Straight from the Heart: A Celebration of Life

Straight from the Heart: A Celebration of Life

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by Michael T. Powers
     
 

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

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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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Editorial Reviews

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.
Heartwarmers.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931391450
Publisher:
Booklocker.com, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
4.96(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are saying about this

Jaffe
As the editor of the Heartwarmers books, I have had the privilege of reading Michael T. Powers' stories over the last few years. Michael has perfected the art of telling a compelling story with a sense of humor, enough description so that you feel that you are there with him as the story unfolds, and usually, a lesson or two tucked in to the story as well!

Mostly, what you feel when you read Michael's stories are his heart -- the vast love he expresses for his wife, his children, and God. Whether you enjoy laughing, crying, or thinking while reading a good story, you'll find it all in Michael Powers' collection.
— Azriela Jaffe Author and compiler of the best-selling Heartwarmers series of books.

Saga Stevin
Reading Michael T. Powers' book, Straight From The Heart , is like looking into a Norman Rockwell painting. This intimate glimpse into the Powers' family is so filled with love, admiration and respect for family, and God, that it will warm your heart and fill you with hope for generations to come.
— Author of The Golden Triangle: A Simple Philosophy on Dating and Relationships and Be Nice! - Discovering the pearls in life's little lessons.
Anderson
Professional writers get very irritable when someone informs us that he is planning to write a book "whenever I have the time" or comments that it must be great to "lie around the house, waiting for inspiration." Such folks have no idea how hard writing is, and how often we squeeze assignments in around the demands of another job (to say nothing of a family) or re-think our career choice: on bad days, even elevator repair or medical school seem preferable.

Then, once in awhile, we meet a newcomer ready and eager to master all he can, knowing that the learning will require sacrifice and rejection, who brings to his craft that certain combination of emotion, sincerity and logic and isn't afraid to let it show, who writes because not to write would be worse---and we recognize him. We are us, and now he is us. Such a person is Michael T. Powers.

For the past year I have been enjoying Michael's pieces on his web site. They are warm, funny, touching and filled with the family and spiritual values that make him such a solid man. My favorite changes from week to week; sometimes I think he will never surpass "When Lightning Bugs Look Like Fireworks", but then I re-read "Taking Off the Mask" and again, enjoy the goosebumps. How did this young person get to be so good, I wonder? Not just at writing, but at life? People who worry about the moral development of today's twenty- and thirty-somethings ought to read his parenting pieces, his stories of coaching teenage basketball players. They would be truly consoled and encouraged.

Fortunately, that's something we can all do. Michael's collection of stories Straight From the Heart will soon be published. I can recommend it wholeheartedly, and am looking forward to yet another read. Michael, welcome to the "lying around the house" club. May Straight From the Heart be only the beginning.
— Joan Wester Anderson, New York Times Best-Selling Author of fourteen books including: Where Angel Walk and the just releasedForever Young, the authorized biography of Hollywood legend Loretta Young.

Joan Wester Anderson
Professional writers get very irritable when someone informs us that he is planning to write a book "whenever I have the time" or comments that it must be great to "lie around the house, waiting for inspiration." Such folks have no idea how hard writing is, and how often we squeeze assignments in around the demands of another job (to say nothing of a family) or re-think our career choice: on bad days, even elevator repair or medical school seem preferable.

Then, once in awhile, we meet a newcomer ready and eager to master all he can, knowing that the learning will require sacrifice and rejection, who brings to his craft that certain combination of emotion, sincerity and logic and isn't afraid to let it show, who writes because not to write would be worse---and we recognize him. We are us, and now he is us. Such a person is Michael T. Powers.

For the past year I have been enjoying Michael's pieces on his web site. They are warm, funny, touching and filled with the family and spiritual values that make him such a solid man. My favorite changes from week to week; sometimes I think he will never surpass "When Lightning Bugs Look Like Fireworks", but then I re-read "Taking Off the Mask" and again, enjoy the goosebumps. How did this young person get to be so good, I wonder? Not just at writing, but at life? People who worry about the moral development of today's twenty- and thirty-somethings ought to read his parenting pieces, his stories of coaching teenage basketball players. They would be truly consoled and encouraged.

Fortunately, that's something we can all do. Michael's collection of stories Straight From the Heart will soon be published. I can recommend it wholeheartedly, and am looking forward to yet another read. Michael, welcome to the "lying around the house" club. May Straight From the Heart be only the beginning.
— Joan Wester Anderson, New York Times Best-Selling Author of fourteen books including: Where Angel Walk and the just releasedForever Young, the authorized biography of Hollywood legend Loretta Young.

Gray
With warmth and honesty, Michael T. Powers turns ordinary moments into extraordinary stories. His family and friends find their way into your heart and stay there as treasures. If you want to be reminded of what's important in life, you will want to read, Straight from the Heart.
— Alice Gray Compiler of the best-selling Stories for the Heart book collection.

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