Readers and writers
September 28th, 2012 by Regina Brett
The emails that readers send should run as blurbs on the books.
What powerful testimonials. They make me laugh and cry and want to keep writing..
Jackie wrote: "'God Never Blinks' beats sleeping pills for the insomniac, hands down! My worn copy sits on my night stand, always ready for a 2 am review of a favorite chapter. I work full time, and have been dealing with increased family challenges the last couple of years. My list of challenges has included parents and now a spouse with Alzheimer's. Your book has definitely helped put these life 'detours' into perspective.”
Emma wrote: "We recently lost our beloved niece, at the tender age of 23, to complications from a very long battle with cancer. On her Facebook page were two mottos which were exactly how she chose to live her live - despite nearly 15 years of chemo and all its insipid complicatons and many many hospital stays. I thought you might like to know how your words inspired her - and all the mourners at her funeral, who have taken them to heart. The quotes she chose herself were: "If we threw all our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back." "No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up." In her name, we are all trying to Get Up, Dress Up and Show Up after our terrible loss. Thank you for the words."
Diana wrote: "Your book is my bible. I bought it out of desperation, reaching into the self-help section at Barnes and Noble because I felt like I was losing my mind for good. I packed up, got on a plane, and came to Raleigh, North Carolina all the way from the PUERTO RICO. I have no family here. I lost a sister in a car accident and death does no bring a family closer, in any way. But your book, I can honestly say, has literarily changed me. I've read it about 6 times since I bought it. I'm planning on sending it to my sister. I'm hoping it will enlighten her. I'm hoping to get my family back. Thank you, again and again and again. I hope you continue with a blessed outlook on life and have a great one."
Samantha wrote: “I bought your book, 'Life's little Detours' when I was holidaying in Thailand recently, and your message about 'small steps' has really impacted. When things start to get overwhelming, I ask myself, 'What is the next small step?' and I focus on that. It becomes automatic to keep things in perspective.... a great tool. Much appreciated, Sam from Australia."
Shelly wrote: "My mom mailed me your book (God Never Blinks); I actually got pissed. In fact, that turned into laughter. I laughed with the girls at work; I randomly opened the book and quoted various sentences to my coworkers. They chuckled. Apparently my Mom was a "religious freak" and wanted to spread the Plague. I laughed, laughed, and laughed. Then I had another Anxiety-Filled-Fun-Day (AFFD). The kind of days you spoke about in your book. I then opened your book and couldn't put it down. I have to admit: I'm still kind of pissed at you! Every time I've read it (and while reading it) I cry! I sob! I don't do that type of thing! I'm a former stripper. Let's not numb things up with "exotic dancer, performer." I stripped my clothes off for money during college. Contrary to popular belief, strippers do actually get degrees; I finally achieved a BA in 2009. Although part of me is still "pissy" (or so my Dad calls it), you have brought a realization to my life that I could have never imagined, so thank you. I must also give credit to my mom for sending me your book. Your book has opened a lot of wounds, including the passing of my stepmom (cancer); but has made me see the 'bigger picture' in life....as much as I regret to say those cliche words."
I am humbled and most grateful for all of you for reading the books and for taking the time to share how they touched you.