|The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 2: Your Turn
by Marlo Thomas
Review by C.S. Clarke, Ph.D.
This lovely collection of inspirational essays is an excellent example of its genre. Filled with stories of ordinary people, it it proves its one extraodinary theme: the right words said (or heard or read) at the right time -- regardless of the exact words or the person saying them -- can be a pivotal point in a life.
In the first volume of The Right Words at the Right Time, Marlo Thomas gathered 100 stories from well-known folks from a wide variety of fields: movies, science, politics, music, you name it. In the second volume, she collected the stories of the "average joe." And you find in both books that the "right words" were not necessarily profound. Most of the words were simple and sensible. Sometimes they were criticism. Sometimes they were even distinctly un-sensible. But they were the right words at the time.
You will discover that even if what you say is not profound, its effects can be. If you think about it, you'll remember the times that words have made a change in your life. What were they? Who said them? What was the effect? And when did you do the same for another person? All of these questions will come to you as you read. Because the stories reach right into the heart of some of the most meaningful experiences in our lives. We can't help but think and compare. And learn.
It is knowing that words can affect others that leads many of us who become clinical psychologists to that work. Much of the training is about being able to identify the right words and the right time and put them together. But as both volumes clearly show, anyone's words can be the right words at the right time.
The royalties from each of the volumes of The Right Words at the Right Time go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude was founded by Danny Thomas, Marlo's father. For many, many families, St. Jude has been the right place at the right time. When you buy these books, you not only get inspiration and motivation -- you also get the chance to contribute to saving lives.
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