Friendship--Bread for the Journey

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Personal reflections on friendship by Andrea Bocelli, Jane Goodall, Reverend Billy Graham, Charlton Heston. Joe Lansdale, Jeffrey Meer, Members of the Worldwide Adidas Organization, Marina Mtchedlishvili, Anne Perry, Sayed Ahmad Sharifi, Elie Wiesel, Scott Williams, and over eighty other individuals ranging in age from eleven to ninety-two and from all walks of life and nationalities. Friendship — Bread for the Journey reaffirms our faith in humanity. So many things are transitory, friendship is a unique, ...

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Personal reflections on friendship by Andrea Bocelli, Jane Goodall, Reverend Billy Graham, Charlton Heston. Joe Lansdale, Jeffrey Meer, Members of the Worldwide Adidas Organization, Marina Mtchedlishvili, Anne Perry, Sayed Ahmad Sharifi, Elie Wiesel, Scott Williams, and over eighty other individuals ranging in age from eleven to ninety-two and from all walks of life and nationalities. Friendship — Bread for the Journey reaffirms our faith in humanity. So many things are transitory, friendship is a unique, universal thread that binds us together. We need the knowledge that somebody is there for us, especially during these uncertain times. This book is a testament to the goodness and caring of people. It is real, it is human. Friendship is a positive experience the world needs now, today. Contributors from different countries and diverse occupations and ages have freely expressed just how much this relationship means to them and how great a part it has played in their lives.

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A new book by Doris S. Platt of Salt Lake City, titled, "Friendship — Bread for the Journey," is a compilation of reflections on friendship by a few celebrities and other people — young and old — who relate their experiences about others who have touched and influenced their lives. ..The anecdotes are moving, sentimental and philosophical. They also are sad when close friends lose contact with each other... British statesman Benjamin Disraeli is quoted as saying: "The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own." Kent M. Seal, a dentist, said, "Making friendships is like a seed planted in good earth. One needs to nourish and cultivate that friendship for it to grow. Once grown and strong it can withstand hard times and will never die." Jeffrey Meer, executive director of the United Nations Association, said: "I once had a friend who found me when I was lost and brought me home. "I once had a friend, who, without even asking, brought me hot chicken soup when I was ill and all alone. "I once had a friend who unhesitatingly volunteered to write a letter of recommendation for me for a job even though he didn't agree with the organization's viewpoint...". I am sure most people can remember acts of kindness in their lives from friends and strangers. Especially at Christmastime, we remember. — Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers
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Drawing in part on her connections in the international diplomatic community, humanitarian Platt has compiled some 100 reflections on the value of friendship, ranging from thoughts that run a few pages long to one-sentence aphorisms (e.g., editor Suzanne Brady's belief that "A friend knows when to stay loyally in the supporting cast, even if invited to accept a starring role"). Contributors include a few celebrities, such as primatologist Jane Goodall, the Rev. Billy Graham and writers Anne Perry and Joe R. Lansdale, while other big names-Charlton Heston, Elie Wiesel-are represented by extracts from previously published works. Most of the selections, however, are original to this book and by ordinary people, such as Irene Mano Mori, a Japanese-American legal secretary, who writes of the importance of two girlhood friendships during WWII: "Because of my witnessing and experiencing discrimination and sometimes overt racism as I grew up, I did not have the best self-esteem.... These two friends [one Caucasian, the other Mexican-American] helped bring meaning into my life." Throughout, Platt shares anecdotes from her life, recalling her charitable efforts in the former Soviet Union and revealing moments of friendship she's encountered. Although its arrangement at times feels meandering and oblique, this is a fine treasury of inspirational, universal quotations. (Nov. 15) FYI: Originally under contract to a large European publisher, the book landed with Perfect Niche, an imprint of Poisoned Pen Press, known for its mystery titles, after a contract dispute. A cloth edition, with photos of the contributors, is due next year. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967759029
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date: 11/26/2003
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Born and educated in Europe. Involved in international diplomatic work, Special Advisor to President Eduard Shevardnadze, Humanitarian Affairs. Enjoys traveling, classical music, poetry and horseback riding, Mrs. Platt lives with her family in Sandy, Utah.

Andrea Bocelli wrote this memoir himself on a special Braille computer, without a ghostwriter. He chose to tell his own life story through the eyes of a boy called Amos, a charming and unusual device characteristic of this modest man. Bocelli lives in Monte Carlo and summers in Tuscany with his wife and two sons.

Elie Wiesel is the author of more than thirty books, including "Night, A Beggar in Jerusalem, Twilight, Souls on Fire, Sages and Dreamers, " and most recently, "The Forgotten." He is the recipient of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize.

Marc Bekoff is Professor of Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society. A founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, he is the editor of the best-selling The Smile of a Dolphin: Remarkable Accounts of Animal
Emotions and author of Strolling With Our Kin.

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