A small collection of reviews of the 29 Gifts brook from the other authors and the press.Thank you to all of you 29Givers for making this success possible.
The book makes a great gift and you can order signed copies in our 29 Gifts Boutique
Cami talks about 29 Gifts on the Today Show when the book first launches. October 2009. Watch Now.
“29 Gifts is luminous, vivid and transformative. Reading and living its words will contribute to the world in mighty ways!”
—SARK, author of Succulent Wild Woman
(and many other books) and creator, PlanetSark.com
Blessing from author and African Shaman Malidoma Patrice Some
. Malidoma is Mbali's teacher in the practice of Ancestoral Medicine, so this endorsement from Malidoma means a lot to us.
"In the African village, the relentless challenge of physical survival causes people to dig deep into the well of their psyches to offer gifts of the heart-to family, community, spirit. These are the simple gestures which flow over the barrenness of daily living and the lack of creature comforts. Cami and Mbali have joined forces to help us realize that the spirit of the village lives in the simplest of kind-hearted and well-intentioned gestures, wherever they are offered. The message of this book has never been more relevant, more needed, more valuable.
” --Malidoma P. Some’
From Publishers Weekly
29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving can Change Your Life
Cami Walker. Da Capo Lifelong, $19.95 (256p) ISBN 9780738213569
"Just a month after her wedding, 31-year-old Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; two years later, she was bitter, isolated, and addicted to both pain medication and self-pity. In need of help beyond drug detox, Cami takes the advice of a South African healer: give away something every day, for 29 days. Walker soon learns that being mindful of giving also means being open to gifts from others, and that gratefulness and mutual generosity is the key to a better, more rewarding life. Glimpses into Walker's day-to-day difficulties—work, family life, constant therapeutic treatment and addiction recovery among them—crop up among the stories of her daily gifts, grounding the work (based on Walker's Web site) in personal details. But the meat, an admirable reworking of The Secret (in that it should actually help someone, at least gift recipients), speaks largely to those already initiated into the cult of positivity.
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"29 Gifts is a great read.
The author’s tone throughout the book is extremely friendly and upbeat, even while recounting her darkest moments. She doesn’t mince words while describing them; however, she doesn’t dwell on them, and each described dark moment leads to something positive. I never once felt like Cami wanted me to feel sorry for her, but rather that she was welcoming me into her world in an open and frank way.
The premise is simple: healing doesn’t only involve taking care of your physical well-being, but also of your mental and spiritual well-being; to be helped mentally and physically, you need to learn to help others
From the Boston Globe
"Cami Walker was in her early 30s when she was told she had multiple sclerosis. Disheartened and barely able to walk, she felt her life was finished. Two years later, a South African medicine woman advised her to give away 29 gifts in 29 days, and in 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life,
Walker reveals how this simple practice turned her life - and other lives - around. As Walker begins to give her gifts (often as simple as a smile, spare change, or a kind word), she begins to feel good things happening in her life. She sleeps better, gives up her cane along with her bitterness about being ill, and even finds new purpose in starting a “29 Gifts’’ Web site. The best way to attract abundance is to be in a state of giving and gratitude
, Walker says, and to learn to respond differently not just to your environment, but to the things given to you.
“Walker’s a plucky writer, and it’s hard not to be inspired by her story…Can “29 Gifts’’ work? Well, at the very least, it makes you more aware of the good in your life, and it shifts the focus from yourself to others."
==================== Deseret News UT, 10/10
stands out among other ‘inspirational’ books because Walker doesn't
hold back. She describes her disease and symptoms in vivid detail. And
it's that bravery which makes the process ring true. Following Walker's
journey, one realizes that most of us give many little gifts each day.
But without the right mindset, they seem like little tasks instead…Read
all at once or at leisure, 29 Gifts
is worth your time. Not only
does it put a face on MS, it puts a face on perceptions and the power of
the mind to overcome adversity.” InfoDad.com, 10/29/09
“It’s all very uplifting, potentially of genuine value in teaching
people to look outside themselves and the daily grind of their lives.”
Library Journal, 11/15/09
“Walker presents a
story that gets to the core of the emotional pain and loneliness that
people feel when suffering from a serious disease like multiple
sclerosis…Readers will instantly connect with this narrative of her
journey…Her story unfolds nicely, and the reader is left with a good
picture of what it’s like to live with MS. Walker turns what could have
been a book about self-pity into a great read about pain and a creative
way to get on with life.” Oprah.com, 11/20/09
holiday season, why not embrace the spirit of giving with your own 29
days of kindness?” Orange County Register,
“An insightful and moving story.” January,
“In this season of giving, 29 Gifts
cuts to the
very heart of the thing: giving to enrich and share rather than receive. If it doesn’t change your life, it will at least make you think.”
Book a Week with Jen blog, 12/2/2009
“The perfect gift for
anyone who needs a feel good story…I enjoyed the read. It made me give a
few gifts myself.” Roanoke Times, 12/27/09
“I really love the idea of the 29 gifts, and the book did a good job of getting me to stop and think about how one’s attitude toward the world colors one’s experience of it.” L.A. Intuitive Healing
and Spiritual Growth Examiner, 12/30/2009
“A remarkable and
inspiring book…I highly recommend it as a gift for someone struggling with depression, a major illness or wanting to heal on any level…Let this review be one of my 29 gifts to you and let this book be a present to someone in need.” Cape Times, 1/22/2010
“A delight…Well written…At times hilariously funny, at times very sad, and at all times it had me spellbound…It is a book full of wisdom.”
Books for a Better Life, winner of the MS Awareness Award, 2/22/10
“[An] inspiring story of giving.” Albany Herald,
“If you like reading a book for content, then you will
really like this book…Cami’s book was certainly an inspiration to me. Iplan to start my 29 days soon.” Energy Times, April
“The story of how even small gifts—a perfect conch shell
here, three dollars there—helped give Walker a grateful heart and taught her not to be overwhelmed by illness.” Metapsychology
Online Reviews, 3/28/10
“[Walker’s] story is moving and
inspirational; this book is likely to appeal to those striving to live a
life of gratitude.” Saginaw News, 3/26/10
poignant and insightful account of the transformative power of acts of kindness."
You can order signed copies of the book in our 29 Gifts Boutique.