The Hands of God

The Hands of God

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by Gerald Weinberg
     
 

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HOW WOULD YOU LIVE IF YOU LOST YOUR HANDS?

Could you feed yourself? Clean yourself? What about opening a door? How would you dress yourself, or tie your shoes? Would everyone you ever loved consider you a freak? A monster?

Pamela Ruka knows the answers to these questions, and more. When she was six years old, she lost her hands in the accident

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HOW WOULD YOU LIVE IF YOU LOST YOUR HANDS?

Could you feed yourself? Clean yourself? What about opening a door? How would you dress yourself, or tie your shoes? Would everyone you ever loved consider you a freak? A monster?

Pamela Ruka knows the answers to these questions, and more. When she was six years old, she lost her hands in the accident that claimed her mother’s life.

She is taken in by a grandfather who holds her hostage for eight years, hoping for insurance money to pay his mounting gambling debts. He hides her from the world, making her eat off the floor like a dog.

In those years when other kids are in school learning to play games, Pamela stays home alone and compensates for her lost hands by studying patterns, learning to anticipate and avoid what she cannot control. When she is fourteen, she escapes and grows into an independent young woman who transforms her handicap into a world-shaking ability.

She is offered a pair of high-tech prosthetic hands that will earn her longed-for freedom. These same hands, however, would destroy her special ability to save the lives of others. She realizes that freedom is much more than the ability to tie her own shoes. It’s the ability to choose your fate, no matter how difficult the choices.

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Dennis Cadena
“The Hands of God” is a story that, via intriguing and unconventional characters and unexpected situations, does what only the best kind of story can do: help a reader see that each of us is different in our own way and must learn to cope with those differences in the most humanly authentic manner we can. As such, I enthusiastically recommend “The Hands of God” to readers young and old alike. It is a truly inspiring tale that will captivate your heart and mind and sou
Amazon - Dennis Cadena
“The Hands of God” is a story that, via intriguing and unconventional characters and unexpected situations, does what only the best kind of story can do: help a reader see that each of us is different in our own way and must learn to cope with those differences in the most humanly authentic manner we can. As such, I enthusiastically recommend “The Hands of God” to readers young and old alike. It is a truly inspiring tale that will captivate your heart and mind and sou

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611380057
Publisher:
Gerald Weinberg
Publication date:
01/29/2011
Series:
Women of Power , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
986 KB

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Meet the Author

I've always been interested in helping smart people be happy and productive. To that end, I've published books on human behavior, including Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, The Psychology of Computer Programming, Perfect Software and Other Fallacies, and an Introduction to General Systems Thinking. I've also written books on leadership including Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting (Foreword by Virginia Satir), More Secrets of Consulting, and the four-volume Quality Software Management series.

I try to incorporate my knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all of my writing and consulting work (with writers, hi-tech researchers, software engineers, and people whose life-situation could require the use of a service dog). I write novels about such people, including The Aremac Project, Aremac Power, Jigglers, First Stringers, Second Stringers, The Hands of God, Freshman Murders, Earth's Endless Effort, and Mistress of Molecules—all about how my brilliant protagonists produce quality work and learn to be happy. My books may be found as eBooks at <>; on Amazon at and at Barnes and Noble.

Early in my career, I was the architect for the Project Mercury's space tracking network and designer of the world's first multiprogrammed operating system. I won the Warnier Prize, the Stevens Award, and the first Software Testing Professionals' Luminary Award, all for mu writing on software quality. I was also elected a charter member of the Computing Hall of Fame in San Diego and chosen for the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame.

But the "award" I'm most proud of is The book, The Gift of Time (Fiona Charles, ed.) written by my student and readers for my 75th birthday. Their stories make me feel that I've been at least partially successful at helping smart people be happy.

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Hands of God 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
dknippling More than 1 year ago
An unexpected, an unexpect-able book. It starts with a fourteen-year-old girl, Pamela, who lost her mother as well as her hands in an accident, who lives with her grandparents--a cruel grandfather who keeps her locked away from the world, and a grandmother who's lost her ability to protest. Pamela should be helpless, and in fact the author gives us a lot of detail into just how hard it is for her to deal with everyday tasks, and how that difficulty means that she's treated as less than human. But Pamela is her own person, with a talent for finding patterns in things--from horseracing to deloping new tools to help her gain more function with her arms. The details are fascinating as the author works out, step by step, how Pamela lives, thinks, and changes, blossoming from a girl with no sense of the world, to a worldly young woman (in the best sense) who can look out for herself, and even make difficult choices about not only how she wants to live her life, but how she wants to affect the world around her.
MiriamMinger More than 1 year ago
A teen that lost her hands at an early age in a tragic accident, Pamela Ruka has a gift of seeing things in a special way that allows her to pick the winners in horse races--and this gift ultimately sets her upon a course that transforms her life. This gift also brings a steady stream of characters into Pamela¿s life¿some good and some not so good--that all play their part in her journey from living as a hostage in her abusive grandfather¿s home to a young woman determined¿and able¿to help others. The trait that touched me the most about Pamela is her indomitable spirit in spite of setbacks, intense physical and medical struggles, and the constant reality that she is viewed as a freak instead of a human being like everyone else. No victim here, Pamela walks bravely and with great faith through the fire that could have destroyed her into an inspiring life of purpose and passion. The Hands of God . . . truly a story of courage and triumph that will leave you pondering its message long after you finish the book.
Laura_Ware More than 1 year ago
It is said that God gives us gifts to use for His glory. There are times, however, that we look with longing at what we cannot do and ignore the abilities we¿ve been given. And what if we¿re dealt a devastating handicap? Could we possibly look past it and make use of the gifts we have been granted? One answer to this question is found in Gerald Weinberg¿s excellent book, ¿The Hands of God.¿ Pamela Ruka is a teenage girl who lost her hands in a horrific accident years before. She lives with her alcoholic grandfather, who sees her as little more than a ticket to a big monetary win in court. She spends her days at home, locked inside when she is alone. But Pamela has a unique gift. She can see patterns where no one else can. She first uses this ability to pick winning horses in races, which brings her to the attention of her grandfather¿s bookie, West, one of several interesting characters that populate this novel. But Weinberg doesn¿t leave us in a simple story about gambling on the ponies. He shows us that Pamela¿s gift has a number of applications ¿ some more life-changing than others. Throw in some speculative technology and some unexpected twists and turns and you have a page-turner of a tale that explores what we do with the gifts God gives to us. I found myself rooting for Pamela as she struggled to chart her own path in a world where everyone else had a plan for her. For a great story with a Christian message that will keep you engaged from beginning to end, I recommend ¿The Hands of God.¿
la_reviewer More than 1 year ago
Fourteen year-old Pamela Ruka is a veritable innocent, a sweet girl who lives with her grandfather. But not is all as it seems. We find out that Pamela's lost both of her hands in a tragic accident. Her grandfather treats her as little more than a marker for potential insurance money, and locks her in the house each and every day. ...and then we learn out that she has a strange gift for picking out patterns. A gift that allows her to pick out the winning racehorses...and lead to her liberation from her tragically shut-in life. 'The Hands of God' doesn't follow a path that one expects. There's something for everyone - heart-tugging scenes of friendship and family, tension-filled chases, a dash of speculative science, and ultimately, an exploration of God's purpose for all of us.
BlueRidgeGal More than 1 year ago
Gerald Weinberg, the author of best-selling books dealing with the interface of human behavior and technology, now brings his impressive knowledge not just of technology but of the human heart, to a work of fiction. The Hands of God tells the story of Pamela Ruka, a fourteen year-old girl who has lost both her hands in a tragic accident. Early on, Pamela, recounting the minister's weekly sermon says, "He said that the only sin was pretending we didn't have a choice. I think he was looking straight at me." That theme echoes throughout the book as Pamela fights to find her own way, often in harrowing situations, in a world where she's regarded as a freak. Through her story, Weinberg gives us fascinating speculations as to how medical and engineering technology combined with social will might help people like Pamela. A book rich with ideas, information and compassion.