When Angels Fly by S. Jackson and A. Raymond

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Authors S. Jackson and A. Raymond introduce us to When Angels Fly:

We often find ourselves daydreaming about what our futures will be like. This may be especially true if one lives in an environment most would consider less than desirable. Some are lucky to find their futures much like their childhood dreams. Others find the paths to their dreams strewn with hurdles.

Growing up, Sarah dodged her mother’s blows. She often hid in her room crying about her life. Still, she believes in her future and the happiness it can bring. In their book When Angels Fly, authors S. Stevens and A. Raymond tell Sarah’s story–their stories. The authors use their journals to describe Sarah’s experiences of family dysfunction, strength, courage, faith, abuse, grief, and so much more. You’ll read how, like many, she attempts to escape from her mother’s abuse through marriage. And like many, she learns it is not a viable alternative. Then Sarah experiences a parent’s ultimate tragedy twice, the deaths of her sons, Joshua and Eli.

When Angels Fly is about much more than the telling of a family’s tragedy. It is also the story of finding faith after it has wavered. Most of all, it’s a story of love lost and found.

This is a powerful and moving story! I laughed a few times, got angry more than once, cringed a lot, and my eyes got sweaty quite a few times. The medical knowledge displayed is obviously from someone who is an insider, yet it is not overwhelming. The structure of a diary or journal is a little unusual, yet it adds a framework that is ultimately helpful to the reader.

I award 5 stars to When Angels Fly.

You can buy this book:

https://www.amazon.com/When-Angels-Fly-S-Jackson-ebook

https://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Angels-Fly-S-Jackson

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25513325-when-angels-fly

You can follow the authors:

https://twitter.com/MaryLSchmidt

https://twitter.com/AuthorMichael57

https://whenangelsfly.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MMSchmidtAuthorGDDonley/

This review is written by Mark Schultz,  the Word Refiner, Typo-Buster and Hyper-speller  at http://wordrefiner.com

Dream Accomplished: A Story of Cancer, A Mother’s Love & Taylor Swift by Elizabeth Gross

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Author Elizabeth Gross introduces us to Dream Accomplished:

“You have cancer”. Those words changed my life. After I heard them, all I could think was, “My daughter’s only 8”. It just over whelmed me. “How many dreams would I be able to help her make come true?”………
Hello, my name is Elizabeth Gross. This is the true story of my cancer journey. I’ve written it to say thank you to my daughter’s hero, Taylor Swift, and to help and inspire others as they, too, battle cancer or invisible illness. Paying forward Taylor’s kindness, my family donates 100% net profits to the cancer & invisible illness research and support cause of YOUR CHOICE. I sincerely hope our story is of help to you, or someone you love. -e 🙂

This book is more about Elizabeth’s and Marc’s love for their daughter, Page, and their nearly super-human efforts to make Elizabeth’s cancer journey more bearable for Page by helping her meet Taylor Swift. The manner in which the immediate family worked on the dual track is very encouraging. There is a great deal of common sense advice for anyone dealing with cancer or an invisible disease. As the title declares dream accomplished!

I enjoyed this book far more than I expected! Cancer is such a frightening topic and far more common than many of us know. Written in a very personal manner this story is very engaging! There is a good balance of information about Elizabeth’s struggle with a rare form of cancer, she doesn’t go to deep; yet she does provide links in the back of the book for those who want to learn more. Her search for Taylor swift is just as balanced, enough information to make it interesting, without getting bogged down in details. There were many interesting turns of fate in that search and some serious genius moments!

I found one homonym error and one misplaced word. 4.9 stars is a very good score Dream Accomplished!

This is not a picture of Elizabeth Gross, but her daughter Page sharing a heart-felt hug with Taylor Swift.

 

You can buy this book:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997107200

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01AKR3C2A/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_awdo_fx6CxbWGSPD80

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28537781-dream-accomplished

You can follow Elizabeth:

Http://www.twitter.com/ourtaylorstory

https://ourtaylorstory.tumblr.com

http://www.dreamaccomplished.com

An open letter to Taylor Swift:

http://www.dreamaccomplished.com/uploads/3/4/7/0/34709357/open_letter_to_taylor_swift__1_.docx

This review is written by Mark Schultz,  the Word Refiner, Typo-Buster and Hyper-speller  at http://wordrefiner.com

Parenting Strategies on the Go By Haven Caylor, Ed. D.

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Author Haven Caylor introduces us to Parenting Strategies on the Go:

“In 2008, life blessed my husband, Sean, and me with two healthy babies. We have an engaging and magnetic tale of parenting with unique learning strategies on the go that all parents can benefit from; however, this book is far more than that. As a professional educator, I saw how both everyday events like planning food and clothing and planning special trips like a visit to Disney World were gateways to introducing children to life skills and to nurturing cognitive development through learning strategies. With minimal planning time, any parent can use these strategies to inspire their children to learn, and the best part is that the planning and the execution of the plans are fun and exciting.

Each chapter is devoted to exposing children to diverse learning strategies: strategies to elicit proper behavior in public events, strategies for choosing souvenirs as teaching tools, and strategies to journal your children’s precious life events. The concluding chapter is a strategy unit guide for learning during a special trip—in this case, New York City—and we got to test that guide in June 2013.”

 

For anybody who spends very much time with young children this is a valuable book to read. It is chock full of information about working with children in age appropriate ways in many different situations. Haven homeschools their children and brings a wealth of information to this situation. I love that he is not just making statements, he cites studies and research about educating and engaging your children in their own education. He also brings many personal anecdotes about the experiences of raising the children and involving them in many different activities that provide stimulation and engagement of all their faculties. Education is fun for these children!

Of course, not everyone has a doctorate in Education. The principles that are brought forth can be used effectively by almost anyone with a little bit of thought and planning. One of the principles that Haven follows is involving the kids in decisions, giving them some ownership increases their involvement and motivation.

I give Parenting Strategies on the Go 4.6/5 stars! The score would have been higher but I found quite a few spelling errors and missing words.

You can buy this book:

https://www.amazon.com/Parenting-Strategies-Go e-book

https://www.amazon.com/Parenting-Strategies-Go paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Parenting-Strategies-Go one of different versions

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28572243-parenting-strategies-on-the-go

 

You can follow Haven:

http://www.parentingwithpride.net/

https://twitter.com/Twin_Travel

http://havencaylor.brandyourself.com/

 

This review is written by Mark Schultz,  the Word Refiner, Typo-Buster and Hyper-speller  at http://wordrefiner.com

Flightmares: Sky-High Humor by Robert D. Reed

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Author Robert D. Reed introduces us to Flightmares: Sky-High Humor:

Flightmares: Sky-High Humor is a book of quotes, jokes, cartoons, illustrations, and stories depicting humor in the airlines industry. The author, Robert D. Reed, known for his humor, contracted with a cartoonist from Malaysia named Khairal Izzuddin to put his ideas into cartoons, including the one on the front cover. A famous quote by Mark Russel, “The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage,” is illustrated in an image created by Reed’s wife, Cleone Reed. A delightful read, this book makes for a wonderful gift, especially if presented in an airline sick bag!

This is such a funny and wonderful book! You have to admit flying, while very safe statistically, is a scary proposition no matter which way you look at it. This book will give you a solid rush of endorphins from all the laughing you will do! I couldn’t quit laughing at any time in chapter 5. There are a lot of cartoons, quotes from famous people and great stories about flying.

I love this book and give it 5/5 stars!

You can buy this book:

https://rdrpublishers.com/blogs/news/united-video-bad-p-r

https://www.amazon.com/Flightmares-Sky-High-Robert-D-Reed

https://www.amazon.co.uk/flightmares

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34649775-flightmares

 

This review is written by Mark Schultz,  the Word Refiner, Typo-Buster and Hyper-speller  at http://wordrefiner.com

Finding My Thunder by Diane Munier

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The Physically Fit Messiah by Cal Samra

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Wellness Wisdom Past and Present

Author Cal Samra introduces us to The Physically Fit Messiah:

Too many people are ailing and dying in church pews, and author Cal Samra is challenging clergy and health professionals to stem the epidemic of obesity, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases by respecting the contributions of health reformers of the past and present. Many clergy are unaware of the wisdom of health reformers in churches of all faith traditions in past centuries, as well as
modern health reformers, The author urges them to be concerned about the environmental factors affecting the health of their congregations – nutrition, the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, our physical fitness as well as our spiritual fitness.

With the assistance of many health professionals and pastors, the author introduces you to the early Greek Christian physicians, the early Franciscans, John Wesley and the early Methodists, Congregationalist Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ellen White and the Seventh Day Adventists, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, and modern health reformers like George Bernard Shaw.

After a serious illness, the author himself recovered his health when he returned to the natural Mediterranean diet he had been raised on – very similar to the food that Jesus ate.

This is a wonderful two-for! Such a deal! I really enjoyed this book. I got some thoughtful and practical advice on how to eat better and smarter. I also got a lot of laughs! There are a slew of cartoons, jokes, and a plethora of funny stories! Ha! I almost wrote piñata! A plethora of piñatas. That was a funny movie … “The Three Amigos”. Oops! I got distracted from laughing at a joke in the book.

Really, it is a three-for! There is a fascinating section on the history of people of many different faiths who have suggested that what we eat we become. There is a lot of good advice on living healthier and simpler, plus there are many encouraging anecdotes that are spiritually uplifting.

I give the The Physically Fit Messiah a score of 4.9 of 5 stars! I found only two spelling mistakes, I guess no one is perfect.

You can buy this book:

https://www.amazon.com/Physically-Fit-Messiah

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Physically-Fit-Messiah

https://www.goodreads.com/book/-the-physically-fit-messiah

 

You can follow Cal Samra:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/cal-samra-5062b838/

https://www.joyfulnoiseletter.com/

This review is written by Mark Schultz,  the Word Refiner, Typo-Buster and Hyper-speller  at http://wordrefiner.com

My Husband’s Sin by Mary T. Bradford

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