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The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times

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The world's religions affirm it to be so and recent research across a number of disciplines tell us that "Helping others not only benefits those we assist but is good for us as well." The recent and astonishingly generous outpouring of help and donations in response to the earthquake in Haiti is a clear demonstration of this phenomenon, but what if we could be convinced to ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published January 13th 2011 by Jossey-Bass (first published 2011)
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Reader's Paradise
Jun 12, 2011 Reader's Paradise rated it it was amazing
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Book: I like how the book is small enough to fit comfortably in my pocketbook; making it easy for reference
Jacket Design: I enjoy looking at the colors of the loops which reind me of rainbows. (representing Gods promise)
Favorite Quote: God winks and grace quotes: chapter title (I love it)

For the past month or so our pastor has preached on the idea of giving back. He calls it “Life in the key of G; G = generosity. In that spirit I decided to look at Chicago
Janette Fuller
Dec 09, 2011 Janette Fuller rated it it was amazing
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Are you facing hard times due to a job loss, the need to relocate or the loss of your home?

Has your life been changed by the volatile economic times, job uncertainty and the increasing isolation and loneliness of modern life?

"Hidden Gifts of Helping; How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times" by Stephen Post, is a book about the pain and healing of being uprooted.

In 2008, Mr.Post was told that his job at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine was end
May 17, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Stephen G. Post
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
February 2011
ISBN: 978-0470887813
Genre: Self-help

“Everyone stumbles on hard times. After all, mo one gets out of life alive. Today, even those who had considered themselves protected from hardship are being touched and their lives changed by volatile economic markets, job uncertainty, and the increasing isolation ad loneliness of modern life…”

Researchers have discovered that when we show concern for others, such as em
Dec 17, 2011 Sunflower rated it it was amazing
"The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times " was a surprising read and a great reminder how easy it is to lose our focuses sometimes in a critical world.

It seems easy to look for the negative, to be critical and just focus on the worse of things, but with, "The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times", Stephen G. Post, reminds us that things can only be as bad as we choose
This was an okay book. The ideas weren't that earth-shattering, kind of things I already knew, but still it was nice to read. I might not have been the target audience for this book, so if the book sounds interesting to you give it a read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.
Susanne Allen
Oct 06, 2014 Susanne Allen rated it it was amazing
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This book really spoke to me. It has changed my thinking and maybe my life. It has confirmed for me how difficult it is to move and readjust to a new home and city. Since we are contemplating a move, near or far, it was providential that I read the book when I did. I have saved passages from the book. The writing is not the best, clumsy at times and in the language of psychology, but the author's heart is in the right place. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in doing volunteer work of a ...more
Paula  Phillips
May 15, 2011 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review: The Hidden Gifts of Helping - Stephen G. Post - February 2011

Have you ever wondered what the gifts of helping can achieve ? What the simple act of helping another can lead too ? It is one of the most powerful gifts in the world. Everyday in one way or another , many of us are helping others and it is such an amazing miracle how the tiniest bit of help can make the most difference. In Stephen Post's new book "The Hidden Gifts of Helping" , he discusses how the power of the following gifts
May 03, 2011 Grady rated it it was amazing
'...with a little help from my friends..'

Stephen G. Post makes us pause, reexamine our response to our private and our global world, look inside at the seed of joy, and shares by personal experience one of the most simple ways to make a difference: helping which in turn rewards not only those whom we help but also results in finding deep happiness. This little book is not meant to be a profound philosophical dissertation or a self help manual. Instead Post suggests that the changes in the world
Robert D. Cornwall
This has the trappings of a "self-help" book, but it's much more than that. A good reminder that we are connected, and that self-giving love -- the gift of helping others, enables us to not only survive, but thrive. Written by a professor of "preventative medicine," it blends theology (lightly), psychology, medicine, and ethics to provide a good foundation for understanding the benefits to the self of giving to others.

For a full review, check my blog:
Jan 30, 2016 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: altruism, depression
Jenny Esots
Jan 04, 2014 Jenny Esots rated it liked it
I read this following a conference entitled Spirituality and Health. The author was speaking at the conference. His presentation is more or less word for word what is in this little book. So it all felt very familiar, the same anecdotes. I hear the message on helping others that is highly worthy and beneficial to all, including the giver. However am a bit wary of over committing to the point of burn out. It happens too often in the caring professions.
Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
Jun 17, 2011 Andi Newberry ~Tubbs rated it really liked it
We all go through difficult times, or things that are unpleasant. In this little book Stephen Post shows how to uncover the gifts in the life changing challenges. This is quite the insightful book and very encouraging. I highly recommend it
OK. Not a book I'd recommend. It was more of a book of how a man and his family moved from one city to another and serving others helped them to adjust to their new location
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There are, oddly, two entries for this book.

Name's in the acknowledgement here too. What a self indulgent day on the internet.
Jan 05, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it
Looking for some guidance following my cancer diagnosis. This was ok, but not exactly what I wanted.
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Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. is the best-selling author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping (2011) (, as listed by the Wall Street Journal. He speaks widely on themes of benevolent love and compassionate care at the interface of science, health, spirituality, and philanthropy. His work has been featured in periodicals such as Parade Magazine and O: The Oprah Magazine, and on ...more
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