Letters to Sam: A Grandfather's Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life

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Dear Sam,

As your only living grandfather, I want to welcome you into this world. Always remember that … life is a gift and a blessing.

In the tradition of such bestsellers as Tuesdays with Morrie and Riding the Bus with My Sister, this emotionally powerful collection of letters from grandfather to grandson will touch readers right down to their core. Award-winning radio host, newspaper columnist, and ...

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Overview

Dear Sam,

As your only living grandfather, I want to welcome you into this world. Always remember that … life is a gift and a blessing.

In the tradition of such bestsellers as Tuesdays with Morrie and Riding the Bus with My Sister, this emotionally powerful collection of letters from grandfather to grandson will touch readers right down to their core. Award-winning radio host, newspaper columnist, and psychologist Daniel Gottlieb has created a truly inspirational work.

When his grandson was born, Daniel Gottlieb began to write a series of heartfelt letters that he hoped Sam would read later in life. He planned to cover all the important topics—dealing with your parents, handling bullies, falling in love, coping with death—and what motivated him was the fear that he might not live long enough to see Sam reach adulthood. You see, Daniel Gottlieb is a quadriplegic—the result of a near-fatal automobile accident that occurred two decades ago—and he knows enough not to take anything for granted.

Then, when Sam was only 14 months old, he was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disability, a form of autism, and suddenly everything changed. Now the grandfather and grandson were bound by something more: a disability—and Daniel Gottlieb’s special understanding of what that means became invaluable.

This lovingly written, emotionally gripping book offers unique—and universal—insights into what it means to be human.

“Gottlieb shares with us the wisdom and depth of his soul…he uses the art of letter writing to teach us…what it means to be human.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

“One of those little books with the power to change the world.”—Spirituality & Health

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"Dear Sam," the first letter began, "As your only living grandfather, I wanted to welcome you into this world. Always remember that...life is a gift and a blessing." Daniel Gottlieb started his one-way correspondence with his infant grandson partly because as a quadriplegic with health problems, he feared that he might not survive to see Sam reach adulthood. But only 14 months after his first note, grandfather Dan received terrible news: Little Sam had been diagnosed with pervasive developmental disability, a form of autism. At that moment, the letters took on a new meaning and urgency.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402753459
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 236,953

Meet the Author

Daniel Gottlieb
In addition to his thriving psychotherapy practice, Daniel Gottlieb 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 also writes a bimonthly column for the Philadelphia Inquirer entitled “On Healing,” and is the author of two books. 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 January 11, 2013

    Letters to Sam is a very heart felt and passionate book. It make

    Letters to Sam is a very heart felt and passionate book. It makes you really step back and think about life as a whole and others involved in your life. This book is a very easy read that proves everyone has a meaning in life no matter how “different” they are. Even children can teach there parents and grandparents little life lessons. This book is an inspirational book that can give motivation to not take all the little things for granted and be thankful for the little moments we all share.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2011

    A parents job is to give you root's & wing's. The Author got it just right.

    This book was amazing, it felt like I was reading a letter from my grandfather on all life's little lessons. I feel very blessed to have stumbled across it!

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