29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life

29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life

by Cami Walker

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29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker

At age thirty-five, Cami Walker was burdened by an intensified struggle with multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurological disease that left her debilitated and depressed. Then she received an uncommon “prescription” from South African healer Mbali Creazzo: Give away 29 gifts in 29 days.

29 Gifts is the insightful story of the author's life change as she embraces and reflects on the naturally reciprocal process of giving. Many of Walker's gifts were simple—a phone call, spare change, a Kleenex. Yet the acts were transformative. By Day 29, not only had Walker's health and happiness improved, but she had created a worldwide giving movement. 29 Gifts shows how a simple, daily practice of altruism can dramatically alter your outlook on the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738214306
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 99,923
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 970L (what's this?)

About the Author

Cami Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006 and created the online 29-Day Giving Challenge in April 2008. She has continued her own giving cycle every month since.

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29 Gifts 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is wonderful!! so inspirational, it touched my life like no other book ever has..it is a must read..a true story that will change your life..i can't say enough about the book, the author or how it touched and changed my life..enjoy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loveed the most that the author was brutally honest about her MS and the effects that it has had on her life...it was refreshing to read something I could relate to and know that I am not the only one going through the same things :-)
Sher51 More than 1 year ago
After hearing about the author on a radio show, I had to go out and purchase the book! Was lifting in my heart, and help us through a death at Chritstmas time. Great gift to all you love.
Joan43VA More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for anyone experiencing pain of any nature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always thought i was the only one who felt that way about my MS and i am not. Thank you for sharing it really helps!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has certainly made me wake up every morning looking forward to surprises life has to offer. I don't try to get through the day anymore, I get from the day. What an amazing feeling that is to be able to look for a chance to make a difference in someone's life no matter how simple it is. I makes me wonder: if only each of us follows the author's step to start a journey of giving, this world will definitely be a much better place. What a unique message this book has.
JLynnD More than 1 year ago
Cami Walker has captured the essence of how selfless giving can energize and help heal numerous hurts and pains of life - emotional, financial, physical, et.al. She chronicles the results of a prescription she received, when she asked a spiritual mentor to help her deal with her recent and severe MS diagnosis, to give 29 gifts in 29 days. The key is honesty and altruism - giving with intention but with no expectation of return. Walker's writing style is entertaining and engaging, and the transformation she experiences really draws you in. I loved the book, and we are reading it as a selection in my church book group.
Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
In 29 Gifts Cami Walker tells of how her life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis one month after her wedding. Quickly losing control over her body and facing a drastically different life than she had planned she sank into a deep depression and prescription drug addiction. When her neighbor, a South African healer prescribed a regime of 29 days of gift giving to heal her, Cami thought the idea was crazy. Desperate to gain control of her life she finally agreed and 29 Gifts is the story of what happened. This is truly a beautiful, thoughtful book written by someone who believes in what she has experienced and wants to share it. Much of what happens to Cami makes perfect sense, she was wholly focused on her own pain and misery and simply shifting her focus to those around her helped a lot. She begins leaving the house more to visit friends in need and this helps her begin pushing through her pain, getting more exercise and seeing that she isn't as limited as she thought. Still the improvements in her life over just 29 days are impressive and her subsequent devotion to spreading the 29 days of giving is heartfelt and touching. I listened to the audio version of this book and it is fabulously well read by Tavia Gilbert. The wide range of convincing accents she uses from posh British to low brow Cockney really brings the characters alive and makes you feel like you've met them. This is a sweet little book that will warm your heart and possibly even change your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He smiled, holding her close.
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This was a great read.
jennbunny More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book.....not just because of the unique nature of giving 29 gifts and what that brings to one's soul, but also to hear a woman's story of coming back from the brink of an MS diagnosis. It made me realize quite a few things in my own life listening to her weave her story.
dosterk More than 1 year ago
I read about this book in a magazine and something resonated with me due to some current struggles in my life. Cami's writing really drew me into her life and I could feel her pain and struggles, and then joy and celebrations as the challenge of giving daily gifts changed her outlook on life. I highly recommend this book and have already suggested it to many of my friends and family, and will also be purchasing a few copies to give as gifts.
Denise_in_MD More than 1 year ago
Cami's story is truly inspirational---I've used highlighter, folded down the corners of pages, and bought copies for friends/relatives that I know will get as much out of reading this book as I have. This book will change your perspective and your attitude about the mark you leave on others (and ultimately the world). Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not just all feel good, but deep insight into the process of giving and the self-development that happens.
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indigo13 More than 1 year ago
Anyone interested in deepening connections can read this and learn just how easy it really is...
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