Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer: And her Parable of the Tomato Plant

Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer: And her Parable of the Tomato Plant

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by Marsha Roberts
     
 

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"An optimistic look at the magic of life." --- KIRKUS REVIEWS

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Marsha Roberts was never afraid to be bold because she had a secret. She knew if she stumbled, angels would catch her. She had a connection to God that seemed almost magical. For decades, angels and miracles had worked for her better than a credit card with no limit.

All of that changed

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"An optimistic look at the magic of life." --- KIRKUS REVIEWS

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Marsha Roberts was never afraid to be bold because she had a secret. She knew if she stumbled, angels would catch her. She had a connection to God that seemed almost magical. For decades, angels and miracles had worked for her better than a credit card with no limit.

All of that changed without warning. They called it The Recession of 2008, but like millions of other people, it was in-your-face personal to Marsha. She was on the verge of losing everything. But worst of all, in the frantic pursuit to keep her head above water, she felt her sense of self, her own personal magic, slip away. If she was going to get her family through this crisis, she was going to have to become the sassy, mutinous gal she had once been - the one who believed in miracles. And the only way to do that was to solve the profound mystery of how God had helped her beat practically impossible odds time and again.

There were clues in the oddest places: in a tomato plant and a Barbie doll, in an ICU and a frozen windshield, in the Alaskan sun and a Mediterranean piazza. Even in her dog Smokey. She had to discover the key to what it all meant so she could find her way back. Back to that magical, powerful and spiritual connection. Everything she had fought for and believed in was at stake.

Marsha's style of writing makes you feel as if you're with a trusted friend, sharing coffee and life lessons. This is a book that belongs on your nightstand.

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Kirkus Reviews
Roberts strings together a series of autobiographical vignettes in her debut inspirational memoir. The belief that anything is possible is something many people lose as they grow older. For Roberts, however, this belief always finds a way to resurface, even in bleak circumstances. Each short chapter of her memoir focuses on a single experience or lesson. Some of her experiences are quite extraordinary--such as the life-changing vision she claims to have received from God, detailed in "The September 13th Parable"--but others are fairly commonplace, like the story of her dog, Smokey, who trusted Roberts completely as she led him through a storm. The extraordinary stories highlight what Roberts sees as the miraculous nature of life, while the ordinary ones ground the overall narrative and make it believable. The author's life hasn't always been easy; she had a difficult relationship with her mother, a divorce and numerous financial struggles. Instead of dwelling on these negatives, however, Roberts uses them to illustrate how each circumstance opened the door for something magical: healing the rift between her and her mother, meeting the love of her life and finding unexpected solutions to her financial problems. Her voice is conversational, not stilted or academic, with a clear, uncluttered style that makes her memoir an easy, casual read. Moreover, she portrays many moments with a light touch, particularly when she speaks about faith-related matters, such as the power of prayer. At one point, she writes, "I know God always hears me when I pray. And I know I'm the happiest, the most peaceful with myself when it's a two-way conversation, when I'm listening." An optimistic look at the magic of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781470181840
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
892,613
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

Meet the Author

After years of producing Corporate Theatre for clients such as IBM and Coca-Cola, Marsha Roberts developed, produced and marketed "Letters From The Front," the only professional theatrical production to tour military bases around the world. This heartfelt show touched hundreds of thousands of lives, toured stateside and abroad for fifteen years and was the first play ever to perform at the Pentagon. The daunting process of getting this never-been-done-before production off the ground and onto a worldwide stage gave her a keen awareness of what it takes to overcome life's obstacles and find the miraculous in the commonplace. Marsha is currently working on her second Mutinous Baby Boomer book. You can find out more and contact Marsha on her website: www.mutinousbabyboomer.com

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Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer and her Parable of the Tomato Plant 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
thebobster More than 1 year ago
A word of advice...don't read this in a public place unless you're comfortable with public displays of emotion. More than once I had to choke back tears (and I'm a guy!) while reading this excellent book. Marsha Roberts takes you on a roller coaster ride through her amazing life that will inspire you with its deep insights and raw emotions. Her experiences presenting the play "Letters From The Front" to military audiences worldwide will make you swell with pride for our country and the men and women who defend our freedoms. Bravo! Everyone should read this book.
Alaynaga More than 1 year ago
You don't have to be a Baby Boomer to enjoy Marsha Robert's fun and insightful book chronicling her life and the many journeys she's taken. Ms.Roberts has worked as a surgical nurse, produced corporate videos and has been all over the world with the play "Letters From the Front" written by husband Bob Rector. Even so, Marsha is a woman we can all relate to. I look forward to her next book. I'm sure it will be just as interesting and inspiring as her first.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can a professed atheist enjoy reading an inspirational memoir? If the book is Marsha Roberts’ "Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer and her Parable of the Tomato Plant," the answer is a resounding “yes. ” Marsha believes in angels, miracles, and a divine master plan. I believe in random chance. Ordinarily I might not have picked up a book with “Parable” in the title, but I have come to know and like Marsha through our Boomer Lit group on Goodreads, and her book was chosen as our monthly read. I’m glad it was. Marsha has had such an interesting life, and she tells her story so well, that I found myself delighting in her memoir, even while I remained skeptical of her conclusions. (And she describes some occurrences that I can’t possibly explain in scientific terms!) "Mutinous Boomer" held my interest through Marsha’s rebellious childhood and her various careers as nurse, film editor, salesperson, and producer of "Letters from the Front," “The World’s Most Decorated Play.” Marsha battles major health and financial issues but comes out on top due to her faith and her philosophy, “Choose to be happy.” The tone is conversational, never preachy. Marsha’s vibrant personality and sense of humor are ever present, making "Mutinous Boomer" fun to read. Marsha looks back on her experiences with the wisdom of a present-day Boomer. Her quest for self-understanding is therapeutic for her and exemplary for the reader. This particular reader may not believe in God, but I believe in Marsha Roberts and her entertaining book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer by Marsha Roberts is a remarkable book of a person's spiritual and personal growth. Each chapter unveils a portion of Marsha's struggles through life and her affirmation of spirituality. A skilled story teller, Marsha deals with faith and God, and the reader never feels that they're being preached to. Instead, the author lets us inside her most personal thoughts and feelings about her mother, husband, children and the struggles that life provides. She does so in such an accomplished manner that I couldn't wait to read about the next chapter in Marsha's life. I highly recommend Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer. Whether you're struggling with faith yourself or not, you'll highly enjoy how Marsha dealt with hers.
NineTiger More than 1 year ago
Life is definitely like a tomato plant: either full of juicy fruit or eaten away by vermin. Through a series of short chapters, the author details her interesting personal journey through the lens of her strong faith. Inspiring and thought provoking, each chapter does reveal a universal truth as the word parable implies. This is an ideal book for a book club as the stories lend themselves to discussion on questions everyone faces. For example, what would you do if you lost everything you worked for, as happened to the author? On a baby-boomer level, many women will relate to having been told as children that certain paths were closed to them purely on the basis of their sex, a book club topic itself.
Bobster0 More than 1 year ago
I downloaded this to Kindle on my Smartphone - a word of advice...don't read this in a public place unless you're comfortable with public displays of emotion. More than once I had to choke back tears (and I'm a guy!) while reading this excellent book. Marsha Roberts takes you on a roller coaster ride through her amazing life that will inspire you with its deep insights and raw emotions. Her experiences presenting the play "Letters From The Front" to military audiences worldwide will make you swell with pride for our country and the men and women who defend our freedoms. Bravo! Everyone should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marsha Roberts has a way of capturing the essence of spirituality in her parables that is so very honest and thought provoking. Her style of writing makes you feel as if you're sitting with a trusted friend, sharing coffee and life lessons. I highly recommend this book.
Cheryl4019 More than 1 year ago
Marsha Roberts has a way of capturing the essence of spirituality in her parables that is so very honest and thought provoking. Her style of writing makes you feel as if you're sitting with a trusted friend, sharing coffee and life lessons. I highly recommend this book.