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Good News. Bad News, Who Can Tell? (The Pandemic Reveals Wisdom) is a collection of stories, poems, essays, and lyrics from various people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The book was compiled by Don Worth and was inspired by a parable that teaches people not to judge an event as good or bad because lessons can be learned and spirits can be strengthened from bad situations. The book celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and contains lessons and experiences from musicians, poets, COVID-19 survivors, people who lost loved ones, clergy, educators, students, physicians, and restaurant owners from the United States and India. The narrators talk about the changes they had to make and the impact the pandemic had on their communities, churches, schools, businesses, customers, and patients. The book discusses the bad and the good and provides tools and resources to help you heal and give you the strength to overcome the trauma caused by the pandemic.
Good News. Bad News, Who Can Tell? is an inspiring book that will help you connect with people via relatable stories about the COVID-19 pandemic and help you see the good that came from the tragedies. The stories are of parents, sons, and daughters, whose struggles will resonate with many people. The book has a key theme of human connection and how we take it for granted. The forced isolation opened our eyes to things that matter the most and made people see the effects of economic differences and the importance of family and friends. Don Worth has incorporated teachings from Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism, which I find to be inclusive. I loved the figure eight concept and the feathering technique because these perfectly sum up the book's message. The lessons should not be limited to the pandemic experiences but can also apply to people who need hope and motivation. No situation lasts forever because every time you are at the bottom, there is bound to be an upturn. I highly recommend this book because it is relatable and uplifting.