Death Defied, Life Defined – Review

Death Defied, Life Defined, A Miracle Man’s Memoir by Paul E. Perkins, is a compelling story of Paul’s constant battle against heart failure.

While waiting for a transplant, he shares the trials and tribulations of the accompanying health, and emotional issues involved.

What becomes paramount, when the waiting becomes too much, is the sheer determination to not give up.

Through surgery after surgery, relapse after relapse, he outlines the struggles he valiantly chose to not succumb to. His weary body came close to giving up the fight until the moments when he died.  These out-of-body experiences are described in detail, to the point of making the reader envious of the ‘journeys’ he travelled.  They give credence to other reports of heavenly visits, and of messages of hope that the recipients are charged with sharing on their return to the earthly realm.

He gives dramatic detail of medical teams, family and friends support, all so vital in providing him with the will to continue the painful, harrowing months of waiting for much-needed organ transplants that become his only option to death.

There is much in-depth detail in this story.  Paul gives greater power to his death experiences with the infinitely elaborate accounts of events leading up to each occurrence.  His obvious respect for the medical teams on whose care his very life depended is obvious. 

A book that cannot be ignored.  A story to make you think beyond your own limitations.  A tale of hope, and love, and the deep will to live.

I found it fascinating, captivating, exhausting, as I took on the weariness of his fight to survive.  His overwhelming determination to overcome provided me with much food for thought, and the out-of-body episodes enthralling – I could understand his yearning to just go.

His tremendous fighting spirit left me battle-weary, but hopeful of better things to come, proven as being credible, once again.

Well worth reading.

Patricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Second Listening Book – Review

Contemplative.  Thought-provoking.   Inspirational.  Funny.  All these, and more, could describe the contents of The Second Listening Book written by James Webb, Pastor, Missionary, and Story-teller.

The book contains a selection of short stories, each written to open the mind and heart to a world different to any we have known.

With titles such as; Be Careful What You Wish For; The Woman Who Couldn’t Keep a Secret; The Parable of the Boy Who Ran With Scissors and The Unexpected Guest, you cannot fail to be entranced by James Webb’s skilful writing, and his incredible imagination.

With more than two dozen tales to broaden your horizons, I am quite certain there will be at least one nugget within the pages that will make you sit up and take notice, or have you laughing unreservedly at the wit, and sometimes, absurd critters that James Webb calls into action.

This is a fun, informative and mind-opening publication, guaranteed to be a favorite with all age groups.

I found the book a very easy, comfortable read.  While entertaining the mind, on occasion it also caused me to rethink similar circumstances in my life, from a different perspective.

A very pleasant book with which to stop, sit and just enjoy.

Recommended for all.

See more @

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0993438342

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You can sign up to become a reviewer and get paid for your reviews.  It’s a great way to delve into an online library.  I have been a reviewer for a number of years, and have enjoyed a wide variety of books from their wide selection.

If you write, you might want to consider their contest.  There are some awesome prizes offered.

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Why not take a look for yourself?

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Patricia

REACHING GOALS

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The little grey squirrel ran through my garden toting a large peanut shell in its mouth.  Inside lay the morsel that the creature had diligently sought.  It had hunted for a while but found what it wanted.  It had achieved its goal.  Food.  An essential, needed to guarantee life.

“Seek and you shall find” the Bible states.  (Matthew 7:7) NIV

Of course, the search that we are directed to make, in this instance, is meant to be for God.  The giver of spiritual life.  Squirrels on the other hand, have a dogged determination to never give up on their own particular goal: To find food, no matter how long it takes.

Sin in our lives can be equally determined. We encounter addictions; wants; temptations and more, ignoring the fact that these seek to destroy rather than to nourish.

Nevertheless, a common denominator is persistence.  Sin will find a weak mind or spirit and possess it.  Whereas the food sought by God’s critter nourishes.

We often cannot tell the difference until it is too late.

We need the mastery, and determination of God’s creatures.  They must achieve their goal.  They must win at all costs – or die.

We too must choose to win, because if we give up and give in to sin, we will die.  Oh, not necessarily physically, but definitely morally and spiritually.

We must remember that sin does not seek to nourish.  Its goal and purpose is to destroy.

What goals do you have today?  I do hope they are uplifting and nourishing, and not destructive.

Philippians 3:14 (NIV)   I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Patricia

Links to my Books

For those of you wanting to view or purchase any of my books, here are the links.

Thanks for asking.  Enjoy!

A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story   Softcover:  $15 Cdn. + shipping

By request from Author

E-book Version:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308936

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CHQI39U

Children’s Book:  Tabitha and The Forbidden Forest

E-book      http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016L3NZD8

Softcover Printed Version:  $10 Cdn. plus shipping

By request from Author

Hidden in the Shadows, Never Give Up!

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/708253

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B06XDV6P5F

Softcover Print Version  $10 Cdn. plus shipping

By request from Author

Patricia

Links to See / Purchase My Books

Author of:          A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story  BookCoverRiksEffort

Softcover:           $15 Cdn. + shipping by request from Author

E-book:              https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308936

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CHQI39U

TABITHA  Children’s Book:   Tabitha and The Forbidden Forest

E-book               http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016L3NZD8

Printed Version by Request from Author.  $10 + shipping.

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Hidden in the Shadows, Never Give Up, will be available very soon.  The predicted publication date is now the end of March 2017.  The book will sell for $10 Cdn. for a softcover print copy.  Ebook available, on Amazon, soon after..

Patricia

Don’t Despair

I was bewildered when I first caught sight of the ball of fire in the sky.

I hadn’t seen it for so long.

Then I realized it really was the sun.  My goodness, what a beautiful vision.  It didn’t last long: Just a few seconds, but it was enough to reassure me that it was still up there in the sky.

Weather news (Global TV) reported yesterday that typically by this time in January, we have received 71 hours of sunshine.  Sadly, this year the total is 12 hours.

No wonder moods are gloomy.

How’s your mood today?  Mine is infinitely brighter now that I have seen the sun.

Oh – I’d post a picture too, but the orb vanished behind the clouds before I could.  Sorry!

Patricia