29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving can Change your Life by Cami Walker
- Self help/Memoir
- © 2009
- 226 pages
- Personal rating 4/5 stars
- Website for 29 gifts challenge
Cami Walker’s book will make you want to get up and find someone to share a gift with. This was the feeling I got when I was only on day 4 of the 29 days of giving. I literally had tears in my eyes and my heart opened up to the idea of joining this wonderful challenge myself.
Cami starts off the book in a rather desperate state of mind. Only in her mid-30s, she has been battling with MS for some time now and it has taken a turn for the worst. She is in pain all the time. She depends on her newly married husband for almost everything and is depressed that she doesn’t feel like a part of society any longer because she doesn’t have the strength to work like she used to. But all that starts to change when she has a meeting with her spiritual guide Mbali Creazzo. Mbali is originally from South Africa, moved to England when she was a child and now resides in Oakland, CA and works as a spiritual healer. She was Cami’s next-door neighbor and wound up being her lifesaver. When Mbali prescribed the 29 Gifts challenge (an African ritual) to Cami a whole new way of life opened up before her.
The 29 Gifts challenge was simply giving a gift, selflessly and effortlessly, for a 29 day span. If you forgot a day or if you had to put too much thought into what to give or to whom, you had to start over at day 1. The gifts did not have to be physical objects but did have to come from a place of love and kindness. Also in order to deepen the connection, the giver is to journal about each day’s gifts and experiences.
Each chapter in the book covers a new day. As more days of giving go by, Cami starts to understand why such a challenge was presented to her. Things begin to change in her life. Her health, her relationship with others and just her overall wellbeing begins to transform.
I really enjoyed this book and immediately wanted to learn more about the challenge through Cami’s website. It’s contents make you look at life and the people you share everyday with (strangers or loved ones) in a different light. And it goes a little deeper into the idea that the universe with provide for you if you open up to it and embrace it selflessly. I highly recommend it to everyone and anyone. Of course a person facing a difficult time in their life would seem like the ideal reader but honestly we all could learn something from simple, random acts of kindness.