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Rethinking Possible
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 330

Rethinking Possible

Becky Galli was born into a family that valued the power of having a plan. With a pastor father and a stay-at-home mother, her 1960s southern upbringing was bucolic—even enviable. But when her brother, only seventeen, died in a waterskiing accident, the slow unraveling of her perfect family began. Though grief overwhelmed the family, twenty-year-old Galli forged onward with her life plans—marriage, career, and raising a family of her own—one she hoped would be as idyllic as the family she once knew. But life had less than ideal plans in store. There was her son’s degenerative, undiagnosed disease and subsequent death; followed by her daughter’s autism diagnosis; her separation; and...

Sit Down God... I'm Angry
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 155

Sit Down God... I'm Angry

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1997
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  • Publisher: Unknown

'In this book, R. F. Smith entrusts us with his experience--the profoundly painful loss of a child. R. F. does not give spiritualized answers but honest emotion and reflection, not what to do next but the witness of his own life. From him I learned about generosity, humor, love, and ultimately, faith. 'Sit Down, God' gives courage and comfort for the big and small crisis we all face.' -- Laura Alden, author and friend

Thanks For Leaving Me
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 194

Thanks For Leaving Me

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017-09-22
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  • Publisher: FriesenPress

Just as Emma and her husband, Peter, began settling in to what should have been the golden years of their retirement, everything fell apart. Peter decided to suddenly leave their marriage of forty-one years, turning Emma’s world upside-down. Hurt and confused, Emma found herself living alone for the first time in her life, at sixty-five years of age. She abruptly had significant choices to make, new skills to learn, and countless tears to shed. In a relatively short time she and Peter divided their belongings, sold their home, and legally separated. Discovering her own strength and independence, Emma began a new existence. Refusing to surrender herself to a life of self-pity and loneliness, she took charge of her own future and her own happiness. Over time, despair and sadness were replaced with joy and gratitude for her new life, which eventually led her to a new love. Though it was disguised as trauma, Emma realized her first husband had given her the gift of a lifetime, to which she could only answer, “Thanks for leaving me.”

A Better Place
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

A Better Place

Pati Navalta Poblete's world is shattered when her 23-year-old son, Robby, is violently killed. She blames God, gun violence and the town where he was born and died, even herself. Two years later, she shares how Robby's death was transformative for her and many others -- including their family and friends, and even the first journalist on the scene. The Bay Area native takes the reader on a raw, heartbreaking journey from the scene of the crime, to a Buddhist monastery in Northern California, to Asia where she travels for work, to Robby's favorite beach in Hawaii to mark the first anniversary of his death -- everywhere she goes trying to make sense of what has happened. Along the way, she offers glimpses into her and Robby's lives, underscoring what makes his loss so tragic and why every loss such as his matters.

If at Birth You Don't Succeed
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 352

If at Birth You Don't Succeed

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-03-08
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  • Publisher: Macmillan

“Hilarious and inspiring, Anner has made a life filled with fans, love, and Internet fame—reminding us that disability is no match for dreams.”—People (Book of the Week) “Zach Anner is way more than an inspirational figure for anyone who has ever felt impossibly different: he’s also a great f**king writer.”—Lena Dunham Comedian Zach Anner opens his frank and devilishly funny book, If at Birth You Don't Succeed, with an admission: he botched his own birth. Two months early, underweight and under-prepared for life, he entered the world with cerebral palsy and an uncertain future. So how did this hairless mole-rat of a boy blossom into a viral internet sensation who's hosted two...

In the Shadow of Freedom
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 400

In the Shadow of Freedom

FROM POVERTY TO WEALTH, FROM AFRICA TO AMERICA, AND FROM CHILD SOLDIER TO U.S. MARINE Born into the Congolese wilderness, Tchicaya Missamou became a child soldier at age 11. As a horrific civil war loomed across his country, Tchicaya began using his militia connections to ferry jewels, cash, computers, and white diplomats out of the country. By 17, he was rich. By 18, he was a hunted man, his house destroyed, his family brutalized in front of him by his own militia. By 19, he’d left behind everything he’d ever known, escaping to Europe and, eventually, to America. Incredibly, that was only the start of his journey. In the Shadow of Freedom is the uplifting story of one man’s quest to achieve the American Dream. Tchicaya Missamou’s life is a shining example of why America is a gift that should not be taken for granted, and why we are limited only by the breadth of our imagination and the strength of our will.

Don't Blink
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 208

Don't Blink

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-09-06
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  • Publisher: NavPress

Not long into their pregnancy, Brandon and Brittany Buell were given the heartbreaking news that their son, whom they had already named Jaxon, had a rare condition called Microhydranencephaly (meaning that he was missing part of his skull and most of his brain), and that he would likely die in utero or shortly after birth. If he did somehow survive, they were told he would suffer from severe neurological problems, would likely be deaf, blind, and unable to sit up, crawl, or communicate. Terminating the pregnancy was suggested on numerous occasions, but the Buells refused, opting instead to “choose life.” In Don’t Blink, Brandon and Brittany share the invaluable lessons that Jaxon—now approaching two—has taught them about the inherent value of every human life, the extraordinary power of faith, and the key to living each and every day to the fullest.

Star-Crossed
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 400

Star-Crossed

"Cleverly written, intriguing, and heart-wrenching." – New York Times bestselling author Jodi Meadows Princess Vela's people are starving. Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she's not the only one. Now the king is dying, too. When the boy she's had a crush on since childhood volunteers to give his life for her father's, Vela realizes her people need more than pills to survive. As tensions rise between Aegis and colonists, secrets and sabotage begin to threaten the future of the colony itself. Unless Vela is brave enough to save them all...

You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 368

You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2010-10-14
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  • Publisher: Penguin

An unusual and uncommonly moving family memoir, with a twist that give new meaning to hindsight, insight, and forgiveness. Heather Sellers is face-blind-that is, she has prosopagnosia, a rare neurological condition that prevents her from reliably recognizing people's faces. Growing up, unaware of the reason for her perpetual confusion and anxiety, she took what cues she could from speech, hairstyle, and gait. But she sometimes kissed a stranger, thinking he was her boyfriend, or failed to recognize even her own father and mother. She feared she must be crazy. Yet it was her mother who nailed windows shut and covered them with blankets, made her daughter walk on her knees to spare the carpeti...

Learning to Walk in India
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 218

Learning to Walk in India

Unraveling and alone in India, newlywed Molly Brown is forced to traverse her inner landscape with new eyes while navigating a culture so different from her own in Boulder, Colorado. When a life-altering illness brings her to her knees at age thirty-two, Molly's long-held dream to travel solo through India is shattered, giving way to a journey of another kind. Set against the vivid sensuality of India's sounds, colors, smells, and nuanced contours, Learning to Walk in India is a true tale of love, loss, friendship, and the power of the human spirit. Told with unflinching honesty, Molly's raw and often humorous account takes us on her wild, unforgettable ride as she surrenders to India, to her herself, and ultimately to the unknown as she learns to walk again.