- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group LLC (21 April 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626341818
- ISBN-13: 978-1626341814
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,71,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Talent for Humanity: Stories of Creativity, Compassion and Courage to Inspire You on Your Journey Paperback – Import, 21 Apr 2015
About the Author
Talent for Humanity is co-authored by Rachel Deghati, Nadine Taylor, Barry Fox, Nicola Rowe, Joanne Payton, and Facundo Ponce de León, and edited by Patrick Gaffney.
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This book might not change your life but it will certainly give you the courage to start pursuing your own journey. I was deeply moved by the stories I read, and also by the conclusion written by Patrick Gaffney. It is beautifully written and very moving.
It is definitely a highly inspirational book, and not a traditional self-help one as Patrick Gaffney had mentioned "This book is neither another self-help book, nor a set of moral directives about what anyone is supposed to think, believe or put into action. Far from it.' It's an invitation to never stop imagining, and to join a conspiracy of compassionate action, and to sign up to a lineage of kindness that we can pass on forever.
They have found a creative way of involving the reader by offering him or her to write the final story: 'A few pages at the end of the book are left blank. The final story, if you accept, can be yours' How would you put into words your wishes for the world and your aspirations to do something to bring change? Now imagine a million new friends just waiting to hear from you!"
I recommend it to anyone who has a heart that carries love, creativity and compassion. Let's never stop imagining!
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This book presents the stories of people, who have had and are still having a great impact on their fellow humans. Readers learn about their individual paths or journeys of enlightenment and their discovery of self.
My Seven Voyages by Reza
His voyages into the Persian culture and how deeply he has been influenced by the words and poetry of said culture. He explains how he came to understand the true meaning of injustice and his road leads to a crossroads. Making the choice between two roads `one of inaction and renunciation or the exposure and denunciation of injustice.'
His path leads him right into the open arms of the Shah's secret police. Reza mentions the months of torture almost in passing, as if it is a mere blip on his radar. His letter to humanity speaks of the tool with which he chooses to communicate the pain, turmoil and journeys of his fellow humans.
Making the World a Better Place Through the Arts by Sherry & Bob Jason
Many decades ago Sherry and Bob Jason `created a non-profit organization called City Hearts, which is dedicated to bringing the arts to underprivileged children.Giving them the opportunity to experience creative arts in a way they would possibly never have the chance to. `Our goal was to show these children that there were other choices they could make - positive ones.' Their letter to humanity speaks of helping young people to find their path and putting their talents to work.
In the UK both the Primary and Secondary Schools always try to introduce a steady flow of the creative arts, especially to children in low socio-economic areas, because realistically they will never get to experience them in their home life. It does give them a new perspective and opens their eyes to a whole new world of possibilities.
Rise! by Aliza Hava
Aliza's experience with injustice was on a personal level and started very early on in her life. When she discovered music she realised the career she wanted to embark upon.She had a profound experience after reading a specific book, which changed the way she understood and embraced what she calls `God consciousness.' Her letter to humanity speaks of her deep connection to her faith and her hope that others will find inspiration in her experience and words.
In My Own Voice by Deeyah Khan
Deeyah uses the phrase `music is my home and my exile' to describe a doorway into her special place. Perhaps a doorway she needed, because she grew up as an outsider. I understand completely how she experienced growing up as a foreigner, outsider or as someone, who is perceived as different from the majority. Her passion to have a voice puts her life in physical danger, despite that Deeyah decides to give a voice to others.
She specifically sheds a light on the topic of honour killings that take place even when the victims live in countries, where it is clearly deemed a crime. Deeyah set up Sisterhoodnetwork.org to empower young Muslim women. Her letter to humanity is actually a very heartfelt appeal to one of these victims, an apology of sorts, because society is still not doing enough to protect them.
Connecting the Dots by Yarrow Kraner
Spending a significant time of his life bearing the brunt of the `anger and resentment against white people' on a Native American reservation. He uses his negative experiences to empower others.`Superheroes aren't simply the characters we see on the big screen.' His letter to humanity speaks about the ability to envision and believe.
On Tastes, the Journey and Clowning by Daniele finzi Pasca
I want to start Daniele's segment with his poignant words `In the very early morning, we would pick up the bodies of those who had died during the night.' His letter to humanity speaks about fear being so controlling that it traps us in a corner. Making use of the talents we carry in our hearts.
Putting Our Heart into The World by Patrick Gaffney
Patrick asks important questions, `why is it so difficult for us to think and act out of altruism and not out of self-interest.' It describes how humans in general tend to fixate on themselves. Selfish rather than selfless. How we can improve our own self-worth, morale and positive feelings if we volunteer and help others. His letter to humanity is to leave a blank page for the reader so they can write your own Letter to Humanity.
A common thread within the people in these stories is being an outsider and/or a minority in the midst of a majority. In the introduction Gaffney points out that this isn't supposed to be a self-help book. Instead it is a way of honouring men and women, who have dedicated their lives to helping others. Paying tribute in form of a book.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.
Take it from a 25 years old... This is literrally moving. I was afraid to find, in it, some long and dragging stories, but to my suprise this book is accessible to all and easy to read. Stories and messages are so profound and easy to relate to. All different but all sharing a common goal of personal change. Most of the stories in this book helped me conceive a different perspective of what I cannot see in my everyday life whilst caught up in the city's madness. It really inspired me to find a different angle at what I take for granted.
People say "things happen for a reason", and it is funny because, as I am getting close to the end of my studies, I've been planning to go out into the world and travel for a bit.... After reading this book I suddendly find an even bigger urge to do so and share compassionate experiences with my fellow human beings!
I truely recommend this read. Easy, fast, and you can always read your favourite stories when you have a break. Plus the conclusion of the book is completely directed at the reader which is awesome!
Thanks, and may the youth of today looking for a change take the time to read this.
Talent for Humanity serves as a pillar of inspiration for everyone who is in search of their purpose in life; everyone seeking “something more.” Discovering the people highlighted in this book is like discovering a light within yourself that you didn’t know you had. It makes you feel empowered and capable of making a splash in the world just by acknowledging the things that make you special. If we all set the intention to ‘pay it forward’ by shining a little light on all the places where there isn’t any, the world we live in will become a much brighter and more compassionate place.
Patrick Gaffney has created something really special with this text. He has taken action to put inspiration in the hands of limitless amounts of people. He has passed the torch for helping humanity by sharing stories about the incredible things we are all gifted enough to accomplish. If you really want to know what you are going to get out of this reading, consider Gaffney’s own explanation: “This is a book about passion and creativity, about friendship and kindness, determination and, as we will see, focused and undistracted attention. It is a book about compassion, because everyone in it has been driven by a compelling desire to alleviate suffering, along with it’s causes. It is a book about courage and resilience…”
You cannot help but feel admiration for the 7 souls introduced in Talent for Humanity. Each of these individuals has taken their God-given talents and turned them into a tool for serving mankind. Reza, for example, grew up in the midst of the Iranian Revolution. Even from a young age he had a deep curiosity and passion for literature and photography. While attending University, Reza was single handedly responsible for creating and running a small on campus library for his fellow students. His photography was also given a creative outlet in the form of a small newsletter Reza published highlighting some of the turmoil occurring within the community at that time. This seemly harmless newsletter ended up landing Reza in jail for several years because it was interpreted as a threat to government policy. Once released from prison, Reza was forced to live in exile in France to escape harassment from government officials. He never let fear deter him from his mission, to share his photos with a world who needed to see them; to tell the stories of the people in his photos; and to show how delicate and valuable our lives are.
Another story that genuinely struck a chord within my heart was that of Aliza Hava. Aliza is a singer, songwriter and peacemaker. Her natural musical talents and spiritual path have led her to create a worldwide program for tolerance, understanding and peaceful coexistence. Using the universal language of music, Aliza has organized massive concerts across the globe to promote healing and acceptance.
This is just a small sample of the kind of light that shines from within this book.Talent for Humanity is so much more than just a feel-good call for self-improvement. It has managed to capture the essence of what it means to be a human being and what it feels like to realize how powerful Love is. Changing the world begins with one small act of kindness and Patrick Gaffney has offered us 7 beautiful examples of positive change in motion. EVERYONE needs to read this book. Once you get your hands on a copy, be sure to pay it forward and share it with someone you care about.
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