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The Angel Poetry Collection- The Year For Healing was written by Rachelle Rose Hruska  and published by Mentor International Inc. in 2011. You may purchase it at www.rachellerose.webs.com. Visit the author  over at Earth Angel’s Coffee House at: www.earthangelscoffeehouse.com

By Rachelle Rose Hruska

The Angel Poetry Collection, The Year For Healing is Rachelle’s second book. Her first book, The Angel Within Me, is the story of her battle with a debilitating brain disorder called Arnold Chiari Malformation. She wrote the book in 1999 to help spread awareness. It was the first book ever published about the disorder. She has used writing poetry as her way of coping with the sickness and struggles of her life. She considers her poetry “whispers from her angels” of hope and healing. Her poetry is uplifting, insightful and often brings on a smile.

If there was ever a book that permanently belongs on a coffee table- this is the one.  The poems within will touch you and take you to a place of warmth, caring and love.

Through the storms of loneliness, heartache and her lifelong battle with health issues, Rachelle Rose brings to us a gift of hope, healing and an incredible poetic view of life that will send your spirits soaring. This book of poetry is especially a treasure to those of us who are mothers, fathers and who belong to families where children are the magical elixir that gives life a real and abiding purpose.  This book will take you through all of the emotions of life and leave you with a chuckle, a laugh and a smile. It left me relaxed, happy and grateful for all that is…

Just a few of my favorite poems from within this book: The year For Healing, The Angel Within You, The Truth About Me, Rapunzel Revisited, Heartache, Angel Dance, Dream, Quite Like That, and last but not least, a poem/story that will bring a laugh to your heart and a broad smile to your face: Twinkle Twinkle.  A sample of that funny little poem:

Twinkle Twinkle

“As I walked through the store with my four year old son shopping for dinner that night, he began to chant a familiar song but, something just wasn’t right.

People began to stare at us looking shocked by what they heard.  That’s when I noticed my son’s little song, he was changing all the words.

“Twinkle twinkle poopy star” he sang throughout the store. I began to feel flustered as I frantically fled to the door….”

I highly recommend this wonderful little book of poetry!

I give The Angel Poetry Collection- The Year For Healing 5 stars.

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Tom Riddell is also a book reviewer over at WEBBWEAVER

The Angel Within Me was written by Rachelle Rose Briant Hruska  and published by Mentor International Inc. in 2000. You may purchase it at Lulu.com Visit the author over at Earth Angel’s Coffee House at:  Earth Angels Coffee House. Com

By Rachelle Rose Hruska

Fighting for a diagnosis and treatment for a supposedly rare brain disorder, is her main battle.  As with many disorders, Rachelle has been faced with a medical wall of disbelief. Her inspiration to write this book came when she discovered just how many others have been going through this same battle due to lack of awareness and education on this disorder, Arnold Chiari Malformation.  Although the traumas in her life are vast, Rachelle discovers an angel within her, and finds the inner strength and wisdom she needs to overcome life’s difficulties. Learn her secret. This book could change your life!

At a very young early age Rachelle felt different from the other kids. She had headaches all the time at school, she was constantly exhausted, but it was normal for her, and she thought the other kids felt the same way as she did but she couldn’t understand how “they seemed to handle life just fine…”.  Rachelle’s life continued, living with the same conditions, right straight into adulthood and things got even worse.  As her health began to tumble down hill even further, she attempted to live a “normal” life by raising a family (5 Children) while at the same time she sought help from the medical community- which continuously turned her away and dismissed her symptoms as problems of the mind and a buildup of stress.

There were several times in her life when Rachelle wanted to just give up but something within her would not let her and she dug in against the medical professionals until they would finally listen. It’s a lesson that many of us should pay attention to.  Never give up and keep doing all you can to reach that point of happiness in life- the place where you want to be.

It’s been 12 years since the Angel Within Me was published and Rachelle still holds on to that inner angel and will always remember the struggles that she went through. In fact, the lessons that she learned from those difficult times inspired her to open up Earth Angels Coffee House (See the link at the top of the review).  Staying true to the angel within her- there she offers “Love, Peace & Coffee” and FREE HUGS!

Although this book is only 90 pages long, it’s packed with a lifetime of struggles and an admiring determination of inner strength that  will compel you to keep reading non-stop until the last page is turned.

UPDATE (7-31-12): THERE IS A NEW UPDATED VERSION OF THIS BOOK. PLEASE CLICK ON THE BOOK IMAGE TO GO TO LULU.COM TO PURCHASE THE BOOK UNDER ITS NEW TITLE: THE TRUTH ABOUT ME:

Being raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, Rachelle grew up in a fearfilled world of lies. In her early teens she ran away from this life and spent three years living on the streets. As a young vulnerable girl on the streets of Minnesota, she became tangled in the web of a teenage prostitution ring which led her to the dangerous streets of New York.

Formerly published in 2000 under the title, The Angel Within Me,. Rachelle has rewritten her story adding information she previously was not ready to reveal.

 

I give The Angel Within Me 5 Stars.

Please visit the author of this post: www.tomriddell.com

Tom Riddell is also a book reviewer over at WEBBWEAVER

Haywire was written by Justin Macumber and published by CreateSpace in 2012. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author at: www.justinmacumber.com

By Justin Macumber

A century ago, super-soldiers known as Titans drove alien invaders from the solar system and back to their home world. Now the Titans have returned, infected by a virus and compelled to destroy humanity. Will a scholar, her son, and the only Titan able to resist the infection find a way to stop them and save humanity from its own greatest weapon?

Most of us who were born in the 50′s and grew up in the 60′s and 70′s remember Star Trek, Star Wars  and the never ending stories of Flash Gordon and other sci-fi adventures that captured our imaginations and kept us wanting more. I have a suspicion that many of the readers who use to gobble up these sci-fi books may have gotten tired of the genre and moved on- but many of us oldsters and youngsters alike are still fans and love a good story about space and the beyond. Sad for the ones who walk away from such books.   These books and the stories within their pages allows us to stretch our imaginations of space and to think about some of our current technologies, that if given the chance, could advance beyond fiction and become reality someday.

Justin Macumber has the ability to bring his characters to life in a way that will keep you absorbed in his story.  I like the sense of awe, perspective and excitement that he gives some of his characters when  they begin to realize that heroes (Titans) of their distant past may well have survived- and that they may soon be face to face with these heroes of history. The Titans are AWESOME characters and the author created them with much thought and foresight.  The action scenes will have you flipping pages for hours until the unbelievable and exciting ending!  Justin Macumber, I want more stories of the Titans and we want to know what happens to the characters in Haywire. Keep the writing flowing!

I give Haywire 5 Stars.

Please visit the author of this post: www.tomriddell.com

Tom Riddell is also a book reviewer over at WEBBWEAVER

Out of the Fire & Into the Light- was written by Lori Frisch and published by Amazon Digital Services in 2011. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author on Facebook.

By Lori Frisch

Out of the Fire & Into the Light is a compelling, honest, and revealing testimony of one woman’s journey through abuse, suicide and betrayal, and the hope that she ultimately found at the foot of the Cross. In a candid account of her own experiences as a victim of domestic violence, Lori Frisch reveals that through it all, even in her darkest hours amidst confusion and chaos, God remains sovereign, righteous and always in control.

Domestic abuse can take many forms and when children are involved the complexities are multiplied and the extrication from a destructive marriage can be a lot more difficult. A family can ride the highs and lows in a relationship that at times can seem normal, happy and healthy; while at other times it’s as though you’re being burned alive in the pits of Hell- with no way out.

Lori Frisch and her children lived through the horror and the Hell of unimaginable abuse, which at first took the form of psychological torment and eventually evolved to the physical where violence and threats of death were common.  Not only was the author and her children saddled with an abusive relationship- they had to cope with a fire that consumed their home, a family member’s betrayal and they also had to endure the pain and the what-ifs of a suicide.

This is definitely a must read book for anyone who is either deep in the clutches of an abusive relationship or trying to heal from the pain of such an ordeal- or it’s for anyone who has lost hope with any aspect of life. This is a wonderful story of how a family endured a horrible experience- and through the power of a deep faith in God, made it through it all and into the light of a much happier and joyous life.

I give Out Of The Fire & Into The Light 5 stars.