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Learning from the Heart: Lessons on Living, Loving, and Listening

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In the nearly 30 years since the accident that made radio personality and columnist Dan Gottlieb a quadriplegic, he developed a finely-tuned quality of awareness that most people never achieve: he became an outsider among us—”like a foreign correspondent,” as he puts it. From that vantage point, he has acutely observed the way people act, think, feel, and live—in short, he studied and learned exactly what it means to be human. Here, Dan shares his insights, written with humor, ...
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In the nearly 30 years since the accident that made radio personality and columnist Dan Gottlieb a quadriplegic, he developed a finely-tuned quality of awareness that most people never achieve: he became an outsider among us—”like a foreign correspondent,” as he puts it. From that vantage point, he has acutely observed the way people act, think, feel, and live—in short, he studied and learned exactly what it means to be human. Here, Dan shares his insights, written with humor, honesty, a gift for storytelling, and breathtaking compassion.
Learning from the Heart looks at what divides as well as unites us, including the problems of family life; difficulties confronting today’s parents; challenges faced by the disabled and the aging; and issues of injustice that affect the way we understand the world and our lives.
Although Dan is now speaking directly to the reader, rather than to his own family, you’ll recognize the distinctive voice and format that caused an outpouring of e-mail from fans of Letters to Sam: short anecdotal chapters rich in wisdom, generously revealing and deeply personal, and resonating with universal truths.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781402749995
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Gottlieb

Daniel Gottlieb, a practicing psychologist and family therapist, serves as the host of Voices in the Family, an award-winning mental health call-in show on Philadelphia’s much-respected public radio station, WHYY. He is the author of three previous books, including Letters to Sam and Voices in the Family. He lectures locally and nationally on a variety of topics affecting the well-being of people, families, and the larger community.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    A wonderful lens to look through

    A thoughtful, self deprecating and funny group of stories that helped me look at life hopefully and 'sit' with my worries. The stories are great, word pictures colorful and the people described real and full. I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn more and grow into anxious and funny times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2008

    What it Means to be Human

    Daniel Gottlieb is one of the most compassionate souls I have ever 'met.' A trained psychologist, Gottlieb was in an accident in 1979 when he was 33 years old and was rendered a quadriplegic. Shortly following his accident, he 'began to wonder what it really meant to be human.' What follows are stories and what he learns about himself, friends, family and patients. Gottlieb began to study how humans (and pets) acted and reacted their emotions, thoughts and feelings. He discovered that emotions are contagious. He writes that we ask ourselves: 'Who am I?' 'Who am I supposed to be?' 'Who should I be?' 'How do we find our identity in a world that insists your identity is defined by your achievements, by your beauty, by your power, by your youth?' Gottlieb implores us to slow down and actually hear and see others and ourselves. He believes as we do more, we hear less--less of what other people are saying and our own voice. The love Gottlieb feels for humanity is palpable in 'Loving from the Heart.' He explains that his body, almost 30 years after the accident, is starting to disease and that death could come at any time. But, he is without pity. Instead, his compassion for the human race is so strong and true that I found myself sobbing several times throughout the book. He talks about our 'national anxiety disorder' and offers advice for finding relief. I loved this: 'We are not important as individuals. And everything we say and do counts.' Meditate on that one! This book is a treasure. By the author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet.

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