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Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal, 10th Anniversary Edition by [Remen, Rachel Naomi]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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I recommend this book highly to everyone. (Deepak Chopra, M.D.) This is a beautiful book about life, the only true teacher. (Bernie Siegel, M.D.) Rachel Naomi Remen is nature's gift to us, a genius of that elusive and crucial capacity, the human heart. (Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., author of "Emotional Intelligence")

"Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen is a pioneer in the medicine of the future. With the elegance of simplicitym, she shows how physicians can become healers by no longer remaining mere technicians of the human body, but by becoming alchemists of the soul." --Deepak Chopra, M.D.

"Rachel Naomi Remen is nature's gift to us, a genius of that elusive and crucial capacity, the human heart. She has much to teach us about healing, loving, and living." --Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., author of Emotional Intelligence

"A book of stunning radiance, authenticity, and power. I laughed and cried my way through it, from beginning to end... Come share in this extraordinary outpouring of human wisdom." --Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., author of Wherever You Go, There You Are

"Read these gorgeous, from-the-soul stories at the risk of burying cynicism, finding hope, learning a good deal more about life and living-- and having a damned good time." --Norman Lear

About the Author

Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. has been counseling those with chronic and terminal illness for more than twenty years. She is cofounder and medical director of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program in Bolinas, California, and is currently clinical professor of family and community medicine at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 756 KB
  • Print Length: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; 10 Anv edition (1 Aug. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A426C6K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a fantastic book. For anyone who is looking for strength and inspiration to help him/her deal with whatever issues are going on in life, this is the perfect book. It is brimming with love and filled with things to really ponder. It is uplifting and spiritual and inspiring. I am going through it slowly and enjoying a story or two at a time. It is a book to ponder, and to come back to.
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GREAT
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This book is a treasure trove of short stories to warm the heart. My copy is well-thumbed through frequent use both for myself and students I teach. I even had 'Just Listen' as a reading at my wedding.
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Terrific book.
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Good read
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I have read many books that I could not put down until I finished them. Kitchen Table Wisdom is the first book I read as slowly as I possibly could, because I simply didn't want it to end. A collection of true, heartwarming, and deeply touching stories from the life of the author, this book will make you laugh, cry, and feel almost every emotion you can think of. Each story is an insight into life and what it is to be a human being. Written with great tenderness and a warmth that shines through each story - even the painful ones - this really is a book about life. Rachel Remen tells her story and the stories of many of the people she has met throughout her life: family, friends, patients, and colleagues. In it's pages you are taken through tales of suffering and joy, pain and ecstasy, to the kind of wisdom and insight that normally take a lifetime to realize. I recommend this book if you are happy or sad, grieving or celebrating, striving or lost, because in these stories you will find your own story and the understanding that the experiences of life are common to each of us. Out of all the hundreds of different books in my library, this will always be my favourite.
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Rachel Naomi Remen fittingly dedicated her extraordinary book "Kitchen Table Wisdom" to "everyone who has never told their story." Remen, a physician and counselor, says stories "heal when they are more about who we are, not what we have done. About what we have faced to build what we have, what we have drawn upon and risked to do, what we have felt, thought, feared and discovered through the events of our lives." And about where the love that has sustained us comes from.
Remen shows through her own story living with Crohn's disease how suffering and helplessness helped her to connect more deeply with others and live with an open heart. Her illness included being in a coma after a massive bleed in her mid teens, having her large intestine surgically removed and having to wear an ileostomy, and years of intensive therapy with toxic drugs. She says her experience taught her that at the heart of intimacy is vulnerability. When we see a matching vulnerability in another we know we will not be judged. That we are all more than we know and that wholeness is never lost, it is only forgotten.
Her inspiring stories illustrate that the purpose in life is to grow in wisdom and love. How perfection is a booby prize. What is needed is simply to be human. How we sometimes trade wholeness for approval from others. How the way we see another may easily become the way in which we see ourselves. How "broken" is only a stage in a process. How the healing of suffering is compassion not expertise. How the healing of our woundedness lies in reclaiming our capacity to heal others through touch, forgiveness and acceptance. That anger only becomes a problem when we become wedded to it. How fear of losing things we possess end up possessing us.
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My wife had read this excellent book before and we decided it would make an uplifting gift for a friend (for Christmas).
The book unfortunately is so badly bound that there is no way I could give this to anyone! The pages are unevenly cut.
Amazon said that this was supplied by Amazon, yet there was a price sticker at the back cover from Deep Books Ltd????

I should have learnt the first time when I first ordered this book in April. It too was in the same condition.

Watch out - you may end up returning this book if supplied by Amazon/Deep Books.
My suggestion is definitely go get this book. It is superb. But get it somewhere else.
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