One Life to Give: A Path to Finding Yourself by Helping Others
By: Andrew Bienkowski
Reviewer Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS
Best for: 16 and up
Find Yourself by Helping Others—Life Lessons from an Extraordinary Story of Sacrifice and Survival
In the winter of 1939, five-year-old Andrew Bienkowski was exiled to Siberia with his family. The two years of struggle that followed—especially his grandfather’s amazing act of sacrifice during their first long, cold winter—have informed the rest of Andrew’s life. Thanks to his devoted mother, his quick-witted grandmother, and the unexpected kindness of strangers, Andrew established an approach to life that emphasizes helping others as the essential path to finding our greatest human fulfillment.From the back cover of One Life to Give
Triumph brings common sense
A guest review by Diane Newbold
Alternating chapters detail Andrew’s family life being exiled to Siberia under Stalin’s regime with his adult life as a psychologist. He shares accounts of patients he’s worked with and truths he believes in—without being sanctimonious.
I liked reading of the stark reality of Siberia and the miracles they experienced. Then switch to modern life and pure common sense values learned through experience.
Not really any content concerns, but based on subject matter the book is best for 16 and up.
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