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It took me a while to get hooked into this book... perhaps because the many interesting accounts from all over the world seemed tangential and I had trouble figuring out what exactly I was suppose to be learning. After a bit, I was enjoying the wide ranging accounts so much... I didn't care about the message anymore.
The book presents numerous problems going on in the world... the intervention being made... what happened & why it succeeded, failed or made things worse. How does receiving effect the receiver? I honestly was surprised by the politics, marketing, psychology and complexities of funding, giving and making what you give count. Also how difficult it is to decide if what you have given is being used wisely. It is not always what you expect.
Many of the accounts show how just a "little bit of hope" changes lives, how one person can make a major difference in the life of others. It also explores the "giver" what happens when they give, the chemistry and psychology involved. Why we choose to give or not... and to whom. I loved the empowerment and joy obtained by a group of school children in Uganda who to donated $ to a charity in the US.
In the end, the stories are tied together and we are urged to help transform lives and create opportunity... but by then you have been free to draw your own conclusions. Mine didn't always match the authors, but the process was still stimulating. The narration is good, was well worth the credit and my time to read.
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Would you listen to A Path Appears again? Why?
Yes. My mind tends to wander when I listen to a book, so I often listen to them more than once. This one held my attention really well because of all of the great stories that are shared throughout the book. I've already started listening to it for a second time.
What was one of the most memorable moments of A Path Appears?
One of my biggest takeaways is that people can make a difference in so many ways - through volunteering or donating even a very small amount of money. One of the best investments that we can make is in early childhood education and parent support.
Which character – as performed by Oliva Wilde – was your favorite?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It brought tears to my eyes at times. It is one of the very best books I've ever read!
Any additional comments?
I just finished listening to this book yesterday and found it to be extremely inspirational. It shares a powerful message about making a difference in the world and is definitely a worthwhile read (or listen)! I loved all of the great stories that allow you to see the impact that a single person can make! It was so good that I also purchased a hard copy that I can reference and share with my friends.
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