One Life to Give: A Path to Finding Yourself by Helping Others

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Find Yourself by Helping Others—Life Lessons from an Extraordinary Story of Sacrifice and Survival

In the winter of 1939, five-year-old Andrew Bienkowski was exiled to Siberia with his family. The two years of struggle that followed—especially his grandfather’s amazing act of sacrifice during their first long, cold winter—have informed the rest of Andrew’s life. Thanks to his devoted mother, his quick-witted grandmother, and the unexpected ...
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Overview


Find Yourself by Helping Others—Life Lessons from an Extraordinary Story of Sacrifice and Survival

In the winter of 1939, five-year-old Andrew Bienkowski was exiled to Siberia with his family. The two years of struggle that followed—especially his grandfather’s amazing act of sacrifice during their first long, cold winter—have informed the rest of Andrew’s life. Thanks to his devoted mother, his quick-witted grandmother, and the unexpected kindness of strangers, Andrew established an approach to life that emphasizes helping others as the essential path to finding our greatest human fulfillment.
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“What we make of the adversities with which life inevitably confronts us determines whether we have anything useful to say to those who follow us. Andrew Bienkowski passes the test with this extraordinary story of his childhood exile to Siberia and the lessons he learned there about loyalty, perseverance, gratitude, and love.”
—from the foreword by Gordon Livingston, MD

“Reading this book is truly a gift to oneself—a profound and riveting experience that kept me up into the late hours following a journey both immensely provocative and transformative. Andrew Bienkowski gives fully of himself in this book with a power that brings forth a spirit of healing so important at this time in our world. I'm already recommending this to everyone I know.”
Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, co-founder, Omega Institute and Blue Spirit Costa Rica

“I was touched by this story of courage and sacrifice, blended with gems of wisdom reflecting the author's many years as a psychotherapist. I found myself highlighting many excellent points throughout its pages.”
Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior

One Life to Give is a compelling and heartwarming saga that will inspire, uplift, and move you to appreciate your loved ones and consider what you can contribute rather than get. Andrew Bienkowski brings a lifetime of experience as a soulful therapist to his account, and for that I am deeply grateful. Anyone who values family, or feels disconnected from loved ones, would benefit immensely from this extraordinary book and the powerful, practical lessons it bestows.”
Alan Cohen, author of Linden's Last Life

“Like Viktor Frankl’s 1946 classic Man’s Search for Meaning, this book has a keen eye for spotting the best of human spirit and endeavor in the most trying of circumstances.”
ForeWord magazine

“Shows the importance of hope and community. It is a definite light for dark times.”
Western New York Catholic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615190089
  • Publisher: Experiment, The
  • Publication date: 1/12/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,453,198
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrew Bienkowski, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served in the Korean War, worked as a psychologist for 40 years, including 32 years for New York state, designing and implementing mental-health programs and working directly with patients. This is his first book. He lives near Buffalo, New York.

Mary Akers's fiction, poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies. She is the author of a short story collection, Women Up On Blocks, from Press 53. Although raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, which she will always call home, she currently lives in western New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Gordon Livingston, MD xi

Authors' Notes xv

1 Radical Gratitude 1

2 We Are All Connected 16

3 Listen Intently and You Will Learn 32

4 Showing Understanding Is the Greatest Gift 44

5 Hope Can See You through the Toughest Times 57

6 Perseverance: The "Teeth" of Hope 70

7 Find the Courage to Be (Yourself) 84

8 A Sense of Humor Can Save Your Life 97

9 Empowering Others Is the Best Way to Help Them 111

10 Have Faith 128

11 Choose the Right Source of Motivation 141

12 Be Kind 154

13 To Find Peace, Let Go 168

14 Love Is the Opposite of Fear 185

Epilogue 203

Reader's Guide 209

Acknowledgments 211

About the Authors 217

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2010

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    A book that will influence your thinking

    If we could all take the model for life from this book and only partially succeed in living in the way the author suggests we would find ourselves more personally fulfilled and the world around us would eventually start to show the difference that such an effort would make. Andrew Biewkowski took the lessons learned through hardship in Siberia with his family as a small child and did not forget them. He incorporated it into his being and committed himself to living a life that reflected the good that comes from gratitude, connectivity, listening, understanding, hope, perseverance, courage to be oneself, humor, empowerment of others, faith, motivation, kindness, peace and love. These concepts are the backbone of a life well lived if we remember each day to place importance on them. He shows with examples from his time in Siberia and through his practice as a therapist how they make such a signifigant difference if you endeavor to include them in your way of life. Thoroughly inspiring and a must read for all who enjoy viewing perspectives on life that will influence your thinking.

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

    Grim but gorgeous

    I don't read "instructive" literature, books written for the avowed purpose of telling you how to live better. I read for transport and discovery. Tell me a story. And that's what makes "One Life to Give" such a gratifying reading experience. It tells a story, a tale that is as grim as it is gorgeous.

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

    An Inspiring Book

    This gem of a book straddles the line between history and a novel, with chapters on self-help following gripping, spine-tingling stories of survival from World War II. You will laugh and cry. It will capture you from page one. It will make you aware not only of what the human body can endure, but also of how much we have to be grateful for in our lives today.

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