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How to Be Sick Audiobook

How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers

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Publisher's Summary

How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers is a life-affirming, instructive, and inspiring book about living gracefully and purposefully with the challengesfaced by those with chronic pain or illness. These conditions, while not always life-threatening, are life-disrupting and stressful. The audiobook contains over two dozen tools and practices to help people live skillfully and to find equanimity and joy despite the profound changes in their lives. A recurring theme in the audiobook is that, although our bodies may be in pain or otherwise disabled, our minds can be at peace. The book is Buddhist-inspired but is non-parochial; it is intended to help everyone.

Until she had to retire due to illness, Toni Bernhard was a law professor for 22 years at the University of California-Davis, serving six years as the law school's dean of students. She had a longstanding Buddhist practice and co-led a weekly meditation group with her husband. How to Be Sick won the 2011 Nautilus Gold Book Award in Self-Help/Psychology and was named one of the Best Books of 2010 by Spirituality and Practice. Her new book is titled How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow. She can be found online at www.tonibernhard.com

©2010 Antonia Bernhard (P)2013 Antonia Bernhard

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  • Brooke
    26/08/15
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    "The BEST book for chronic suffers"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Be Sick?

    This is probably the best book I've purchased so far. The narration fits perfectly with the contents. It is so gentle, encouraging and reminds us to always love ourselves and not blame ourselves for our suffering. It is like drinking a calming tea, so soothing to my soul. I would give it 10 stars if I could.


    What does Deon Vozov bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is such a talented narrator. Her voice is healing and genuine. Just listening to her voice puts me at ease.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shopping Addiction
    Cottage Grove, MN United States
    17/06/14
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    "A Buddhist view of Chronic illness"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Be Sick the most enjoyable?

    I love the content of this book. Originally, I bought the paperback version, but I wanted to enjoy it again with less effort. With the audio version, I was able to passively enjoy this book all over again. It was a wonderful experience.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book really gave me new perspective of my illnesses and how I react to the situations that come about due to it. Instead of suffering, I have learned to find the positive through the experience.


    Any additional comments?

    It helps to have knowledge of the Buddhist Philosophy before reading this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J. Joseph
    Seattle, WA
    21/08/15
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    "Essential Reading"

    For anyone who suffers from chronic illness, or knows another person who suffers from chronic illness, how to be sick is an essential book for mental and spiritual well-being. Practical advice is balanced with spiritual understanding, and even for atheists, the author is able to offer techniques to accept and live joyfully with a chronic illness.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Niels
    Utrecht, Netherlands
    11/07/13
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    "A gentle gesture for the chronically ill"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There are several powerful concepts in Buddhism that do actually offer relief for someone like me, who is chronically ill. The authors personal story is remarkable and her advice is quite valuable. Some parts were more interesting than others but overall it was a listen that I wouldn't want to have missed.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in Buddhism and have a chronic disease this is a great book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/07/16
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    "Very nice."
    What did you love best about How to Be Sick?

    It was very engaging and easy to relate to. I found it quite practical and thought provoking.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul M. Galvin
    12/02/16
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    "For everyone"

    How to Be Sick is for everyone. Not just because it is our nature to get sick. It is for everyone because Toni Bernhard encourages us to live, now, no matter our circumstances. Humble and gracious, it is for everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kaynaydian
    30/12/15
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    "A must read/listen for the chronically ill!"

    Great book with practical and spiritual ways of handling chronic illness. While this does focus on buddhist teachings, it wasn't too cerebral or religious to get through. Content stuck with me and I found myself both practicing and thinking about the concepts from this book even in my day-to-day life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • LadyLindi
    AZ, USA
    12/06/16
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    "Good psychology/very Buddhist"
    What did you learn from How to Be Sick that you would use in your daily life?

    I can't say I learned acceptance of my chronic illness from the book but it did have some helpful ideas.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a member of another faith, be forewarned that this book is not merely "inspired" by Buddhism (in a way like DBT therapy was inspired). It is very much how to practice Buddhism.As for me, I have always respected many of Buddha's insights, while at the same time, being a practicing Christian who looks to my own faith in Christ as the final arbiter of all. I was very able to take the parts I think are true from a Christian point of view and discard the others, but not everyone may want to do that.I'm sure many readers will be thinking, "Oh, another hateful or weird Christian who can't accept other faiths." To some extent, that is true, but as I said, I actually like many of the Buddha's teachings. I think they hold a lot of truth. As a Christian, I just believe Jesus is the way off "the wheel." And i am only writing this for people who won't be able to receive the truth that it does contain because of the vehicle it's driving. I don't want them to waste their time and money on something they won't benefit from. And as you can see, I didn't trash the book in my star rating. BTW, I found the narrator almost too soothing, lol.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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