Review of Reader’s Digest Treasury of Joy and Inspiration
With all the bad news coming at me on the TV, radio and web, it’s so nice to pick up Treasury of Joy and Inspiration to read some uplifting stories. For me, these stories are the positive to world’s often negative news.
The story by William Marston, “Obey That Impulse” reminds us to listen to inner impulses as they can excel us forward in growth and accomplishment. I was reminded about how I often have similar impulses about what I would like to do and I quickly disregard these thoughts and get back to my routine life. His advice is to listen to that inner voice, act on those impulses and make some spur-of the-moment decisions because these can often lead to the happiest moments and successes in life!
I love Gail Wescott’s story “In Search of Heaven“. She tells the story of how Barbara Walters produced a story about Heaven for ABC. Barbara discovered that despite all of the different religions, they all tend to believe that the soul continues on and many believe in a heaven, which is a better place to be. She interviewed the Dalai Lama who said, The purpose of life is to be happy, and the way to happiness is through compassion and warm-heartedness.”
Jeanne Marie Laskas’ story called Gilligan’s Aisle is about these strangers who are stranded at the airport for three hours before their flight. The author starts out furious about her situation, but slowly notices the people delayed around her chit-chatting, comparing finds at Crate and Barrel, joking about airports and flying in general. The business man in the group starts asking her questions and before she knows it, she is in and her bad attitude has disappeared. That is a cute story with a warm message and the book is chock full of them.
Billy Crystal’s My Father and Me is a true story about the healing power of laughter. There is also an interesting story about dousing called The Forked- Stick Phenomenon, and a moving story by Christopher Reeve called Christopher Reeve’s Decision.
Chapters are broken into sections: Joy; Miracles; Gratitude; Giving; Holidays; Healing and Heroes. This book would make a great gift. It’s great life-book of inspiring short stories to be enjoyed over and over again.
About Reader’s Digest Treasury of Joy and Inspiration
Get inspired by the most powerful stories we’ve ever published
To celebrate 90 years of publishing “reads of lasting interest,” Reader’s Digest offers this editors’ selection of our best stories since our founding in 1922. Chock-full of essays and true tales by some of America’s most famous authors and thought leaders, these great reads inspire and uplift, open the door to new possibilities and connect us emotionally. In this volume, readers will be inspired by stories like these:
- Find out how a mysterious gift forever changed author James Michener’s life in The Christmas Present.
- Experience a truly powerful life-changing moment in Christopher Reeve’s Decision.
- Let actor George Burns make you feel like you’re dancing on air in Shall We Dance?
- Find encouragement and hope in Dwight Eisenhower’s essay: An Open Letter to America’s Students.
- Go looking for true peace and happiness as Barbara Walters takes you In Search of Heaven.
- Get ready to see the whole world anew as Helen Keller imagines what it’d be like to only have Three Days to See.
- Marvel at the healing power of laughter in Billy Crystal’s amazing true story: My Father and Me.
Organized around timeless American values — joy, miracles, giving, gratitude, holidays and healing — readers will laugh, cry, cheer, sigh and renew their faith as they enjoy the powerful impact of a well-told story.
About Reader’s Digest
RDA is a global media and direct marketing company that educates, entertains and connects more than 130 million consumers around the world with products and services from trusted brands. With offices in 43 countries, the company reaches customers in 78 countries, publishes 91 magazines, including 50 editions of Reader’s Digest, the world’s largest-circulation magazine, operates 78 branded websites and sells 40 million books, music and video products across the world each year.
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Treasury of Joy and Inspiration is available at Reader’s Digest for $19.99.
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