Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How the power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get us Through Hard Times
By Stephen G. Post 

OVERVIEW: In this moving book, Stephen G. Post helps us discover how we can make "helping" a lifetime activity. The Hidden Gifts of Helping explores the very personal story of Post and his family's difficult move and their experience with the healing power of helping others, as well as his passion about how this simple activity--expressed in an infinite number of small or large ways--can help you survive and thrive despite the expected and unexpected challenges life presents.  Post's story is intertwined with supporting scientific research and spiritual understanding. This book can become your companion and guide to the power of giving, forgiving, and compassion in hard times. The Hidden Gifts of Helping will leave you with the unshakeable feeling that the world can be a good place, if we act to make it so.

AUTHOR: Stephen G. Post is professor of preventive medicine and director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. He is a leader in the study of altruism, compassion, and love and president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love. Post is the author (with Jill Neimark) of the widely praised Why Good Things Happen to Good People.

MY REVIEW: I strongly agree with George E. Vaillant M.D.; professor of psychiatry, Harvard medical School; senior fellow, Center for Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania; and author of Aging Well who said: "Stephen Post...has written a deeply loving and comforting book about the pain and the healing of being uprooted. In the face of the deeply troubling post-2008 world, Post has written a courageous and honest book about his own experience of being a 'castaway' and reaching shore safely by trying to rescue others, not himself. ...It is wise and profoundly healing." I immediately identified with what Post and his family went through when he was suddenly dismissed from his job. My family went through the same kind of heart rending experience. But we too came out safely and soundly by helping and serving others. This is an inspiring book that shows how helping others not only does good for them but as a by-product we also contribute to our own physical and mental well-being. Stephen Post's faith shines through and shows that the way to happiness is in living for and loving others.

(Thanks to B & B Media Group, Inc. for the complimentary copy of this book.)