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Kitchen Table Wisdom

Stories that Heal, 10th Anniversary Edition
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Paperback Book
August, 2006
$19.50 CAD
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Now in a new edition with a new foreword, Kitchen Table Wisdom is one of those great books that friends talked about long before it was published. Rachel Remen’s “glow” has touched many where it counts.

I write about something I know intimately: that every one of us matters. And that we have the power to befriend and strengthen the life in one another and to change the world, one heart at a time.

Dr. Remen’s unique and intimate relationship with healing and the life force comes from her experience as a physician, a professor of medicine, a therapist, and a long-term survivor of chronic illness (in her case Crohn’s disease). Her stories, picked from the tree of life’s experiences, are dedicated to the ordinary hero in all of us and stand witness to life’s natural tendency to heal our wounds.

Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along. The stuff that helps us to live a life worth remembering. Despite the awesome powers of technology many of us still do not live very well. We may need to listen to one another’s stories again.

There’s extraordinary wisdom on this kitchen table; stories that will touch you deeply, and uncommon heartsense that sees through the pretenses of our civilized disconnections to welcome the heart back home.

When people are talking, there’s no need to do anything but receive them. Just take them in. Listen to what they’re saying. Care about it. Most times caring about it is even more important than understanding it. Most of us don’t value ourselves or our love enough to know this.

In these parables, we find that our goal in life might not be a precise destination, but the ability to travel together with humour and meaning, with purpose and tenderness. Kitchen Table Wisdom shows how a good story can be a compass for life’s journey.

It seems that Life drops many bags of gold in our path. Rarely do they look like what they are. I asked my patient if Life has ever dropped him a bag of gold that he has recognized and used to enrich his life. He smiles at me. “Cancer,” he says simply. “I thought you’d guess.”

 Dr. Remen has gathered stories from her own experiences and practice: stories of owning, having, and losing; stories of power, pain, courage, and hope; stories of healing, loneliness, and the end of loneliness. These stories let us look at our wounds and provide us with tools to begin healing them.

Perhaps the worth of any lifetime is measured more in kindness than in competency.

“A book of stunning radiance, authenticity, and power. I laughed and cried my way through it, from beginning to end....  Don’t let an opportunity like this pass by.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are

Also by Rachel Remen: her second book, My Grandfather’s Blessings.

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REMEN/KITCHEN TABLE WISDOM 10TH ANNDr. "Remen," whose unique perspective on healing comes from her background as a "physician," a professor of "medicine," a "therapist," and a long-term survivor of chronic "illness," invites us to listen from the soul. Now ten years "old," this remarkable collection of TRUE stories draws on the tradition of human experience shared around a kitchen table to address all the spiritual issues - "suffering," "meaning," "love," "faith," and miracles - in the language and with the absolute authority of our own life experience.

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