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The Gift of Adversity

Author : Norman E Rosenthal MD
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Now in paperback—this acclaimed book from Norman Rosenthal, the New York Times–bestselling author and research psychiatrist, shows how life’s disappointments and difficulties provide us with the lessons we need to become happier and more resilient human beings. Winner of the 2014 Nautilus Award represents “Better Books for a Better World”—the Silver Award in the category of Heroic Journeys. Adversity is an irreducible fact of life. Although we can and should learn from all experiences, both positive and negative, bestselling author Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal, believes that adversity is by far the best teacher most of us will ever encounter. Whether the adversity one experiences is the result of poor decision-making, a desire to test one’s mettle, or plain bad luck, Rosenthal believes life’s most important lessons—from the value of family to the importance of occasionally cutting corners—can be best learned from it. Running counter to society’s current prevailing message that “excellence” must always be aspired to, and failure or mistakes of any sort are to be avoided at all costs, Rosenthal shows that engaging with our own failures and defeats is one of the only ways we are able to live authentic and meaningful lives, and that each different type of adversity carries its own challenges and has the potential to yield its own form of wisdom. Using stories from his own life—including his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa, his years after suffering a violent attack from a stranger, and his career as a psychiatrist—as well as case studies and discussions with well-known figures like Viktor Frankl and David Lynch, Rosenthal shows that true innovation, emotional resilience, wisdom, and dignity can only come from confronting and understanding the adversity we have experienced. Even when life is hardest, there are meanings to be found, riches to be harvested, and gifts that can last a lifetime. Rosenthal illustrates his message through a series of compact, memorable chapters, each one drawn from episodes in the lives of his patients, colleagues, or himself, and concluded with a take-away maxim on the lesson learned.

The Gift of Adversity

Author : Marcus Anderson
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While preparing to deploy with the U.S. Army Marcus suffered a severe spinal injurythat left him paralyzed. After dying on the operating table twice, the surgeons saved his life, but told himhe'd never walk again. Having no other option, Marcus started doing some brutally honest soul searching, looking for the lesson to be learned from his injury. Once he started seeing his Adversity as a gift instead of a curse, something miraculous began to happen..."The Gift of Adversity" tells the inspiring story and lessons learned from overcoming pain and paralysis to find purpose. Based on Marcus Aurelius Anderson's life and TEDx talk, "The Gift of Adversity" gives functional and inspiring wisdom that can be applied in personal development, motivation, and achievement.

A Gift from Adversity

Author : Juri Love
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Juri Love is a true survivor. She grew up in a small town in Japan, where she faced child sexual abuse, domestic violence, bullying, and as a teen, homelessness. Despite the adversity, she has overcome many obstacles, including depression, suicidal thoughts, and PTSD. She came to America after winning a scholarship to attend the world-renowned Berklee College of Music. Upon graduation, Juri created a nonprofit to help juvenile offenders learn music. She is a recipient of the "Heroes Among Us" Award from the Boston Celtics, in addition to being a musician, journalist, model, actor, and single mother of two beautiful children, among many other roles. A Gift from Adversity shares Juri's passion, love, and wisdom through hardship in this personal account of her true life experiences. She hopes this book can create a positive force and empower others who have faced adversity.

Crystal Clear

Author : Kirk Dodge
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The Gift of Fire

Author : Dan Caro
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Dan Caro has been proving the world wrong since he was in nappies. When he was two, he was engulfed in flames in an accident that left him with third degree burns so severe that doctors held out little hope he'd survive. Dan was in such excruciating pain that his devastated parents silently prayed for God to end their son's suffering and welcome him into heaven. And it seemed as if God was willing to oblige - Dan technically died on the operating table several times in the hours following the accident. Even though his heart stopped, Dan's spirit wasn't ready to give up . . . Despite the odds, he survived, but life would not be easy. The fire left him badly maimed and disfigured. His hands, most of his skin and nearly all of his face were burned away. He would endure years of painful surgeries and endless months of lonely isolation in burn units, only to suffer the agony of social rejection, shunned and called 'monster' by both children and adults in his Louisiana hometown. With the support of his loving family, Dan did not despair. He kept his heart open to the world and focused on the positive energy around him. Before his sixth birthday, he vowed that his life would not be defined by the way others saw him or the restrictions of his so-called physical handicaps. Dan set himself a series of life goals, starting with tying his shoelaces without fingers. Once he had achieved that, he decided he could do anything . . . so why not learn to play the drums? When Dan was told he'd never be able to do so, he promised himself that one day he'd become one of the most accomplished drummers in New Orleans. Since that day, Dan's music has inspired thousands. Many more have also been inspired by his personal philosophy of focusing on the positive, refusing to accept limits and living life with an open heart. Today, the young man who was once shunned by his neighbours is very much in demand as a public speaker who encourages others to not just overcome life's hardships, but to view adversity as a gift that can drive us toward reaching our full potential.

The Gift of Love

Author : Robert A. Kaiser
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The book is a fictional account of one couple's romance and lifelong companionship after an unusual set of circumstances drive them together. The story begins in a small community in eastern Washington and follows their struggle to strike out on their own to build a family in the strange new land of California. Their experiences are intended to provide an example of how the gift of enduring love can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.

The Greatest Gift I Never Asked For

Author : Shane Therrien
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It is not easy hearing the words or being diagnosed with an addiction, cancer, tumor or disease. Are you struggling, going through difficult times, and looking for hope? Know someone who is? Are you left wondering how to overcome that challenge or obstacle? Asking the question why me? This debut novel is my inspirational story and how I was able to overcome and beat the odds after being diagnosed with a life threatening spinal cord tumor at just 22 years of age. It is not easy hearing those words for the first time and so many thoughts go through our minds. Thoughts overcome by fear, doubt and anxiety. I share in great detail of what I went through in my journey and road to recovery and how to stay focused day in and day out. I tell the difficult, the challenging, the good and bad through my whole journey.How to keep faith among all the insanity and chaos surrounding you and trust that God has you in his hands.Sharing the keys and tools that helped me recover from something so traumatic and scary. I then demonstrate how to look at this negative life changing event you're going through as a gift, yeah that's right a gift.

The Gift of Encouragement

Author : John J. Dieter
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You can live powerfully equipped with courage, even in the face of tragedy! This book will impart wisdom to fulfill your God-ordained destiny, uniquely crafted for you before the foundation of the earth. The Holy Spirit will equip you with a vision to flow in a new and powerful anointing!

The Gift

Author : Jefferson Carter
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This is a compelling story about enduring adversity and overcoming life's challenges.

Mastering the Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success

Author : Andy Andrews
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Mastering the Seven Decisions guides readers to a profound understanding of how to fully integrate seven life-changing Decisions into their daily lives. The Responsible Decision: The buck stops here. I accept responsibility for my past. I am responsible for my success. I will not let my history control my destiny. The Guided Decision: I will seek wisdom. The Active Decision: I am a person of action. The Certain Decision: I have a decided heart. Criticism, condemnation, and complaint have no power over me. The Joyful Decision: Today I will choose to be happy. The Compassionate Decision: I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit. The Persistent Decision: I will persist without exception.

The Embracing Life Spirit Faith and Adversity Gifts of Freedom Book 1

Author : Greg Rice
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Our society is blindly chasing after freedom, freedom from sadness, we're on a quest for spiritual truth - yet, these pursuits leave most of us on an endless treadmill. The truth is, life changing freedom is available to all who have the answers to life's most important questions. What is the purpose for which I was created? How do I get to know my Creator? How do I live in wholehearted freedom? God did not design His creation to survive--but never really live. The aim of this book is to set people free through Biblical truth; offering clear succinct answers. The Gifts of Freedom will bring its readers hope, encouragement, joy and their purpose in life. Will you choose to learn about, receive, unwrap and use these wonderful gifts?

Traveler s Gift Mastering the Seven Decisions

Author : Andy Andrews
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In Travelers Gift, this unique blend of fiction, history, allegory, and inspiration shares the story of one man who has lost his will to live. But an encounter with seven of history's most inspirational characters, among them Anne Frank and Abraham Lincoln, leaves him with seven bits of wisdom with which to confront his future. In Mastering the Seven Decisions, Andrews guides readers to a profound understanding of how to fully integrate seven life-changing decisions into their daily lives.

The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick

Author : Kim Elith
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"This guide is directly linked to the syllabus with dot points of the HSC English syllabus appearing in the margin of the book. You can write in the guide, so your study is focused and your notes are structured."--Back cover.

The Power of 3 Beat Adversity Find Authentic Purpose Live a Better Life

Author : Robb Hiller
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Groundbreaking advice from one of the nation's foremost executive coaches to help you overcome obstacles in your life, find your unique purpose, and achieve more. When faced with adversity, a major decision, or simply the challenges of daily existence, whether it is a difficult boss, a child who is hard to control, or a marriage or career that appears to be stuck, most of us have habitual knee-jerk reactions that hold us back. We find ourselves asking, Why am I working so hard but don't seem to be getting anywhere? Why do I keep fighting the same battles? When did I lose passion for what I do? Everyone has those questions, and in this book, Robb Hiller unveils the coaching that he has given Fortune 500 executives to answer these same questions. His counsel is encapsulated in a three-fold principle: ask, activate, and advocate. Robb is passionate about teaching these principles because they helped him face the biggest challenge of his life: a devastating cancer diagnosis. In this book, you won't just discover these principles--you will learn from Robb how to practice them in your daily routines and unleash your passion and purpose, no matter what hurdle you currently face.

A Gift of Love

Author : Perry Tanksley
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Managers Who Thrive

Author : A. Kevin Nourse
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This qualitative study explores how middle managers who thrived during Hurricane Katrina used their workplace social support systems. An emphasis was placed on identifying the sources and types of support received before, during, and after the Katrina crisis. Significant challenges exist today for organizations on the basis of societal, political, environmental, and technological trends. Among those trends are predictions of greater numbers and intensities of weather-related crises triggered in part by global weather pattern shifts and global warming. These challenges create a compelling need for leaders to effectively plan for and manage crises to assure organizational survival. Middle managers, in particular, play a critical role in terms of planning for and recovering organizational functioning after a crisis. Yet relatively little is known about how they subjectively experience adversity and receive social support in the workplace. This study draws upon three bodies of literature including thriving, social support and crisis management. The participants in this study were 14 middle managers employed by organizations in the greater New Orleans area impacted in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. Industries represented include health care, higher education, seaports, and defense contracting. Participants were nominated by a senior leader in their organization based on criteria for thriving. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews about participants' experiences before, during and after the Katrina crisis and the types of social support they received from each of five workplace sources. After identifying two core experiences for each participant, the data were coded and analyzed to determine the workplace sources and type of received social support. Sixteen themes were identified that explained how participants received support from leaders, peers, subordinates, other internal as well as external supports. Four support patterns were identified based on the most important source of support for the participants. These support source patterns included a peer-focused, leader-focused, subordinate-focused and leader-external focused. Role modeling was identified as a source of received support for some participants as well as the role of work teams in providing social network support. Practical implications of the study findings were identified along with suggestions for future research.

Why Me Why This Why Now

Author : Robin Norwood
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The internationally bestselling author of Women Who Love Too Much, answers some of life's toughest questions Robin Norwood's international bestseller Women Who Love Too Much changed forever the way we think about love. Now, in Why Me, Why This, Why Now?, she takes her readers - women and men - on a deeper journey into the realm of the Spirit, and offers a revolutionary perspective on adversity that addresses our deepest and most disturbing questions, like 'Why is this happening to me?' or 'What is the point of pain?' or 'What is my body trying to tell me?' By teaching us to recognise the soul's purpose behind our encounters with adversity, Robin Norwood empowers us to co-operate with our own destiny, live a far more effective life and heal even the deepest wounds of the heart.

Success Kills

Author : Wayde Goodall
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The Crucible s Gift

Author : James B. Kelley
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The majority of us will spend our working lives being not our best self, but rather a lesser version of our self, often creating a public façade that does not match who we are behind closed doors. And thus, we slowly die by a thousand paper cuts. In an era of inauthentic leaders, the stakes could not be higher for embracing a better version of yourself that propels you and your team to success. In a social media world there is an abundance of false narratives about happiness and authenticity, it is easy to get lost on your journey. Authentic leadership expert Dr. James Kelley shows that the key to personal and professional growth lies in how we respond effectively to adversity. In fact, what causes us and our organizations the most fear can be our greatest gift, creating a positive meaning out of challenges. A test or trial--your individual crucible--gives you the potential to increase self-awareness, develop deeper compassion, live with more integrity and boost connection with colleagues. High-impact leaders thrive in adversity because of their crucibles, not in spite of them. The Crucible's Gift introduces you to lessons from over 140 diverse leaders who demonstrated the art of living more authentically. Combining these rich, raw and insightful stories with his knowledge of business and psychology--as well as his candid accounts of what he has learned from his personal crucibles--Kelley shows how to transform what holds you back into traits that will propel you forward, encouraging you to step fully into your life. The world demands leaders who can accomplish the impossible, delegate effectively and inspire their teams. The Crucible's Gift shows that, provided you're open to receiving it, today's worst situation may be tomorrow's biggest opportunity. No more bullshit excuses.

Elisabeth s Gift

Author : John Psarouthakis
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This book chronicles the story of an orphan raised by a wise, loving and caring lady called Elisabeth, who recognized his talent and developed in him the essential qaulities of discipline and character that turned virtue into accomplishment. Even though she could not read or write, readers will find Elisabeth a uniquely wise woman whose guidance and influences created the foundations that helped the author overcome challenges and adversity in life and live up to changes as they happened. Right up to the last page this volume shows that change and opportunity can be dealt with wisely. In a touching, inspirational memoir, Psarouthakis looks back at his unforgettable journey and pays tribute to this extraordinary woman his Aunt Elizabeth. Elisabeths Gift Reader Reviews "First, (the) book is extraordinary. I got it primarily to learn about a time in Crete that I have only heard in broad generalities. You do that very well and I can now better understand and visualize what actually happened at that time. I had no idea what you personally went through. Your descriptions make the moment come alive and they are emotional for the reader. It is an exceptional experience." --Andrew Manatos Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Carter Administration President, Manatos and Manatos, Washington D.C. Elisabeths Gift is a book that one does not leaf through it easily. Every page requires your attention. It wants to talk to you, to narrate an entire life --Archbishop (late) of North and South American Iakovos This book tells the story of his (John Psarouthakis) early life. It is the chronicle of an orphan raised by a wise and loving Aunt Elisabeth who recognized his great ability-and developed in him the qualities of disciple and character that turned nobility into accomplishment. --Professor Paul E. Gray President and Chairman (ret), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)