《Preloved Hardcover + Memoir Of The Author's Journey Of Transformation In Life》Lee Kravitz - UNFINISHED BUSINESS : One Man's Extraordinary Year Of Trying to Do The Right Things
★★ Recommends it for: to people in their middle years who are exploring the meaning of their life. ★★ After losing his job, Lee Kravitz, a workaholic in his midfifties, took stock of his life and realized just how disconnected he had become from the people who mattered most to him. Instead of rushing out to try to find a new job, he committed an entire year to reconnecting with them and making amends. In this book, Kravitz takes readers on ten transformational journeys, among them repaying a thirty-year-old debt, making a long-overdue condolence call, finding an abandoned relative, and fulfilling a forgotten promise. Along the way, we meet a cast of wonderful characters and travel the globe―to a refugee camp in Kenya, a monastery in California, the desert of southern Iran, a Little League game in upstate New York, and a bar in Kravitz's native Cleveland. In each instance, the act of reaching out opens new paths for both personal and spiritual growth. All of us have unfinished business―the things we should have done but just let slip. Kravitz's story reveals that the things we've avoided are exactly those that have the power to transform, enrich, enlarge, and even complete us. The lesson of the book is one applicable to us all: Be mindful of what is most important, and act on it. The rewards will be immediate and lasting. Unfinished Business is a wonderful autobiography of a man’s life. It is one of those new life stories that just picks one aspect of the life and then tucks in other pieces of the journey as necessary to complete the picture. Lee Kravitz is working with the question of what are aspects of his life that he has been ignoring because of current endeavors; which of these items would make the meaning of his life more worthwhile if he gave them some attention and resolution. He is an admitted workaholic journalist, who had a top of the line position in the powerful eastern seaboard of the USA. He was married later in life and he was letting his wife do most of the parenting while working hard and long at keeping their finances secure and forthcoming. Then he was “let go” with a good severance package in the economic downturn. His wife persuaded him to go to a meditation retreat and with her support he decided to take a year to uncover and complete some of the unfinished business in his life. Kravitz compiled a list of important connections to remedy in his life and settled on the top ten. He also wanted to find more time to spend with his children and free up his wife to focus on her own business she was creating. This top ten seemed as though it was a list that could be completed. 1.Finding a long lost relative 2.Making a condolence call 3.Repaying a long overdue debt 4.Reaching out to a distant friend 5.Letting go of a grudge 6.Seeking spiritual guidance from a mentor 7.Taking the road not taken 8. Healing family wounds 9.Eulogizing a loved one 10.Keeping a promise -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Review From Publishers Weekly When Parade editor-in-chief Kravitz loses his job, he takes account of the many things he let slip in his quest to get to the top of the publishing world. He decides to take the next year to pursue all he's let pass: a reconciliation with a long-lost aunt; an exploration of spirituality; a payment of a 30-year-old debt; and other pursuits. In the process he learns a great deal about patience, humility, love, and family and reminds readers that the best time to do the things you say you're going to do is now. Kravitz is a thoughtful writer, and his memoir reveals a delicate personal journey, but many of his grand setups result in poor payoffs. While readers will be pleased that the author has made these valuable connections and has enriched his life, they may not connect sufficiently with him to be able to sympathize. His account is full of small, personal gestures, but their ultimate accumulation doesn't have much resonance. Having said that, this book is amazing. Kravitz loses his job and determines to take a year off to clear off ..unfinished business... in his life. All of us have them - unpaid debts, a thank you unsaid, an apology owed, a promise made but not fulfilled. These are the unfinished business items in our lives. But, Lee Kravitz goes one step further. He addresses the "why" of the unfinished business, identifies who he was and what was going on in his life when the item became unfinished, and he seeks an answer to the question of how to apply what he has learned in his current life. This is such a powerful book.It is beautifully written - but no excuses. Kravitz really explores objectively the business of his life left unfinished and the impact it has had on his and others' lives. The book is warm, thoughtful, engaging, intelligent, and so, so thought provoking. I highly recommend this book. But, let me make this clear. This book is for a specific point in a persons life. I do not recommend it for everyone. When you begin a new exploration of your life. You seek meaning, understanding and resolution. You start to think in terms of your mortality. This book is for someone at that point in their life. About the Author Lee Kravitz was Editor-in-Chief of PARADE, the Sunday newspaper magazine, from 2000-2007. Before that he was the Founding Editor of REACT, a magazine for teens, and served as an Editorial Director of Scholastic Inc. As a journalist, Kravitz has traveled on assignment to dozens of countries. His mission as a writer and editor has been "to tell stories that connect emotionally to everyday Americans, moving them to actions that improve their lives, nation and world." Kravitz is president of Youth Communication, a publisher of writing by and for inner-city teens and youth in foster care. He is also active on the boards of the Public Education Network and The League: Powered by Learning to Give. A graduate of Yale College and the Columbia University Journalism School, he lives in New York City and Clinton Corners, New York, with his wife and three children.
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