Lori Hope Lori Hope is an author that speaks from her heart.  She also is a cancer survivor, so what better person to convey the message to us who have never struggled with cancer to better understand the needs of  cancer patients.

In her new book entitled ,”Help Me Live-20 things people with cancer want you to know“.  Lori explores in a very personal way how we can help and serve those who are in the grips of dealing with a potentially life threatening disease.

After interviewing scores of cancer patients, caregivers, doctors and health care professionals, Lori has authored a book that is a must read for anyone who would like to learn more about how to communicate with cancer patients.

I can relate to what Lori says for I have a son who was diagnosed with cancer.  While is may be impossible to empathize if you have not had cancer yourself, it is possible to sympathize and have compassion.  But even that is not enough.  We all need information to ensure we communicate effectively–not to say the “right thing”, but to get the desired result: to make those who are are ill feel better rather than worse.

Lori’s book is filled with inspirational stories from cancer patients allowing the reader to understand at a very deep level what spiritually, physically and mentally the patients are experiencing.  These stories and insights conveyed by the cancer patients provide the reader with a glimpse into the thoughts and feelings they are experiencing, and how better to communicate with them.

Each one of Lori’s twenty chapters are the 20 most important messages people with cancer want to convey, such as:  “I need to forget – and laugh”;  “I want you to understand if I don’t call you back”; and “I want comfort, not advice.” You’ll learn that communicating effectively doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a “right thing” to say or do, but that you can achieve the desired result: to make those who are ill feel better. In candid and beautifully detailed prose, Help Me Live will help you find the words or gestures to show how much you care.

I encourage everyone who is involved in the support or caregiver of a cancer patient to read Lori’s book, and to learn from the countless stories and work that she put into researching this book.  I know that it will make a difference not only for the caregivers, but especially for the cancer patients themselves.

If you would like to learn more about Lori Hope please visit her website by clicking here.  Enjoy this podcast with a soul who has traveled the path of cancer and has tremendous insight to teach us about what to do and say as caregivers, friends and supporters.

Alexander GreenIn these uncertain economic times we could all use a boost of confidence.  In my interview with Alexander Green about his new book entitled “The Secret of Shelter Island” that is exactly what you will receive.  Alex has a great perspective on how to look differently at our current economic meltdown (as the media often refer to it).  He states that we have the opportunity to reassess our entire life and re-prioritize what is important in our lives.  This is our opportunity to look inside and have a spiritual awakening to what really is valuable for us. Is it our bank accounts? Or is it the people and relationships around us that truly enrich our lives and bring us fulfillment and meaning?

Alex’s book is primarily a compilation of essays from his newsletter entitled Spiritual Wealth, a newsletter that he has been writing for a number of years. He says that it is only human to want to better our material conditions, but ironically the relentless quest for more often undermines our quality of life.  The truth is successful lives are built, not bought, and the over consumptive lifestyle ultimately limits our choices.

In my interview with Alex we explore this idea of “not-enoughness,” and what it has done to our culture and how is has depleted our souls. How this ever-persistent pursuit of more has really helped to create the challenging economic times we are experiencing.  In the continual pursuit of greater material success some of us lose important relationships, our health, our perspective, our peace of mind.  Alex says that our happiness is highly dependent on principle-centered living.  The secret to balance. Pursue your financial ambitions, but take time to appreciate your health, friends, family are the world around you.

In this interview we have the opportunity to explore how to shift our perspectives and relationship with money as well truly examine what might have greater significance for us.

I love a quote the Alex uses in the book by J. Brotherton and it says “My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.”  How true this is, and how important to remember as we navigate these interesting economic times.
Alex has written a wonderful book which will help anyone who reads it identify just what truly could be causing their financial challenges, and in so doing provides the reader with the opportunity to learn how to close the gap between their wants and needs.

If you would like to lean more about Alex’s interesting newsletters, columns and other books please visit his website.