THERE IS ONLY ONE PIECE OF NEWS FOR FEBRUARY 2018: There are thousands of words that can be said about the tragedy at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. And yet there are really no useful words. There is pain, shock, and compassion. But there is also a building drumbeat of “enough”. Let us support our young people as they confront the status quo and lead us to a sensible humane society.
The GIFT OF FEAR was published in 2010. I have used it in my work as director of the sexual assault treatment center and with my book club groups. This book is not about being afraid. It is a book of awareness and preparedness. A haunting comment from a woman in my group stays with me forever: “I never thought much before I got on that elevator where there was guy who gave me bad “vibes”, I stayed because I was too polite.” I highly recommend this book as both informative and a power building tool. Through dozens of compelling examples from his own career, Gavin de Becker teaches us how to read the signs, using our most basic but often most discounted survival skill – our intuition. The Gift of Fear is a remarkable, unique combination of practical guidance on leading a safer life and profound insight into human behavior.