Discovering What Matters Most
Sarah Crichton Books
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Hardcover / e-Book
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On a quest for what matters most, Timothy Shriver discovers
a radically different, inspiring way of life.
At a time when we are all more rudderless than ever, we look
for the very best teachers and mentors to guide us. In Fully
Alive, an unusual and gripping memoir, Timothy Shriver shows
how his teachers have been the world’s most forgotten
minority: people with intellectual disabilities.
In these pages we meet the individuals who helped him come
of age and find a deeper and more meaningful way to see the
Shriver’s journey begins close to home, where the quiet
legacy of his aunt Rosemary, a Kennedy whose intellectual
disability kept her far from the limelight, inspired his
family to devote their careers to helping the most
vulnerable. He plays alongside the children of Camp Shriver,
his mother’s revolutionary project, which provided a space
for children with intellectual disabilities to play, and
years later he gains invaluable wisdom from the incredible
athletes he befriends as chairman of the organization it
inspired, Special Olympics.
Through these experiences and encounters with scholars,
spiritual masters, and political icons such as Nelson
Mandela, Shriver learns how to find humility and speak
openly of vulnerability and faith.
Fully Alive is both a moving personal journey and a
meditation on some of the greatest wisdom and the greatest
contradictions of our society. Is disability to be feared or
welcomed, pitied or purged? Shriver argues that we all have
different abilities and challenges we should embrace.
Here we see how those who appear powerless have turned this
seeming shortcoming into a power of their own, and we learn
that we are all totally vulnerable and valuable at the same
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