The Twelve Gifts of Life: Finding Extraordinary Meaning in Ordinary Moments

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The truth is that most of us never get a chance to make our mark of greatness on the world-which doesn't negate our basic human desire to find meaning in our story. We all want our lives to matter and for the world to be marked in some small way by our journey. And then there are the questions: how do we hold onto hope when all indicators point to floundering financial futures? How do we feel joy in a society of failing families and facebook-limited friendships? How do we find purpose when just paying the bills ...

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Overview

The truth is that most of us never get a chance to make our mark of greatness on the world-which doesn't negate our basic human desire to find meaning in our story. We all want our lives to matter and for the world to be marked in some small way by our journey. And then there are the questions: how do we hold onto hope when all indicators point to floundering financial futures? How do we feel joy in a society of failing families and facebook-limited friendships? How do we find purpose when just paying the bills has to be our priority? How do we believe when God is silent? How do we know that our lives matter? If you've ever asked any of these questions, The Twelve Gift of Life will change your perspective. A collection of powerful, poignant narratives with a punch of humor, these true-life vignettes will help you discover meaning in the midst of the mundane. Buried within even the most challenging circumstances are the gifts of life for those discerning enough to discover and embrace them. Life is not meant to be survival of the finest. Life is not meant to defeat us. Life is not meant to beat us clown. The gifts of life restore us. They give us hope. They give our life meaning. They are meant to be savored. The gifts belong to all of us. Discover them through this inspirational, soon-to-be bestseller.

In addition to her "day job" as a college administrator, she is an adjunct psychology faculty member, a passionate advocate for at-risk children and has assisted hundreds of families in their international adoption efforts. Cindy has graduate degrees both in psychology and in business. She is married and has five children, including two daughters adopted from China. She lives in Farmington Hills, MI.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620200483
  • Publisher: Emerald House Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/27/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9

The First Gift: The Past 17

The Second Gift: The Plan 35

The Third Gift: Perfect Moments 61

The Fourth Gift: Perspective 79

The Fifth Gift: Parenting 105

The Sixth Gift: Promise and Promises 129

The Seventh Gift: Pathways and Possibilities 147

The Eighth Gift: Purpose 165

The Ninth Gift: Powerful Truths 191

The Tenth Gift: Partners and Protectors 215

The Eleventh Gift: Prayer 233

The Twelfth Gift: Peace 255

Acknowledgments 279

Book Club Questions 283

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    Another exceptional book from beloved author Cindy Champnella th

    Another exceptional book from beloved author Cindy Champnella this collection of stories will make you laugh and cry--sometimes on the same page. This is a book for anyone searching for hope, for mothers having a bad day, for those struggling to believe--and for those who just love uplifting stories. The perfect gift for anyone on your list--teachers, mothers, sisters, friends--there is something that will resonate with all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    What a wonderful book! Simply one of the most beautiful books I

    What a wonderful book! Simply one of the most beautiful books I have read in some time. The author uses her wonderful writing style to share stories that will inspire the reader and cause the reader to re-examine their own life's purpose. Like others who have read this book...I found myself smiling, laughing, and at times in tears. You can not help but be moved by the "truth's" that the author reveals/shares. This is the perfect book for my bookclub...and it will be for yours as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    One of the best books I have read in years! This book will tug

    One of the best books I have read in years! This book will tug at every emotion and at the same time cause you to "re-think" the purpose of your life. Filled with wonderful stories....the author weaves them into simple but powerful "truths" that will touch your heart, move your soul, and challenge your purpose. A beautifully written book...."The Twelve Gifts of Life" is the "perfect gift" for anyone in your life. It will be a favorite of your book club as this truly is a "must read" book.

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