Nov 192020
 

Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community

Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community
by Lady Gaga, Born This Way Foundation Reporters
Narrated by: Alex Aide, Aysha Mahmood, Connor Long, Cynthia Germanotta,
Hanna Atkinson, Lady Gaga, Mitu Yilma, Shadille Estepan
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 09-22-20
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners

For Lady Gaga, kindness is the driving force behind everything she says and does.

The quiet power of kindness can change the way we view one another, our communities, and even ourselves. She embodies this mission, and through her work, brings more kindness into our world every single day.

Lady Gaga has always believed in the importance of being yourself, being kind to yourself, and being kind to others, no matter who they are or where they come from. With that sentiment in mind, she and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, founded Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the world a kinder and braver place. Through the years, they’ve collected stories of kindness, bravery and resilience from young people all over the world, proving that kindness truly is the universal language. And now, we invite you to listen to these stories and follow along as each and every young author finds their voice just as Lady Gaga has found hers.

Within these chapters, you’ll meet young changemakers who found their inner strength, who prevailed in the face of bullies, who started their own social movements, who decided to break through the mental health stigma and share how they felt, who created safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, and who have embraced kindness with every fiber of their being by helping others without the expectation of anything in return.

In one story, you’ll hear about a young person with an autoimmune disease, who after being bullied at school, learned how to practice self-love and started an organization with the mission of educating others about the importance of self-love, too; and in another story, you’ll meet a young person who decided to start a movement to help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and encouraged others to talk about their feelings openly and honestly, a reminder that kindness and mental wellness go hand in hand.

Not only were we moved by these individual acts of kindness, but we were also touched by the many stories of organizations, neighborhoods, and entire communities that fully dedicated themselves to helping those in need and found new, innovative ways to make our world a kinder and braver place.

Individually and collectively, these stories prove that kindness not only saves lives but builds community. Kindness is inclusion, it is pride, it is empathy, it is compassion, it is self-respect and it is the guiding light to love. Kindness is always transformational, and its never-ending ripples result in even more kind acts that can change our lives, our communities, and our world.

Thoughts
This book is very inspirational. It shows that we all should and can be kind, love each other, and most importantly, be accepting of others who are different than we are.

The stories vary but they all have show that no matter what difficulties you are going through, it can get better. All of the people in the book overcame whatever it was that they were going through. Sometimes life is hard and some of the people you meet can be cruel, but there is hope that you will find exactly what and who you need to feel accepted and loved, and have a fulfilled life.

The stories are very touching and gave me all the feels. It made me stop and think. It made me want to say and do more when I meet people that are struggling with something, either physically, mentally, or emotionally. We all have at one time or another needed, or will need, emotional support or acceptance, and hopefully we found someone who helped us through it. We should pay that forward.

Lady Gaga is an amazing person. Just how amazing she is (and her mom is) shows through this book.

5*

  14 Responses to “Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community By Lady Gaga, Born This Way Foundation Reporters”

  1. This sounds like a great book.

    I once heard someone tell a story about how she was in the checkout line at the grocery store and the clerk at the till was rude and unfriendly. As this woman was going to her car with a young man helping her with the groceries, she commented on how that was the rudest clerk she had ever dealt with. The young man replied that the clerk’s daughter was seriously ill in hospital and the clerk could not afford to take time off work to be with her, but she was frantic with worry. The customer saw the situation in a whole new way. It’s been more than 20 years since I heard that story, but I’ve never forgotten it. We never know what someone else is going through, so kindness is a good default position to have 🙂

    • I know what you’re saying. I was a cashier for many years and during that time went through a lot of emotional times. Still, I never was rude to a customer because I always thought that they could be going through something worse than I was, and if I was rude to them, it might just be just one thing too much for them to handle and break them.

  2. Just put it on reserve. It becomes available in April. 🙂

  3. Sounds like something I’d be interested in. I love her music. I use them for my geocaching tunes when I’m driving somewhere to hunt for them.

  4. This sounds like a wonderful reminder to us to be kind. Wonderful book, wonderful book review, Vicki!

  5. Sounds like an inspiring read, Vicki. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Lady Gaga is so inspiring; so nice to see wealthy people doing good things with their wealth as well. I loved this book as well. Glad you loved it Vicki

  7. I agree that Lady Gaga’s comments and care for the young people in this book is wonderful. I also liked this book and thought it was great to read a positive book right now.

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