am 14. März 2000
It's difficult to believe Remen is trained as a hard-nose physician. The book is eloquent and very touching. Remen shares her stories with simple words and ideas, and ends up creating a profound effect. Reading this book is like sharing in the rich tradition of storytelling at its best. Indeed, the read is passive, like the stories are being orally conveyed by a soft-spoken sage. Remen does not preach nor does she try to manipulate emotions from the reader. It does not carry the pretentiousness of a "Chicken Soup..." publication. The careful reader will see that Remen still struggles with the paradoxical world and emotional taffy-pull of a Philosophy-Undergraduate-Turned-Physician. In fact, the book seems therapeutic for Remen in the middle of her own quest to self-discovery. I highly recommend you share in Remen's quest, it will offer you momentary, security-blanket-style warmth. As a prospective medical student, I found the book helpful in shaping my own perspective about healing and health care, but most importantly found it to be a springboard in developing myself as a compassionate caregiver. Kudos, Ms. Remen!
am 18. August 2013
This book by Rachel Naomi Remen is a blessing. Short chapters, each with an experience from Rachel's professional or private life and truly wise comments on how they connect to the "bigger picture" of what it means to be human. I was deeply moved by some of the accounts (sometimes to tears), made to think by others. Every one of the stories is valuable. One of the best non-fiction books I've read in the last few years. I've bought a number of copies and given them to people who I thought might appreciate Ms Remen's wisdom - something I have not done with any other book. Also worth reading: "My Grandfather's Blessings" by the same author.
am 8. September 1999
I work with doctors who are forced to schedule patients at 10-minute intervals and find it difficult to maintain the personal touch that is such an important part of healing. I have given this book to many associates, not only to help them remember the importance of the spirit and caring in medicine, but to give them healing and a lift for their own spirits. I have read and reread this book many times in the year or so I've had it, with fresh thanksgiving and appreciation for the author each time. I received the book as a gift for joining an organization...and I feel that the gift was truly heaven-sent! I agree whole-heartedly with the reviewer who said it should be required reading for all associated with the healing arts...and that goes for nurses, receptionists, and all staff members as well as the physicians. I wish EVERYONE could read it and share the love of human-kind with which this book glows. I look forward to Dr. Remen's next book!
am 27. November 1999
Several friends had told me about Kitchen Table Wisdom over the years, and I just put off purchasing it. Then while recovering in the hospital from surgery, the chaplin suggested I read it. I read it during my recovery and have not stopped reading it since. There are so many lessons in the book, and Dr. Remen's selection of stories and writing style present an education on how to be human and to develop a deeper understanding of the humanity each one of us posseses. I look at my life, and those around me in a different way since I read the book. Dr. Remen has taught me that we all have the capacity to make our life a blessing and she is truly a blessing to all that read her words.
am 8. Oktober 1999
Rachel Remen writes in such a style that you feel you're sitting with a great friend who's sharing these heart-warming, enlightening stories with you. A co-worker of mine would read this book while in flight. Every time we would get off the plane she was in the most positive mood, and would tell me how incredible this book is. I bought it and she was right. This is probably my 5th purchase of this book as a gift. Thanks Rachel, I can't wait for your next book!
am 11. Juni 1999
This bestseller is written with compassion by a physician with Crohn's disease since her early teens. She writes about the anger she felt at soon after her diagnosis at age 15 and how she later realized that her will to live life fully was stornger than she ever imagined and provided her with the motivation to achieve her goals. Simply the fact that she became an M.D. in the face of adversity is an inspiration! Intermingled with her own experiences, Dr. Remen relates her efforts to help others heal from and cope with life disrupting illnesses. Her stories really motivate and help you develop the faith to heal yourself, and once healed to reach out and help others. I highly recommend this book!