After completing The Twelve Gifts of Birth, Charlene Costanzo spent time reaching out through a year-long tour around the country. Offering her signature gift of a smooth stone, she tried to help others to appreciate their own unique gifts. Now, in this follow-up book, she provides “touchstones” which demonstrate each of these gifts.
Focusing on strength, beauty, courage, compassion, hope, joy, talent, imagination, reverence, wisdom, love, and faith, Costanzo shares her own and others’ stories that deepen understanding and meaning. Each gift is explored through its own chapter, with pertinent quotes and probing questions for reflection, journaling and discussion.
Some of these stories are heart-felt and touching, reminding us of our inherent self-worth. Many present us with choices, either to live authentically or conform to what is expected. Touchstones: Stories for Living the Twelve Gifts can be read cover to cover, or one can simply focus on a single gift at a time. But no matter how it is read, the stories will inspire.
Reviewer: Alice Berger