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In Defense of Kindness by Bruce Reyes-Chow
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In Defense of Kindness

Why it Matters, How it Changes Our Lives, and How it Can Save the World

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Narrator David Shih
Length 2 hours 50 minutes
Language English
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When did kindness become a sign of weakness? These days we view kindness as an inert act based solely on the absence of being a jerk, or as heroic and herculean, beyond the reach and capability of mere mortals. But what if kindness actually had the power to save the world? In his engaging new book In Defense of Kindness, leadership coach and pastor Bruce Reyes-Chow shows how being kind (which is different than being nice) has the power to transform our relationships in all arenas of our lifeโ€”from the internet to the public square, from with our families to those we find it most difficult to be kind to, from justice work on the streets to boardroom meetings, and in our everyday transactions, from the school drop-off line or standing in line at the coffee shop.

Relevant, insightful, warm, relatable, and written with Bruce's trademark cheeky wit, In Defense of Kindness will jumpstart your heart and inspire you to practice kindness as a daily discipline, grounded in the idea that each person is created and complex and worthy of dignity and respect.

Each chapter ends with reflection questions and several practices for living out kindness in the world every day. Join the kindness movement and help save the world . . . today!

Bruce Reyes-Chow is a kindness enthusiast. A Presbyterian pastor, leadership coach, spouse of thirty years, and parent to three children, he has spent the past twenty-five years working with individuals and organizations, helping them to work through conflict having to do with technology, race, relationships, religion, leadership, and change. He has seen most breakthroughs when kindness-the ability to see the humanity of the other and then behave in a way that honors that belief-is embraced, embodied, and expressed by all involved. Author of and contributor to books such as, But I Don't See You as Asian: Curating Conversations About Race, Rule #2: Don't Be an Asshat: An Official Handbook for Raising Parents and Children, and 40 Days, 40 Prayers, 40 Words: Lenten Reflections for Everyday Life, he now takes on what seems a most daunting task in today's world of so much physical violence, dehumanizing rhetoric, and divisive rage-tweeting-the defense of kindness.

An AudioFile Earphones Award winner for 47 Ronin by John Allyn, David Shih narrated the History Channel documentary China's First Emperor and the Discovery Networks series Royal Inquest. He is the voice of Eddie Toh in the hit video game Grand Theft Auto V. In addition to his role as Isiah on the Hulu original series The Path, he has appeared in the TV shows The Blacklist, Mozart in the Jungle, Unforgettable, Golden Boy, Blue Bloods, Are We There Yet?, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, All My Children, and As the World Turns, as well as the feature films The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Respect the Jux, Old 37, Fan Girl, and Saving Face. His theater credits include the National Asian American Theater Company's acclaimed production of Awake and Sing! at the Public Theater, The World of Extreme Happiness (Manhattan Theatre Club), Bike America (Ma-Yi Theater Company), and Crane Story (The Playwrights Realm). Dave also works with Only Make Believe performing interactive theater for children in hospitals and care facilities.

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