29 Gifts

  • by Cami Walker
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  • 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At age 35, Cami Walker was burdened by a battle with multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurological condition that made it difficult for her to walk, work, or enjoy her life. Seeking a remedy for her depression after being hospitalized, she received an uncommon prescription from an African medicine woman: give to others for 29 days.
29 Gifts is the insightful story of the author's life change as she embraces and reflects on the naturally reciprocal process of giving and receiving. Many of Walker's gifts were simple - a phone call, spare change, a Kleenex. Yet the acts were transformative. By day 29, not only had Walker's health and happiness improved, but she had created a worldwide giving movement.
The book also includes personal essays from others whose lives changed for the better by giving, plus pages for the reader to record their own journey. More than a memoir, 29 Gifts offers inspiring lessons on how a simple daily practice of altruism can dramatically alter your outlook on the world.

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What the Critics Say

"Walker's a plucky writer, and it's hard not to be inspired by her story." (Boston Globe)

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Customer Reviews

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A Gift

Relatable, grounding, compassionate, real. Well worth the read. Highly recommended. It will change your outlook.
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- Elizabeth

Not what it could be

I wanted to love this book but I can't.

What I love:
- Her description of her illness and what she believes are the causes.
- The idea that giving is an integral part of what we want our communities to be.
- Being a part of a team, showing that we all need a support network.

The items that make me have an extreme distaste:
- The narrator. I felt the narrator brought a tone of 'I'm better than you' to the text that I would not have read into the lines written on a page.
- Apparent lack of empathy. I wanted more of the 'I was overwhelmed and treated my husband horribly but he didn't deserve that terrible behavior.' I wanted her to feel his pain in losing the wife he thought he had. I wanted her to acknowledge that he has been awesome. I received the tension in the relationship but I didn't feel the compassionate healing that needed to come from true giving.
- An epilogue that is over an hour?

I love the idea of giving. I'm walking away from this book with a better idea of why we give and feel this will be the most valuable part. I'm rather disappointed and won't recommend this book to my friends.

I'm giving an overall of 3 stars because all a reader needs is to try is 29 days of giving without expecting anything in return.

I'm rating the narrator and story 1 star because I feel run over by negative emotions.

I can't finish this book because it lacks sensitivity and compassion, is read without authenticity or vulnerability, and does feel like bragging.

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- Tina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-20-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.