Morrie Schwartz Morrie:in His Own Words

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Morrie:in His Own Words

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"Holds wisdom not only for those struggling with a terminal or debilitating condition but also for family and friends who must come to grips with letting a loved one go." - BOOKLIST "A truly wonderful learning experience about how people should treat and live their life" AMAZON.COM customer The subject of three Ted Koppel interviews on Nightline, Morrie Schwartz became an inspiration to millions of viewers because of his willingness to talk openly about the intimate aspects of facing an imminent death. In 1994, at the age of 77, Morrie learned he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease: incurable, progressively disabling, eventually fatal. People with degenerative or terminal illnesses often withdraw, becoming too fearful or depressed to enjoy interacting with others. Morrie, however, embraced his illness, choosing to live as fully as possible in the time he had left. In this very personal memoir, he mixes his uplifting lessons with practical advice for those who have chronic or terminal diseases.

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Preceding the phenomenal success of Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie, in which Albom discusses his weekly visits with his mentor, Morrie, as Morrie faces death from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Morrie Schwartz published his own book, Morrie: In His Own Words.

Schwartz intended his words to be read by people dying of terminal illnesses with passages titled ,"Living with Physical Limitations," "Grieving for Your Losses," and "Reviewing the Past." Yet, just as in the case in Tuesdays with Morrie, this collection of plainspoken reflections transcends the "death and dying" category and is more aptly shelved in one's inspiration and spirituality collection.

For example, Schwartz's simple thoughts on courage could speak to any seeker of enlightenment.

"Dealing bravely with physical pain or accidents takes one kind of courage," he writes. "Facing life as it is and accepting it requires another....I have found courage through seeking thoughtfulness, openheartedness, detachment, and other responses that make up a composed life and a calm response to illness....I hope that I can continue in this way to the end so that I die with inner peace.
As it was, on November 4, 1995, Morrie Schwartz died just as he hoped he would. --Gail Hudson

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In Morrie's memory, Walker will contribute a portion of every copy sold of Morrie In His Own Words to the Morrie S. Schwartz ALS Research Fund.

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