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Posted June 6, 2011
Just got home from Chicago last night (after many hours of flight delays!!!) and feeling a little overwhelmed with everything. However, still thinking.. therapy and "casseroles". The Vision Therapy for intermediate and new doctor's and therapist seminar was wonderful and gave me more "confidence" that I can be an effective new therapist. I look forward to using some new procedures and systems this week for my patients. However, my flying casserole..that's another story:)
Since this was a pretty intense conference I didn't have an opportunity to "taste" Chicago this time, but did get a taste of something better; Lt. Col Tony and Penny Monetti's new book, "A Call to Serve". Staying at the Hyatt Regency was a huge treat.spoiled with the room-service, quiet time, and the HUGE ROOM. And since I didn't have my family with me, I actually finished an entire book called, "A Call to Serve" Encouragement, Support and Inspiration for Military Families. This book truly inspired me to be a better person in every aspect. If you are retired, activity duty, served, or a family member who has served at home (front-lines) or even know a military family. this is a MUST read. I want to share the entire story, but that wouldn't be fair, you'll have to go and get a copy! Lol I'll just share some of my favorite moments that spoke to my heartJ. Another great element to this book is, Penny and Tony tagged team writing each chapter sharing their personal experiences and convictions on what God was teaching them doing "Life" in the military.
Part 1: Fear: This chapter delivered a message about bed rest and casseroles..this is where the casserole thinking came in:) lol (great combo Penny!)Coping with the Unknown. I love this part of the book because it underscores trusting God with our futures. Obviously, this is about Penny trusting God during a challenging time when she was expecting and had to be placed on bed rest.---------The title name was quite fitting too, but what I really liked about each part of this book is the prayer at the end. This one prayer for this chapter really spoke to me: "Dear Lord, I don't what the future holds, but you do. Thank you for going out before me to assure that I am cared for no matter what the circumstance. Please put the individuals meeting your care in my path so that I can display your love through my "casseroles"."
Part 12: EOS No More: Preparing for Change: This part written by Tony recalls Brigadier General Risner, an Air Force Hero who survived torture and captive for seven years in Vietnam. After his release from his captivity he prepared to return home. As he left the hospital to board the bus it began to rain, others ran but he walked into the middle of the street and cried tears of joy as the rain hit his face. He longed for freedom and waited for the rain on his face. "Whenever life rains challenge on me, I think of Robbie Risner raising his face toward the heavens in the rain and that thought keeps my life in perspective. My passion has evolved from not only flying jets, but also encouraging others. As a motivational speaker, I use the acronym FLY to remind people to always look Forward, Love life and live it fully and to say yes to new opportunities.pg 87 So here it is.. pieces of what I'm calling MY flying casserole....clear as mud:) lol. On much serious note; this book also provides scriptures, LOTS of resources, TONS of encouragement!
Posted May 26, 2011
If you live in the free country of The United States of America, you must read this book. This book is an easy read in a devotional style. Both authors' lives are so intriguing. I found myself clenching my pillow as Tony spoke of his combat mission in his B-52 bomber. I laughed out loud as Penny shared her overseas moving adventure, and I wiped off my tears as she shared her experience of becoming a military mother. As a civilian, I am amazed at the daily adventures a military family lives through. As I read their stories, I was both entertained and inspired. I also have a new found respect for service members and their families. They have been through so many ups and downs. They have great insights to share with real life lessons attached to each chapter that easily apply to all of us! They touch on fear, trust, surrender, listening, emotions, hope, faith, stress, depression, love, blessings, encouragement, and so much more! This also applies to the stories they shared from the lives and experiences of other brave service members and their families. Sara M. Howard, author of "Tuesday's Grace: A Modern Day Miracle"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.