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Overview The author of The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers offers healing to those left behind by a loved one and anyone facing the inevitability of loss, sharing deeply moving stories of how others discovered the gifts their loved ones left behind and encouraging individuals to anticipate and uncover their own.
Publishers Description Not all gifts are tangible.
After suffering the loss of her father while writing her bestselling debut book, Amy Hollingsworth began to search for the meaning behind his dying moments. What she found was a simple truth at the heart of overcoming the deepest grief: "the dying leave gifts." With deeply moving stories of how others discovered the gifts their loved ones left behind, this book will gently encourage you to anticipate and uncover your own.
Weaving together the warm intimacy of Mitch Albom's "Tuesdays with Morrie" and the straightforward honesty of Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking," Amy Hollingsworth adds her hopeful voice to the literature of life and the life beyond. The result is a collection of stories that gives the reader myriad ways to identify their own pain and healing and is an intriguing journey for any and all readers fascinated by this brief overlap of heaven and earth.
From the bestselling author of " The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers."
Citations And Professional Reviews Gifts of Passage: What the Dying Tell Us with the Gifts They Leave Behind by Amy Hollingsworth has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 01/28/2008 page 58
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.49" Width: 6" Height: 0.83" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Apr 29, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849919207 ISBN13 9780849919206
Availability 0 units.
More About Amy Hollingsworth
Amy Hollingsworth is the author of the best-selling The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers and Gifts of Passage. Before writing books, Amy wrote for various magazines and was a television writer for eight years for CBN. In 2010, she was named one of USA Today's Top 100 People for her influence on pop culture and was featured in the documentary by MTV's Benjamin Wagner titled Mister Rogers & Me. Her television appearances include WGN's Morning News, PBS's A Word on Words, and Fox's Morning News. A former psychology professor, Amy lives in Virginia with her husband and children.
Reviews - What do customers think about Gifts of Passage: What the Dying Tell Us with the Gifts They Leave Behind?
excellent read if you are struggling with loss of loved one Jan 18, 2010
A well written account by Amy Hollingsworth. She fills in the answers to so many questions when dealing with loss of a loved one. This book helped me move toward acceptance and go on in peace with my life.
Disappointed... May 18, 2009
I have to say this book was quite a disappointment to me. I found it hard to follow the author as she seemed to be all over the place and I just couldn't make the connections she seemed to be wanting to make throughout the book. The stories she tells of her relationship with people, for example, Mr. Rogers (from the children's TV series) were nice but didn't seem to help me follow the path to the subject taken on according to the title of the book. Having recently lost my Mother, I guess I was looking for some comfort, and for the 'gifts she may have left behind' - but this book did not help me with either. Sorry, but I would not recommend this book.
Gifts of Passage a real gift to the grieving Nov 23, 2008
Gifts of Passage is a healing instrument in written form for anyone who has grieved the loss of a loved one. Memories flooded me as I read and things that did not seem to make sense before became clear.
Gifts of Passage: Companionship for the grieving Aug 17, 2008
In Gifts of Passage, Amy Hollingsworth is a companion for those walking through the "grinding pain" of loss. Vast are the depths in a soul created by LOVE and in which LOVE is invited to dwell. Amy illustrates this truth as she invites her readers to plunge into these luminous depths with her. Gifts of Passage is a book that can help point a person to unexpected comfort and to the Source of all comfort. I have already passed this book on and forsee passing it on to many others.
The Gifts of Passage Jul 24, 2008
Ronald D. Willard CMSgt USAF, Ret. 130 Kenwood Avenue Boerne, Texas 78006-2716 830-249-9855 Chiefrw@gvtc.com
24 July 2008
Subject: Book Review: Gifts of Passage by Amy Hollingsworth
"How a life ends is important, even if for just a moment the person feels loved and cared for, connected." This is a quote from chapter 8, The Last Thing, page 58 in Amy Hollingsworth, priceless, book--- The Gifts of Passage.
The above quote, in my opinion, is the central theme of The Gifts of Passage.
I first learned of The Gifts of Passage when I completed reading Ms. Hollingsworth book The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers. Amy's web page announced her second book; The Gifts of Passage was available in book stores.
Almost from the beginning of reading The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers I discovered I really enjoyed Amy's style of writing; It made me feel comfortable and relaxed and eager to continue reading (and at 73 years of age, feeling comfortable and relaxed is a priority of mine). Having been "hooked" on Ms. Hollingsworth's writing style, I couldn't wait to purchase her latest book The Gifts of Passage.
At the very top of page 4 in The Gifts of Passage Amy writes: "That was the best way I knew how to describe it; my father has given me a gift of passage, a gift that marked his passage. Now I had something to call it, even if I didn't yet know what it meant."
Immediately following that last sentence above, under the sub title of Two Legends Amy writes of two legends, one from the book Where The Red Fern Grows and the other from the Chinese concerning an invisible red tread (page 5).
Just five pages into the book and she (Amy) writes: "The Chinese believe that an invisible red thread binds those who are destined to be together."
Almost instantly after reading that sentence (above), it reminded me of the concluding two chapters of The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers. DIFFICULT TIMES is the title of chapter 8. In that chapter Amy writes of The Nature Of Loss, The Gift of Allowing Others To Grieve, In Loss An Overshadowing Presence, and Love: Stronger Than Anything. If you read The Gifts of Passage you will discover Amy uses similar words and phrases, as those above, Chapter 9 is titled; HEADING TOWARD HEAVEN. It is in that last chapter (9) that Amy introduces us to her beloved father.
To me, that's when I discovered where the invisible red thread, which Amy wrote about on page 5 of The Gifts of Passage it started its binding process. As Ms. Hollingsworth continued to write The Gifts of Passage, like a highly trained and experience brain surgeon, she skillfully and carefully stitched her stories together with that invisible red thread.
I read The Gifts of Passage twice. Each time I read that book, I was so thankful I first read Amy's book The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers. To me, The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers is a prologue to The Gifts of Passage. Many years ago I read in one of my wife's cooking magazines that at the dinner table if one asks for the pepper, the proper thing to do is to pass the salt too. The salt and pepper are like a marriage, you can't have one without the other. That's the way I feel about The Gifts of Passage; to gain the maximum value from that book, one needs to read The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers --- first.
To prove how strongly I feel about this matching of the two books, I sent my three adult daughters, a member of my church who recently experienced the death of his beautiful wife, and a member of my adult Bible Sunday school class --- I gave all of them both of Amy's books. And I strongly encouraged all of them to read The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers first if they wanted to gain the greatest understanding and value from The Gifts of Passage.
Amy Hollingsworth writes with great love, sensitivity, passion, compassion, care, empathy, and understanding. Amy was not ashamed to admit she shed tears as she wrote of some of the experiences she encountered while writing The Gifts of Passage.
I give The Gifts of Passage a 5 star rating --- and I give Amy Hollingsworth my personal Thank You --- young lady!