old when he lost his eye sight due to an illness. He took his very first clay sculpting class because his kids signed him up for it and he had nothing better to do. Turns out the man is beyond talented, and is now a professional sculpter who works in bronze and clay and sells his work for a lot of money. He's also happy, and living a life that is filled with excitement and joy.

I now think about what my hidden talents may be, and I try to stay open to new experiences so I may one day discover all I'm capable of doing.

I recommend this book to everyone as a good reminder of what's possible.
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