Fractured Not Broken

Author: Michelle Weidenbenner
Publisher: R. Publishing, LLC with Kelly Schaefer, LLC
ISBN: 0986336238
Format: PDF, ePub
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AWARD-WINNING and BESTSELLING AUTHOR Parts of this memoir appeared on ESPN and in Rosie. Fractured Not Broken is a true story of loss, faith, and a rare love that only happens in nonfiction. In a sweeping and heart-wrenching narrative, Kelly exposes the truth about what happened after a drunk driver rendered her a quadriplegic. She shares how she found her way back—through faith and pain, her community, her family, and the love of a man she’d prayed for. This book has been a true encouragement to me. Thank you Kelly for sharing your story— the loss and the unexpected joy— so that each reader can be uplifted knowing there is a full, rich life available to those who lean in to our Lord Jesus. —Renee Bondi, Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter Life has its tragic moments of defeat, setbacks, and fracturing for everyone. Kelly's story proves, however, that individual momentum, personal progress, and genuine achievement can still be attained. Her courage and optimism are uplifting. Open these pages and experience the joy of ultimate victory. —Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Author, Jesus in All Four Seasons This is a real life story of heroic virtue—especially of courage, humility, and generosity—a triumph of faith, hope and love. This story involves the very essence of the human spirit, family, and community. To know Kelly and her journey of miracles is to know that with God all things are possible. —Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson Bishop of Evansville

Stress Fracture

Author: Tara Meissner
ISBN: 9780990495109
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Stress Fracture: A Memoir of Psychosis This psychology memoir is about the things that break us and how we heal. It offers a raw view a 33-year-old wife and mother swallowed by psychosis. The episode includes meeting Jesus Christ, dancing with Ellen DeGeneres, and narrowly escaping eternity in the underworld. Casually called a nervous breakdown, psychosis is an entrapment outside of self where hallucinations and delusions anchor. Family, doctors, and fellow patients witness a nonverbal, confused, distraught shell of a woman. In the security of a psychiatric care center, the week-long psychosis broke and spit out a bipolar patient in the cushioned place of middle class medicine. Outpatient recovery consumed the better part of year with psychiatric treatment and spiritual contemplation. Left scarred and damaged, health returns allowing her to tentatively embrace a grace and peace earned through acceptance of bipolar disorder.

A Fractured Life

Author: Clare Malcolm
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 099463031X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Christmas Eve 2013 is a day Julie Metaxotos can’t remember but will never forget. A normal morning became a day like no other when her car was involved in a serious collision and her life was fractured. Out of her crumpled car they pulled her broken body, unsure whether she would survive. But no one could have known, not even Julie herself, the extent of the fighting spirit and massive determination that would see her win battles, beat setbacks and overcome hurdles over the next two years on the journey back to health. Losing control of her life and limbs, she had to reset her beliefs, her expectations and her hopes to rebuild herself and her world. The challenges that burdened her time and time again hurt as much as the many broken bones, but she never let them beat her, to the continued amazement of her family, friends, doctors and rehabilitation team. She won the fight for life and for health, and along the way won the hearts of everyone she encountered. This is her story.

The Body Broken

Author: Lynne Greenberg
Publisher: Random House of Canada
ISBN: 9781400067428
Format: PDF
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Tells the intensely moving story of how the author, after surviving a devastating car crash and recovering in seemingly miraculous fashion, awoke one morning with this blissful facade shattered as she began to realize she never properly healed and was living on borrowed time.


Author: Julie Marie Wade
Publisher: Bywater Books
ISBN: 1612940560
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"For a long time, everything only happened to other people," Julie Wade writes. Or so she thought. She records her falls. The "stunned body, the purloined speech" she experiences after crashing to the ground from a swing. The sensation of slipping from the platform saddle atop a circus elephant, sliding "flat as a penny against his wrinkled skin, rattling the bones of my ribs." The shame and uncertainty of being spilled from the security of parental love. And, finally, triumphantly, the felix culpa, the fortunate fall, of love. Juxtaposed against the fragmentary structure of the memoir, this fall comprises both the energy source, the burning center of the book, and its thematic vantage point. Falling in love is an explosion in Julie's mind as well as her body, an epiphany that remakes the map of her world, slicing the knot of her parents' shame, unmasking the visceral truths of her body. In love she is in motion, reimagining the past, striking out on road trips. Suddenly, she is living, grabbing, tasting, writing, her mouth full of "honey and moonlight," her mind afire. And we are reminded yes, this is what love does, this is how it saves us. Julie Wade has received the Oscar Wilde Poetry Prize (2005), the Literal Latte Nonfiction Award (2006), the AWP Intro Journals Award for Nonfiction (2009), the American Literary Review Nonfiction Prize (2010), the Arts & Letters Nonfiction Prize (2010), the Thomas J. Hruska Nonfiction Prize (2011), the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir (2011), and seven Pushcart Prize nominations.


Author: Marianne Faithfull
Publisher: Cooper Square Press
ISBN: 1461660971
Format: PDF, Mobi
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From pop stardom through the depths of addiction to her punk-rock comeback, Marianne Faithfull's life captures rock 'n' roll at its most decadent and its most destructive. Faithfull's first hit, 1964's "As Tears Go By," opened doors to the hippest circles in London. There she frolicked with the most luminous of the young, rich, and reckless, including Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones. Her legendary affair with Mick Jagger produced one hit single, "Sister Morphine," and countless headlines. Faithfull left the relationship a strung-out junkie. Struggling to kick drugs and revive her musical career, she recorded Broken English in 1979, an edgy, hard-hitting, critical triumph. As honest in her autobiography as in her music, Faithfull is a searing, intimate portrait of a woman who examines her adventures and misadventures without flinching, without apology.

The Gospel of Trees

Author: Apricot Irving
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451690452
Format: PDF, Docs
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The author shares her memories of growing up in Haiti as the daughter of an idealistic missionary, exploring her experiences living in a hospital compound as her family and the country experienced a period of upheaval.

Little Black Sheep

Author: Ashley Cleveland
Publisher: David C Cook
ISBN: 0781410878
Format: PDF
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“This is the story of the groundwork that paved the way to my faith. It is not an easy story to tell….” This powerful memoir from Grammy Award winner Ashley Cleveland reminds us that even in the lowest times of our lives, beauty can shine through. As a young woman from a deeply flawed family, Ashley had little hope she would amount to anything. If there was trouble, near or far, she found it. Yet, in her destructive days of drugs, alcohol, and sex, she encountered a forgiving God who was relentlessly faithful. Change did not come quickly. The brokenness did not disappear. But little by little, Ashley allowed God to heal her, to transform her desires, to bring courage to others through her journey. Little by little, she saw that it was her brokenness itself that God wanted to use. This beautifully told story will take you from the back rooms of Nashville to the churches of the San Francisco Bay area to a tender new life where one woman discovers that God can work in broken places.

Overwhelming Odds

Author: Susan O'Leary
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0615802478
Format: PDF
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This inspirational story is written by Susan and Denny O'Leary, who find themselves inside any parent's worst nightmare. On an ordinary wintry day in a quiet St. Louis suburb, their son John is engulfed by flames after a gasoline explosion. John, just nine years old, critically injured and begging to die, is transported to St. John's hospital where he remains for more than four months, with 98% of his body severely burned. Against all odds, John lives. Along the arduous road to recovery he meets and is helped by a cast of fascinating and sympathetic characters: Jack Buck, announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals; Gino Cavallini, dynamic member of the St. Louis Blues hockey team; Glenn Cunningham, motivational speaker and former Olympic champion; and a host of family, medical providers, friends, and strangers, who share themselves, their talents and their God to help John first survive and eventually thrive. ... John and Beth O'Leary are proud parents of three young boys and live in Webster Groves, Missouri. Because of the poignant response from this book, John has established himself as an international speaker. Each year, John consistently shares his message with over 160 organizations within the fields of healthcare, sales, marketing, financial services and education.

This Undeserved Life

Author: Natalie Brenner
ISBN: 9780999163405
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A memoir about loss and grief, finding Jesus and grace amidst the most painful parts of our stories.