This book is about being human. Poetry is human. It is a look into the soul, daily living, and poetic presece of daily life. Every passion and pain of my own world has been turned into poetry, a story revealed. A book filled with beauty and surprise, unexpected gifts. This book is about the solitary moments in life, things that you have done and experienced and discovered that you've actually found them to be meaningful.
Gifts Unexpected is the inspiring story of the physical and spiritual journey of a middle-aged woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer. Adela tells of her experience with cancer and the unfolding of mystical abilities and the evolution of a partnership with a spiritual being. Adela must figure out how to use her newfound gifts as well as handle a complicated relationship with one of her sisters and manage the concerns for her near-adult children. The possibility of romance during her journey surprises her. Pedro, her beloved dog, is a steady companion and loyal confidant. In a sense, this is Adela's 'coming of age' story that will inspire, entertain, and make you consider existence beyond the physical world.
Can we learn from our ancestral past? Do our relatives behaviors help mold our own? In Unexpected Gifts, that is precisely what happens to Sonia, a confused college student, forever choosing the wrong man. Searching for answers, she begins to read her family s diaries and journals from America s past: the Vietnam War, Woodstock, and Timothy Leary era; Tupperware parties, McCarthyism, and Black Power; the Great Depression, dance marathons, and Eleanor Roosevelt; the immigrant experience and the Suffragists. Back and forth the book journeys weaving yesteryear with modern life until finally, she gains enough clarity to make the right choices.
Analyzes eleven challenges from which communities, relationships, and friendships suffer after staying together long enough, looking at how such factors as loss of identity, entitlement, and doubt can be gifts rather than curses.
Kate Standard had never wanted her life to be ordinary. A successful classical pianist and the girlfriend of move-hero Will Hollister, her life is anything but ordinary-until Will is jailed on drug charges and she must admit to herself that their affair had been dying long before his conviction. Even worse, the ugly publicity surrounding his case has all but destroyed her professional career. To escape the ever-present paparazzi, she accepts a temporary teaching job at a small college near San Diego, going from a high profile, luxurious lifestyle to living in a granny flat, cooking and cleaning for herself, and shepherding ten piano students through their first semester. Though she thinks she is simply marking time until her agent can get her new bookings, Kate finds that the months at Seaton College test her courage but give her gifts she didn't know she needed.
Snowed in for Christmas…She only wants to ignore it. But he’s determined to show her everything the season has to offer…including love. For Andi Williams, Christmas represents everything she’s supposed to have—and doesn’t. Running away to a remote mountain lodge seems like the perfect way to escape the season. And it would have been if it weren’t for the snow storm and a booking mix-up that finds her stranded. That is, until a rough around the edges, green eyed stranger offers a solution. There was no way in good conscious that Colin Hartford could leave the woman with nowhere to stay. Especially on Christmas. He knows all too well what it’s like to be alone for the holidays. It isn’t long before Colin’s determination to enjoy the festivities he’s missed for so long sweeps Andi into the season of joy that she’s not so sure she’s ready for. If Andi can allow herself to open up—just a little—she might finally have the chance to experience everything the holidays can really offer…including love.
Having paranormal Gifts in a world that fears what it doesn’t understand is tough. Luckily, Iris Kosta is tough, too. She’s already lost her twin brother to Homeland Security's paranoia and greed. Add in her job as a kickass security operative, and it makes for a lonely life. Which is too bad, because Iris likes men—a lot. She makes do with plenty of dates and hook ups, convinced there’s no such thing as true love. Mike Connolly does believe in true love, and its name is Iris. Too bad she’ll never see him as anything but one of the boys. When he finally despairs of getting anything more than friendship from her, he reaches out to Madame Eve for help finding a woman who can eclipse his obsession. Thanks to meddlesome relatives and Madame Eve’s talents, both Mike and Iris find themselves the recipients of some unexpected gifts. Let’s hope they can survive long enough to enjoy each other.
Stephen Hands novella, Gifts Unexpected, is a story about a broken young girl and the hermit-priest who saved her and others; it is a story which shows how even suffering and tragedy birth hope and redemption in those open to the gift of Being.
A small-town girl from Pennsylvania, author Katie McAndrews-McNeill harbored big dreams of working in the fashion world in New York City. After a twisty journey, she achieved that goal, enjoying success as she navigated through her career. Her priorities were dating, dining, fancying fine wines, and living in beautiful apartments in New York and on the Hudson in Hoboken, New Jersey. Life was more idyllic than she could have imagined. All that changed in 2004 when her only and older sister, Susie, was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer and died just fourteen months later. The decisions McAndrews-McNeill made changed her life in the most wonderful and unexpected ways. In Unexpected Gifts, she shares the story of the blessings she received after her sisters passing, deciding to forgo her fashion career to become a nanny for Susies two young daughters. Unexpected Gifts offers a message for anyone experiencing illness, death, or tragedy. Its about the strength to continue to live while you can, planning for the what ifs, and believing that in great loss can be found amazing, unexpected gifts if you allow yourself the opportunity.
The Highs, Lows and Unexpected Gifts of Surviving Cancer
Author: Rachel Haynes
Publisher: Watkins Media Limited
Category: Health & Fitness
Rachel Haynes survived bowel cancer, not once, but twice. There have been many unexpected consequences … this is her story. Exploring the ups and downs of treatment with sensitivity, humour and brutal honesty, Rachel reflects on the psychological impacts of survival not only on herself but on those who have supported her. Being diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer while bringing up two growing children, holding down a full time job, going through a break-up and having three days to adjust to a life-changing operation is far from ideal. Add to this a short period of remission, a new relationship, followed by an unexpected relapse and the whole thing starting again, and you know you are going to be in for an interesting read.
In 1987 Zofia immigrated to Canada from Poland, unable to communicate in English. Her Polish Physiotherapist's credentials were not recognized, and finally, in 1989 she was employed as an Occupational Therapy Technician at a large hospital in Winnipeg. For the past 20 years she has worked in Manitoba's rehabilitation services. To her surprise, she started writing poetry in English in 2006 because she was inspired by one of her client's. Her first critics were gravely ill, elderly people who encouraged her to share her poetry with a wider audience.
Sharon Hunt, a freelance writer and a retireed from a Historically Black College and Universities(HBCUs), writes cookbooks and children books. In her books, she includes learning scenarios for children as well as adults. For her children books, she introduces ideas about subject- matter centered around their learning environment. For her cookbooks, most of her work is about Georgia and African-American history. The recipes represent different regions of Georgia and celebrate the foods and metods of preparation from each region. Her most famous cookbook -Bread from Heaven, has sold in the thousands, and she sold many of this cookbook when she appeared three times on the QVC Home Shopping Network. Ms. Hunt created the original recipe for the World Largest Peach Cobbler in Peach County-Fort Valley, Georgia.
Knit with love, Prayer Shawls are handmade pieces of knitting that show someone you care. A Prayer Shawl wraps a person in prayer and love, just like a warm, fuzzy blanket.Each story in The Prayer Shawl Chronicles is a fictional tale of someone who finds herself in need of healing - and that quest for healing ultimately helps someone else heal as well. A woman walking her dog steps into a church, talking shelter from the rain, and unexpectedly receives an invitation to join in a Blessing of the Prayer Shawls church service. A prayer shawl becomes a cat bed. Another comforts a homeless man living under a bridge. A former addict knits to keep herself sober and finds herself in a new romance. A friendship between a young ballerina and a retired lawyer is sparked, spanning generations and life experiences. One prayer shawl begins its journey in Tennessee, goes to Paris and back, and somehow ends up in Africa. Unexpected gifts appear, seemingly out of nowhere. Unlikely connections are made, sometimes across cultures and even continents, sometimes between people who might never imagine themselves connected in any way. By the end of the book, all the stories connect and loop around each other, just like the yarn of a knitted prayer shawl. Set in an Episcopal parish in Tennessee, this book shows the church at its best, with people caring for each other and making amazing connections. Prayer shawls - donated anonymously - end up in different continents, spark new romances, heal the wounded, and shelter the homeless. As you follow the stories of these prayer shawls, you will laugh, cry and meet characters who grow and learn about themselves and those they never expected to meet.Cynthia Coe writes and knits on her farm in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is a wife and mother of three children, two cats, and a dog. A graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, Cynthia served as a Justice & Advocacy Fellow of The Episcopal Church and wrote Christian formation curricula for children and youth as part of this fellowship. She is the author of two novels and four books on Christian formation.
Rachel Haynes survived bowel cancer, not once, but twice. There have been many unexpected consequences ... this is her story. Exploring the ups and downs of treatment with sensitivity, humour and brutal honesty, Rachel reflects on the psychological impacts of survival not only on herself but on those who have supported her. Being diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer while bringing up two growing children, holding down a full time job, going through a break-up and having three days to adjust to a life-changing operation is far from ideal. Add to this a short period of remission, a new relationship, followed by an unexpected relapse and the whole thing starting again, and you know you are going to be in for an interesting read. Bowel cancer, despite being the UK's second biggest cancer killer still receives a shockingly low level of funding. This book aims in to help this, but to also tell Rachel's unique story of survival. Her experience presents a wake-up call to what's important in life and the truth about surviving against the odds. This book is a funny and enlightening story about physical survival and then the messy psychological legacy of unexpected survival. Of wake-up calls that failed and an overwhelming urge to finally make sense of a life that Rachel was not expected to see. What lies beneath survival is the realisation that the end of treatment is not the end of the story. What doesn't kill you ...
Cancer: The Unexpected Gift is a compilation of stories that profile individuals and families who have taken a frightening medical diagnosis and turned it into a positive gift. Medical oncologist Dr. J. Patrick Daugherty is familiar with many who are living well while living longer. Together with three-time cancer survivor Edie Hand, they share inspiring personal anecdotes from individuals who openly express the doubts, fears, perplexities, and positive reflections they experienced after their cancer diagnoses. Each story is introduced with a summary and concluded with relevant biblical passages that further illustrate lessons learned by patients and their families. Two-year-old Austin was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and after more than three years of chemotherapy, he remains in remission. His mother received the gift of living one day at a time. Ken survived metastatic colon cancer before developing prostate cancer which later spread to his bones. He searched for answers and found significance in his life, receiving the gift of service to others. Each of the people profiled in this collection have faced the enemy of cancer and its subsequent suff ering. Together, they share the extraordinary lessons they have learnednot in dying, but in living.
Perhaps you’ve had one of those moments when everything, quite unexpectedly, simply falls into place; or, when you’ve been puzzling over an impossible question and—pow!—the answer suddenly arises, seemingly out of nowhere. These and other such experiences are not caused by our efforts. They are moments of grace, the gift dimension of life. Grace is generally associated with religion, but, as Dave Richo shows, you don’t need to be religious to notice—and benefit from—this help from outside yourself that’s being offered to you in every moment. Dave provides teachings and helpful practices that show us how to open our eyes to the sources of grace everywhere and in everyone. When we open ourselves to grace, we begin to see it work wonders in our lives—and we become conduits of its power to others.
Sarah has suffered a tremendous tragedy with the loss of her family. Running from life, she finds the perfect place to hide out. McCallister Ranch is run by three brothers who are in need of a housekeeper, and it proves to be the perfect job for her. No people, no contact with the outside world; it's a good place to hide until the fourth brother arrives and recognizes Sarah's behavior for what it is, self-preservation. Kit has his own cross to bear; a former soldier, he lost an arm and a leg in an explosion in Afghanistan. After years from home, he has finally been released from a VA hospital in Texas and has returned to the ranch, determined to hold his own and rebuild his life. Kit recognizes suffering in Sarah, because he's experienced it himself. In trying to help Sarah, he helps himself, until fate intrudes and Kit makes a monumental mistake that sends Sarah back on the run. Now he must find Sarah and mend the fences that he so carelessly destroyed.