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"Jimmy, eat your oatmeal, it'll stick to your ribs." I recall as a boy feeling around my rib cage after eating my oatmeal and wondering if it took a trip other foods didn't. Maybe oatmeal really did hang out down there."
The advice of our mothers. Maybe we don't always understand it as children (how does my failure to clean my plate affect the starving children in Africa?), but it carries a message of love and concern that reaches far beyond words. In his reflective style, best-selling author James Michael Pratt reminds us of the timeless wisdom of our mothers and offer tribute to the unsung heroines who have made the world go round. As he acknowledges, "Oatmeal might not really stick to ribs, but I never, ever eat it without hearing Mom's voice. It wasn't just oatmeal that stuck to this boy, though. It was the time-tested values that gave real warmth and protection, like a shield against the punches, life's knockout blows to the ribcage. Obeying Mom on eating the hot cereal was assuring myself that I could succeed."
James Michael Pratt is a best-selling author who writes full time and also speaks frequently on the motivational themes of hope, belief, love, and achieving personal success with a balanced life. Having successfully penned four novels he describes as a "tribute to faith, hope, and love", he has been called "...a master of moral fiction" by Booklist, as his novels are filled with history, romance, and emphasis on the timeless themes that make individuals, families, and friendships strong. Filled with the compelling elements of separation, war, and tragedy, but also triumph, the four novels, The Last Valentine, The Lighthouse Keeper, Ticket Home, and Paradise Bay, were published in both hardcover and paperback and have created hundreds of thousands of fans across the United States and CanadaWhen not writing, Pratt spends his time as a husband and dad. He and his wife, Jeanne, have been married for twenty- five years, are the parents of two children, and have made Utah their home.
|Chapter 1||Appreciation for Everyday Moms||1|
|Chapter 2||The Woman Who Made Oatmeal Stick to My Ribs||5|
|Chapter 3||"Do unto Others As You Would Have Them Do unto You"||17|
|Chapter 4||Mom's Taxi||27|
|Chapter 5||"Eat Your Food! There Are Starving Children in Africa!"||35|
|Chapter 6||"We're Gonna Eat Who?"||47|
|Chapter 7||"Remember to Call Home"||59|
|Chapter 8||"Be Still and Be at Peace, Son"||73|
|Chapter 9||Kissing Santa Claus||87|
|Chapter 10||"Just One Day at a Time"||95|
|Chapter 11||"Just Close Your Eyes"||103|
|Chapter 12||First, Last, and Always||109|
|From Dad, the Man Who Lied to Save the Planet|
|Chapter 3||"How Ya Doin', Chicken?"||113|