Spiritual Biography – At Dreams’ End: A Story of Love, Belief and New Life

At Dreams’ EndAt Dreams’ End: A Story of Love, Belief and New Life
By Mary Tiffin
Publisher: Firefly Scribbles
Published: March 2017
ASIN: B06XX5RQQJ
Genre: Biography, Body Mind Spirit, Christian Living, Family, Spiritual
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This is the love story of two people. Mary Tiffin, RunLites company founder, and her dear husband David. It’s a story of faith and hope, because no matter what kind of person you are – a hopeless romantic, a spiritual soul, a grand questioner or a firmly-planted realist – you can’t help but find a bit of destiny in Mary and David’s journey. And regardless of your religious belief or non-belief, it may get you thinking…

Mary and David did not have a lifetime together in terms of years, but they absolutely did in terms of love. Married just ten years when David was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, the two had hope that they could beat the cancer odds and be among the 5 percent who survive this disease. “Someone has to be a survivor. Why not you, David? Why not us?” Mary thought, and even said out loud. They amassed their army and arsenal: the best doctors, the best hospital, the best treatments, and did their best to be strong in the face of fear. All this they did for each other, for their young children, for their life.

How could they have known their lives were being transformed, that from the darkness would come the light? Every dawn, light overtakes the shadows of night. But cancer isn’t predictable like a sunrise. Cancer has its own timetable and its own agenda. At least it seems like it does. Particularly for families like the Tiffins, struggling through the trials and trauma of treatments, in hospitals, hoping and praying for miracles. Mary was by David’s side through it all: The bone marrow transplant, chemo, and the side effects. And while Mary remained hopeful through science, she also remained faithful to her Christian Catholic upbringing through prayer.

Mary served as chief communicator, regularly updating loved ones of David’s condition. “It was a matter of survival,” said Mary. “Family and friends needed updates and I needed their support. David was struggling. Inside, I was too. But I simply couldn’t bear the thought of repeating the day’s events with every phone call. That was just too much.” Mary resorted to email as a means of staying connected. And what started as an almost daily update to 14 people grew into a nightly prayer community of nearly 20,000 caring believers, true miracle workers. The outpouring was beyond Mary’s comprehension, but she didn’t ask questions. She went with it. Thousands of people with hope, praying for wellness, for health and for blood counts to rise. For kidneys to start working, for wakefulness, for whatever could perhaps help David survive. “I know the plans I have for you… They are plans for good and not for disaster to give you a future and hope.”

At Dreams’ End is the story of a miraculous journey of love and hope. David gave Mary the powerful gift of belief. He gave her a future built on the truth that from darkness always comes light. Their strength and courage have touched the lives of more people than they know in ways that they can’t even imagine. To so many of us, the two of them have been a MIRACLE.

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Biography – Till the Cows Come Home

till-the-cows-come-homeTill the Cows Come Home
By J.T. Blakemore
Publisher: Fideli Publishing
ISBN: 978-1604144284
ASIN: B005O21V20
Pages: 207
Genre: Biography-brain injury survivor

For those of us who sometimes feel that the light at the end of the tunnel really is an oncoming train, J.T. Blakemore is living proof that we don’t have to simply stand on the tracks and be run down. This is the story of a man who faces down a great deal of adversity and lives to tell the tale.

In 1963, J.T. took an ill-advised ride in a ’59 Hot Rod Chevy and regained consciousness twenty-eight days later. He was 21 years old. “You might say I threw my life away for a dozen cans of beer. My bell was rung really well, and I’ve had one I gigantic hangover ever since. The prognosis was simple: brain damage. The effects were not so simple. Not by a long shot.”

J.T.’s past provides him with the tools he needs to meet the challenges of learning to walk, talk, and see all over again. The product of a tempestuous couple who met and married on the same day, J.T.’s often humorous journey from orphanage to U.S. Marines and beyond teaches him that adversity is a fact of life. His unflinching deion of his ongoing recovery and his unique insights into the thought processes of someone with “drain bamage” will be uncharted territory for most readers, but well worth the trip. In spite of his many obstacles, this consummate storyteller is one of the most positive, enthusiastic men you will ever meet.

“Damage to my big USMC pride would be an ongoing occurrence. On more than one occasion, I have found myself, for no apparent reason, sitting squarely on my posterior. But I have learned two positive things about falling. First: getting back on my feet has become easier with every fall. Second: living with embarrassment won’t kill you.”

His belief in “patient, prayerful, persistent perseverance” and an unflappable faith in God have served him well during his unusual journey. He has gone on to earn several college degrees, meet and marry his wife, and raise two equally strong and determined children. At first glance, you might think he’s just an average guy.

Till the Cows Come Home is an inspiring account of triumph over adversity — the sort of triumph that J.T. sincerely believes could be achieved by anyone of us if we have faith, a healthy sense of humor, and (although he never comes right out and says it) a certain level of practicality.

“I have had to learn to accept the fact that everything is constantly changing, and, in many cases, remains different and difficult. That sounds almost normal. Doesn’t it?”

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Spiritual Biography – This Above All

This Above AllThis Above All
By Tess Hughes
Publisher: TAT Foundation
Published: May 2016
ISBN: 978-0986445712
ASIN: B01GFA2UEM
Genre: Spiritual Biography
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This is the spiritual journey of one woman, described in terms of the traditional Zen Ox-herding poem and pictures. It also includes references to Christian teachings. It is written in modern secular language.

This beautifully organized book is about the writer’s spiritual voyage, all the way to its ultimate unfolding– an end to her suffering. Throughout her story, this writer is profoundly generous, holding nothing back. She welcomes readers into a journey so sensitive, so private, that at times it feels like we shouldn’t be there; her feelings, fears, revelations, struggles, joys, confusion, delight, reflections, courage, tenacity—are all laid out in these pages so that someone else might benefit. The serious seeker will find this book, and the depth of this writer’s generosity, refreshing and uplifting. Tess not only openly reveals her own path, but continually supports and encourages ours. It is a rare read.

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Biography/Folk Art – Run Toward the Sun

Run Toward the SunRun Toward the Sun
By Anton Haardt
Publisher: Saturno Press
ISBN: 978-0975384213 (hc)
ISBN: 978-0975384237 (ebook)
Genre: Biography, Folk Art
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“Run Toward The Sun: Remembering Juanita Rogers” s ia supernatural Photo Memoir of Juanita Rogers, a black self- taught artist from the South . This is a story about an African -American woman and a young privileged white woman -both artists . Behind this double biography is a soulful sub-text that acknowledges the force of friendship, and the fears and strengths that shape and change the lives of not only these two women, but all of us. A story of two bold women, both who chose not to make safe choices. One is rich and one is poor. Both are from the South, and both are artists. They become friends. Through their eclectic friendship, each on their personal quest, they travel through their own rite of passage and gain a better understanding of themselves and each other.—–a story woven with a curious thread…and the devil may care duet of this unusual friendship is true.

I first met Juanita Rogers more than thirty-five years ago, and became a frequent visitor to her home near Montgomery. Over the years I amassed many hours of audio and video-taped interviews with Juanita Rogers and her rural primitive surroundings, and photographed her and many of her creations.

The book is filled with Photographs and quotes from Rogers . The book also contains one essay on Juanita Rogers and her work. Folk art scholar,Tom Paterson, has provided an art-historical appraisal of Juanita’s sculptures and paintings.

Hers is a story of an incessant drive for creative expression amidst poverty, social struggle, and tremendous physical disability. Anton Haardt

Juanita Rogers (1934-85) lived in an isolated, poor life in southern Alabama. Her TV set was constantly on. Each picture represents a highly personalized, idiosyncratic takeoff on various TV characters and themes. From her hysteria-induced poker game titled “Card Gamer” to “Camu Head,” an eccentric interpretation of the Coneheads from “Saturday Night Live,” Rogers’ pieces show humor and heightened imagination.

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Short Stories – One Sixth of a Gill

One Sixth of a GillOne Sixth of a Gill
By Jean Gill
Publisher: The 13th Sign
Published: November 2014
ISBN: 978-2955010105
ASIN: B00MQKQQAA
Genre: Short Stories, Poetry
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A superb collection – so much variation in style and all equally brilliant’. Karen Maitland, author of ‘The Vanishing Witch’

Five-minute reads.

Meet people you will never forget: the night photographer, the gynaecologist’s wife, the rescue dog. Dip into whatever suits your mood, from comedy to murders; from fantastic stories to blog posts, by way of love poetry.

Fully illustrated by the author; Jean Gill’s original photographs are as thought-provoking as her writing. An out of body experience for adventurous readers.Or, of course, you can ‘Live Safe’.

Not for you
the blind alley on a dark night,
wolf-lope pacing you step for step
as shadows flare on the walls.

‘A rare treat’ – J.G. Harlond, author of ‘The Empress Emerald’

‘An eclectic mix – quite unputdownable’ – B.A. Morton, author of prize-winning crime novel ‘Mrs Jones’

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Biography/Ancient History – I, Livia: The Counterfeit Criminal

I LiviaI, Livia: The Counterfeit Criminal
Author: Mary Mudd
ISBN: 978-1412046060
Genre: Biography; Ancient History; Empowered Women

History has portrayed Livia Drusilla, the third and much beloved wife of Caesar Augustus, as a conniving, Borgia-like criminal, maintaining that Livia killed or incapacitated Augustus’ descendants through his previous wife to promote the political career of her son by a former husband. Author Robert Graves, in his novel, I, Claudius, based his fictitious rendering of Livia upon this malevolent representation. The book and the British Broadcasting Corporation adaptation of it for television perpetuated the image of Livia as a devious dynastic murderess in the popular mind.

I, Livia: The Counterfeit Criminal aspires to correct the misconception, and present an accurate assessment of this much-maligned woman. The study’s comfortably readable style is intended for general audiences.

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