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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Kravitz Narrator: Kevin Foley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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After losing his job, Lee Kravitz, a workaholic in his midfifties, took stock of his life and realized just how disconnected he had become from the people who mattered most to him. He committed an entire year to reconnecting with them and making amends.

Kravitz takes listeners on ten transformational journeys, among them repaying a thirty-year-old debt, making a long-overdue condolence call, finding an abandoned relative, and fulfilling a forgotten promise. Along the way, we meet a cast of wonderful characters and travel the globe—to a refugee camp in Kenya, a monastery in California, the desert of southern Iran, a Little League game in upstate New York, and a bar in Kravitz’s native Cleveland. In each instance, the act of reaching out opens new paths for both personal and spiritual growth.

All of us have unfinished business—the things we should have done but just let slip. Kravitz’s story reveals that the things we’ve avoided are exactly those that have the power to transform, enrich, enlarge, and even complete us. The lesson of the book is one that is applicable to us all: Be mindful of what is most important, and act on it. The rewards will be immediate and lasting.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The perfect antidote to those middle-of-the-night sweats, when we toss and turn and torture ourselves with endless shoulda-coulda-wouldas.”

    Marlo Thomas, author of the New York Times bestseller The Right Words at the Right Time

  • “A great lesson for us all.”

    Mitch Albom, New York Times bestselling author of Have a Little Faith

  • “Kravitz writes with an inspiring sincerity.”

    Washington Post

  • “This is an uplifting and truly life-affirming book.”

    Hope Edelman, author of The Possibility of Everything

  • “Kevin Foley is solid as narrator, in essence becoming Kravitz.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Becca | 2/4/2014

    " As I have said with previous books, and as others have similarly commented, I liked the concept of this book more than I liked the story. The story wasn't bad, but it also wasn't riveting. What I appreciated was the thought-provoking aspect that made me stop and think about what unfinished business I have in my life. What things could I do differently to improve my life? How have I not lived life to this point and how can I change it? Granted, I'm not as financially stable as this guy apparently was to be flying all over the world visiting people for a year while he is between jobs. This, by default, means my "unfinished business" would be addressed differently, but it certainly was inspiring to be able to see the positive outcomes of his decisions to go back and address some of these situations that he may have previously decided needed to be ignored or put away and not revisited. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison | 2/2/2014

    " I won this from the First Reads giveaways and really enjoyed it. I found the author's writing to be really interesting and it was easy to get immersed in. I liked all of the different stories a lot. The book got me thinking about my own life a lot and who I need to reconnect with and what relationships in life my could use nurturing. Overall, I found it completely enjoyable and would recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Yvonne | 2/1/2014

    " After being fired from his job, workaholic Kravitz takes a year to address ten issues with people from his past that have been on his mind through the years. A good lesson in valuing the time and people in your life and showing what good can come from following through with things, no matter how long they have been on hold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Noelle Rogers | 1/27/2014

    " Lots of things to think about. Over simplified the idea of energy, but very on target with connectedness, relationships and priorities. "

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About the Author
Author Lee Kravitz

Lee Kravitz was editor in chief of Parade magazine from 2000 to 2007. Before that, he was the founding editor of React, a magazine for teens, and served as editorial director of Scholastic, Inc. Lee is currently the board president of Youth Communication, and he is active on the boards of the Public Education Network, the League, and Youth Service America. A graduate of Yale College and Columbia Journalism School, he lives in New York City and Clinton Corners, New York, with his wife and three children.