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One Life to Give: A Path to Finding Yourself by Helping Others
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Teresa Scollon
Foreword Magazine

The author’s grandfather, Vladislav Paluchowski, makes a stunning sacrifice in order to help his family survive; he starves, so that his grandchildren might eat. This sacrifice and Bienkowski’s enduring gratitude compose the exquisite center of the story and perhaps of Bienkowski’s adult life. His grandfather gave his life for others, and similarly, Bienkowski became a practicing psychologist who assisted others in finding life and light. His stories of his family members’ resourcefulness, courage, and faith illuminate the human potential to not only overcome obstacles, but to affect and transform others by one’s efforts to act with integrity, generosity, and purpose.