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One Life to Give: A Path to Finding Yourself by Helping Others
One Life to Give: A Path to Finding Yourself by Helping Others
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In the winter of 1939, five-year-old Andrew Bienkowski was banished to Siberia with his family. With virtually nothing to see them through their first winter, his grandfather chose to starve in order to give his family the chance to survive. The years that followed were harrowing and difficult — but warmed by the generosity and quick-wittedness of his mother and grandmother, the kindness of strangers, and the beauty of the landscape, Andrew's childhood in Siberia established his essential approach to life. Having survived the two-year period of exile, Andrew Bienkowski became inspired to give back, devoting his life to helping others through his work as a psychologist for the state of New York. With One Life to Give, Andrew Bienkowski underscores how the greatest fulfillment we can achieve as human beings lies in helping others.
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In the winter of 1939, five-year-old Andrew Bienkowski was banished to Siberia with his family. With virtually nothing to see them through their first winter, his grandfather chose to starve in order to give his family the chance to survive. The years that followed were harrowing and difficult — but warmed by the generosity and quick-wittedness of his mother and grandmother, the kindness of strangers, and the beauty of the landscape, Andrew's childhood in Siberia established his essential approach to life. Having survived the two-year period of exile, Andrew Bienkowski became inspired to give back, devoting his life to helping others through his work as a psychologist for the state of New York. With One Life to Give, Andrew Bienkowski underscores how the greatest fulfillment we can achieve as human beings lies in helping others.

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About Mary

Mary Akers' fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in various international journals such as Bellevue Literary Review, The Fiddlehead, and Primavera. Her personal essays on parenting and the writing life are forthcoming in...

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