This I Believe 2

This I Believe 2

Jay Allison Dan Gediman / Feb 28, 2020
This I Believe This second collection of This I Believe essays gathers seventy five essayists ranging from famous to previously unknown completing the thought that begins the book s title With contributors who run t
  • Title: This I Believe 2
  • Author: Jay Allison Dan Gediman
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  • Page: 204
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • This second collection of This I Believe essays gathers seventy five essayists ranging from famous to previously unknown completing the thought that begins the book s title With contributors who run the gamut from cellist Yo Yo Ma to ordinary folks like a diner waitress, an Iraq War veteran, a farmer, a new husband, and many others, This I Believe II, like the first NewThis second collection of This I Believe essays gathers seventy five essayists ranging from famous to previously unknown completing the thought that begins the book s title With contributors who run the gamut from cellist Yo Yo Ma to ordinary folks like a diner waitress, an Iraq War veteran, a farmer, a new husband, and many others, This I Believe II, like the first New York Times bestselling collection, showcases moving and irresistible essays.Included are Sister Helen Prejean writing about learning what she truly believes through watching her own actions, singer Jimmie Dale Gil writing about a hard won wisdom based on being generous to others, and Robert Fulghum writing about dancing all the dances for as long as he can Readers will also find wonderful and surprising essays about forgiveness, personal integrity, and honoring life and change.Here is a welcome, stirring, and provocative communion with the minds and hearts of a diverse, new group of people whose beliefs and the remarkably varied ways in which they choose to express them reveal the American spirit at its best.
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      • Jay Allison Dan Gediman

        Jay Allison is one of public radio s most honored producers He has produced hundreds of nationally broadcast documentaries and features for radio and television His work has earned him the duPont Columbia and five Peabody Awards, and he was the 1996 recipient of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting s Edward R Murrow Award for outstanding contributions to public radio, the industry s highest honor He was the curator and producer of This I Believe on NPR and he produces The Moth Radio Hour Before his career in broadcasting, Jay was a theater director in Washington, D.C He is also the founder of the public radio stations for Martha s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod where he livescmillan author jayall


    1. Each year the high school at which I teach selects one book for all students and faculty to read This is the book that was chosen for summer 2010 It consists of 75 personal essays, each no than 500 words long Some of the contributors are famous and some are average citizens Some are young a 14 year old boy and some are old Studs Turkel was in his 90s when he wrote his essay Each tells about a core belief and how why the individual came to have that belief Some stories are heart breaking Some ma [...]

    2. This is the type of book you can pick up, read one or a few essays and then put it down again The essays can be moving, thought provoking and funny So far I have several dog eared pages I have listened to the NPR segment on the radio and I have always enjoyed it I thought it might be difficult to read the essays rather than listen to the authors read them as on NPR I thought listening to them in my voice might make them less meaningful but this is certainly not the case A great read I think I wi [...]

    3. I enjoyed this volume just as much as the first one it had a little different flavor in that many of the authors described defining events that occurred much recently the Iraq War, Katrina, etc whereas the first volume must have been compiled prior to those This one seems to have a few teenager entries, likely submitted as a result of the project having made its way to classrooms across the country, and also did not have any historical essays from the initial radio series While there were defi [...]

    4. A collection of short personal statements of what is a central affirmation of different writers These have been selected from 63,000 that have been part of the radio program on NPR I think these pieces were picked because almost all of them had some rather traumatic event that focused their credal position I do not know how you could have improved upon this book The writing is effective In fact most of these writers had writing as a job or a blog or communication as a career There were a few ver [...]

    5. This is a thought provoking book The 2 3 page essays can be read in between other things This collection gave me much to think about and spurred some interesting discussions with family and friends.

    6. This is a great exercise to use in engaging conversation about current hot button topics Definitely a thought provoking read.

    7. Same review as the first book Love the concept, love hearing others thoughts and when listening loved to hear the original voices Love it

    8. Another volume with the personal manifestos of both famous and ordinary people NPR restarted this series that originally premiered in the 50s and it s as relevant today as it was then The essays cover a wide range of philosophies and views as one of the essayists from the first volume stated You have a multiplicity of voices and it s a celebration of that multiplicity Quotes to remember We hardly need to be reminded that we are living in an age of confusion A lot of us have traded in our beliefs [...]

    9. This book was just OK It reminded me a bit of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books I liked back in high school Unfortunate, this collection wasn t very engaging and didn t hold my interest I think the concept isn t necessarily bad, but the execution along with required brevity, makes them run together in a not particularly interesting way.

    10. This is not a book I would have chosen on my own to read It was selected by Virginia Tech as the Common Book for 2011 2012 Over the last 10 15 years VT has had a common book, and each one has lasted one or two years They ask faculty to incorporate them in classes where possible Of course that requires reading the book in advance, which I have not always managed to do The first year the book was Einstein s Dream , which perhaps was appropriate for the purpose, but did not engage me or offer any g [...]

    11. I was worried that this would be a bunch of sappy, heartwarming, feel good stories of family, community, faith, and love Great news It s not Maybe I would have known better if I d been aware of the history of This I Believe It was a CBS radio program back in the 50s, and has been resuscitated as an NPR show, and it asks ordinary and extraordinary Americans to submit essays about their personal beliefs Beliefs in this series range from I believe in optimism to I believe my husband will call me to [...]

    12. I ve had this book forever two years but it s stayed on my to be read stack My mother is about to have heart surgery so I needed something uplifting and brief to read This I Believe 2 fit the bill.It was a good collection and I m looking forward to using some of the essays in my classroom in conjunction with essays from Jack Canfield s books Since my students have to write essays for state testing, I think it s only fair that they read quality essays.The main problem I see with this series of bo [...]

    13. This book changed my life, in that I ve always hated NPR and by extension my university s tech support line for making me listen to it when I m on hold , but apparently this essay series grew out of an NPR feature in which people read them aloud.Very very interesting stuff Famous e.g Mary Chapin Carpenter, Yo Yo Ma, Helen Prejean and non famous most of them people writing 500 words or less on their most important beliefs values I think the genius of it is that they advise people to avoid religio [...]

    14. Received this book as a graduation present and read between 1 and 5 of them per night This is an excellent compilation of the personal philosophies of the contributors involved, many of which are thought provoking and inspiring It was like having several different commencement speakers While the book does not have quite the caliber of people represented here as in the first book the biggest names in this book include Studs Terkel, Yo Yo Ma, and Tony Hawk vs the first books Bill Gates, Colin Powe [...]

    15. My favorite essays from this collection Sticking My Nose in the World s Business.Failure is a Good Thingr templates story st by Jon CarollDoing Things My own Way Bela Fecknpr templates story stDancing All the Dances As Long as I can Robert Fulghumnpr templates story stPeace Begins With One Person Ivory Harlow npr templates story stAnd a few othersThe essay by Ivory Harlow, reminded me of a time when I was a waitress, and a gentleman who usually ate lunch at the place I worked brought a bunch of [...]

    16. This was enjoyable It was a refreshing and well represented sampling of American personal beliefs I especially enjoyed three essays One was of how an otherwise selfish, overworked, and unkind bachelor found love, service and concern for others by caring for his new dog Another was of a man s belief in fatherhood as he and his wife who couldn t have any children of their own adopted a newborn from China Finally, one was of a woman who is her family s self designated celebrator She talked about ho [...]

    17. Another great collection of This I Believe essays to follow up volume 1 To be completely honest, I was deeply moved by of the essays in the first volume, but that is a merely a comparison between great and even greater This I Believe 2 has its fair share of powerful tidbits of experience to offer from the wonderful people who took the time to contribute I was once again left humbled and astonished by the wisdom and insight shared by This I Believe essayists.I really don t have the words to exp [...]

    18. I didn t enjoy this book nearly as much as the first one It s a collection of short essays by people from all walks of life, including a few well known authors, celebrities, etc Each essay is a personal credo, elaborating on one idea or principle that its author lives by I folded the corners down on the essays that hit me the hardest, and I found I simply wasn t drawn to very many in this volume as opposed to the first volume, which captivated me nearly all the way through I read this book while [...]

    19. I m only partially through the first collection, but this volume fell into my lap I really enjoy theThis I Believe series It fascinates me to hear how people choose to sum up their lives beliefs in 500 words or less Some are cliche and generic Some are inspiring and motivational Some are off the wall, verging on hilarious The only detriment is how it appears some of the essays were chosen based on the author as opposed to the merit of the essay A smattering of celbrities are included along with [...]

    20. This book is interesting It s a follow up book of 500 word essays written by all sorts of people about what they believe It was apparently quite a phenomena at one time I can t say I heard of it and only stumbled across it accidentally The book has been used in classes, Sunday schools, in prisons, etcl in aid of helping people understand what is important to one another.I enjoyed reading these intimate mini portraits of people but frankly, didn t pick up much that I found useful I m not sure why [...]

    21. This is the second This I Believe book I have read These short essays are based on the radio show of the same name The subtitle is The Remarkable Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women tells it all The essayists range from high school students to astronauts flying over our earth, from the working man to famous singers, writers, artists Here are some of the beliefs I believe in failure I believe in what I learn at the grocery store I believe in my dog I believe in sticking my nose into other pe [...]

    22. 1950 s opinions cheap and virtues in short supply, media thrives by feeding fear, I love my awful life after Katrina, to know each other not despise, suffer to strengthen, strength over comfort, mistakes to discovery, Duncan restarts life, have a good day check out sincerity, how choose to live life and faith, when you care you love, laugh at self, heartfelt memories, molecules in middle choose good, prison to love God and neighbor as self, hitchhiker, truth in and out, swim in turbulence dance, [...]

    23. A terrific collection of personal philosophies and reflections Each essay, not longer than 500 words, offers a glimpse into real lives, real struggles and real joys As the second collection of essays from the NPR This I Believe project, this continues the legacy begun by Edward R Murrow in the 1950 s Although it only ran on NPR for four years, the community conversation continues on through podcasts and the website, thisibelieve.There is no doubt that there is at least one piece in this collecti [...]

    24. I liked Volume 1 so much I got Volume 2 I listened to this as an audiobook I think with this one its a better choice, than reading it It s based on the NPR series of the same name It s a compilation of three minute essays from individuals writing about what they believe in, and, in the audiobook, each person reads their own essay Some people are famous, some are not Some are from the old show in the 1950 s and some from the modern day version The essays are open and honest, not preachy It is tot [...]

    25. I got this book in a package of random books, and I didn t know anything about the project when I picked it up to see what it was about When I started reading the essays, I couldn t stop While I didn t necessarily agree with each author s viewpoint, it was fascinating to read about unique and individual philosophies, and how these beliefs developed I also love the fact that the associated website gathers together thousands of other stories, with recordings and pictures of the authors, in additio [...]

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