The Gift of Adversity by Dr. Norman Rosenthal

The Gift of Adversity by Dr. Norman Rosenthal


Adversity is not usually something we seek out. In fact, we typically put a lot of effort into avoiding it. No matter how hard we try, adversity is unavoidable. Sometimes difficulties, problems and mistakes are minor and sometimes they are significant.

Instead of letting these problems affect us is negative ways, it is possible to look at them as gifts that can teach us good things and help us become stronger and wiser.

Dr. Norman Rosenthal was raised in apartheid South Africa and has personal experience with adversity. He draws from his own life and from interviews with others as he offers practical advice for how to better yourself through a variety of situations and circumstances.

The stories he uses to illustrate his points are very relatable. Chances are good that you’ll be able to personally apply them to yourself or someone you know.

A shift in thinking can turn something negative into something positive!

The Gift of Adversity
The Unexpected Benefits of Life’s Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections
by Dr. Normal Rosenthal
isbn 978-0399163715
Pub. date 8/29/13

Description: “Drawing on his own unique upbringing in apartheid South Africa as well as on case studies and discussions with well-known figures like David Lynch and Viktor Frankl, Dr. Rosenthal shows readers how they can learn from adversity to become better, stronger, and more resilient. Using the tools illustrated in this book, listeners will learn numerous essential truths or lessons.”

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46 comments for “The Gift of Adversity by Dr. Norman Rosenthal

  1. kathy pease
    August 16, 2013 at 8:16 am

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  2. Melissa Liddell
    August 16, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Sounds like a wonderful book! Thank you for the opportunity to win. <3

  3. tammy Sigond
    August 16, 2013 at 10:18 am


  4. latoya
    August 16, 2013 at 10:55 am

    This sounds interesting, especially from the perspective of someone who knows about apartheid.

  5. Lori Walker
    August 16, 2013 at 11:57 am


  6. Mary Mac
    August 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Excellent reading.

  7. Linda Kish
    August 16, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Sounds interesting.

  8. robyn frazier
    August 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    sounds good

  9. sandra davis
    August 16, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    sounds like a good read

  10. Joannie
    August 16, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I would love to read this book!!!

  11. Marissa M
    August 16, 2013 at 8:14 pm

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  12. kristin sims
    August 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    i bet this is a great book, good morals and lessons to learn from it

  13. Carolyn Berg
    August 17, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I would like to read it.

  14. katklaw777
    August 17, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Interesting concept to read about…thanks!

  15. June S.
    August 17, 2013 at 6:03 am

    What great subject matter to read about, I will read it first and then pass it on to my daughter.

  16. Jane H
    August 17, 2013 at 7:58 am

    There are lessons to be learned by everyone in this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  17. mary r
    August 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Good book to read.

  18. Mippy/Sabrina
    August 17, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I could really use this book. I struggle with seeing the benefits and blessings of adversity most times. I’d like to get my sister a copy as well. Thank you for the review and giveaway. :)

  19. Carolyn Colley
    August 18, 2013 at 1:46 am

    thanks for the chance to win

  20. Jane H
    August 18, 2013 at 7:12 am

    I think that this is a book we all can use. Thanks so much for the chance to win it.

  21. Colleen W
    August 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Looks like a great read.

  22. jennifer wexler
    August 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    this sounds like a good book

  23. August 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Sounds interesting.

  24. Nancy
    August 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    It’s good to think of challenges as stepping stones as opposed to roadblocks.

  25. Nicole Lancaster
    August 19, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I would love to win this book. It sound like it would be a great inspirational read.

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    August 20, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    This would be a nice read

  27. Betty
    August 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks for the review

  28. Jennifer P - Vicki Furrin on Rafflecopter
    August 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I totally agree with his philosophy, and always try to treat everything, good or bad, as a learning experience. I have a friend though, that I think could benefit from reading this. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. James Coyne
    August 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I love a good book

  30. Ciara B.
    August 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    good book to add to the collection

  31. Elise
    August 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Unfortunately, this book is somethign I could really use in my life right now. I have had quite a few set backs and missed opportunities.

  32. Michelle S
    August 27, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I think this sounds like a great book for anyone who has the “victim mentality” as I refer to it – those people who use their crisis/tragedy as a crutch for the rest of their lives. Many people have adversity but you have to figure out a way to deal with it and move on with life. Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Jennifer Nielsen
    August 27, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Looks like a good read :)

  34. susan smoaks
    August 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

    i need to read this

  35. alisa
    August 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    looks like a good book, i would love to win so i can read this!

  36. Laura
    August 29, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I’d love this- thanks for the chance!

  37. Paula Tavernie
    August 29, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I would love to read this! Thank you!

  38. Ed Nemmers
    August 29, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I would like to read the work of Dr. Norman Rosenthal!

  39. Marian Boll
    August 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Sounds great for a book

  40. Nikkie Cossairt
    August 29, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Looks like a great read!

  41. emily l
    August 29, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    This sounds like a great read! :)

  42. Sharon C
    August 29, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Although I admit I pray for an easy life, my greatest periods of growth have come through pain. Interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  43. August 29, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    This sounds like an interesting read.

  44. Jenny Bean
    August 30, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Sounds like an awesome read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. August 30, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Looks very soul searching

  46. heather c
    August 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Those difficult times sure do make the easy, happy ones all that much sweeter!

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