How Can I Help?: Stories and Reflections on Service

How Can I Help?: Stories and Reflections on Service

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by Ram Dass, Ram
     
 

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Not a day goes by without our being called upon to help one another—at home, at work, on the street, on the phone. . . . We do what we can. Yet so much comes up to complicate this natural response: "Will I have what it takes?" "How much is enough?" "How can I deal with suffering?" "And what really helps,

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Not a day goes by without our being called upon to help one another—at home, at work, on the street, on the phone. . . . We do what we can. Yet so much comes up to complicate this natural response: "Will I have what it takes?" "How much is enough?" "How can I deal with suffering?" "And what really helps, anyway?"

In this practical helper's companion, the authors explore a path through these confusions, and provide support and inspiration fo us in our efforts as members of the helping professions, as volunteers, as community activists, or simply as friends and family trying to meet each other's needs. Here too are deeply moving personal accounts: A housewife brings zoo animals to lift the spirits of nursing home residents; a nun tends the wounded on the first night of the Nicaraguan revolution; a police officer talks a desperate father out of leaping from a roof with his child; a nurse allows an infant to spend its last moments of life in her arms rather than on a hospital machine. From many such stories and the authors' reflections, we can find strength, clarity, and wisdom for those times when we are called on to care for one another. How Can I Help? reminds us just how much we have to give and how doing so can lead to some of the most joyous moments of our lives.

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"A treasury of compassion, made all the more valuable by its many examples of how individuals can interact for the better with people and, indeed, the world around them." —Norman Cousins, author of Anantomy of an Illness

"How Can I Help? deserves a special place on that shelf reserved for truly practical wisdom." —Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

"How Can I Help? is a gentle, tender, spiritual book." —Karl Menninger, M.D., F.A.P.A

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394729473
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1985
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
204,976
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.77(d)

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How Can I Help?: Stories and Reflections on Service 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with insights into the nature of soul revealed through the relationships we have with people in our lives. The use of stories to illuminate qualities of attention residing within us is a creative way to teach what we already know to be true inside us. This book shares how service to others give us the ability to experience the essence of living revealed by a power greater than us all. Thanks, Ram Dass, for your willingness to share your life and your soul.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago