Thursday, December 17, 2009

Uncover Uncommon Wisdom and Universal Truths in “What I Know” (Giveaway)


I recently received a wise and wonderful book called What I Know: Uncommon Wisdom and Universal Truths from 10-Year-Olds and 100-Year-Olds. Although a collection of words of wisdom is not a novel concept, this book is very unique because it focuses on advice exclusively from people who are 10 and 100. Why? Author Roger Emerson Fishman explains, “My belief was that the wisdom of centenarians and 10-year-olds might reveal, in some way, the most authentic life advice. Neither is totally engulfed in the hustle and bustle of life. Both are at a stage where they are clear and uninhibited in their perspectives on life. By talking to centenarians, I would learn from the treasures of experience, and from talking to 10-year-olds, I would learn from their unpolished gems. Ultimately, I hope that their perspective and honesty might offer some clarity and reminders for our own lives.”

And, indeed, there are some wonderful gems in this book. Chapters include:

Believing in Yourself
Integrity
Friendship
Parenting
The Joy of Giving
Preparing for Life
Personal Choice
Perseverance
Change
Longevity

The book also contains delightful interviews from people such as Harry Houdini’s Assistant Dorothy Young, Academy Award Winner Bob Boyle, and Green Tea Trader Tan Shui Lee. In addition, the author shares his own thoughts and experiences throughout What I Know.

Check out some of these nuggets of truth:

“Think of yourself as a dot on a line. The things behind you are already over, so always move forward down the line.”—Emma P., Ann Arbor, MI

“Just because you are old and full of wrinkles, it doesn’t mean you can’t still pretend you’re a kid again.”—Jazmin H., Bronx, NY

“Best friends are like shiny pennies. If you have too many of them, they’ll lose their shine, but if you have three or four of them, you can keep them all nice and shiny.”—Julianna W., Los Angeles, CA

“Try not to plan out your whole future. If you plan it all, then you might think that it turned out messed up just because it’s not exactly what you planned. Just let it fall into place and everything will go just fine.”—Melissa W., Clermont, FL

“If you are thinking about having a baby, you better start preparing now by collecting lots and lots of sleep!”—Basil M., Lexington, KY

This beautiful hardcover book is an excellent gift idea for people of all ages. And purchase one for yourself as a pick-me-up when you’re feeling discouraged or lost. I encourage you to visit www.whatiknowthebook.com to learn more about What I Know, place an order, and even share your own wisdom!

GIVEAWAY

I have also been authorized to give away a SIGNED copy of What I Know to one lucky reader of this blog! To enter to win, leave a comment on this post with your favorite words of wisdom. (It can be something you made up or something you’ve read.) You must do this to enter this giveaway.

As usual, you can earn optional, additional entries by:

- Following Susan Heim on Parenting through Google Friend Connect. Click on the “Follow” button on the left sidebar. Leave a comment.

- Following me (@ParentingAuthor) and author Roger E. Fishman (@whatiknowbook) on Twitter and tweeting about this giveaway. Leave a comment with the URL of your tweet. You may tweet twice a day. Please leave a separate comment for each tweet. (It’s easy to retweet by using the Bookmark button at the bottom of this post.)

- Putting a button for Susan Heim on Parenting on your blog (the code is in the upper right-hand column of this site) and/or a text link on your blog roll. Post a comment with your blog’s URL.

- Posting this giveaway on your blog with a link to this page. Leave a comment with a direct link to the post. (3 entries; leave a separate comment for each)

- Listing Susan Heim on Parenting as one of your Favorites on Technorati. (See “Add this Blog to My Technorati Favorites” banner on the left sidebar.) Leave a comment with your Technorati user name.

- Subscribing to Susan Heim on Parenting via email, RSS and/or Kindle (see sign-up options on left sidebar). Leave a comment for each subscription method.

One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Thursday, December 31, 2009, at midnight ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winner must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. U.S. addresses only.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, Genny, who shared these words of wisdom: "You can't make others happy unless you make yourself happy first."





DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary signed copy of What I Know to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided.

67 comments:

  1. look at people from the inside out not the outside in thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

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  2. Here's my bit of wisdom, "Before you can walk, you must crawl; Before you can run, you must walk."

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. Email subscriber.

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  4. Follower via GFC.

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  5. I don't have a lot of wisdom, that's why I'd love to have this book!
    Thanks,
    Patricia
    www.talesofan-almost-mommy.blogspot.com
    patriciacarlsonfreelance@gmail.com

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  6. I'm a follower in GFC.
    Thanks,
    Patricia
    www.talesofan-almost-mommy.blogspot.com
    patriciacarlsonfreelance@gmail.com

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  7. Everything I need to know, I learned in kindergarten...if you wet your pants, they let you go home.

    -Perry
    www.pdxdads.com

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  8. Anonymous9:36 AM

    THINK A LONG TIME BEFORE YOU SAY SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT SAYING.....HORTON111@AOL.COM

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  9. You can't make others happy unless you make yourself happy first.

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  10. Following through Google Friend Connect

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  11. Following both on Twitter and Tweeted #1

    http://twitter.com/genny315/status/6843732323

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  12. Following and tweeted #2


    http://twitter.com/genny315/status/6843768362

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  13. Favorited on Technorati (genny315)

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  14. THere is always tommrow because tommrow is another day

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  15. chose your battles wisely, not everything is worth the battle
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  16. google follower
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  18. Favorites on Technorati.
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  19. email subscriber
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  20. Such an inspirational and insightful
    sounding book! How fun. I have always had a love affair with The
    Little Prince book by antoine de saint-exupery. The quote "“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
    I believe this with my whole heart!
    Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  21. I follow you both on Twitter!
    "Tweet"
    http://twitter.com/cmh512/status/6849720016.
    Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  22. You are favored on my Technorati Page~
    Again, many thanks......Cindi
    windycindy
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  23. Email subscriber to your blog.
    Thanks, Cindi
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  24. Also, I follow your Rss feed via my Google Reader Page.
    All is appreciated.....Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  25. "Don't judge a book by its cover"

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  26. I am following through Google Friend Connect

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  27. Pay attention to what they do, often it's different than what they say.

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  28. easier said than done
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  29. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Edith Wharton

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  30. Following!

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  31. And subscribed to your feed

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  32. We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/12/what-i-know.html

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    #1

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  33. We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/12/what-i-know.html

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  34. We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/12/what-i-know.html

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com
    #3

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  35. Anonymous8:52 PM

    It is better to give than to receive.

    Wendy
    ebeandebe at gmail dot com

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  36. My favorite words of wisdom are "They (children) grow up so fast. Savor each stage to its fullest because it will be over all too soon."
    cln1812(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. follow via google friend connect
    Cheryl Bradley
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  38. following both on twitter as cln1812 & tweeted #1
    http://twitter.com/cln1812/status/7024675199

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  39. follow both on twitter as cln1812 & tweeted:
    #2
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  40. faved you on technorati (id: cln1812)
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  41. email subscriber:
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  42. follow RSS feed on google reader
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  43. george ferris10:19 AM

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
    george ferris
    littlegeorgie56@yahoo.com

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  44. Anonymous5:16 PM

    There's always hope!









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  45. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

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  46. My words of wisdom: "I'd rather have it and not need it rather than to need it and not have it" I'm sure I didn't make this up--not sure who did. I have been saying this forever! (Especially to my husband when I over-pack for a trip!!) :)

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  47. Follower

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  48. I faved you on Technorati
    ID: NancyeEppersonDavis

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  49. email subscriber

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  50. subscribe via RSS

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  51. I follow both you and @whatiknowbook on Twitter and I Tweeted

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  52. My maternal grandmother used to say:

    Patience is a virtue,
    Apply it if you can,
    Is seldom found in women,
    And never found in man.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

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  53. I follow Susan Heim on Parenting through Google Friend Connect.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

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  54. I follow (@ParentingAuthor) and author Roger E. Fishman (@whatiknowbook) on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway
    http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/7154236937

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

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  55. I tried to add Susan Heim on Parenting as one of my favorites on Technorati under the name of @ossmcalc. I do not know if I had already done this or not as they are working on the site at this time.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

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  56. I subscribe via email.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

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  57. Anonymous2:26 PM

    'bloom where planted'...sounds like an amazing book.

    karenk
    kmkuka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  58. Don't do/write anything you would not want your own mother to find out about/see/read.

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  59. My fav words are always be yourself.
    erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

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  60. Anonymous5:12 PM

    Oh, that a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for"

    Robert Browning

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  61. I don't have many words of wisdom, but I do like to go by that saying of Do onto others, as you would like done to you.
    Thanks!
    hawkgirl_16{at}hotmail{dot}com

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  62. I follow your blog! mom2anutball

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  63. I have your button! http://mom2anutball2.blogspot.com/
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  64. I have you faved on technorati! mom2anutball

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  65. I subscribe via email!
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  66. It's not "no pain, no gain", it's "no gain before pain".

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  67. Eat when you're not hungry and sleep when you're not sleepy. Advice I finally understand from my mom after five 5 kids :)

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