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Letters to Sam: A Grandfather's Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Lifeby Daniel Gottlieb
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As your only living grandfather, I want to welcome you into this world. Always remember that...life is a gift and a blessing. In the tradition of such bestsellers as Tuesdays with Morrie and Riding the Bus with My Sister, this emotionally powerful collection of letters from grandfather to grandson will touch readers right down to their core. Award-winning radio host, newspaper columnist, and psychologist Daniel Gottlieb has created a truly inspirational work.
When his grandson was born, Daniel Gottlieb began to write a series of heartfelt letters that he hoped Sam would read later in life. He planned to cover all the important topics — dealing with your parents, handling bullies, falling in love, coping with death — and what motivated him was the fear that he might not live long enough to see Sam reach adulthood. You see, Daniel Gottlieb is a quadriplegic — the result of a near-fatal automobile accident that occurred two decades ago — and he knows enough not to take anything for granted.
Then, when Sam was only fourteen months old, he was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disability, a form of autism, and suddenly everything changed. Now the grandfather and grandson were bound by something more: a disability — and Daniel Gottlieb's special understanding of what that means became invaluable.
A lovingly written, emotionally gripping book that offers unique — and universal — insights into what it means to be human.
Written by an award-winning radio host, newspaper columnist, and psychologist, this emotionally powerful collection of letters from grandfather to grandson will touch readers down to their core.
About the Author
In addition to his thriving psychotherapy practice, Daniel Gottlieb serves as the host of Voices in the Family, an award-winning mental health call-in show on Philadelphias much-respected public radio station, WHYY. He also writes a bimonthly column for the Philadelphia Inquirer entitled On Healing,” and is the author of two books. He lectures locally and nationally on a variety of topics affecting the well-being of people, families, and the larger community.
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