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on November 16, 1999
My one diappointment with this book was that so many of the anecdotes were straight out of his first book, THE GIFT OF FEAR. Given his extraordinarily broad range of experiences, surely Gavin de Becker could have served up something fresher (shame on his editors, too). Aside from that, however, this is a terrific book, worth every penny -- and more. One key nugget of advice he gives is to tell children that when lost, seek out someone, preferably a woman, for help -- the point being that women are more likely to be helpful, and that when a child chooses someone he is less likely to be victimized than when someone else chooses him. Sounds obvious -- and yet, most people tell their kids "don't talk to strangers". This advice applies to adults as well -- choose before you are chosen. This is all good old fashioned common sense, but we don't always recognize it until someone like de Becker points it out. And he has, so very well. Thank you Gavin de Becker, and I hope you'll write more books with more (new) stories.
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on April 9, 2001
Having read both of Mr. DeBecker's books, Protecting the Gift and The Gift of Fear, I noticed that much of the information in the former was taken from the latter. That is maybe to be expected, they do cover much of the same territory, but some of the examples given are exactly the same, except that in PTG instead of a woman alone you have a woman and a child. You also have a bit of the blaming the victim (or the victim's parent) mentality that you saw in The Gift of Fear. That being said, I thought PTG had a lot of common-sense, useful information in it. It gives specific examples of questions you should ask your potential day-care providers, your potential nanny, etc. Letters that you may find difficult to write are written for you, you can copy the text right out of the book. He has wonderful sources for follow-up information. The section on what to tell your child to do when he/she is lost is worth the price of the book.
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This will be a holiday gift for our four married children in hopes that it will help them in raising our ten grandchildren. If just one message "hits home", it is worth it. All mothers worry but De Becker helps us to worry constructively. You won't be sorry.
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