Unfinished Business: One Man's Extraordinary Year of Trying to Do the Right Things

· Bloomsbury Publishing USA
3.6
33 reviews
Ebook
256
Pages

About this ebook

After losing his job, Lee Kravitz, a workaholic in his midfifties, took stock of his life and realized just how disconnected he had become from the people who mattered most to him. He committed an entire year to reconnecting with them and making amends.

Kravitz takes readers on ten transformational journeys, among them repaying a thirty-year-old debt, making a long-overdue condolence call, finding an abandoned relative, and fulfilling a forgotten promise. Along the way, we meet a cast of wonderful characters and travel the globe-to a refugee camp in Kenya, a monastery in California, the desert of southern Iran, a Little League game in upstate New York, and a bar in Kravitz's native Cleveland. In each instance, the act of reaching out opens new paths for both personal and spiritual growth.

All of us have unfinished business-the things we should have done but just let slip. Kravitz's story reveals that the things we've avoided are exactly those that have the power to transform, enrich, enlarge, and even complete us. The lesson of the book is one applicable to us all: Be mindful of what is most important, and act on it. The rewards will be immediate and lasting.
3.6
33 reviews
A Google user
This book is inspirational and valuable to those who have unfinished business, whether it be with long lost relatives or your current debt. The author is writing with good advice and good intentions about things that are relatable to many different kinds of readers. I give this book 4.5 stars.
A Google user
Mr. Kravitz works hard at self-transformation but I'm not sure he succeeded. Still seems to be all about him. I especially liked the chapters about his extended family and how he came to terms with his past.
A Google user
I found this book inspiring and thought provoking. The stories of his attempts to repair some long standing family feuds were particularly moving. Well done and definitely recommended. My only ...

About the author

Lee Kravitz was Editor-in-Chief of PARADE, the Sunday newspaper magazine, from 2000-2007. Before that he was the Founding Editor of REACT, a magazine for teens, and served as an Editorial Director of Scholastic Inc. As a journalist, Kravitz has traveled on assignment to dozens of countries. His mission as a writer and editor has been "to tell stories that connect emotionally to everyday Americans, moving them to actions that improve their lives, nation and world." Kravitz is president of Youth Communication, a publisher of writing by and for inner-city teens and youth in foster care. He is also active on the boards of the Public Education Network and The League: Powered by Learning to Give. A graduate of Yale College and the Columbia University Journalism School, he lives in New York City and Clinton Corners, New York, with his wife and three children.

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