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Morrie: In His Own Words

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Originally published under the title Letting Go, three years ago, this is Morrie Schwartz's enlightened and compassionate philosophy of living, written as he was battling the effects of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Sadly, Morrie died before the book was published. A year later,though, a former student of Morrie's, Mitch Albom, wrote Tuesdays with
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Paperback, 127 pages
Published September 8th 1997 by Delta (first published January 1st 1996)
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Kyle
I think “Morrie” would be an excellent book for those that know they are at death’s door and/or for people with loved ones approaching death. I do not find myself in either of those situations, so the book wasn’t as relevant to me at this stage of my life. The author stated, “Learn how to live, and you’ll know how to die; learn how to die, and you’ll know how to live.” The book includes Morrie’s wisdom on dying and living based on his years as a sociology professor and finally on his battle with ...more
Sadie
I love Tuesdays with Morrie, so I had to read Morrie's own book full of his wisdom. This book is very simple and easy to read. It's short life lessons to consider with personal examples from Morrie's own experience as he battles ALS. Those who knew Morrie in real life were blessed.
Travis
I first met Morrie Schwartz via Mitch Albom's book, Tuesdays With Morrie. Instantly, I felt the draw to this guy. I finally took the time to read Morrie's book. Man, am I glad I did.

This book is full of practical advice. Morrie's aphorisms are straightforward and simple. As I neared the completion of this book, it became so clear to me just how beautiful a gift Morrie gave us all. His words are just as good for those healthy as well as ill. I just hope that people the world over who are in need
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Julie
This was only $1.99 on a Kindle Daily Deal today and since I really liked Tuesdays with Morrie I had been meaning to read this anyway so I grabbed it. I am actually glad it was only a couple bucks because it is too short to spend $10 on but I liked it. I took a walk this afternoon and read as I walked. It only took about an hour and it made me more aware of the sunshine (maybe partly because this is only the 2nd sunny day we have had this year) and beauty around me as I walked. Cheesy, I know bu ...more
Beatrice
Morrie Schwartz is the man from the Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom, and he suffers a neurodegenerative disease called ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis .

He is well known for words of wisdom, touching many people's lives all over the world. He is truly an admirable man because he didn't let himself down despite experiencing of a slow death. I really find this book comforting and inspiring. Morrie's words are unforgettable and I would like to thank him man for sharing his life lessons. I'
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Rick Ludwig
I enjoyed hearing from Morrie Schwartz, in his own words. I love Mitch Albom's "Tuesdays with Morrie" and nothing will touch me like that book did. But getting to hear Morrie tell his aphorisms and the related stories is a joy. I wish I could have known this man at any time in his teaching career or beyond. He was one of a kind. He sounds a bit more professorial in this work and that is all to the good. There is a lot of repetition from what Albom captured, but there is also new material here. I ...more
Grant Trevarthen
A,few years ago, I watched the TV movie 'Tuesday's With Morrie', starring Jack Lemmon, who played Morrie in his last screen appearance and Hank Azaria, who was the dog-walker on the sitcom 'Mad About You', he played Mitch Ablom, who was one of Morrie's students at Brandeis University. He ended up caring full time for Morrie in his last days.

In this book,which is the thoughts and philosophies of Morrie, we a privileged to read the inner most feelings of a very brave spiritual person. Although ob
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Priyanka Kanagaraj
This book will always and forever stay close to my heart . Morrie is definitely one of my greatest inspirations ever . Thinking about the lessons that I've learned from this book , it was one of the sole reasons that helped me grow as a person , and appreciate my life . When gifted with all the things that we exactly need to live a happy life , we humans still complain and worry about what we don't have . This book definitely made me overcome my fear of failure , aging , and the fear of growing ...more
Barbara M
Morrie was a college professor at Brandeis. He also was a man suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). As the crippling disease progressed, he lost more and more of his independence and needed care as his body weakened and he was able to do activities of daily living on his own.

As a teacher, Morrie is teaching us all one more lesson before he dies. He is telling us in his own words what he has learned about living, dying and enduring a debilitating disease. It sounds like it would be a dark a
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Jane
I liked it. I didn't love it. I read "Tuesdays With Morrie so I knew Morrie's story. The book is meant to be helpful, but I found it to be primarily depressing - a just a little inspiring. I guess I'm glad that I read it. I wanted to know more about Morrie. Now I do. That about sums it up.
Alex Timberman

I purchased this eBook since it was on sale, and also because the author was a professor at Brandeis University. I bought to learn some wisdom from his life.

The book itself is pretty short. It’s filled with aphorisms that are germane to those facing terminal illness or death or know someone who is.

Since I’m only 30, I’m not really at the stage to contemplate life and death, as Morrie in the later stages of his life. But I still tried to take in his wisdom and advice.

The eBook itself has numer
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Derek
I have read a few books similar to Morrie: In His Own Words, and I always have difficulty finishing them. There are some great words of wisdom here and I know Morrie's words will really help some people get through hardships. I don't fault the quality of Morrie's words and almost feel bad giving it three stars. However, these types of books never quite keep me hooked all the way through. I get lost somewhere in the middle and struggle to finish. Morrie: In His Own Words was good though because i ...more
Sue


For everyone who enjoyed the inspiration and wisdom of Morrie Schwartz in Mitch Albom’s moving bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, here is a new paperback edition of Morrie’s own book, presenting the philosophies by which he triumphantly lived, even as he faced the end of his life.

For decades Morrie Schwartz engaged his Brandeis University students in the importance of community and involvement in life. Ever the teacher, in his last year, as his battle with the fatal illness amyotrophic lateral scl
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Michelle
Morrie's take on mourning yourself before you die and appreciating life is a lesson for all of us whether you are sick or not. His book also helped me to understand my father's probable range of emotions as he confronted the end of his life. Very interesting, a little somber, but Morrie's lessons are beautiful and reassuring. I recommend this book to someone who knows the end of life is near, who has a family member who is ill, or someone who wants to be prepared for the end of life in a peacefu ...more
Merla
This was really inspirational, and I actually enjoyed it more then Tuesdays With Morrie, which was very good also. It has special encouragement for anybody dealing with a terminal illness.
Julie Stevenson
Morrie has great advice for anyone facing struggles. His outlook on life is refreshing and inspiring!
Mary
Very helpful since my dad passed away 3 years ago from ALS. I imagine he'd write the same things as Morrie.
Kat Dugger
I admire him and what he went through, and how he chose to deal with the situation.
Sofie
Feb 18, 2014 Sofie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
This book is for everyone. Read it over and over again. Principles of psychotherapy and social psychology the way John Meade and Tom Harvey taught them.
Pat Tucker
Uplifting, insightful and inspiring.
Linda
I just recently discovered this book. For me, it enhances "Tuesdays With Morrie", another book I loved!
Laura
Morrie's last piece of advice.
April
This book doesn't really tell me much that I didn't already know, but perhaps that's because, like Morrie, I've taken sociology and psychology in college and also because I've been around a few physically ill or dying people.

Still, it's nice to see it all in writing ... like having your own thoughts verbalized by someone else and from their point of view, and I really appreciate the gift that it is meant to be, from Morrie, who wrote it, and Minnie, who gave the book to me.

Finished reading Decem
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Sarah99
So sad, but good.
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Rather than succumbing to his deteriorating physical condition, Morrie choose to stay compassionate and live an end-life serving others. The book offers Morrie's takes on how to cope when one has serious illness. Surprisingly, some of the points can be applied to even a healthy person's life including forgiving yourself and letting go of the past. The book can be summed by his quote;

"Learn how to live, and you'll know how to die; learn how to die, and you'll know how to life"
Patrick
I bought this book for a quarter at our church book fair. What I received was a book with millions of dollars of knowledge and faith.Morrie Schwartz died from a disease known as A.L.S.,Morrie discovered he had the disease in 1994, and died NOV.4th 1995.What he left in this book is how he felt was a way to live and look at things when you are going through loss. I feel this is also a good book for caregivers to read. This book was previously published under the title Letting Go.
Kirk Aulenbach
Though I liked the book, I believe that it would be more appropriate for me later in life or when suffering from chronic illness. Morrie seemed to be an incredible person and has some good points that can be taken out of the book at any time! He had some amazing insights for a man suffering from a chronic illness himself and shows that you don't have to give up living just because you are given an end-date. I will definitely re-read this book in a few years!
Katie
After reading Tuesday with Morrie, it was amazing to get to know Morrie even more. This book was the last book my grandmother read while she was ill before she passed away and she said it made her feel comfortable. I wanted to read it for her and I found comfort in it as well. It made me understand the process of dying through another's perspective. It also put me at peace. It's a good read.
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