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In the nearly 30 years since the accident that made radio personality and columnist Dan Gottlieb a quadriplegic, he developed a finely-tuned quality of awareness that most people never achieve: he became an outsider among us--"like a foreign correspondent," as he puts it. From that vantage point, he has acutely observed the way people act, think, feel, and live--in short, he studied and learned exactly what it means to be human. Here, Dan shares his insights, written with humor, honesty, a gift for storytelling, and breathtaking compassion. Learning from the Heart looks at what divides as well as unites us, including the problems of family life; difficulties confronting today's parents; challenges faced by the disabled and the aging; and issues of injustice that affect the way we understand the world and our lives. Although Dan is now speaking directly to the reader, rather than to his own family, you'll recognize the distinctive voice and format that caused an outpouring of e-mail from fans of Letters to Sam: short anecdotal chapters rich in wisdom, generously revealing and deeply personal, and resonating with universal truths.
Dr. Gottlieb is a nationally known psychologist. He has a private practice, a call-in radio show in Philadelphia's NPR affiliate, writes a regular column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and authored several books. At age 33, he was in a car accident and became quadriplegic. He's been in a wheelchair since then. After healing, he returned to his profession. When his grandson was born, he began writing short letters to Sam, a method of passing on his wisdom. At about 14 months, Sam was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, the Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Grandpa's letters became even more important as Sam grows to age 4, when the book ends. The themes of the letters speak to everyone, disability is only one aspect of their lives. There are many gems of wisdom in here, much to ponder and absorb. It resonates with life lessons worth knowing and universal truths.
En este libro cálido y generoso, Daniel Gottlieb comparte las lecciones que ha aprendido de su nieto de ocho años. Los lectores de Gottlieb le conocen: se llama Sam y ya apareció en Cartas a Samuel, su obra anterior, un verdadero best seller mundial traducido a quince idiomas.En La sabiduría de Samuel, Gottlieb profundiza en la extraordinaria relación entre un abuelo tetrapléjico y su nieto autista. Pese a la diferencia de edad, aspecto y experiencia, los unen sus hallazgos sobre la empatía, la compasión, el perdón y el poder de la risa. La visión especial que Sam tiene del mundo sirve de inspiración para su abuelo, y la conexión emocional entre ambos es un trampolín hacia momentos maravillosos y llenos de vida.Del mismo modo que el abuelo ha encontrado su visión del mundo a través de la sabiduría de su nieto, los lectores de este libro encontrarán mensajes inolvidables de aceptación, esperanza, amor y gratitud.
Daniel Gottlieb is a practicing family therapist with a radical approach: he talks readily about his experiences, feelings, and reflections...even his life as a quadriplegic. This extraordinary attitude has generated the kind of trust, openness, and inspiration that has made his call-in radio show an outstanding success. Voices in the Family captures Dr. Gottlieb's profound sense of caring, warmth, and wisdom. By sharing fascinating stories from his private practice, he provides a shining demonstration of how to make peace with ourselves, our families, and our partners. He compassionately discusses ways of dealing with our parents (whether we're 15 or 50), handling the complex problems of love and marriage, and helping our children gain self-confidence and independence. Based on 20 years of experience, Dr. Gottlieb's advice is both fresh and effective. By allowing us a glimpse of his own heart, he helps us heal our own.
In this book, author Daniel Gottlieb shares life lessons taught to him by his eight-year-old grandson, Sam. The Wisdom of Sam continues the extraordinary story of the interaction between a grandfather who is quadriplegic and a grandson who is autistic as they share their discoveries about empathy, compassion, courage, happiness, and the power of laughter.
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