changed by chance my journey of triumph over tragedy

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Changes By Chance Champion By Choice

Author : Elizabeth Barker
ISBN : 9781631528118
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Elizabeth Barker has spent years planning and working hard to achieve her version of the American dream—a dream that is supposed to culminate in parenthood and the role of supermom. But when her first child is born with Down syndrome and an accompanying fatal heart condition that requires immediate and future surgery, her perfect plans are turned upside down. Barker’s new reality is a detoured journey that feels more like an obstacle course of life-threatening encounters, medical mishaps, and a seemingly unending number of hardships. From the moment of her daughter’s birth, she is taught unrelenting life lessons that no schooling or formal education could ever teach: how to live and love unconditionally; how to battle health care providers and medical insurance carriers for proper care and coverage; how to advocate for a sick loved one; how to navigate the unfamiliar world of special needs care and education; and how to keep her sanity and some semblance of her former self alive and well along the way. And that, to her great dismay, is only the beginning. Poignant and inspiring, Changed by Chance, Champion By Choice is a courageous story of soul-searching introspection about acquiring the necessary life skills to survive and thrive. Barker credits her success to trusting her intuition and learning to accept the mystical interventions that helped her along the way—and how, through these experiences, she became her own life champion.

Art Briles

Author : Nick Eatman
ISBN : 9781623686642
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Baylor head coach Art Briles is one of the most highly regarded coaches in college football, and this biography delves far beyond his football success and acumen. It explains how, at the age of 20, Briles lost his parents in a tragic car accident as they were en route to one of his college games. The book relates how Briles, devastated by the loss of his role models, used the catastrophe as motivation to propel him toward the destination of his dreams. As the book elucidates in detail, Coach Briles has made a career of turning failing football programs around in both the high school and collegiate ranks. His latest accomplishments at Baylor University are also chronicled in this account of overcoming tragedy and turning personal loss into overwhelming success.

Color Me Butterfly

Author : L. Y. Marlow
ISBN : 0307719367
Genre : Fiction
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Inspired by a true story, Color Me Butterfly follows four generations of mothers and daughters—haunted by a common specter of domestic abuse—as they discover the strength, hope, and courage to survive. The last thing Eloise Bingham wanted was to leave the comforts of her South Carolina home and family. But at the end of World War II, the young wife follows her husband, Isaac, to Philadelphia—only to experience his sinister and violent temper. Eloise’s children—and their children and grandchildren—will face their own trials over the next sixty years: Mattie, who has lived in her mother Eloise’s shadow, finds it takes a life-changing tragedy to help her break free; Lydia, Mattie’s strong-willed daughter, summons the resolve to rise above the cycle of abuse; and finally, Treasure, Lydia’s lively daughter, has the chance to be the first to escape her family’s destructive legacy. It will take unconditional love, old-fashioned family values, faith, and fearless determination—already embedded in each woman’s DNA—to triumph over a life plagued with unspeakable pain. From the Trade Paperback edition.

I Choose To Be Happy

Author : Missy Jenkins
ISBN : 1880292319
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The author describes her life after she was shot and paralyzed from the chest down during a prayer group in school in Paducah, Kentucky.

Triumph Over M S

Author : Bill Martin Vivatson
ISBN : 9781619965096
Genre : Religion
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This thesis offers the dignity of hope to M.S. survivors who cherish their independence. But, this is only possible when one understands that only 15% of all M.S. survivors suffer the severe handicaps from constant reoccurring infections. These brave survivors deserve our sympathy and support. Mercifully, the other 85%, of us live with cyclical forms of this disease, meaning, much of our lives can be normal. It was 63 years ago, at age 23, when this author was diagnosed with acute M.S.. He became functionally blind with his right limbs compromised. After diagnosis he defiantly ignored all medical counsel as to medication, therapy and lifestyle. In doing so, he lived a full and prosperous life with freedom, adventure, accomplishment and good health. This thesis catalogues his remarkable story. It is here that you will learn his decisions were no accident!

On Fire

Author : John O'Leary
ISBN : 9781501117749
Genre : Self-Help
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In the bestselling tradition of Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly and Nick Vujicic’s Life Without Limits comes a rousing 7-step plan for living a life on fire, filled with hope and possibility—from an inspirational speaker who survived a near-fatal fire at the age of nine and now runs a successful business inspiring people all around the world. When John O’Leary was nine years old, he was almost killed in a devastating house fire. With burns on one hundred percent of his body, O’Leary mustered an almost unimaginable amount of inner strength just to survive the ordeal. The insights he gained through this experience and the heroes who stepped into his life to help him through the journey—his family, the medical staff, and total strangers—changed his life. Now he is committed to living life to the fullest and inspiring others to do the same. An incredible and emotionally honest account of triumph over tragedy, On Fire contains O’Leary’s reflections on being that little boy, the life-giving choices made then, and the resulting lessons he learned. O’Leary very clearly shares that without the right people providing the right guidance, at the right time, he never would have made it through those five months in the hospital, let alone the years that followed as he struggled to regain mobility, embrace his story, and ignite clarity of his life’s purpose. On Fire encourages us to seize the power to choose our path and transform our lives from mundane to extraordinary. Once we stop thinking solely on the big moments in our lives, we can begin to focus on those smaller opportunities that tend to pass us by. These are the events—the inflection points in our lives—that can determine how we feel about life now, where we are headed in the future, and how many lives we can impact along the way. We can’t always choose the path we walk, but we can choose how we walk it. Empowering, inspiring, remarkably honest, and heartfelt, O’Leary’s strength and incredible spirit shine through on every page.

Counting By 7s

Author : Holly Goldberg Sloan
ISBN : 9781101591352
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family. Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now. Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read. “Holly Goldberg Sloan writes about belonging in a way I’ve never quite seen in any other book. This is a gorgeous, funny, and heartwarming novel that I’ll never forget.”—John Corey Whaley, author of Where Things Come Back "Willow Chance subtly drew me into her head and her life, so much so that I was holding my breath for her by the end. Holly Goldberg Sloan has created distinct characters who will stay with you long after you finish the book."—Sharon Creech, Newbery Award-winning author of Walk Two Moons "In achingly beautiful prose, Holly Goldberg Sloan has written a delightful tale of transformation that’s a celebration of life in all its wondrous, hilarious and confounding glory. Counting by 7s is a triumph."—Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Life S Golden Ticket

Author : Brendon Burchard
ISBN : 9780062563439
Genre : Self-Help
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The classic inspirational parable from the top motivation and marketing trainer and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaire Messenger—a triumphant tale of personal growth and change that will inspire anyone who has ever wished for a second chance. What if you were handed a golden ticket that could magically start your life anew? That question is at the heart of Life’s Golden Ticket. Brendon Burchard tells the story of a man who is so trapped in the prison of his past that he cannot see the possibilities, the choices, and the gifts before him. To soothe his fiancée Mary, clinging to life in a hospital bed, the man takes the envelope she offers and heads to an old, abandoned amusement park that she begs him to visit. To his surprise, when he steps through the rusted entrance gates, the park magically comes to life. Guided by the wise groundskeeper Henry, the man will encounter park employees, answer difficult questions, overcome obstacles, listen to lessons from those wiser than he, and take a hard look at himself. At the end of his journey, the man opens Mary’s mysterious envelope. Inside is a golden ticket—the final phase in turning his tragic life’s story of loss and regret into a triumphant tale of love and redemption.

Married To The Game

Author : Lydia Harris
ISBN : 0976566001
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The First book release from Lydia Harris a/k/a Lady Boss internationally known wife of convicted drug kingpin MICHEAL (HARRY O) HARRIS finally gets the true story, the whole story about the turbulent and often violent world of the music business. After death threats, broken promises, lies and manipulation Lydia Harris finally breaks her long silence on Suge Knight and her legal battles with the King Pins of the music business. After years of heart ache and disappointment Lydia has reclaimed what was rightfully hers and restored her good name. After reading this intriguing, thought provoking book you will no doubt be amazed at how strong one woman can be. Standing toe to toe with the once invincible and notorious Suge Knight and the evil empire know as the music industry. You will feel as if you are reading the biblical story of David and Goliath. Read and find out how one woman became “Married to the Game”!

My Orange Duffel Bag

Author : Sam Bracken
ISBN : 9780307984883
Genre : Self-Help
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Documents the story of the author's childhood in an abusive and impoverished family, describing how he earned a full college football scholarship and reinvented himself by embracing specific positive rules for living.

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