Synopses & Reviews
First created by Edward R. Murrow in the 1950s, the popular radio program This I Believe explores the core beliefs and guiding principles by which Americans live today. In this book, you will find an inspiring collection of personal essays from men and women of all walks of life who share the stories of important lessons they have learned over the course of their lives. You'll find personal experiences and profound insights from a roller derby queen, a physician, a corporate executive, and a homeless person. You'll read essays written by those with several decades of life experience and others from teenagers. You'll find ponderings on life's big questions, such as "Why am I here?" and "What is my place in the world?" as well as beliefs in the importance of saying hello, thank you, and I forgive you. There are revelations on the importance of listening to your inner voice and taking responsibility for your actions. And there are reflections on the resiliency of people who have lived through cancer, depression, or an accidentand came through it with spirits intact.
These diverse, engaging essays share valuable lessons for those just starting their adult lives or anyone dealing with life's challenges. Revealing much about what it means to be human, this book offers wisdom, guidance, and inspiration for all.
To read more essays and submit your own, please visit www.thisibelieve.org.
100% of editors' proceeds go directly to the not-for-profit organization This I Believe, Inc.
An inspiring collection of the personal philosophies of a group of remarkable men and women
Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty essayists--from the famous to the unknown--completing the thought that begins the book's title. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others.
Featuring a well-known list of contributors--including Isabel Allende, Colin Powell, Gloria Steinem, William F. Buckley Jr., Penn Jillette, Bill Gates, and John Updike--the collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer; a part-time hospital clerk from Rehoboth, Massachusetts; a woman who sells Yellow Pages advertising in Fort Worth, Texas; and a man who serves on the state of Rhode Island's parole board.
The result is a stirring and provocative trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of people whose beliefs--and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them--reveal the American spirit at its best.
Inspiring life wisdom from people of all ages—based on the This I Believe radio program
The popular This I Believe series, which has aired on NPR and on Bob Edwards' shows on Sirius XM Satellite and public radio, explores the personal beliefs and guiding principles by which Americans live today. This book brings together treasured life lessons of people from all walks of life. Whether it's learning the power of saying hello or how courage comes with practice, their intimate reflections will inspire, move, and encourage you. Filled with the valuable insights distilled from a wide range of personal experiences, This I Believe: Life Lessons is a perfect gift—for others or for yourself.
- Includes extraordinary essays written by "ordinary" people who share the story of an important lesson they have learned about life
- Shares a wide range of beliefs and experiences from a diverse group of contributors, including a physician, a roller derby queen, a corporate executive, and a homeless person
- Based on the popular This I Believe radio series and thisibelieve.org website
No matter what your age or circumstances, this book will give you valuable food for thought and important new insights on how others have learned from life's challenges.
The moving and powerful first-person essays in this book explore the core beliefs and guiding principles by which Americans live. Filled with valuable insights distilled from a wide range of personal experiences, This I Believe: Life Lessons is a perfect giftfor others or for yourself.
"The turning points in my life have not been the times I succeeded at something, but the times I've whispered, 'I'm lost,' or 'Help me,' or 'I need a friend.' I believe sometimes our vulnerability is our strength." Colin Bates, student and resident service assistant for people with mental disabilities
"I believe you need to listen, carefully, to hear your inner voice. And then you have to do what it says."Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
"I believe that saying no to some of life's shimmering pleasures buys me a moment of peace and a small sovereign patch where I can pause and ask what it is my heart truly desires. No is not deprivation, it's deliberation. No is not loss, it's freedom." Jessica Paris, educator
"I have seen time and time again that when people find their commonalities, they are more likely to come together and become friends, even under the most stressful conditions. This I believe." Sgt. Maj. Larry Chaston (Ret.), Vietnam and Afghanistan veteran, and engineer
About the Author
DAN GEDIMAN is executive director of This I Believe, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that engages people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. These short statements of belief have been featured on public radio since 2005. Gediman is the coeditor of the New York Times bestseller This I Believe, as well as This I Believe II, This I Believe: On Love, and This I Believe: On Fatherhood.
JOHN GREGORY is editorial director and MARY JO GEDIMAN is outreach director of This I Believe, Inc.
Table of Contents
The Power of Hello 5
The Art of Being a Neighbor 8
A Kind and Generous Heart 11
Make It Do 14
Grace Is a Gift 17
The Sisterhood of Roller Derby 20
Caring Makes Us Human 23
Satisfaction with a Job Well Done 26
Nancy Pieters Mayfield
The World Is Imperfect 29
Peace Can Happen 32
A Priceless Lesson in Humility 36
Finding Out What’s under Second Base 39
Accomplishing Big Things in Small Pieces 42
I Have to See the World 45
Deciding to Live 49
Walking in the Light 52
The Perfect Merge 55
Listening Is Powerful Medicine 58
Alicia M. Conill,M.D.
Semper Fidelis 61
Our Vulnerability Is Our Strength 64
Patriotic Ponderings 67
Opening the Door of Mercy 70
The True Value of Life 73
Sudie Bond Noland
An Invitation to Dialogue 76
Homeless but Not Hopeless: A Man Finds His Soul 79
The Power of Sleep 82
Where Wild flowers Grow 85
Maureen Crane Wartski
I Could Be Wrong 88
Everyone Is Included 91
A Lesson I Hold Dear 95
Kara Gebhart Uhl
A Taste of Success 98
A Grace of Silence 102
Do Talk to Strangers 105
Finding Our Common Ground 108
Bus Chick’s Manifesto 111
Right Now Matters 114
Seeing with the Heart 117
Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace 120
The Triumph of Kindness 123
Time to Walk the Dog 126
Betsy Buchalter Adler
Yankee Go Home 129
The Courage to Change the Things I Can 133
To Hear Your Inner Voice 136
Christine Todd Whitman
Keep It Real 139
Rose Eiesland Foster
Important Strangers 142
My Parents as Friends 146
Bhavani G. Murugesan
A Good Neighborhood 149
Believing in People 152
Becoming Friends 155
Just Say No 158
Courage Comes with Practice 161
Adapting to the Possibilities of Life 164
Donald l. Rosenstein, M.D.
Why Are We Here? 167
A Drive to Achieve the Extraordinary 170
Inviting the World to Dinner 173
Finding the Flexibility to Survive 176
The Act of Giving Thanks 179
Sally’s Monday 182
If You Don’t Do It, Who Will? 185
Here Comes (the Real) Santa Claus 188
Appendix: How to Write Your Own This I Believe Essay 191