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

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

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by Daniel Gottlieb
     
 

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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

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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 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. 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 fourteen 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.

 

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

 

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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"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402772764
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
980,136
File size:
467 KB

Meet the Author

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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Letters to Sam: A Grandfather's Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Miraclebaby1225 More than 1 year ago
I have only read one letter from the many letters he has in this amazing book. I read the letter from a website: Beliefnet.com (Inspiration, Spirtuality, & Faith) The title of the letter was 'Love, Pop'. I can't get over how touching this story is. Wish I would've known about this book sooner. God bless this man and his autistic grandson, Sam. I actually, have a son who is AUTISTIC and was also diagnosed with PDD. So, every word touched my heart. This is something I go thru on an everyday basis. I love my son! Unfortuately, it is a difficult task to deal with knowing that their is no cure for this type of disorder. But we must move forward and hope for the best. This book is definitely worth getting and sharing with those whom you LOVE. Blessings, A Loving Mother