Synopses & Reviews
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.
“Dan Gottlieb's gift to us all is to put into words the deepest essence of how to bring meaning to our lives.” —Dan Siegel, author Brainstorm
, The Developing Mind
, and The Mindful Brain
, and Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine
“Reading this book is like having a great conversation with a deeply wise, kind, and supportive friend-who also happens to be an extraordinary therapist whose own losses have been profound teachers. With humor and grace, Dr. Gottlieb helps readers come home to their own natural inner wisdom, strength, and peace.” —Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence
“We may be born wise, but we still need Dan Gottlieb to remind us of what we already know. One of the most insightful and inspirational psychologists of his generation, Gottlieb has written yet another beautiful book about the art of living deeply.”—Daniel Gilbert, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, author of the international bestseller Stumbling on Happiness
"This a beautiful and inspiring book I'd recommend to anyone. Dr. Gottlieb uses personal stories to illustrate an important lesson: that wisdom naturally emerges when we open our hearts to life.” —Kristin Neff, PhD, Associate Professor, Human Development and Culture, Educational Psychology Department, University of Texas at Austin
“Reading this book is like having a loving, understanding and good-humored friend remind you of what is most important in life. Drawing from his own journey and his clinical work with others, Dr. Dan Gottleib's beautifully written stories of vulnerability and awakening illuminate the pathway home to our own wise hearts.” —Tara Brach, Ph.D. author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
“Wise, generous and true-to-heart, this is a book to be kept close at hand through the hardest days and the sweetest, to be bookmarked and returned to again and again.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Lovingkindness
"Dan Gottlieb is not only open-hearted, courageous, wise and compassionate, he is also funny and irreverent. The Wisdom We're Born With is a book that teaches us how to live. There are no platitudes here, no easy answers. But the way Dan shares his life, including his vulnerability, gives readers the strength to face their own deepest pain and the inspiration to delight in every possible joy." —Ellen Bass, author of The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and Like a Beggar “Imagine one of your dearest friends sitting before you, sharing stories about the people he's loved, the people he's worked with, and himself, all at critical moments in their lives. With poignancy, vulnerability, and honesty, he moves you from laughter to tears to questions to insights. And you are so entertained, and so prompted to re-examine your own life, you just keep saying, 'Tell me one more.' Dan Gottlieb is that friend, and in this tenderhearted book of transformative tales, he will tell you those stories.” —Rachel Simon, author of The Story of Beautiful Girl and Riding the Bus with My Sister “Magically, Dr. Dan Gottlieb turns personal narrative into a reflective mirror that helps us discover and celebrate our inner selves. No wonder he is America's healer. Beautifully written, with deep insights from children, patients and friends, The Wisdom We're Born With is a model of how to live more fully in our fast-paced 21st Century world.” —Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in Psychology, Temple University, author of Einstein Never Used Flashcards and A Mandate for Playful Learning
Praise for Letters to Sam by Daniel Gottlieb
“Gottlieb shares with us the wisdom and depth of his soul … he uses the art of letter writing to teach us … what it means to be human.”—Philadelphia Inquirer Praise for Learning from the Heart by Daniel Gottlieb:
“… Warm, wise, compassionate, humble and often funny, [Gottlieb] displays not a shred of self-pity or false modesty. Best of all, his message has the unmistakable ring of truth to it: love rather than change yourself or anyone else.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) Praise for Voices in the Family by Daniel Gottlieb:
“A warm helpful book.” —The Washington Post
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.
What if the things you imagine will make you happy won't—if what you really need is not what you think you need? Daniel Gottlieb (Letters to Sam
) has produced an inspirational primer that takes us on an enlightening journey toward a sense of well-being. Gottlieb, who suffered a traumatic injury that left him a quadriplegic over 30 years ago, is uniquely qualified to offer wise counsel on the relationship between what we want and what we have. He offers his thoughts on breaking patterns and habits, calming the unquiet mind, reconnecting with our emotions and our bodies, living in the moment, discovering that ineffable “something” that defines who we are—and above all, the importance of love.
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 Philadelphia's much-respected public radio station, WHYY. From 1993 to 2008, he wrote a highly regarded column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and is the author of four other books. He lectures locally and nationally on a variety of topics affecting the well-being of people, families, and the larger community.