Laurie Nadel, Ph.D.
Psychotherapist And Author
Five Gifts
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The Five Gifts

The Five Gifts Available Via Amazon

It's a club that none of us wants to belong to — you are comfortably living your life when suddenly your world turns upside down.  Everything normal is ripped apart.  Where do you turn to pick up the pieces?

It's a question many of us are asking in these troubling times.  While there is no way to predict exactly how you would respond to a catastrophic loss, this book offers a psychological roadmap through cycles of shock and trauma to discover meaning, renewal, and hope.

First a journalist and then a psychotherapist, Laurie Nadel recognized the need to help people whose lives were shattered by violence.  She created emotional first aid tools to calm acute stress reactions after catastrophes and led a program for teenagers whose fathers were killed in the September 11th attacks.  But it was when her own home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 that she discovered the Five Gifts that helped her rebuild her life.

Dan Rather's June 11 tweet: 
Noting that this is PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) awareness month I want to mention that @drlaurie's book The Five Gifts is on sale for $6 on Amazon.  This is an excellent book on ways to combat stress in all its forms.  (For transparency, Dr. Nadel is a good friend.)

In this practical and compassionate guide, Nadel distills wisdom from several spiritual traditions as well as the latest science on the positive benefits of the Five Gifts — humility, patience, empathy, forgiveness, and growth — gifts that can keep you moving forward when your life veers off course.  Each chapter includes keys to calm your mind, body, and spirit, plus inspiring interviews from first responders and survivors of such major events as the Thailand tsunami, the Rwandan genocide, and the Boston Marathon bombing.

It's impossible to predict how the heart heals or how long it will take.  Let this book serve as a spiritual compass to help you navigate through the dark times into the light.

Maria Shriver calls Laurie Nadel "an archiect for change."


Events With The Five Gifts

Meet Dr. Laurie Nadel

April 5 – 7pm, 2019: presents Exploring Resilience Using The Five Gifts and SoulCollage® (adults & teens) at Zen Mind Space, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (registration required).  In these unstable times, who among us is not searching for a sense of inner safety and calm?  This inspirational workshop will offer ways to support yourself and others with grace, compassion and strength.  As author of The Five Gifts: Discovering Hope, Healing, and Strength When Disaster Strikes Dr. Laurie Nadel knows what it is like to have her life turned upside down.  She lost her home to Hurricane Sandy and was directly impacted by the World Trade Center attacks of September 11th, 2001.  In her search for reliable ways to release the painful emotions brought about by these difficult experiences, Dr. Laurie discovered SoulCollage, a creative hands-on process that bypasses the rational mind and let us tap into our own creativity and intuition.

April 19, 2018:  YouTube captured Dan Rather as he interviewed Laurie Nadel during a book signing at Barnes & Noble, Pemboke Pines, FL.

Thank you so much for suggesting SoulCollage...people found it healing and positive. -- Parkland Library

Media Events and Publications

WCBS NewsRadio 880 Author Talks inverview on December 12

July 19:  John O'Leary Live Inspired offered a podcast that emphasizes key points in Dancing with the Wind

October 27: Learn from the talk by Dr. Nadel on Coast to Coast with Tony DeAngelo


LibJournal Honored by Library Journal: BEST BOOKS 2018
With Dr. Nadel's background in mental health, she is more than qualified to help you discover lessons on how to deal with acute stress from firefighters and law enforcement officers; creative ideas for emotional first aid; gives you the understanding of why it isn't fear mongering to contemplate future catastrophic events; and, a guide to self-care for acute stress adapted from instructions taken from SWAT.  The Five Gifts include such exercises as cognitive restructuring, meditating, creating meaning and purpose and a whole lot more to help better mentally prepare.

Survivalist Jane is one of the top 25 survival websites.  Its very positivereview of Five Gifts stands as a powerful endorsement.

News And Reviews

Dan Rather on Facebook

Ratherrecommends The Five Gifts.

Joel Simon, Executive Director, CPJ

When she was a journalist in the 1970s, Laurie Nadel covered Chile following the military coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power.  That experience — combined with her deep compassion — led her to help create the Committee to Protect Journalists, an organization which since 1981 has fought for the right of journalists around the world to report the news.  In this book, Nadel draws from her experience surviving Hurricane Sandy while huddled in her attic and taps into her enormous reservoir of empathy to offer guidance to all those who have experienced trauma.  There is no one in the world who cares more than Laurie Nadel.

Dr. G. Clotaire Rapaille, Author of The Culture Code

This is a fantastic book.  I always like to quote that 'The problem is not the problem; the problem is how you deal with the problem.'  Dr. Nadel guides you through adversities using other cultures' wisdom to transform the 'problem' into a growth opportunity — her last gift.  This book is the gift that American society needs now to reassess its values and to reconquer its wisdom.

Zen Monk Dai-en Friedman

This is a fine teaching for anyone in this human condition.

Frank Smyth, Founder and Executive Director of Global Journalist Security

Learning the Five Gifts was the most important healing journey of my life.  They have helped me in ways I could not have possibly imagined.

Alan Clyne, US Marine Corps (Ret.)

If the reader can't find some strength, courage, hope, peace, and/or healing in this work then they are not paying attention.

Frank Smyth, Founder and Executive Director of Global Journalist Security

Learning the Five Gifts was the most important healing journey of my life.  They have helped me in ways I could not have possibly imagined.

MindBody Network