Posts by kirsten

Gandhi Gives His Grandson the Gift of Anger

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in By Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi, The Gift of Anger | Comments Off on Gandhi Gives His Grandson the Gift of Anger

In The Gift of Anger, Arun Gandhi, grandson of the great pacifist Mahatma Gandhi, shares the wisdom he learned from his grandfather. We should not fear anger, but channel it into fighting for justice.  

Read More

Arun Gandhi On Fox News

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in By Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi, The Gift of Anger | Comments Off on Arun Gandhi On Fox News

Grandfather Gandhi author Arun Gandhi spoke with Fox News about his new book for adults, The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi (Simon & Schuster.)  Watch it...

Read More

Arun Gandhi Releases The Gift of Anger

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in By Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi, The Gift of Anger | Comments Off on Arun Gandhi Releases The Gift of Anger

The Grandfather Gandhi team congratulates Arun Gandhi on the release of his new book for adults, The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi (Simon & Schuster.) Discover ten vital and extraordinary life lessons from one of the most important and influential philosophers and peace activists of the twentieth century—Mahatma Gandhi—in this poignant and timely exploration of the true path from anger to peace, as recounted by Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi. In the current troubled climate, in our country and in the world, these lessons are needed more than ever before. “We should not be ashamed of anger. It’s a very good and a very powerful thing that motivates us. But what we need to be ashamed of is the way we abuse it.” —Mahatma Gandhi Arun Gandhi was just twelve years old when his parents dropped him off at Sevagram, his grandfather’s famous ashram. To Arun, the man who fought for India’s independence and was the country’s beloved preeminent philosopher and leader was simply a family member. He lived there for two years under his grandfather’s wing until Gandhi’s assassination. While each chapter contains a singular, timeless lesson, The Gift of Anger also takes you along with Arun on a moving journey of self-discovery as he learns to overcome his own struggle to express his emotions and harness the power of anger to bring about good. He learns to see the world through new eyes under the tutelage of his beloved grandfather and provides a rare, three-dimensional portrait of this icon for the ages. The ten vital life lessons strike a universal chord about self-discovery, identity, dealing with anger, depression, loneliness, friendship, and family—perfect for anyone searching for a way to effecting healing change in a fractured...

Read More

Be the Change for the Green Earth

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Be the Change, Environment, Passive Violence | Comments Off on Be the Change for the Green Earth

The creators of Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story are honored by the recognition of the Green Earth Book Awards, an environmental stewardship book award for children and young adult books.     In Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story Mahatma Gandhi imparts a lesson on passive violence to his grandson Arun. What is passive violence? It is a small act of an individual that builds (often without the person’s knowledge) into larger harm, to potential physical violence.  How in this a lesson on environmental stewardship?     In the story, young Arun tosses away a “too small” pencil.  One would not think this to be an act of violence.  We may see it as an act of defiance or simply a reality of our consumerism.  Mahatma Gandhi, however, asks Arun to consider the human and environment cost of replacement. Soon I could see how throwing away my pencil could hurt others. More graphite would need to be mined for a new pencil. Trees would be cut down. Land would be stripped bare. Villages would be lost. . Were my wants—like the one for a new pencil—more important than the needs of others? . I saw how kicking and shoving led to rioting. I saw how violence led to more violence. How wars led to more wars. —Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story “Were my wants…more important than the needs of others?” Each item we desire and buy has both an environmental and human impact (sometimes a violent one). Recycle? Yes. Reuse? Yes. But what about Refuse? Or Rethink? Do you really need what you want? Is that want more important than the needs of others? Be the...

Read More

Changemaker Kids: Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Changemaker Kids | Comments Off on Changemaker Kids: Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny

Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny or “Little Miss Flint” has become a face of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Whether speaking out on social media, organizing toy drives, or meeting with President Barack Obama, Little Miss Flint never lets us forget that the water crisis in Flint has still not been resolved. READ an update from December 2016 on the crisis. (Guardian) FOLLOW her on Twitter. FOLLOW her on YouTube. FOLLOW her on Facebook. Watch the Teen Vogue interview with Mari at the January 2017 Women’s March in Washington, DC. Changemaker Kids honors the power of children and teens to Be the...

Read More