Published: November 1, 2009
Number of pages: 256
Synopsis:At age thirty-five, Cami Walker was burdened 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, she received an uncommon prescription from an African medicine woman: give to others for 29 days.
29 Gifts is the insightful story of the author's life changes as she embraces and reflects on the naturally reciprocal process of giving and receiving. By day 29, not only had Walker's health and happiness improved but she also had created a worldwide giving movement.
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.
What did I think of this book:
I listened to the audio verson of this book instead of reading it. I thought the narrator did a good job although I am not sure if it was the author herself or someone else - either way she was good. That is my problem with audio books is that if I don't like the narrator then I can't get through the book. The concept of the 29 gifts in 29 days is a very nice concept. You can read more about this concept on Cami's website: 29gifts.org as well as hear other's stories. This book tells Cami's story of how once she found out she has multiple sclerosis and was in tremendous pain looked for anything that could help her and through a friend learned about 29 gifts. The idea is that you give away 29 gifts in 29 days and it will all come back to you. The gifts can be something as simple as giving your time to listen to a friend or as big as giving a donation of money to someone. The whole idea seems like a great idea. I enjoyed following along on Cami's journey of her gift giving.