Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal / Edition 1

Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal / Edition 1

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by Rachel Naomi Remen

ISBN-10: 1573226106

ISBN-13: 2901573226102

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

'Everybody is a story,' writes Dr. Remen in her introduction. 'When I was a child, people sat around kitchen tables and told their stories. We don't do that so much anymore. Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along. The stuff that helps us to live a life worth remembering. Despite the…  See more details below


'Everybody is a story,' writes Dr. Remen in her introduction. 'When I was a child, people sat around kitchen tables and told their stories. We don't do that so much anymore. Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along. The stuff that helps us to live a life worth remembering. Despite the awesome powers of technology many of us still do not live very well. We may need to listen to one another's stories again.' Loneliness is the hidden wound of our time, the price many have paid for embracing such frontier values as independence, self-reliance, and competence. Rachel Remen invites us to see below the surface and remember that we are connected and can become one another's healers. Dr. Remen's unique and intimate relationship with healing and the life force comes from her experience as a physician, a professor of medicine, a therapist, and a long-term survivor of chronic illness. Her stories, picked from the tree of life, are dedicated to the ordinary hero in all of us and stand witness to life's natural tendency to heal our wounds. In these remarkable parables, we discover that our goal in life might not be a precise destination, but the ability to travel together with humor and meaning, with purpose and quality companionship, with warmth and tenderness. "Kitchen Table Wisdom" shows us that a good story is like a compass for life's journey, and reminds us of the power and joy of being fully human.

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Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Cherie-Renfrow-Starry More than 1 year ago
This isn't your everyday sappy inspirational story book. The vingettes are real and heartwarming. I have worked with cancer patients who have told me that this book offers more than just inspiration; it offers attitude alternatives. The stories and anecdotes in the book show how people in all walks of life from all backgrounds and of all ages, colors, and races deal with the cards they are dealt. Although this book is not intended as a substitute for therapy or mental health counseling, it does afford the reader a thoughtful, common sense approach for dealing with life's difficulties. It's almost like sitting around the kitchen table with trusted family and long-time friends and trading stories which hold courage and perserverence at their core. I recommend this book to patients and clients (and their families) who face mental, emotional, or physical adversities. I believe that this is the best book of its kind on the market. Cherie Renfrow Starry Private Practice Counselor/Therapist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Filled with short stories that heal the heart and offer an open loving attitude to Life itself. Author, Dr. Remen knows of what she speaks. Still teaching at San Francisco Medical Hospital/College she travels the world teaching physicians about Life.
JoAllison More than 1 year ago
An absolutely beautiful warm hug of a book. The author is a physician & counselor and long-time sufferer/survivor of Crohn's Disease. The small stories she tells about herself, her patients, her family and friends are told with amazing honesty, beauty and grace. They deal with spiritual issues such as suffering, love, faith, and miracles. This is a profoundly healing book. It is one of the best books I have ever read. I give a copy to every friend who faces a life-changing illness. Every one of them has since bought 10 books each to hand out to their friends who need it.
AVoiceintheWilderness More than 1 year ago
I am a student of Dr. Remen not by being in one of her classes but by being touched by her profound insight into what matters. Dr. Remen says "we are always on sacred ground". Certainly I have learned when I read "We all influence one another", and "the things that divide us are far less important than those that connect us." I now read anything that I can get my hands on by Dr. Remen. As a doctor and a healer is her writings somehow more significant to me. Doubtful. Her wisdom is at the Kitchen Table.
verajoffephdpa More than 1 year ago
One of the most influential books for my professional as well as personal life. All medical students, residents, and physicians would benefit from reading this book. Vera Joffe, Ph.D. P.A. (
swirlyturtle More than 1 year ago
A friend bought me this book after I was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 months ago. At a time in my life that I am doing a lot of soul searching, this book has been the perfect guide. The stories in the book are thought-provoking in a way that is not preachy. Some of them are personally helpful to me, some of them have given me valuable insight into people I know, and all of them are interesting, heartfelt, touching, and timeless. Dr Remen is a physician turned therapist to cancer patients, but this book is ideal for anyone who is looking for personal growth and a deeper connection to the world around them. I loved it so much I bought a copy for my Dad for Father's Day, who in turn loved it so much he bought a copy for a friend of his. This is a book I know I will come back to again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We learned from our own kitchen table the stories about our very large and very vocal family. These stories helped us all to understand more about ourselves, life, hardships, joy, love and laughter. However, when I read Dr. Remen's book, Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal, I knew our family needed to know more about healing and life. The one sentence in the book,'We often see things not as they are, but as we are', made me reevaluate many of my thoughts about cures and healing. I am grateful and feel blessed to have read Kitchen Table Wisdom:Stories That Heal. This will be Christmas presents for all my sisters, children and grandchildren this year. Thank you Dr. Remen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I walk the path with my parents who are aging and struggling with the everydayness of life, Rachel confirmed my need to be patient and understanding and compassionate, no matter what happens. Not only will I recommend this to my daughter who is in pre-med but to friends and family. My dear friend gave me this book as a birthday gift and I couldn't put it down until I finished it, weeping throughout. In light of Sept 11th, I believe we need to hear more stories that heal, that bring peace. I heard Rachel loud and clear saying that there is a stong possibility that it does matter what we say to each other, our tone, our expressions. Thank you Rachel.
donn0 More than 1 year ago
you will never forget this book or the writer.  Her words are truer than the sun in the sky
DoranneLongPTMS More than 1 year ago
This book was loaned to me; I am now buying more copies so I can read, and highlight my own copy, and still be able to give away the book to others. Wonderful stories and essays, with great lessons, are shared within this book. Some stories are heart-warming, others heart-breaking.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so incredibly profound - everyone can learn a great deal about life, death, and everday living through Dr. Remen's own kitchen table wisdom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this collection of true stories from Rachel's early childhood and into her adult life, Rachel speaks honestly, openly and from the heart about the seemingly routine journeys that we take in the course of a lifetime and the power of those with whom we have contact along the way to enhance and expand our connection to our true selves, our true voice and to others, or to nudge us further and further into isolation, denial and despair.