Pattie Welek Hall is the author of a children’s book, Believe, translated into Spanish, Creer. She’s been published in International Brain Injury Association 10th World Congress scientific journal, Brain Injury, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries, and she hosts an Internet radio talk show, Joy Radio, from Charleston, South Carolina, where she makes her home.
A Mother's Dance: A Memoir -- One Step Back, Two Steps Forward, Full Circleby Pattie Welek Hall
How does one measure the depth of a mother’s love? Pattie never thought it possible until she experienced every mother’s worst nightmare—twice. With all three kids in college and thriving, Pattie is excited about embarking on her new career as community relations manager at Barnes & Noble. That is, until she receives word that her
How does one measure the depth of a mother’s love? Pattie never thought it possible until she experienced every mother’s worst nightmare—twice. With all three kids in college and thriving, Pattie is excited about embarking on her new career as community relations manager at Barnes & Noble. That is, until she receives word that her nineteen-year-old son has been admitted to the Medical University of South Carolina and tagged “John Doe” after he suffered a traumatic brain injury. Now her sole concern is to get to Charleston, 250 miles away, before he takes his final breath. Although Casey is given only twenty-four hours to live, Pattie clings to her faith and refuses to accept her son’s death sentence. During Casey’s long and arduous healing, Pattie takes a hard look at the past—the kid’s tender childhood memories, their challenging teenage years, the skeletons in the closet, and the circumstances that have formed her into who she has become. When tragedy strikes again, Pattie must make a choice—to remain stuck in her grief or to step into the life she’s meant to create. Moving and heart-wrenching, A Mother’s Dance, is a story about hope, perseverance, self-discovery, hard choices, and most importantly about love. . .the sad and the wondrous. “I wrote this book in hopes it would bring healing to others,” Hall says. “Instead I discovered that I was the one who healed."
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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite When a memoir has earned 77 5-star reviews on Amazon, along with several awards, one has to wonder what sets A Mother's Dance by Pattie Welek Hall apart from the bulk of memoirs...one of the least popular genres with both readers and publishers. How has Pattie Welek Hall earned such praise and recognition for A Mother's Dance? The answer lies first and foremost in the marketability of A Mother's Dance. The most riveting and memorable memoirs have an audience looking for stories like this, ones that deal with traumatic events in ordinary people's lives, stories that offer hope and inspiration to others who might be experiencing the same. The second reason A Mother's Dance succeeds is the author's style: Pattie Welek Hall writes like a novelist would! She opens with a scenario that immediately captures the interest of any parent: her son, Casey has been involved in a horrific motorcycle accident and is in critical condition with a brain injury. What parents don't dread the possibility of news like this when it comes to their children? The third reason again rests in Patti Welek Hall's writing skill: it's all too easy, and unfortunately common for those relating the events and emotions of life-changing events to rely on simple narration. That is the least effective way to keep readers reading and to give depth to all the characters in the story. And this is the area in which Patti Welek Hall really sets herself apart from other memoirists. She handles dialogue smoothly and uses lots of it to move the story along and let all the characters show the reader who they are and what they think and feel. She slips into flashbacks as easily as a bird alights on a tree branch. These flashbacks are frequent, but never too long, and always relevant to the story and the characters being revealed by them. Again, this is an area so often badly handled by too many memoirists, but Patti Welek Hall is an expert at using flashback techniques. Those who have strong faith, whatever their religious leanings, and those who also believe in meditation, spiritual healing, and the power of prayer will be especially caught up in A Mother's Dance. The author relied heavily on her beliefs and faith to carry her through not just the trauma of nearly losing Casey, but the additional heartache some years later of losing his older brother, Bo. Where Casey made a wonderful recovery and eventually went on to have a happy married life, Patti lost Bo to an overdose. But her faith carried her through it all. A Mother's Dance is inspiring and well deserving of the accolades it has received, including this 5-star review.
Very readable and entertaining even with the serious topics. The author's grace and humor come through clearly. And the Christmas tree story...I could relate. I recommend it.
Journeys, if you’ve not had yours, be prepared. We all must take them! And this mother has been on one heck of a journey. It’s one that no parent should ever have to endure, not even a child. But as her son struggles to recover from a tragic accident, author, Patti Welek Hall gives her reader an extraordinary tale of a mother’s love. She leaves no stone unturned in revealing the details of it all. As an artist, the author has done a remarkable task in pouring out the development of characterization and scenes. There is so much that goes on in the history of this true to life adventure. And yes, this story unfolds from one experience to the next. Truly, it’s a story full of struggles, challenges, hope, faith, determination, courage, strength, growth, pain, grief, and an abundance of love through and through. Journeys can take one walking all over the trail . . . and this story is evidence of that walk.
A Mother's Dance is a firsthand look at how one mother handles tragedy with all odds stacked against her. It is a beautiful book that approaches heartache in an uplifting way. From the very first page, when we find out her son has been in a tragic accident, I was captivated by the author's journey and the insight she gave us of her heart and strength. Any mother can connect with this true story that includes angels, divine signs, God, friendship, family, love, laughter, stress and anguish. I told you it's intriguing--this author has a real talent of passing her hope and optimism onto the reader. While there are many books written about tragedy, this one is so unpretentious and real, it captures both your interest and heart. Hall does not get on any soap box or try to cram lessons down your throat, she is simply releasing the heart of a mother through her writing. Not to give anything away, but right when you think things are getting better, there are unexpected twists that blow you away. Very well written and worth the read!