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Beyond courage : the 9 principles of heroism
Benguhe, Chris.
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First edition.
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New York : Perigee, 2003.
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ix, 191 pages ; 21 cm
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BJ1533.H47 B46 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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What makes someone "heroic"? Courage? Perhaps, but true heroism involves much more.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They hail from every economic, religious, and cultural background. They are old and young, rich and poor, but they all have something in common: each, in his or her own way, has made a difference in someone's life. In this moving collection, Chris Benguhe reveals the 9 key traits possessed by people who go beyond courage and make miracles happen every day. These inspiring true stories reveal the strength of the human spirit and the power of love.

* Recently divorced and diagnosed with a terminal illness, a man risks his job to save the lives of young men and women he'll never have the chance to meet.

* An alcoholic drug addict pulls her life together and establishes a life skills program for homeless people to help them get jobs.

* When a New York City firefighter nearly dies in a five-alarm inferno, doctors inform him that he may never walk again and most certainly will never again fight fires. Through unwavering commitment, he is back on the job within three years.

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Library Journal Review

Benguhe (Triumphs of the Heart) identifies nine principles of heroism (e.g., integrity, compassion, and forgiveness), exploring each with engaging, real-life stories about "normal, everyday people like you and me." Heroes are not products of a moment's reflex or bravery but of doing the right thing day in and day out: "a lifetime of living, learning, and acting in accordance with that belief system that puts the value of humanity first and foremost." Thus, readers learn that Tim Stackpole was a hero not only because he died in the line of duty protecting others in the World Trade Center attacks but also because he dedicated his entire life to protecting others as a New York City fireman. Benguhe doesn't claim to have any panacea for society's ills; he instead focuses on encouraging readers to develop these heroic traits, pick up the slack, and give it a shot. For a counterpoint, consider Richard J. Machowicz's military-esque Unleash the Warrior Within. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.