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Book of the Week: The Beauty of Living Twice

The Beauty of Living Twice, by Sharon Stone

I didn’t know a lot about Sharon Stone, to be honest. All I knew was that I loved her performances in both Basic Instinct and Sliver, and always got a good kind of badass vibe from her. I had no idea that she had suffered a stroke and has been through hell and back, so I was intrigued to read her story.

Sharon Stone is one tough cookie with a tremendously soft and compassionate heart…and boy has she been through a lot and yet still shines with goodness.

I didn’t know what to expect from her life story, but I was pleasantly surprised to see the side of her that was so warm, giving and POSITIVE. She didn’t have an easy life, from suffering abuse in childhood and dealing with the sexually deviant slimeballs of Hollywood and to a heart wrenching child custody battle and multiple health crises. She struggled with difficult family relationships that she has learned to be at peace with through a taking a unique kind of perspective of understanding the other person’s own traumas and accepting them as they are (POWERFUL). She stood up to Hollywood and would not cow down to their inappropriate suggestions for getting ahead, and I applaud her for standing in her truth.

And yet, through it all, she continued to fight for the underdog with all of her charitable work. Her helping the homeless, those with HIV/AIDS—even earning a Nobel Peace prize for her work. It was inspiring to read about the depth of her character and how she continues to this day to choose gratitude.

I found myself truly admiring her.

She constantly learned from her mistakes, using her experiences to grow as a human being, and her many charitable pursuits are an incredible indication of the person she truly is beyond the mask of acting. Her miraculous stroke recovery gave her a second chance at life, and she has not wasted it by giving as much back to the world as she can.

There should be more Hollywood celebrities out there like her. Brava, Ms. Stone.


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