by Julie Clayton May 17, 2013
For those of you who are not familiar with him, Norman Rosenthal was the first doctor to recognize the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), leading him to pioneer the success of light therapy for the condition. Needless to say, his credentials in the world of psychiatric research are well established. But I have to wonder at how many people are not aware of his other talent, that of being a prolific writer with incredible information to share. In his book, "The Gift of Adversity," Dr. Rosenthal illustrates in a delightfully readable form, some of life’s most profound lessons based on the many unusual experiences he has lived through. Each chapter begins with a short quote that sets the theme for what you’re about to read, while in between, the chapters that follow read like a novel, always ending in a short summation of the lesson he is sharing with us. Interesting, clearly defined, but never preachy, his lessons in winning and losing, and those of pain and joy will ring true to even the most cynical of readers, making this book a fast and valuable read.