Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Unfinished Business

One Man's Extraordinary Year of Trying to Do the Right Things.....unfinished business....

Synopsis:  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 readers 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 applicable to us all: Be mindful of what is most important, and act on it. The rewards will be immediate and lasting.
My Review:  This book called to me for several reasons as many other memiors have lately.  I love how the book is broken down into ten different "unfinished businesses" and that Kravitz takes us through his journey of each.  My favorite is....Searching for Sorrow's Daughter, Finding a Long-Lost Relative.  It makes me smile and cry just thinking about it. It is so amazing on so many different levels. It broke my heart that Fern was sent away to a special-care facility and pretty much forgotten about by her family.  Kravitz seeks his Aunt Fern out and re-kindles a relationship with her.  I can't belive that Aunt Fern had not received mail in 14 years and had only one vistor (the daughter of another resident).  Unbelievable. I am so happy Kravitz found Aunt Fern and shared his visits with us.  I think is so cool that he tape records his Aunt singing a favorite song and reciting a poem (I am getting tears in my eyes all over again-why didn't I think of that with some of my relatives?).  Oh how good my heart feels that Kavitz "finished" this business and many more.

I enjoyed all of the experiences Kavitz writes about in the book.  I am so happy that Kavitz allowed us to experience his extraordinary year....he truly did do the right things.  I would recommend this book and give it a GREAT READ rating!

Thanks to TLC Book Tours for having me to be part of this book tour and for being allowed to read and review such a wonderful book. 

Connect with Lee on his website, his blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Lee Kravitz’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, May 23rd: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, May 24th: Silver and Grace
Thursday, May 26th: Seaside Book Nook
Monday, May 30th: Life in Review
Tuesday, May 31st: Colloquium
Wednesday, June 1st: Constantly Evolving
Monday, June 6th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Wednesday, June 8th: Sophisticated Dorkiness
Monday, June 13th: Joyfully Retired
Wednesday, June 15th: Arriving at Your Own Door
Thursday, June 16th: Suko’s Notebook
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2 comments:

  1. I've been curious about this book. It sounds captivating and inspiring although also tear-jerking in spots. It isn't easy to do what Kavitz did but certainly worthwhile and full of rewards, hopefully. But even if nothing else worked out, it sounds like connecting with Aunt Fern was a terrific thing to do.
    I'm glad you enjoyed this book so much!

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  2. We all have unfinished business of some kind. The idea of this book inspires me to think about mine and to do a few things that I've let slide. Thanks so much for being on the tour!

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