From the time she was a little girl, Maryam rebelled against the terrible second-class existence that was her destiny as an Afghan woman. She had witnessed the miserable fate of her grandmother and three aunts, and wished she had been born a boy. As a feisty teenager in Kabul, she was outraged when the Russians invaded her country. After she made a public show of defiance, she had to flee the country for her life. A new life of freedom seemed within her grasp,but her father arranged a traditional marriage to a fellow Afghan, who turned out to be a violent man. Beaten, raped and abused, Maryam found joy in the birth of a baby son. But then her brutal husband stole him away far beyond his mother's reach. For many long years she searched for her lost son, while civil war and Taliban oppression raged back home in Afghanistan. Set against a landscape littered with tragic tales of horrific suffering, Jean Sasson, author of Princess, chronicles the story of one resolute but tormented woman determined to achieve freedom and equality with men.
Anita Tyrell was born in Detroit, Michigan. Was raised in Warren, Michigan. Her high school year book said she would be an Author one day. She married in 1966 and her husband career moved them to Ohio. There she raised three children. Supported her husband coaching career. Now being retired is her time to shine the Lord has given her a reason to write and she hopes that others will benefit from her story.
This is the true story of a 23 year old U.s. Navy sailor who was murdered on a NAVY SHIP and the Navy felt it was better to throw away this life rather than conduct a full investigation into the circumstances of this young man life.; This book was written in memory of myh son Michael John Lockwood, I.C.2, USN deceased.
Born in Montpelier in the parish of Hanover, Jamaica, during the 1920s, Roland ‘Ron’ Riggan married Lize Patterson and started a family. He joined the exodus of young men going to Britain from the island during the 1950s and drifted into boozing and women. When he fathered a child with an English woman Lize decided that their life would not be thrown away so easily. She raised the passage for their oldest child, Bibs, to travel to Britain in the hope that she would find work and assist Ron to bring over the remaining children. The teenager soon found a husband and fell pregnant. Lize resorted to reach England herself without the prior knowledge of Ron. She then set about working to bring the remaining children to Britain. When Ken had a change of heart and decided to remain on the island in the ministry of the church each of the other children refused to rejoin their parents. Lize fell pregnant at age 40. Upon receiving news that teenage daughter Erva was drifting out of the control, she defied the advice of doctors to travel home by ship. She then resorted to bring Erva back home. Ron returned home to his family but after only a few months, returned to Britain alone and remained apart from his wife for the next thirteen years. The relationship was reconciled when Lize returned to Britain and persuaded Ron to return with her to the island for their retirement. Third oldest child, Vandley, was lost to the family in North Carolina, USA. Her family has continued to live closely in the ethos of care and support.
This is the story of an ordinary woman whose grief - and love - for her only son compelled her to do something extraordinary. When Margaret Davis's beloved son Steven was murdered by his own wife, a Philippino former prostitute, she travelled across continents to track down her son's killers and bring them to justice, and to rescue her grandchildren. Based on Margaret's own diaries, notes and emails, this tells not only the awful but utterly compelling story of her perilous journey, but also of how she has dealt with her crippling grief, and how she has striven to save and protect two small children caught up in the violent crossfire of their parents' failing marriage. It is a tale of two cultures that clashed, with terrible results. And it is a tale of how one mother, faced with her worst nightmare, has fought for justice for her son and some kind of healing for herself and the others left behind after his appalling death.
This is the story of Harvey Weisenberg--a lifeguard, teacher, policeman, and eventually a New York politician, who quietly made a difference in the lives of millions of children and adults with special needs. In the summer of 1965, Harvey, a lifelong resident of Long Beach, New York, met two people who would make a profound impact on his life: Ellen Laufer and her seven-year-old son, Ricky, who had been born with cerebral palsy and was severely disabled. That day at the Coral Reef Beach Club in Lido Beach, where Harvey worked as a lifeguard, was the beginning of a love story that continues to this day. Not only did Harvey fall in love with Ellen, he also fell in love with Ricky, who introduced him to the challenges of both children with special needs and their families. Through this relationship, Harvey found his life's mission. For the Love of a Child tells the story of the people who inspired Harvey early on, as well as the City of Long Beach, which greatly influenced his life in public service. He held office for thirty-eight years, thirteen as a council member in Long Beach and twenty-five in Albany as a state assemblyman. During this time, he worked with--and in some cases, bumped heads with--five New York governors. As a legislator, Harvey's priorities were always for the people, not political agendas, as his story shows. Harvey knows first hand that children with special needs are filled with unconditional love. God gave him an angel in Ricky, a saint in Ellen, and, thanks to both, a mission that allowed him to spend his life making sure that children like Ricky and their families are given the best quality of life. Through his story, Harvey shares the important work he did, the challenges he met, and the life-changing experiences he has had along the way.
The harrowing and yet heart-warming true story of a girl determined not to give up on life or the hope of finding her son
The Lost Boy is the harrowing but ultimately uplifting true story of a boy's journey through the foster-care system in search of a family to love. This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to A Child Called 'It'. The Lost Boy is Pelzer's story - a moving sequel and inspirational read for all.
«Liebe Mama, ich habe eine wunderbare Zeit hier. Wir spielen jeden Tag Fußball. Stell dir vor, die Matratzen haben gar keine Sprungfedern ...» So beginnt der erste Brief des neunjährigen Roald an seine Mutter Sofie Magdalene, geschrieben unter dem wachsamen Blick des gestrengen Schuldirektors. Vierzig Jahre lang wird Roald Dahl wöchentlich einen Brief an seine Mutter senden: ein Bericht seiner Erlebnisse auf Boarding School und College, seiner Abenteuer im Ausland und zu Kriegszeiten, der Höhe- und Tiefpunkte seines Lebens von der Jugend in Wales bis hin zum diplomatischen Dienst in Washington, wo Dahl Politiker wie Filmstars trifft und die Geschicke des Landes mitbestimmt. Er ahnt nicht, dass seine Mutter jeden einzelnen der sechshundert Briefe hüten wird wie einen Schatz. Sofie Magdalene war Roald Dahls erste Leserin und Kritikerin. Sie ermutigte ihn dazu, Geschichten zu erzählen und aufzuschreiben. Anhand dieser Briefe ist nicht nur die Entwicklung des Jungen zum Erwachsenen dokumentiert, sondern auch, wie Roald Dahl mit seiner Phantasie, seinem erzählerischen Talent und seinem einzigartigen schwarzen Humor zu einem der erfolgreichsten Schriftsteller der Welt wurde.
Discover a son’s true beauty and how he impacted others, and also how this young man succumbed to the powers of addiction, losing his life to an unexpected drug overdose. The story does not end there; experience how heaven invaded a situation that could have left everyone hopeless. It was here that the love and grace of God began to shine through with a penetrating light. As in his two other books, Into Solitary Places—One Father’s Journey of Faith Through His Son’s Struggle with Psychotic Mental Illness and True Mind—How Truth Can Change What You Believe and How You Live, Tom Steward has written another revealing account of how life’s struggles do not have to defeat us or define us. We see once again how there is a way to transcend any human experience and emerge as victors. See how our affliction is eclipsed by glory, the eternal weight of glory that is far beyond comprehension. Tom’s ability to capture human experience, from the painful to the glorious, draws the reader into the many and varied experiences of life. He is not bashful to assert that God is always involved, no matter the circumstance, and that there is always a redemptive conclusion, although it may be difficult to see. This book will arouse the power of hope in you as you gain the courage to carry on, regardless of life’s challenges.
Imagine a young boy who has never had a loving home. His only possesions are the old, torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. The only world he knows is one of isolation and fear. Although others had rescued this boy from his abusive alcoholic mother, his real hurt is just begining -- he has no place to call home. This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to A Child Called "It". In The Lost Boy, he answers questions and reveals new adventures through the compelling story of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-Child (Foster Child), Dave is moved in and out of five different homes. He suffers shame and experiences resentment from those who feel that all foster kids are trouble and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a "real" family. Tears, laughter, devastation and hope create the journey of this little lost boy who searches desperately for just one thing -- the love of a family.
Flamy Lawword was born in Russia in 1961. Her gift of clairvoyance, which appeared in her early years, she has developed all her life and has achieved great success. She can easily see the past of people, of countries and of mankind as a whole. In this book, she has described the distant past of the now legendary people of Atlantis. Atlantis existed about one million years ago on lands associated with the territory of present day North America and which are now submerged deep in the Atlantic Ocean. Flamy Lawword has herein described, in an artistic form, the real life of the people of Atlantis at the end of its existence. She provides details to the reader regarding the disaster experienced by these people because of their incorrect way of life. Flamy Lawword, in contrast to the legends, describes the real history of lost Atlantis. On the basis of this book the reader can compare the lives of the perished people of Atlantis with his/her own life and make the vital choice: move ones soul upwards to God, or allow it to descend into Hell.
How many people have asked themselves and others. Why are there so many people so angry, enraged and with so much hate for group of people that are not as them, that they go out and hurt, kill some of them when they come across one of them? Why are there so many men abusing, hurting and killing their wife, their children and other people? Are we only blind to our own rights that we are not giving other people the right they deserve and should get? Why are there so many young girls getting pregnant and when they have their babies they abandon them or kill them? Why are there so many young women becoming prostitutes? Why are there so many boys and girls born different than others? Here you will find the answer to many questions that the teachers don't teach in school, churches or the people who goes door to door preaching don't tell them. Here you will read about why there is so much anger, hate, rage, many young boys and girls failing in life, mothers destroying the lives of their children and why so many men are destroying so many lives. After you read this book you will see life very different, be a better parent. Understand why there are so many people angry, enraged,full of hate, what happened to those men who committed so terrible crimes and why they did it.
For the Love of Spirit was created to inspire, uplift, and entertain. This is a true story of an average girl, Liz, who became a psychic medium and went on to inspire many. Based in Australia, the story tells of synchronistic events from the 1960s to the present time, from the author's first psychic experience at the age of four to learning and later teaching psychic development, giving private readings and public demonstrations. For the Love of Spirit includes not only memoir but offers insights and wisdom to further one's knowledge about spirit communication, spiritual protection, angels, and spirit guides. Liz struggles with love, with parenting and basic survival, and yet all along has the support of Spirit and her personal spirit guide, White Owl. An enchanting memoir, creatively woven with insight and wisdom.
Ein Klassiker über ein zeitlos spannendes Abenteurerschicksal Im Juli 1969 wird mitten im Atlantik eine Jacht entdeckt – die Segel sind gesetzt, aber der Trimaran ist leer. Nur die Log- und Tagebücher befinden sich noch an Bord und offenbaren ein dunkles Geheimnis. Ihr Verfasser Donald Crowhurst war acht Monate zuvor aufgebrochen, um im Wettstreit mit namhaften Seglern wie Robin Knox-Johnston und Bernard Moitessier als schnellster Solosegler nonstop die Welt zu umrunden. Was damals kaum jemand wusste: Crowhurst verfügte weder über Hochseeerfahrung noch über ein seetaugliches Boot. Doch warum war der Unternehmer und Familienvater dennoch bei dem Rennen, das die Sunday Times mit einem Preisgeld von 5000 Pfund ausgelost hatte, angetreten? Und was ist an Bord geschehen, dass er für immer verschollen blieb? Einfühlsam arbeiten die Autoren anhand der letzten Aufzeichnungen die Vorgeschichte und sonderbaren Abläufe auf See auf. Sie berichten von menschlichem Streben und Versagen. Erzählen eine Geschichte über Heldentum, in der kein Held vorkommt. Und zeichnen das Porträt eines bemerkenswerten Mannes, der am Ende keinen Ausweg mehr sah. »Crowhursts Geschichte ist dramatischer als alle anderen, geheimnisvoller und dunkler als ›All is lost‹.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin »Eine der außergewöhnlichsten Seefahrtgeschichten, die je veröffnetlicht wurde.« The Washington Post »Ein Meisterstück.« The New Yorker »Eines der packendsten Lesestücke über das Segeln überhaupt.« FAZ
Remember letters? They were good, weren’t they? The thrill of receiving that battered envelope, all the better for the wait . . . In this richly entertaining book, paper geek John O’Connell puts forward a passionate case for the value of letter-writing in a distracted, technology-obsessed world. Drawing on great examples from the past, he shows that the best letters have much to teach us – Samuel Richardson’s ‘familiar letters’; Wilfred Owen’s outpourings to his mother; the sly observational charms of Jane Austen. And in doing so he reminds us of the kind of letters we would all write if we had the time – the perfect thank-you letter, a truly empathetic condolence letter, and of course the heartfelt declaration of love. Was there a Golden Age of Letters? Why is handwriting so important? Can we ever regain the hallowed slowness of the pre-Twitter era? In answering these questions O’Connell shows how a proper letter is an object to be cherished, its crafting an act of exposure which gives shape and meaning to the chaos of life. *** ‘The nib touches the paper. And instinctively I follow the old formula: address in top right-hand corner; date just beneath it on the left-hand side. My writing looks weird. I hand-write so infrequently these days that I’ve developed a graphic stammer - my brain’s way of registering its impatience and bemusement. What are you doing? Just send an email! I haven’t got all night . . .’

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