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Revisiting the Treasured Insights of Morrie SchwartzRobert Brooks, Ph.D.

How often have you read a book and returned to re-read it several years later? I have done so only on a few occasions. I am well aware that many books deserve a second or a third reading, but as I prepare to pick them up, I glance at the stack of books I have yet to read and the latter take priority. However, there are a few books that I have re-read on several occasions. They tend to be writings that provide insights about living a more purposeful, meaningful life–insights that resonate with some of the main themes I address in my own writings about hope and resilience. One such book is Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, and another is Rabbi Harold Kushner’s When Bad Things Happen to Good People. A third is Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. As many of you are aware, the book is based on weekly interviews that Albom conducted with Morrie Schwartz, a sociology professor at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, the university from which Albom graduated in 1979. Morrie died in 1995 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and the book is based on weekly interviews that

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