And yet, her I sit, yesterday marking just another 3 months until my 3rd re-birthday. I can breath, I can eat most anything I want now. I rarely threaten to drown in my own saliva now, I can sort of sing again (about 70% accuracy of hitting the notes I'm striving for, especially if notes are in the flow of a tune and not stand-alone, or their is accompaniment music and/or other singers to rely on guiding me through a tune), I can walk pretty well with my cane, my face isn't too impacted, I have basic, large motor use of my left arm now, I can hear when there is (not what, but that) something else going on in a room with my left ear, if my right is covered (like listening into a telephone). Someone still not able to sit up on their own, still on a feeding tube or breathing tube, blurry vision and eye paralyzed into severe double vision or lack of sight all together, would never guess, probably not even be able to relate, to hearing that this is where I have come from!
Robin Parrish (based on the Daniel Lusko film that released earlier this month). I had promised that I would tell you about this book by the 17th, but since I just finished, I couldn't really tell you my opinion before now! So what is that personal opinion? Well, the book isn't a genre I would normally read, being a murder mystery-type thriller, but I must say that it was very well written, a true page turner, I deeply connected with some characters and couldn't wait to read more each night to find out what happened next! One section even made me cry hard enough I couldn't see the book through my tears for a few minutes. (Long-time readers of this blog know that crying, without my husband around, is usually an impossibility, so that speaks highly of the quality of this story!)
I liked it so much that my 11-year-old was checking in with me daily to find out what was happening in the unfolding story and I'm now turning the book over to my teenager. I hope I'm doing this correctly (first review for this company and I know I'm a week past review deadline), but Leave a comment on this post by July, 28, along with an email address where I can contact you for mailing address (and if you aren't already following my through Friend Connect over in my right side bar, I would really appreciate that too), and I will pass one name along to contest sponsors* asking them to send you your own free copy of Persecuted!
The premise of the book is, "The Question Is Not IF Attempts Will Be Made to Limit Religious Freedoms, But When". The story line, in brief, is that the most popular evangelist of his day, John Luther, simply wants to share the Gospel and enjoy a quiet life with his family. He never asked to be at the center of a political controversy, but an ill wind has been blowing through the halls of Congress, and supporters of a new religious-equality bill see Luther's endorsement as critical. But when Luther refuses to lend his support, he unknowingly sets in motion an explosive plan bent on destroying his reputation and undermining everything for which he stands. His once-normal life is turned upside down as he becomes a fugitive left with only one dangerous option--putting everything he holds most dear at risk while he fights to expose the truth. It is a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that could threaten the very fabric of our nation's freedoms.
|Three of the four pieces of Joshua's helmet that saved his life when he was riding his bike and got hit by a car.|
|Another view of shattered helmet that, thankfully, was not his head!|
And this last week (the day Persecuted broke through and got my tears started), I wrote, I can usually be pretty matter-of-fact about what happened to me at my last chiropractic adjustment. Today, I've been reading other chiropractic stroke survivor stories. I'm having vivid flashbacks, am sick to my stomach and fighting tears (and crying is nearly impossible for me now, due to stroke damage, so we are talking serious emotions today to be even threatening tears. My own counselor has yet to ever see me cry!). Ugg. I so want to help bring about change. This is just so emotionally intense! If you can, with a little less emotional attachment, help out, please join us at LEAGUE FOR CHIROPRACTIC NATIONAL SAFETY~ LCNS and simply write a letter or two expressing concern (we outline them for you and even offer links to contact addresses) to our government, for the people, by the people...
Earlier this week, my sweet friend, Shelly, invited me to "blog hop" with her, from over on her beautiful blog Renewed Daily. Shelly is my (in)Courage group co-
1) What am I writing or working on?
My current project and their descriptions are all written out at http://strokeofgrace.blogspot.com/2013/07/books-blog-social-media.html :)
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think because I not only address those who are struggling themselves, but also provide references and resources for those who love them.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Because I looked for resources and couldn't find what I needed, so I didn't want others to be stranded in the same areas.
4) How does my writing process look?
I keep both paper files and computer files of ideas and partially written topic articles and book ideas. I add to them as ideas hit. If I sit down with the intentional goal of writing, I always try to start with the prayer, "Lord, please help me to wisely handle the Word of Truth!"
And now I want to introduce you to three (OK, and a couple more) friends.
Kendra - Queen of Brussel Sprouts - my long time, pre-stroke friend, now a strokie buddy too, and lots of great and easy cooking tips.
Jeanette - Limitless - Leader of the one and only real-life writing group I ever participated in, and fantastic author.
Tina - Girl Meets Globe - Precious HP sister I've actually been blessed to meet in person!
Holley Gerth - Coffee for Your Heart - Another internet-only friend that I feel so blessed to know and cannot believe we have never actually met in person!
Thelma - Life As Two - HP, like just about all my dear "live-in-my-computer" friends. I love her heart and resources for couple creating a fulfilling life when God closes the door on parenthood!
Here's today's three reasons for thanks challenge I've been doing each day with my (in)Courage group this summer: 1 We finally got nice family pictures taken, four years in the making! 2 We have a low-key, relaxing family day without a ton of schedule demands today. 3 We have another week and a half of kids home for the summer before school starts back up.
About on family pictures, we successfully got them finally taken last night. Four years since our last family pictures. One of the very last things I had done before the strokes was to but shirts for the guys and a Christmas dress for Ruth for our annual picture tradition. I remember talking about family photos in my hospital bed. Finally this part of our normal family life has been restored. We won't get our pictures back until several days into August, but if you would like a sneak peace, the preview album is posted here.
Getting ready yesterday, I successfully used an iron on our clothing, another first since the strokes!