No Regrets: Last Chance for a Father and Son

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No Regrets is the personal story of an "adventure" – the adventure of a shared life between son and father. The story spans decades but culminated in two terrific years of reconciliation and love. This book is a tribute to a man called Abe, a good man, a person of simple tastes, modest aspirations and respectable accomplishments, who dared, at the age of eighty-five, to challenge the very fabric of his life and open his heart in a manner profoundly new. Barry Kaufman has spent his entire life in self examination ...

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No Regrets is the personal story of an "adventure" – the adventure of a shared life between son and father. The story spans decades but culminated in two terrific years of reconciliation and love. This book is a tribute to a man called Abe, a good man, a person of simple tastes, modest aspirations and respectable accomplishments, who dared, at the age of eighty-five, to challenge the very fabric of his life and open his heart in a manner profoundly new. Barry Kaufman has spent his entire life in self examination and exploring human emotions and thoughts, trying to understand relationships and interactions. His life work has been to assist individuals and families cope with severe adversities and traumas. When his own son was diagnosed as irreversibly autistic, functionally retarded and neurologically impaired, he and his wife realized that they had worked diligently, as if toward an unknown goal, to transform themselves before his arrival. All the work with others had been preparing them to meet this challenge successfully.

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This chronicle of the diagnosis, treatment, and death of Kaufman's father, Abe, from cancer relates a moving and deeply spiritual experience for both father and son. Abe, perhaps for the first time, chooses happiness: he grows, learns, and lives fully even while dying. Meanwhile, Kaufman, author of Happiness Is a Choice and founder of the Option Institute, a learning center, ponders the meaning of all this and comes to a deep and human understanding of himself, his father, and their growing relationship. Calming and packed with wisdom, this inspirational and emotional read is not a journey of sadness but of love: as Kaufman observes, "Cancer did not seem like an enemy but instead, a friend that offered us an opportunity to find more of each other and, in the process, more of ourselves." Those who liked Barbara Sher's lively How To Live the Life You Love might enjoy this; an inherently different approach is Daniel Rutley's up-tempo Escaping Emotional Entrapment. Recommended. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781932073027
  • Publisher: Kramer, H. J., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/5/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.23 (d)

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“A tremendously healing book full of insight, courage, tenderness, respect, and forgiveness. Kaufman powerfully teaches the salient truth in Dag Hammerskjöld’s saying, ‘It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses.’ Would you like to heal a special relationship that has become like a metastasizing cancer? Read this book.” — Stephen R. Covey, Ph.D., author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People “No Regrets is a great learning tool for those of you at a crossroads in your life.” — Jackie Joyner-Kersee, six-time Olympic Medalist
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