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

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Da Capo Press, Oct 6, 2009 - Self-Help - 226 pages
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At age thirty-five, Cami Walker was burdened by a battle with multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurological condition that made it difficult for her to walk, work, or enjoy her life. Seeking a remedy for her depression after being hospitalized, she received an uncommon prescription from an African medicine woman: Give to others for 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 and receiving. 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.

The book also includes personal essays from others whose lives changed for the better by giving, plus pages for the reader to record their own journey. More than a memoir, 29 Gifts offers inspiring lessons on how a simple daily practice of altruism can dramatically alter your outlook on the world.

 

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Contents

The Call
2
Breakdancing Tip
9
More than One Way to Dance
16
Compassion and Cake
22
Giving It Together
29
A Simple Mantra
40
Small Offerings
48
The Clothes off My Back
54
Celebrating Steps
131
Thirty Extra Minutes
135
Pets for My Pet
141
Three Dollar Bills
145
Special Shell
149
Planting Thanks
154
Manly Movie
157
Sea Shells by the Seashore
160

Thanks Mama Thanks
68
Bright Ideas
76
Blooming Recommitment
82
Birthday Poem
94
Meter Maid
102
Dish and Dinner Duty
106
Cane and Able
113
Love Letter
118
100 Id Like to Keep
123
Grandmas Gift
126
British Blues
164
Little Giving Spree
169
Miracle Mile
174
OneYear Checkup
180
Reading Allowed Steve Gentile
192
A Different Way to Keep Warm Jennifer Meriposa Fuller
198
Them Apples Whitney Ferrall
205
A Letter from Mbali Creazzo
214
Join the 29 Gifts Movement
222
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About the author (2009)

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. Walker lives in Hollywood, California, with her husband, Mark.

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