The Five Gifts
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.
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.
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Live Events With The Five Gifts
Meet Dr. Laurie Nadel
April 19: Dan Rather joins Laurie Nadel in a book signing at Barnes & Noble, 14572 SW 5th Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027. You can contact B&N for more details at 954 437-7078 or leave a voice mail at 954 437-7410.
April 27: Book signing at Vero Beach Book Center
April 27 and 28: Book talks at Vero Beach library and Blake Library highlighted and introduced by original essay written by Laurie Nadel
May 8: Dan Rather interviews Laurie Nadel about Five Gifts: Published Tuesday, May 8, on Youtube
May 18: Five Gifts Event: Friday, May 18, 1:00—2:30 pm, library talk at Broward County Library, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33060
May 23: Five Gifts Event: Wednesday, May 23, 6:00—7:30 pm, library talk, 2930 Aventura Blvd, Aventura, FL
Media Events and Publications Featuring Dr. Laurie Nadel and her work including The Five Gifts
Broadcasts and podcasts sparked by The Five Gifts
April 3: Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
April 10: "Dan Rather's America" on Radio Andy/Sirius 102 10:30 a.m.
May 5: Linda Shulman presents Laurie Nadel, 7:00—9:00 pm, KTALK Media
May 8: Herbally Yours, 3:30—4:00 pm, WPHC, 90.3 fm Garden City NY, part of iHeartradio
May 15: The Natural Nurse and Dr Z, Progressive Radio Network
Publications featuring coverage of The Five Gifts
Mar 31: An Interview with Laurie Nadel, issuu.com
Apr 16: Kelly Martinsen talks with Laurie Nadel in Natural Awakenings
News And Reviews
Dan Rather on Facebook
Rather reminds his public of his admiration for Laurie Nadel and 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.
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.
Midwest Book Review, May 2018
Praise for Five Gifts in this cluster of reviews