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By Rachel Naomi Remen | Comments: ( 567 ) | Date: ( Sep 22, 2019 )

In My Grandfather s Blessings, Rachel Naomi Remen, a cancer physician and master storyteller, uses her luminous stories to remind us of the power of our kindness and the joy of being alive.Dr Remen s grandfather, an orthodox rabbi and scholar of the Kabbalah, saw life as a web of connection and knew that everyone belonged to him, and that he belonged to everyone He taughIn My Grandfather s Blessings, Rachel Naomi Remen, a cancer physician and master storyteller, uses her luminous stories to remind us of the power of our kindness and the joy of being alive.Dr Remen s grandfather, an orthodox rabbi and scholar of the Kabbalah, saw life as a web of connection and knew that everyone belonged to him, and that he belonged to everyone He taught her that blessing one another is what fills our emptiness, heals our loneliness, and connects us deeply to life.Life has given us many blessings than we have allowed ourselves to receive My Grandfather s Blessings is about how we can recognize and receive our blessings and bless the life in others Serving others heals us Through our service we will discover our own wholeness and the way to restore hidden wholeness in the world.


  • Title: My Grandfather's Blessings : Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging
  • Author: Rachel Naomi Remen
  • ISBN: 9781573228565
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Rachel Naomi Remen

Rachel Naomi Remen is one of the earliest pioneers in the mind body holistic health movement and the first to recognize the role of the spirit in health and the recovery from illness She is Co Founder and Medical Director of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program featured in the Bill Moyers PBS series, Healing and the Mind and has cared for people with cancer and their families for almost 30 years.



Comments My Grandfather's Blessings : Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging

  • Elizabeth Pinborough

    "We avoid suffering only at the great cost of distancing ourselves from life. In order to live fully we may need to look deeply and respectfully at our own suffering and at the suffering of others. In the depths of every wound we have survived is the strength we need to live. The wisdom our wounds can offer us is a place of refuge. Finding this is not for the faint of heart. But then, neither is life" (138.In this book Rachel Naomi Remen chronicles, anecdotally, her experiences in her medical pr [...]


  • Sundy

    This book has been especially poignant to read because I had a neighbor/friend die of cancer at Thanksgiving. Another neighbor just finished his first round of chemotherapy. My dad died a little over a year ago of cancer. Another neighbor just a few months before my dad. This is a book that, I have decided, needs to be read in snatches. Read. Think. Weeks go by. Forget. Re-read. Re-think. Remember. I had put the book aside for a bit and now it's time to read a few more pages. One of my favorite [...]


  • Dana

    I like short chapters, and this book has short chapters that can stand alone and uplift. Very moving accounts of one doctor's counseling work among terminally and chronically ill people.


  • Lia

    This is another one of those books I would classify as "Pop Religion", and, being a devout religionist myself, perhaps had a reaction to it similar to that of a real scientist to any number of the "Pop Science" books that top the charts. As far as the book is concerned, the same non-points and not-so pithy platitudes were repeated over and over again using only slightly varying personal experiences from her years as a therapist as justification for her generalizations. The principles on which I [...]


  • Kristin Traylor

    Absolutely beautiful book! It is a series of very short essays, coming from her experiences growing up and also practicing medicined I read 1-2 each evening. Very moving, and encouraging.


  • Rita

    2000Recommended by Mia MeijerInspirationalI don't normally read inspirational books, but Mia had this on her top-ten favorite books, and had a copy to lend. What a surprising book! What a life story Rachel Remen has -- only child of older hard-working professionals. Full of ambition and determination, even after a collapse at age 16 and a diagnosis of Crohn's disease [no cure, bad prognosis].Her marvelous memories of her wise grandfather's caring for her and nuggets of wisdom [he died when she w [...]


  • Carol

    I absolutely loved this book! The author is a cancer physician who counsels with people dealing with cancer. Though raised by almost athiest parents, her grandfather secretly taught her of his beliefs as an Orthodox Jew while she was a young child. It is so beautifully written and speaks of the kindness and goodness of humanity, of finding joy,awe and peace in the midst of our trials interwoven with her beliefs. She shares many different stories that she has learned from those she has come in co [...]


  • Olivia

    This book contains some lovely true stories and insights. Based on the title, I wouldn't have expected to like it. But actually only a small portion of the book is about the author's grandfather. The majority of the book is 2-3 page chapters telling stories about something that happened to the author or someone she knows.The author, Remen, is a doctor who counsels people with cancer and has had a life-long chronic illness herself. Because of this, she has spent a lot of time thinking about what [...]


  • CarrieLyn

    I had to warm up to this book. Parts of it seem cliche, but parts are really memorable. I love the story of the boy who is crazy about his hot wheels car, but when a bunch of people give him hot wheels, he puts them all away because he doesn't know how to love that many. And, big surprise ending, the epilogue draws on the story of the Jaredites in the Book of Mormon as an example of how we should be willing to step out of our comfort zone knowing that we can rely on the light provided by the fin [...]


  • Stephanie

    Not being a novel with a plot, I found it difficult to get around to reading this book. But, that being said, once I did pick it up, I enjoyed it. There were many inspiring passages and wished I weren't reading a library copy so I could underline and mark up the book. However, by the middle of the book I realized that I had forgotten most of the "inspiring" passages. I think this was due to there being just too much to remember and retain. Maybe if I were in the medical field or going through a [...]


  • Teddi

    This book was not at all what I originally thought it would be. Each chapter is short and a 'mini story' of someone's life or a concept. The author has done an excellent job of sharing her insight on what it means to bless the lives of others and how we are all intricately woven into each others lives. I found myself getting emotional many times during the reading and was very touched by the true experiences that were shared. This is a book that I will re-read just to remember the gems and wisdo [...]


  • Lexi

    This is one of my favorite books of all time. I have probably read this at least 5 times, starting the summer between my first and second year of college sitting by the pool in Puerto Rico (ahhhh). Anyway, this book is full of great stories that make you laugh, cry and think. I LOVE IT. She ties in her memories of her grandfather and things he taught her with how it changed the way she interacts with her patients (she does therapy/counseling for terminally ill patients - mostly cancer). I love t [...]


  • Karen Mcintyre

    Rachel Naomi Remen works as a Psychiatrist she is Co-Founder and Medical Director of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program. My Grandfather's Blessings is a compilation of stories, each independent of the other. The book can be read out of order and used to focus thoughts before meditation. I love this book better than her book Kitchen Table Wisdom because it tells so much of her grandfather's influence on her life. I have read the book until it is falling apart!I come back to it for nourishment in [...]


  • Erin Isgett

    I loved this book so, so much. There are dozens and dozens of short sections that address so many parts of life, death, family, medicine, the mind-body connection is just fantastic. The experiences of various people are shared, along with lessons learned from parents and grandparents, and from the author's own professional life. This is the kind of book that I'd like to read a section from each day so that I could really think, ponder, and apply the lessons learned. I definitely recommend this b [...]


  • Lois

    Unlike many in my book club, I loved this book. It is a perfect bathroom book too as the chapters are short and you can get uplifting thoughts in short segments. I loved the quote "And God said, Let there be light. He is speaking to us personally. He has given us to not only carry the light, but kindle and strengthen the light in one another, passing the light along. This is the way God's light will shine forever in this world."And, "we are here to grow in wisdom and to learn to love better."


  • Julie

    This was recommended to me by a friend who read this book when she had cancer. It is full of terrific insights for any of us, whether or not we are struggling with huge challenges. The author shares amazing experiences she's had as a pediatrician and as a counselor to people fighting cancer. A book that inspires you to live better and love others more fully. Of course, I didn't agree with every single opinion of hers, but that doesn't diminish my overall impression of the book. There are tons of [...]


  • Elizabeth

    Oh, man. I loved, loved, loved this book. My sister has been telling me to read this book for years and I'm glad I finally borrowed it. I so enjoyed the stories, wisdom and vulnerable truths found within. I wanted to mark and share so many parts with friends. I can't recommend this book enough if you have any interest in mind/body connections, faith, medicine or all the above. It's not too granola, churchy or new-agey--it's just right. I want to re-read it now that I'm finished.


  • Sandra Strange

    I really was touched by the sweet reflections of this author, a doctor who left conventional medicine to join a group who stresses holistic medicine, dealing with the spirit, as well as the body. She counsels with people experiencing fatal or chronic illness, as well as those doctors and nurses who treat them. Using her own experiences and what her gentle Jewish rabbi grandfather taught her as a child (he died when she was seven), she muses on the truths about living and valuing life.


  • Carol

    If I was asked to choose a favorite book, that would be very difficult for me, but I would have to favor this one. The stories of courage and inspiration are phenomenal! I dare anyone to read this book and not see yourself or those you know walking through Rachel's beautifully written words. Rachel is an author that I would truly love to meet. What a thrill it would be to sit down and discuss life with this wonderful woman!


  • Lorraine

    Beautiful reminisces of a physician and her patients and the wisdom she learned from their suffering. Wisdom from her Rabbi Grandfather, who taught her while very young. Short anecdotes of lessons learned from a variety of places and circumstances. This is how I have envisioned recording all the wisdom I learned teaching K for 25 years. My notes and stories are still in a box in the basement. I may try putting them in print.


  • Rachel

    This book is full of inspiring stories! It's not something you can read quickly, at least I couldn't. It's the type of book that you will want to read again so you can remember the stories and share them with others. I like that each chapter is a short, complete thought that teaches a small gem of wisdom. It will make you think deeply about life. I only gave it 4 stars because I would say I really liked it but I didn't love it, I prefer reading other genres. Overall it's a great book!


  • Francie

    Don't let the introduction to this book put you off -- once you get into the beautiful little gem-filled chapters you will love it. So many words of wisdom in there I started taking notes. I may have to buy myself a copy so I can mark it up with highlights and remember the stories behind each priceless treasure!


  • Libby Ames

    I usually struggle with the self-help, motivational books. However, this book was touching and nice to read. I had to read it in small doses, but I learned from the ideas shared.


  • Christy

    In My Grandfather's Blessings, Rachel Naomi Remen, a cancer physician and master storyteller, uses her luminous stories to remind us of the power of our kindness and the joy of being alive.Dr. Remen's grandfather, an orthodox rabbi and scholar of the Kabbalah, saw life as a web of connection and knew that everyone belonged to him, and that he belonged to everyone. He taught her that blessing one another is what fills our emptiness, heals our loneliness, and connects us more deeply to life.Life h [...]


  • Lora Shouse

    Recommended for almost everybody.Rachel Naomi Remen is a doctor, formerly a pediatrician and later a psychiatrist (or is it psychologist) specializing in cancer patients. She also has sort of a sub-specialty dealing with other doctors.This book is a collection of short stories and short meditations dealing with the concept of service and ideas of healing. The author uses everything from stories her grandfather told her as a child to the experiences of her patients and fellow physicians. Each sto [...]


  • Melinda

    Overall, I really enjoyed and was uplifted by several of the stories in the book and would give 5 stars for that reason but there was a lot of extra wording and redundancy as each chapter was a separate story and she over explained so much. It would be a great book to ready a little at a time over a long period of time.


  • Joanne Kelly

    This book is full of touching stories that opened my heart and made me want to be a kinder, more compassionate person. I think I need to get my own copy so I can go back and reread sections from time to time.


  • Carol

    Highly recommend this book! Many inspiring stories.


  • Bryan

    Very insightful and moving. Full of great spiritual teaching, based on stories from the author's life and career as a doctor and therapist.


  • Hadley

    A wonderful book I have turned to again and again over the years when I have needed wise words of wisdom.


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