How to Help and Be Helped
Author: Russell Brand
Russell Brand explores the idea of mentoring and shares what he's learned from the guidance of his own helpers, heroes and mentors.
Could happiness lie in helping others and being open to accepting help yourself? Mentors – the follow up to the New York Times bestseller Recovery – describes the benefits of seeking and offering help.
"I have mentors in every area of my life, as a comic, a dad, a recovering drug addict, a spiritual being and as a man who believes that we, as individuals and the great globe itself, are works in progress and that through a chain of mentorship we can improve individually and globally, together . . . One of the unexpected advantages my drug addiction granted is that the process of recovery that I practise includes a mentorship tradition.
"I will encourage you to find mentors of your own and explain how you may better use the ones you already have. Furthermore, I will tell you about my experiences mentoring others and how invaluable that has been on my ongoing journey to self-acceptance and how it has helped me to transform from a bewildered and volatile vagabond to a (mostly) present and (usually) focussed husband and father."—Russell Brand
Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped describes the impact that a series of significant people have had on the author – from the wayward youths he tried to emulate growing up in Essex, through the first ex-junkie sage, to the people he turns to today to help him be a better father. It explores how we all – consciously and unconsciously – choose guides, mentors and heroes throughout our lives and examines the new perspectives they can bring.
Henry Holt and Co.
In The News
“[A] compact book with a huge heart. . . . [Mentors] is self-consciously a hero's journey, from lost youth to mentor and father . . . [with] many touching personal confessions and real . . . insights”
"[Brand] shares stories of who he was and how he changed via the help of various mentors . . . [illuminating] his transformation from an angry, disillusioned person to the more well-rounded father and spiritual person he is today."