Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.)
How a healers unusual prescription for a young woman struggling with multiple sclerosisto give 29 gifts in 29 daysrenewed her energy for life
"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.
About the Author
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.