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Publication Date: 2012
A quick read with valuable and inspiring life lessons
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“Yesterday’s lessons, for tomorrow’s future…” 3rd Generation and Beyond is a book of powerful life philosophies according to a Third Generation Holocaust descendant. Each chapter gives a little more insight into how we, as individuals, can empower ourselves and the world around us. Back of book: By this time, you would think we would have learned our lesson. By now, you would think humankind would have found a way to live together peacefully. For some reason that is not the case. 3rd Generation takes us on a journey through the perspective of a young woman who wants to know why we can’t seem to find common ground. Her insightful life philosophies are all inspired by her view of the world as a Third Generation descendant of the Holocaust. Her grandparents experienced the worst of times, yet still held onto the belief that life can and should be beautiful. Their life lessons will help you discover how we can all create a better world. … a treasure of inspiring, thoughtful life lessons interwoven with what Danna learned from her grandparents who were Holocaust survivors.
When Rebecca at Love at First Book approached me with a free Kindle copy to review of 3rd Generation and Beyond about the Holocaust, I admit that I was skeptical. The Holocaust was such a horrifying time period and I had recently read Sarah’s Key, a historical fiction novel that brought me to tears recounting agonizing details of young Sarah, a Jewish girl during the time of the French persecution of Jews.
I accepted the book and braced myself for another heart-wrenching story. I was pleasantly surprised that there were not too many horrifying Holocaust stories. Instead, the book focused on what Ms. Pycher and her grandparents learned about living a simple, grateful and purposeful life. I cannot imagine the circumstances her grandparents found themselves in, and the lessons taught are sometimes humorous and often inpsiring in helping us remember to focus on the positive aspects of our life. Ms. Pycher adds her insight through her experiences recovering from a life-altering car accident. It was a quick, easy and inspiring read and I loved the relevant quotes that Ms. Pycher chose to open each chapter.
“Throughout history, books were burned because people in power deemed the books controversial. These people knew that when someone read a book, they were given the power of knowledge and free will.”
“Trust that the hard times are meant to test you. They are only tests, not permanent situations. Learn to survive with grace and gratitude; the grace to get back up and the gratitude to say thank you for every life lesson.”
“He used to say, “If your mother put rocks on the table for dinner, you will eat them and say thank you.”
“And hopefully I lived to inspire others to view life as an opportunity to find the goodness through the pain.”