A Secret Gift

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  • Author : Ted Gup
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 384 pages
  • ISBN : 1101444630
  • Rating : 4/5 from 10 reviews
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Download or Read online A Secret Gift full in PDF, ePub and kindle. this book written by Ted Gup and published by Penguin which was released on 28 October 2010 with total page 384 pages. We cannot guarantee that A Secret Gift book is available in the library, click Get Book button and read full online book in your kindle, tablet, IPAD, PC or mobile whenever and wherever You Like. An inspiring account of America at its worst-and Americans at their best-woven from the stories of Depression-era families who were helped by gifts from the author's generous and secretive grandfather. Shortly before Christmas 1933 in Depression-scarred Canton, Ohio, a small newspaper ad offered $10, no strings attached, to 75 families in distress. Interested readers were asked to submit letters describing their hardships to a benefactor calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. The author's grandfather Sam Stone was inspired to place this ad and assist his fellow Cantonians as they prepared for the cruelest Christmas most of them would ever witness. Moved by the tales of suffering and expressions of hope contained in the letters, which he discovered in a suitcase 75 years later, Ted Gup initially set out to unveil the lives behind them, searching for records and relatives all over the country who could help him flesh out the family sagas hinted at in those letters. From these sources, Gup has re-created the impact that Mr B. Virdot's gift had on each family. Many people yearned for bread, coal, or other necessities, but many others received money from B. Virdot for more fanciful items-a toy horse, say, or a set of encyclopedias. As Gup's investigations revealed, all these things had the power to turn people's lives around- even to save them. But as he uncovered the suffering and triumphs of dozens of strangers, Gup also learned that Sam Stone was far more complex than the lovable- retiree persona he'd always shown his grandson. Gup unearths deeply buried details about Sam's life-from his impoverished, abusive upbringing to felonious efforts to hide his immigrant origins from U.S. officials-that help explain why he felt such a strong affinity to strangers in need. Drawing on his unique find and his award-winning reportorial gifts, Ted Gup solves a singular family mystery even while he pulls away the veil of eight decades that separate us from the hardships that united America during the Depression. In A Secret Gift, he weaves these revelations seamlessly into a tapestry of Depression-era America, which will fascinate and inspire in equal measure. Watch a Video

A Secret Gift

A Secret Gift
  • Author : Ted Gup
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 28 October 2010
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An inspiring account of America at its worst-and Americans at their best-woven from the stories of Depression-era families who were helped by gifts from the author's generous and secretive grandfather. Shortly before Christmas 1933 in Depression-scarred Canton, Ohio, a small newspaper ad offered $10, no strings attached, to 75 families in distress. Interested readers were asked to submit letters describing their hardships to a benefactor calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. The author's grandfather Sam Stone was inspired to place this ad and assist

The Secret Gift

The Secret Gift
  • Author : Ian Somers
  • Publisher : The O'Brien Press
  • Release : 29 September 2014
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Book three in in the Ross Bentley series Ross has spent the past twelve months in hiding in the west coast of Ireland. He has turned his back on the Guild and his gifts. In trying to escape his past and the dangers brought with his gifts, Ross has spiralled into a world of anxiety and depression and, with Cathy leaving for Paris, Ross is completely alone. Suddenly an unexpected visitor arrives. Hunter has come to call in his favour.

A Secret Gift

A Secret Gift
  • Author : Ted Gup
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 25 October 2011
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"A wonderful reminder that economic hardship can bring suffering but can also foster compassion and community." -The Boston Globe In hard economic times like these, readers will find bestselling author Ted Gup's unique book uplifting as well as captivating. Inside a suitcase kept in his mother's attic, Gup discovered letters written to his grandfather in response to an ad placed in a Canton, Ohio, newspaper in 1933 that offered cash to seventy-five families facing a devastating Christmas. The author travels coast

Rethinking God as Gift

Rethinking God as Gift
  • Author : Robyn Horner
  • Publisher : Fordham Univ Press
  • Release : 04 December 2022
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Rethinking God as Gift is situated at the intersection of philosophy, critical theory and theology. The first sustained study of the work of Jean-Luc Marion in English, it offers a unique perspective on contemporary questions and their theological relevance. Taking its point of departure from the problem of the gift as articulated by Jacques Derrida, who argues that the conditions of possibility of the gift are also its conditions of impossibility, Horner pursues a series of questions concerning the nature

Women and Gift Exchange in Eighteenth Century Fiction

Women and Gift Exchange in Eighteenth Century Fiction
  • Author : Linda Zionkowski
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 26 May 2016
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This book analyzes why the most influential novelists of the long eighteenth century centered their narratives on the theory and practice of gift exchange. Throughout this period, fundamental shifts in economic theories regarding the sources of individual and national wealth along with transformations in the practices of personal and institutional charity profoundly altered cultural understandings of the gift's rationale, purpose, and function. Drawing on materials such as sermons, conduct books, works of political philosophy, and tracts on social reform, Zionkowski

The Request and the Gift in Religious and Humanitarian Endeavors

The Request and the Gift in Religious and Humanitarian Endeavors
  • Author : Frederick Klaits
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 13 July 2017
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This collection revisits classical anthropological treatments of the gift by documenting how people may be valued both through the requests they make and through what they give. Many humanitarian practitioners, the authors propose, regard giving to those in need as the epitome of moral action but are liable to view those people’s requests for charity as merely utilitarian. Yet in many religious discourses, prayers and requests for alms are highly valued as moral acts, obligatory for establishing relationships with

Liquid Assets Dangerous Gifts

Liquid Assets  Dangerous Gifts
  • Author : Valentin Groebner
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release : 13 May 2002
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"A fascinating study of the movements and ambivalent meanings of gifts in the political culture of the fifteenth and early sixteenth century. . . . Valentin Groebner's book . . . provides us with a new way of understanding the meanings and uses of 'corruption.'"—Natalie Zemon Davis, Sixteenth Century Journal

Hidden Gifts

Hidden Gifts
  • Author : Brian Kurzius
  • Publisher : Baha'i Publishing Trust
  • Release : 04 December 2022
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Have you ever wondered why we have problems and tests in our lives? Where do they come from? What is the most effective way to handle them? We may not see it, but there just might be a multitude of gifts hidden among our problems and tests. In Hidden Gifts: Finding Blessings in the Struggles of Life, compiler Brian Kurzius searches the Baha'i scriptures for answers to the meaning of human suffering. What is the value of suffering in our

The Gift

The Gift
  • Author : Lewis Hyde
  • Publisher : Canongate Books
  • Release : 11 February 2006
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A new edition with an introduction by Margaret Atwood The Gift brilliantly argues for the importance of creativity in our increasingly money-driven society. Reaching deep into literature, anthropology and psychology for striking examples, the heart of Lewis Hyde's modern masterpiece is the simple and important idea that a 'gift' can inspire and change our lives, art and culture. Lewis Hyde has been championed by some of the greatest artists of our time. He addresses the questions we face every day

The Hidden Gifts of Helping

The Hidden Gifts of Helping
  • Author : Stephen G. Post
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 22 February 2011
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The world's religions affirm it to be so and recent research across a number of disciplines tell us that "Helping others not only benefits those we assist but is good for us as well." The recent and astonishingly generous outpouring of help and donations in response to the earthquake in Haiti is a clear demonstration of this phenomenon, but what if we could be convinced to make helping others a way of life, even when times are hard? Post is