When the opportunity to review this book presented itself, I thought it once again sounded like a book The Man would like. I was right, so I give you a review by The Man of The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times by Stephen Post.
The Hidden Gifts of Helping by Stephen G. Post is a much needed book in today's egocentric world. Stephen relives many of his own difficult experiences in hopes of helping others in similar situations. Each of the six chapters, includes many scientific facts and findings to support many of his statements. Although sometimes I couldn't help feeling as if there could have been a better layout for his many ideas. While the information is extremely important, I believe less specific examples are easier and quicker ways to express these ideas that can quickly become irrelevant in the unique contexts of peoples lives. It seemed sometimes as if he was trying to convince me that helping others is a good thing for myself. Isn't this contradictory to the idea of helping others without thought of reciprocation? Yet I suppose there are many people in this world that may need the comfort of numbers and studies to prove what is the right thing to do. As I said in the beginning, a much needed book. I just hope there aren't too many that do. It did help open my eyes to a whole new branch of research that I never knew was so extensively studied. The academic in me does enjoy the concreteness of the numbers and percentages, yet my spirit wants to bypass them.
Thank-you again to the B&B Media Group for the free book and to The Man for reviewing it!