Sunday, July 22, 2007

I Feel Okay - Deborah Slappey Pitts

ISBN: 1420806084 - AuthorHouse (2005)
Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (1/06)



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Deborah Slappey Pitts is a woman of great courage and determination. This lady struggled through a medical system full of practitioners because no one would admit to being an expert on the human body, especially not the medical doctors. This is Deborah’s story, a story of anguish, heartache and uncertainty while trying to maintain a household, be a mother to two growing boys, work full time and still manage to keep her sanity. This woman’s struggle in life was to find out what was wrong with her husband, that all of medical science could not figure out. You will see (when reading I Feel Okay) that Ms. Pitts is a very strong, God fearing woman - a woman of action and determination that will not be defeated.

I Feel Okay is a heart retching saga of the Slappey family in crisis. It’ s a story about an illness that struck this woman’s husband down in the prime of his life. He contracted a disease, primary amyloidosis, caused by the abnormal accumulation of protein molecules in body tissues that affects eight people out of a million. Pitts’s compelling volume tells of their fight to seek answers from so many doctors and hospitals. One after another, trying different cures for what they perceived to be the problem, cures that did not work. With every attempt at a cure, hopes were dashed even further down to the pit of despair.

I feel Okay is more than a story about a man with a disease. It is a story of life and faith, and how the Slappey family kept the faith against insurmountable odds. It is a story of how strong they were in the face of adversity, yet able to keep a positive mental attitude. I Feel Okay has my highest A+ rating, the book is a, “must read,” in my opinion. It is well written, an exciting read and above all, a lesson in life.

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Second Half - Susanna Chelton Sheehy

ISBN: 978-09789271-1-0 - Elden Publishing (2007)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (6/07)




“Second Half” is the second novel in the “Second Half Trilogy” series. A third novel is on its way. In this novel, Jane is a sixty-year old woman who has never been married or had children. She has two wonderful best friends in her life. The story begins with Jane burning out in her career. She decides to start a magazine called, “Second Half.” It is directed towards women who are over 45-years old. Jane has to deal with the stresses of starting a magazine. Her experiences with her employees also teach her some huge lessons.

At this time, Jane also falls for a handsome widower named Gordon and she buys a dog. Gordon brings a spark of life into Jane’s. Through Gordon’s family, Jane discovers what she has been missing out on. She learns about both the good and the bad sides of having a large family and pets. When Jane first meets his family, “she felt like a drop of water in the ocean as a wave moved toward the shore.” As time passes and she acclimates and feels accepted by them, “she still felt that way, but she belonged with that wave.” Gordon also teaches her about what she has been missing out on sexually. At 60, she finally has a man that rocks her world.

I loved this novel. I could really relate to it. What Jane was feeling at 60, I am feeling at 40. Her character gives me a feeling of hope in that it is never to let to start a new lease on life, nor it is too late to find the true love of your life. Jane’s relationships in this story are very interesting and present some challenges. I enjoyed watching her grow through her experiences with them and the pets. Animal lovers will especially love reading about Jane’s experiences with the animals. It definitely isn’t easy for her to adapt to both the new family members and the animals but she knows that the hard work is worth it.

Susanna Chelton Sheehy has written the perfect book to be given as a gift. “Second Half” is definitely one that a woman can curl up with and enjoy on a quiet afternoon. It is also an excellent choice for a women’s reader group.

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Marking Time by Susanna Chelton Sheehy

ISBN: 0-9789271-0-9; Elden Publishing
Reviewed by Vicki Landes for Reader Views (3/07)




Novelist Susanna Chelton Sheehy weaves a little of her own personal interests and mid-life circumstances into the first book of her new trilogy, “The Second Half.” “Marking Time” is the story of one woman’s journey from post-menopausal depression to rediscovering her zest for life while growing her own garden. This road to self-discovery is paved with lessons on conquering inner fears, learning new skills, taking bold chances, making new friends, enduring family crises, finding inner strength, and falling in love all over again (with the same man!). As her garden transforms from a wild and overgrown patch of land, so she transforms from an empty shell to a joyful and radiant essence.

Sheehy does an exquisite job bringing her characters and their situations to life. Her heartwarming and passionate writing style pulls the reader into the pages to become a silent witness to this unfolding saga. Not only is “Marking Time” difficult to put down, it’s emotional – you’ll laugh and cry along with the characters. In fact, I actually found myself sad that it had ended as I’d really enjoyed getting to know her main character, Victoria, and missed her when there were no more pages to read.

Although a work of fiction, Victoria experiences feelings that many women face during those mid-life, menopausal years so she’s easily relatable (I think there’s a bit of Victoria in every woman!). “Marking Time” is perfect for middle-aged women as well as women feeling like they are in a rut in life. Sheehy’s inspirational story will motivate the disheartened woman to try something new or to take a monotonous life in a different direction. She also gives hope – the second half of your life can be even better than the first!

“Marking Time” is a beautifully-written novel about mid-life, rekindling passion, and finding your true self. Inspirational, motivational, funny, loving, moving, and heartbreaking all at the same time, author Susanna Chelton Sheehy’s new book will touch your heart and lift your spirit with her fictional story about real life. Hit an impasse? Can’t shake the sadness? Need a ‘pick me up’? Read this book!

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Transformational Healing - Jamie L. Saloff

ISBN: 0-9740642-0-3 - Sent Books
Reviewed by Christina Smith for Reader Views (2/06)

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This was a very uplifting book. As I read more and more of it, I realized that you don't have to be sick in order to read it. It is perfect if you need just a spiritual pick up. Ms. Saloff gives you eighteen exercises to do in order to make not only your body healthy, but to also bring health to your mind and spirit. She tells how bringing health to your mind and spirit, will also bring health to your body. There are also five keys to well being: Relief, Goals & Desires, Connection, Commitment, and Synchronicity.

Each chapter takes you through the different aspects that you must go through in order to become healthier. From Chapter One, where Ms. Saloff has you diagram where each ache, scar and pain are located, to Chapter Eleven where she shows you the spiral (desire-->goal-->skill-->desire), to Chapter Nineteen where you see that it is not only the physical things around you that you have to observe, but also the things inside you like your intuition and visions. I also really enjoyed how Ms. Saloff shows you the part your immediate family and your ancestors play in your health.

This was a very informative book if you wanted a different approach to healing. I myself found it very useful to the aches and pains that I have. Once again, you need not be sick to read this. A must read for all!

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Many Faces to Many Places - Judy Azar LeBlanc

ISBN: 978-1594678660 - Xulon Press
Reviewed by Joanne Benham for Reader Views (9/06)

Many Faces to Many Places Was a Reader Views 2007 Reviewers Choice Award Winner


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“Many Faces to Many Places” is a difficult book to describe. Many Faces is a representative of all people and the many places she visits are the peaks and valleys of our spiritual growth. Many Faces has to decide what course to follow. Will she live in a dark cave, surrounded by Deception, Stingy, Greedy and Betrayal, or will she break free of them? As she leaves the cave, she is met once again by Eyes of Faith, her guardian, who leads her to Mount Splendor where she meets Beauty, who shows her the wonder of God’s earth.

But it wasn’t enough for Many Faces and she descended into the worst darkness of the human soul, losing all trust in her friends. She sets out to reclaim her destiny, arriving at the Land of Forgotten, home to people who spend their lives lusting for riches they do not possess and ruled by King Ekaf (Fake). The god they worshipped was money and Many Faces, renamed Maiden Eslaf (False) was awed by the riches she saw. The years passed and Many Faces remained mired in the lies and treachery of the Land of Forgotten, until one day something snapped and Many Faces broke free, determined to return to Mount Splendor and her friends there. As she begins the arduous journey, Many Faces is met by new friends who assist her on the journey to reclaim her lost soul.

This was a lovely book, very deceptive at first since it seems like a little fairy tale hiding a life lesson within its pages. But “Many Faces to Many Places” goes deeper, exposing all of mankind’s inner demons as well as the true beauty that makes us human.

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