About Duffbert...

Duffbert's Random Musings is a blog where I talk about whatever happens to be running through my head at any given moment... I'm Thomas Duff, and you can find out more about me here...

Email Me!

Search This Site!

Custom Search

I'm published!

Co-author of the book IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials: A User's Guide
SametimeBookCoverImage.jpg

Purchase on Amazon

Co-author of the book IBM Sametime 8.5.2 Administration Guide
SametimeAdminBookCoverImage.jpg

Purchase on Amazon

MiscLinks

Visitor Count...



View My Stats

« Book Review - C++ Coding Standards by Herb Sutter and Andrei Alexandrescu | Main| Looks like I wasn't the only one upset with Ballmer's Asia comments... »

Book Review - Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Category Book Reviews

Based on a comment from my boss at work, I found and read the book Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde.  It's an incredible story and concept that has powerful implications.

Trevor McKinney, a 12 year boy, is given an assignment by his teacher, Reuben St. Clair.  Think up a project that will change the world.  Trevor comes up with the concept of Pay It Forward.  The concept is simple...  you do something important and valuable for 3 people.  Instead of taking payment for it, those three people have to "pay it forward" by doing something for 3 other people.  Through multiplication, pretty soon everyone is looking for ways to do good to others.  Trevor picks three people to do something good for, but it appears that all three people fail to pay it forward.  But unknown to Trevor, those good deeds do get paid forward, and soon the concept and movement jumps to the west coast and catches on.  An enterprising reporter traces down the source of the project and Trevor is highlighted to the country as someone who has changed the world.  But tragedy strikes the family and things don't turn out well.  But the movement takes off and changes the world.

So how'd I find this book?  I boss at work used the phrase "pay it forward" in conjunction with an email I had sent him.  I also had another blogger use that phrase in an email exchange.  After using Google to figure out exactly what it meant, I checked out the book from the library.  Very glad I did.  The idea of "paying it forward" is powerful and would change lives if it ever caught on.  I'm not so naive to think that something like this would ever happen, but there's nothing to prevent me from implementing this in my own life.  Sorta like changing the world one person at a time.

Comments

Gravatar Image1 - what r the 3 acts that he did not including jerry

Gravatar Image2 - You should keep from taking books into the shower with you.

Gravatar Image3 - I cried too- Helen Hunt is hot. That's what y'all are talking about right?

Gravatar Image4 - this sounds very much like someone's interpretation of the self-motivational interactive courses/workshops of The LAndmark Forum. I truly loved it. I especially loved the closing song of jane Siberry, "Calling all Angels"...another Canadian! Right on!

Gravatar Image5 - I actually checked out the movie version too, but I ended up returning it without viewing it. I just ran out of time, and I preferred reading it first. I may still go back and view the movie.

Gravatar Image6 - this sounds very much like someone's interpretation of the self-motivational interactive courses/workshops of The LAndmark Forum. I truly loved it. I especially loved the closing song of jane Siberry, "Calling all Angels"...another Canadian! Right on!

Gravatar Image7 - The movie is great. I cried like a 5 year old girl

Gravatar Image8 - Movie version: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0223897/

-rich

Gravatar Image9 - I will admit to an excess amount of moisture in my eyes over the last five or six pages of the book...

Gravatar Image10 - Yeah, Tom... that's exactly what we were talking about...

Gravatar Image11 - Talk about an utterly depressing movie. I would thoroughly suggest that you have a full box of tissues on hand when you sit down to watch it. The cast is outstanding and contains so many good actors.

Post A Comment

:-D:-o:-p:-x:-(:-):-\:angry::cool::cry::emb::grin::huh::laugh::lips::rolleyes:;-)

Want to support this blog or just say thanks?

When you shop Amazon, start your shopping experience here.

When you do that, all your purchases during that session earn me an affiliate commission via the Amazon Affiliate program. You don't have to buy the book I linked you to (although I wouldn't complain!). Simply use that as your starting point.

Thanks!

Thomas "Duffbert" Duff

Ads of Relevance...

Monthly Archives