The Wisdom of Sam
Observation on Life from an Uncommon Child
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|In this heartfelt and generous book, author Daniel Gottlieb shares life lessons taught to him by his eight-year-old grandson, Sam.|
Readers were first introduced to Sam in Letters to Sam—which has been translated into 15 languages, with more than 50,000 copies sold in the U.S. Now, The Wisdom of Sam continues the extraordinary story of the interaction between a grandfather who is quadriplegic and a grandson who is autistic as they share their discoveries about empathy, compassion, courage, happiness, and the power of laughter. Sam’s uncommon perspective on the world—and the remarkable way he expresses himself—are the seeds of inspiration for his grandfather. And the emotional connection between Daniel Gottlieb and his grandson provide a springboard for wonderful moments of reflection, understanding, and humor.
Sam’s candid observations not only teach us what we’ve forgotten but they also show us how to look at the world through a different lens. Just as Sam’s grandfather has found his world view forever changed by the wisdom of his grandson, readers of The Wisdom of Sam will discover unforgettable messages of acceptance, hope, love, and gratitude.
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR|
|Daniel Gottlieb, Ph.D., is the author of Letters to Sam and Learning from the Heart, which have been published in 15 languages and received worldwide attention. In 2009, in the U.S., he was the recipient of the Books for a Better Life Award in the Motivational Book category for Learning from the Heart. The same year, in Taiwan, he received The Fervent Love of Life Award in recognition of the Chinese-translation version of Letters to Sam. |
Gottlieb is also the author of Family Matters, recently reprinted as a trade paperback, and Voices of Conflict; Voices of Healing, a publication of People with Disabilities Press. He hosts an award-winning mental health call-in program, Voices in the Family, and writes weekly blogs on the Websites of The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
A practicing family therapist as well as author and talk-show host, Gottlieb lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, where he has a private practice in individual and family psychotherapy. In 1979, Gottlieb had a car accident that rendered him quadriplegic. One year after the accident, he resumed his practice. He later served on the advisory board at Wordsworth Academy and The Boys and Girls club of Camden, and from 1996 to 2000 he was on the National Advisory Council at the Center for Mental Health Services.
Gottlieb’s radio program Voices in the Family can be heard weekly on the public radio station WHYY-FM 90.9 FM in Philadelphia. He is the recipient of numerous awards for the show, including a national Clarion Award, a Best Local Radio Program Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, a National Mental Health Media Award, and the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Journalists Lifetime Achievement Award. Other honors include the “Excellence in Media Award” from the Association of Marital and Family Therapy and the Pennsylvania Public Broadcasting Award.