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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 authors life change as she embraces and reflects on the naturally reciprocal process of giving and receiving. Many of Walkers gifts were simple —a phone call, spare change, a Kleenex. Yet the acts were transformative. By Day 29, not only had Walkers 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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"Just a month after her wedding, 31-year-old Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; two years later, she was bitter, isolated, and addicted to both pain medication and self-pity. In need of help beyond drug detox, Cami takes the advice of a South African healer: give away something every day, for 29 days. Walker soon learns that being mindful of giving also means being open to gifts from others, and that gratefulness and mutual generosity is the key to a better, more rewarding life. Glimpses into Walker's day-to-day difficulties-work, family life, constant therapeutic treatment and addiction recovery among them-crop up among the stories of her daily gifts, grounding the work (based on Walker's Web site) in personal details. But the meat, an admirable reworking of The Secret (in that it should actually help someone, at least gift recipients), speaks largely to those already initiated into the cult of positivity." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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How a healers unusual prescription for a young woman struggling with multiple sclerosis—to give 29 gifts in 29 days—renewed her energy for life

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"29 Gifts" is the insightful story of the author's life-changing experience as she embraces and reflects on the naturally reciprocal process of giving and receiving. Walker explains how giving to others renewed her energy for life.

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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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Denise Morland, January 11, 2010 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
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.
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Bookfesstival, October 24, 2009 (view all comments by Bookfesstival)
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If you like random acts of kindness and play it forward, you will love this book. I'm only on day 4 of my 29 gifts, but I am looking forward to more giving. It's very creative to think of mindful gifts. My husband, grandson and a co-worker have signed up for 29 gifts. It makes me feel warm and wonderful.

Please give yourself the gift of '29 Gifts'.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780738213569
Subtitle:
How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life
Author:
Walker, Cami
Publisher:
Da Capo Lifelong Books
Subject:
Motivational
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Generosity
Subject:
Altruism
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20091006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.25 in 11.5 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Just a month after her wedding, 31-year-old Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; two years later, she was bitter, isolated, and addicted to both pain medication and self-pity. In need of help beyond drug detox, Cami takes the advice of a South African healer: give away something every day, for 29 days. Walker soon learns that being mindful of giving also means being open to gifts from others, and that gratefulness and mutual generosity is the key to a better, more rewarding life. Glimpses into Walker's day-to-day difficulties-work, family life, constant therapeutic treatment and addiction recovery among them-crop up among the stories of her daily gifts, grounding the work (based on Walker's Web site) in personal details. But the meat, an admirable reworking of The Secret (in that it should actually help someone, at least gift recipients), speaks largely to those already initiated into the cult of positivity." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
How a healers unusual prescription for a young woman struggling with multiple sclerosis—to give 29 gifts in 29 days—renewed her energy for life
"Synopsis" by , "29 Gifts" is the insightful story of the author's life-changing experience as she embraces and reflects on the naturally reciprocal process of giving and receiving. Walker explains how giving to others renewed her energy for life.
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