My Grandfather's Blessings

My Grandfather's Blessings : Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging

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In My Grandfather's Blessings, Rachel Naomi Remen, a cancer physician and master storyteller, uses her luminous stories to remind us of the power of our kindness and the joy of being alive.

Dr. Remen's grandfather, an orthodox rabbi and scholar of the Kabbalah, saw life as a web of connection and knew that everyone belonged to him, and that he belonged to everyone. He taught her that blessing one another is what fills our emptiness, heals our loneliness, and connects us more deeply to life.

Life has given us many more blessings than we have allowed ourselves to receive. My Grandfather's Blessings is about how we can recognize and receive our blessings and bless the life in others. Serving others heals us. Through our service we will discover our own wholeness&#151and the way to restore hidden wholeness in the world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 140 x 203 x 25.4mm | 363g
  • Riverhead Books,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1573228567
  • 9781573228565
  • 17,061

Table of contents

My Grandfather's BlessingsIntroduction
I. Receiving Your Blessings
Wrestling with the Angel
The Shell Game
The Spice of Life
Lot's Wife
Having What You Have
Letting Go
Keeping It Together
At the End of the Day
Getting Real
What Matters
Teachers Everywhere
You Have to Be Present to Win
Knowing the Heart
Counting Your Chickens

II. Becoming a Blessing
Getting It Right
The Gift
Being Used
Seeing the Buddha Seed
Simply Natural
All in the Family
Bearing Witness
The Trajectory
Holding On to the Heart
Lost and Found
Finding New Eyes
Strengthening Life
The Friend

III. Finding Strength, Taking Refuge
The Meeting Place
Pearls of Wisdom
The Way Through
Right Protection
From the Heart
The Link
Getting Clear
Being Fed
When Somebody Knows
A Place of Refuge
Coming Home
In the Gray Zone
Finding the Center
In the Beginning
Call Home
Promises, Promises

IV. The Web of Blessings
Learning to Serve
We Are Enough
Finding the Connection
Breathing In and Breathing Out
The Gift of Service
Fellow Travelers
The Laying on of Hands
Choosing Your Battles
Heaven and Hell
The Wise Man
How the World Is Made
One Little Candle
Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

V. Befriending Life
The Game
Knowing Life
Loving Life
Finding the Way
When It Works
The Gift of New Eyes
Making a Difference
The Bottom Line
Crazy Clean
The Path
A Matter of Life and Death
The Mirror
Who Serves?
Beyond the American Way
The Emperor's New Clothes
The Gift of the Magi

VI. Restoring the World
Beyond Words
The Final Patient
A Question of Style
On the Cutting Edge
After Dark
The Thirty-six
Finding Safety
The Way It Is
The Presence of God
The Friction in the System
The Reward
The Real Story

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Review quote

"This book is a gift to the world--which it is sure to bless."--Christiane Northrup, M.D., bestselling author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"The stories in My Grandfather's Blessings are simple and profound, with healing lessons for all of us."--Andrew T. Weil, M.D.

"Rachel Naomi Remen is nature's gift to us, a genius of that elusive and crucial capacity, the human heart. She has much to teach us about healing, loving, and living."--Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence

"Rachel Naomi Remen has done it again. My Grandfather's Blessings is a massage to the heart. It is a wonderful book."--Marianne Williamson, bestselling author of Illuminata

"This lovely book, like its author, is itself a blessing. Where some doctors treat symptoms, Dr. Remen heals souls."--Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

"A lovely, warm, inspiring book for the soul."--Caroline Myss, bestselling author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Why People Don't Heal

"Through a series of unpretentious, affecting vignettes, the author of the bestseller Kitchen Table Wisdom encourages readers to recognize and celebrate the unexpected blessings in their own lives...She gently illustrates her advice through simple yet powerful stories...[an] exceptional book."--Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
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About Rachel Naomi Remen

Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. has been counseling those with chronic and terminal illness for more than twenty years. She is cofounder and medical director of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program in Bolinas, California, and is currently clinical professor of family and community medicine at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine.
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