I wish to thank first and foremost all the Winners in the world who are the shining lights for the rest of us. My thanks also go to the journalists of Time, U.S. News & World Report, the Los Angeles Times, Parade, People, New Age, Reader's Digest, the electronic media, and the many others who report on Winners' challenges and successes so that all of us can know about them and be inspired. Despite what is often said, I have found the media to be rich with accounts of positive, uplifting examples of the human experience.
I thank my editor, Frank Darmstadt, who somehow manages, despite all his other obligations, to be always available to me, and whose unerring instincts and professionalism have helped me write a better book than I could on my own. My thanks to Alan Young and all the other fine staff at Insight Books, who make my job easy. Special thanks go to Diane Rumbaugh, whose patience, good humor, terrific research skills, and unflagging enthusiasm I value beyond words. My deepest gratitude to Mitchell Taubman, Ph.D., who was kind enough to read the original manuscript and whose wise words helped it become a "for real" book.
For permission to quote copyrighted materials, I am grateful for the excerpt from Love, Medicine & Miracles: Lessons Learned about Self-Healing from a Surgeon's Experience with Exceptional Patients by Bernie S. Siegel, M.D. Copyright © 1986 by B. S. Siegel, S. Korman, and A. Schiff, Trustees of