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This delightful collection of stories will warm the hearts of readers of all ages. With contributions from Michael's wife Kristi, also a published writer, each story speaks to the emotions and experiences of all walks of life.With an uncanny ability to make the reader feel as if he or she is a participant as the story unfolds, Michael draws upon his experiences as a husband, father, business owner, high school coach, blue-collar worker, competitive athlete, and youth leader. Packed with compassion, heartache, ...
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This delightful collection of stories will warm the hearts of readers of all ages. With contributions from Michael's wife Kristi, also a published writer, each story speaks to the emotions and experiences of all walks of life.With an uncanny ability to make the reader feel as if he or she is a participant as the story unfolds, Michael draws upon his experiences as a husband, father, business owner, high school coach, blue-collar worker, competitive athlete, and youth leader. Packed with compassion, heartache, love, laughter, and Godly wisdom, this book offers inspiration, humor and advice to those going through difficult times and to those who may just need a reminder that the really important things in life happen to us while we are making other plans. In Celebrating Daddyhood , Michael touches on the importance of spending time with one's children. From the excitement of childbirth to a child's first swimming lesson, this section deals with the triumphs and trials of the amazing journey called Daddyhood. In Celebrating Sports, he shares about the ups and downs of athletics. Ranging from a superstar track athlete who "loses" for the first time in her career, to life lessons learned in the heat of competition, to the incredible mental battles that go on inside an athlete's head, these stories expound upon what is still good about sports these days. In Celebrating Relationships , Michael and Kristi share stories illustrating every person's need to love and be loved, including first loves and friendships that begin before kindergarten and are still going strong. This section will give readers the resolve to cultivate the relationships that are most important in life. Celebrating Life , deals with just that-taking the time to celebrate life. Rather than being about the big promotion or the house we just have to have, life is really about all the little things that we pass up and just don't have the time to do. From a young boy's life-long search for a father's love to, to honoring the perfect baby-sitter, to a Romanian immigrant who just wouldn't quit until he found freedom, these stories will give you a new perspective on everyday life. Michael writes:
I started writing because I wanted to present my children with a book about their lives when they graduated from high school, but I also write because I have to. Writing has caught me up in its magical flame, and there is a burning inside that demands attention whether I have time for it or not. May I always remember my promise to give my children a book about their lives--a book filled with the magic of childhood, the wonder of learning, and the incredible highs and lows of junior and senior high school. Most of all, however, I pray it is a book filled with good memories of a mother and father who spent time with their children. May you enjoy the following stories and may they touch your hearts in a special way.
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Lee Simonson
ichael T. Powers is a Gem! And I don't use that term lightly. You see, as publisher of an emailed newsletter that goes to over 200,000 subscribers who live in 130 countries around the world, I receive submissions from hundreds of writers. Let me tell you, there is a lot of talent out there. But only a chosen few have rated the highest title we bestow upon our most creative and beloved writers -- Heartwarmer Gem. Michael has an uncanny ability to use his skills to combine both his topic and artistry into a magical story that touches both the heart and soul. He can take us on a journey (I call them "escapes") without leaving our chairs. He can expand our minds and imaginations to places yet discovered. Even with the things we see and do everyday, Michael provides an entertaining viewpoint that helps us to express, with words we could never find, what we've always felt. He shows us new ways to look at ourselves. Take my word for it... once you get to know Michael and his stories, you will be making time for yourself to enjoy his wonderful tales, and your friends will be wondering where your "glow" came from.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931391450
  • Publisher: Booklocker.com, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 4.96 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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