How Can I Help?: Stories and Reflections on Service

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Knopf, 1985 - Religion - 243 pages
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Not a day goes by without our being called upon to help one another--at home, at work, on the street, on the phone. . . . We do what we can. Yet so much comes up to complicate this natural response: "Will I have what it takes?" "How much is enough?" "How can I deal with suffering?" "And what really helps, anyway?"

In this practical helper's companion, the authors explore a path through these confusions, and provide support and inspiration fo us in our efforts as members of the helping professions, as volunteers, as community activists, or simply as friends and family trying to meet each other's needs. Here too are deeply moving personal accounts: A housewife brings zoo animals to lift the spirits of nursing home residents; a nun tends the wounded on the first night of the Nicaraguan revolution; a police officer talks a desperate father out of leaping from a roof with his child; a nurse allows an infant to spend its last moments of life in her arms rather than on a hospital machine. From many such stories and the authors' reflections, we can find strength, clarity, and wisdom for those times when we are called on to care for one another. How Can I Help? reminds us just how much we have to give and how doing so can lead to some of the most joyous moments of our lives.

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User Review  - Mckinley - Goodreads

Collection of stories and anecdotes from a wide variety of people (these are in italics) within context of caring and aiding others. Starts with brief look at desire and motivation for helping. Unity ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bishop Bergland - Goodreads

Generally very good, though at time rambling and of unclear voice. Recommended. Read full review

About the author (1985)

Now in the process of recovering from a stroke he suffered several years ago, Ram Dass today speaks to packed houses and maintains a regular schedule of appearances. He lives in Tiburon, California.

Paul Gorman lives in London.

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