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Find Yourself by Helping Others—Life Lessons from an Extraordinary Story of Sacrifice and SurvivalIn 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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About 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.
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
Reader's Guide 209
About the Authors 217