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“Powerful story that touches your heart, mind and soul.”

“Powerful and inspiring.”

“Powerful, well written.”

“So much in it. Powerful on many levels.”


These are five reader responses to Strength in What Remains. As I read through the first couple dozen surveys, I couldn't help but notice that “powerful” was the most frequent word used to describe the book.

A powerful book has great effect. The story or the way it’s told may cause us to remember it for a long time. It may create awareness, challenge assumptions increase knowledge, or strengthen conviction. And it may prick any number of human emotions. The responses to a powerful book are as unique as we are.

What makes a book powerful to you?


Tracy Kidder

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