Before I Forget

Gasby, Dan & Smith, B. With Shnayerson, Michael. Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, And Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer’s. USA: Harmony Books. 2016.
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SUMMARY:
Through a dismantling yet learning and loving journey of Alzheimer’s, restaurateur, model, celebrity chef and business owner Barbara Smith and her husband, Dan Gasby, share their thoughts, experiences, emotions and life traveling through Alzheimer’s course. With honesty, heartbreak, strength, courage and elegance, this team have decided to be advocates for those struggling with Alzheimer’s, both patient and caregiver. With points of view from each stance, each chapter ends with lessons learned about Alzheimer’s pertaining to stages, coping mechanisms, symptoms, care, and medications. With a beautiful cover and appropriate title, Before I Forget shares the necessity of research surrounding this diminishing disease.

SUMMARY:
Reading and finishing this book the same I received it, Before I Forget had a profound effect on me. Full of emotions yet factually based, it was so well written, just absorbing. Learning even more about Alzheimer’s as well as realizing almost every family¬†will be affected in some way by Alzheimer’s, I cannot recommend this book enough. I absolutely loved the front cover picture and the personal story within as well as commend the authors for sharing their story as advocates making a difference…thank-you from the heart.

RATING:
5+ (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Before I Forget from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

Hope For The Caregiver

Rosenberger, Peter. Hope For The Caregiver: Encouraging Words to Strengthen Your Spirit. Brentwood, TN: Worthy Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
caregiverEmpowered by taking care of his wife, Peter Rosenberger shares what he has learned through the many care-giving years. Through quotes, Bible verses, personal stories and encouragement, Hope For The Caregiver offers caregivers (past, present and future) just what they need most…the motivation and power to continue, even during emotional turmoil, doubt, exhaustion and isolation. With a myriad of ideas from taking a vacation, attending church, enjoying laughter, finding support and a firm faith, care-giving can mean so much more…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Speaking from experience adds credence to this author, making Hope For The Caregiver even more dynamic. Written as a devotional-type book, it would be perfect as a gift for every caregiver. Being a bit smaller in size would even allow it be portable. I found the thoughts, ideas and reflections to be full of faith and so encouraging. The “Caregiver’s Prayer’ found at the front of the book repeats again at the end of book which had a greater impact on me due to my experience of reading the book. Many people will care for someone in their lives; this book helps to offer comfort and confidence in doing so while assuring that feelings experienced are normal. Most importantly, I learned how necessary it is to keep the person separate from the pain/ condition/ disease and that God has a plan for us all.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Hope For The Caregiver from Worthy Publishing and First Look Blog Tour for my honest review*

Out From The Shadows

Thorson, Pam. Out From The Shadows. Raleigh, NC: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. 2014.

SUMMARY:
shadowsDirected at caregivers, Out From The Shadows shares stories of disability, devastation, heartache, tiredness and loneliness yet offers hope, grace, strength, prayers and vitality to those so greatly needing those attributes. Written through multiple experiences, Pam Thorson shares a glimpse into her own life while encouraging others. With a Scripture verse to open each short chapter, a personal story and biblical reference to follow, a relevant prayer and a brief worksheet of questions concludes the section.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
I was astounded at the strong spiritual nature of this author considering all she has been through in her life. Yet, extremely humble, she inspires people, especially caregivers, to enjoy the present and rejoice in the future. She reminds readers that God works to the good of all people even though that may be hard to understand in difficult circumstances. A favorite chapter of mine was Incomparable and I found myself still contemplating it days later. Meant as a devotional to be read in pieces, once I started the book, I finished it in a day; however, it is definitely a book I will return to in the future and refer to again and again. Out From The Shadows would be a wonderful gift for caregivers but will touch anyone’s heart.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Out From The Shadows from the author (as part of her blog tour) for my honest review*