"I Thought You Had A Bigger Dream" was written to encourage the faint, compel the complacent, re-fire the retired, and launch the called! What will reading this book do for you?
Nothing, unless YOU stand up and say "I Can."
I can make a difference in my family, church, business and community. I can change my world, one day at a time. I can use the wisdom I have acquired to help another on their journey. I can let go of excuses and soar like an eagle. I can get back in the race, take my place and make a path for others to follow. I can live in my present, let go of my past and reach to a higher calling. I can forgive and set myself free, I can give love and in so doing, I will receive love so that I can give love again.
Penny is an author, (whose story has been featured on national TV, chronicled in newspapers and told in local and national magazines) artist, teacher, inspirational speaker and business woman who traveled nationally and internationally launching businesses and coaching in the health and fitness industry.
Completely paralyzed in 1952 at the age of three from polio. However, with her mother's guidance and her own determination, she overcame the first bout of this disease. In the early 1980's she was struck with post polio syndrome and a devastating prognosis ~ "you will never walk again."
In 1991, Penny established a homeless shelter in Rosenberg, Texas, receiving the prestigious Jefferson Award for public and community service in 1993.
Penny is the founder of Jacob's House, Inc., a home for children that operates outside the norm but inside a circle of love, laughter and discipline, providing a unique environment for the children who call it home.
"Penny Robichaux is a remarkable and amazing woman, overcoming the ravages of polio and
becoming a strong and loving mentor and mother to so many hurting children. Her book is an
account of her journey and will bless you as you read it.”"
—Dodie Osteen, cofounder of Lakewood Church
"I Thought You Had A Bigger Dream"
A true testament to overcoming insurmountable obstacles, I Thought You Had a Bigger Dream follows the life of Penny Robichaux-Koontz.
When Penny was three years old, she was rushed to the hospital, her body limp~the only sound her shrieks of pain. She was diagnosed with polio. The residual effect: complete paralysis. Soon after, Penny’s father, a Marine fighter pilot in the Korean War, went missing in action. Comforting Love, Daddy letters started arriving for Penny from his Marine buddies and the shipmates of the USS Mispillion.
Penny, motivated by the love of a mother few could emulate, found that the key for turning tragedy into triumph was to walk through and never give up.
By the time Penny was a teenager, she was ready to lead a “normal American” life. Instead, she met more tough challenges. She then approached adult life with excitement and confidence of a bright future but was forced to face new realities.
Follow Penny through her rewarding career that takes her from the heights of the Pyrenees Mountains, quaint restaurants in Germany and Spain, exploring the French countryside, and celebrating life.
Then a shocking loss takes her to the depths of despair, and her world is rocked once again.
In I Thought You Had a Bigger Dream, you will learn what it really means to live a life where dreams do come true through perseverance.
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About the Author
Penny is an author, (whose story has been featured on national TV, chronicled in newspapers and told in local and national magazines) artist, teacher, inspirational speaker and business woman who traveled nationally and internationally launching businesses and coaching in the health and fitness industry. Completely paralyzed in 1952 at the age of three from polio. However, with her mother's guidance and her own determination, she overcame the first bout of this disease. In the early 1980's she was struck with post polio syndrome and a devastating prognosis ~ "you will never walk again." In 1991, Penny established a homeless shelter in Rosenberg, Texas, receiving the prestigious Jefferson Award for public and community service in 1993. Penny is the founder of Jacob's House, Inc., a home for children that operates outside the norm but inside a circle of love, laughter and discipline, providing a unique environment for the children who call it home.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A must read !!! This book gave me a new meaning to hear God's calling. It penetrated my heart and drew me closer to God. Penny's true story takes you through her life's journey with a determination & strength of a woman who went through insurmountable circumstances from the age of 3! Her story is gut-wrenching at times, but leaves you inspired and encouraged. It was a book I couldn't put down. Penny speaks from her heart and God uses her lessons in life to prepare her for the person she became! She is now the Director at Jacob's House, a non-profit private placement children's home in Branson, Montana.
Please see that it becomes a movie! What an encouraging movie it would be; full of hope for us all!
It was a great book. I laughed and cried. I found it to inspire me to become a better person. I enjoyed the second read and took more out it. The Nuggets inspired me to look at my life, love life and love everyone around me.
It is rare that I read a complete book but I just knew this would be an exception. It was like I was sitting by Penny's side and she was telling me her story. She has had the most esciting life, horrific downs and fabulous ups. I never heard her complain. She is the sweetest lady you could ever know and her life has made her what she is today. The kids at Jacob's House love her so much and she loves them more than you could ever know. Penny is one of my heroes!! I am so blessed that I have the priviledge to know her personally. If you have pain, are depressed, discouraged or just hungry for a big blessing be sure to get Penny's book. I couldn't wait to read the whole thing. Now I want to turn around and read it again.
When the shipmates of the USS Mispillion AO 105 led by Captain Henry Munson helped the Nelson family in 1952 and 1953, little did they realize what would take place in Penny's life. It took 53 years to find out. The shipmates never forgot her and she never forgot them either. After a long search, she was located and attended the ship reunion in Baton Rouge in 2006. There were a lot of hugs and tears. It was very emotional. Now that we found her again, we aim to keep track of her this time. Little did the shipmates realize that the generosity that they showed to the Nelson family would come back full circle. We are so proud of what she has accomplished in her life and we are glad to have her as a part of the Mispillion family. We love you Penny, and we love your book.
Inspiring? Yes! Encouraging? Yes! Exciting? Yes! This is a "can't put down" book. I felt like I was right there with Penny as she experiences life....walking step by step with her as she overcomes afflictions from polio, and "experiencing" her relationships with her family and friends. There were heartbreaks and tears; joy and laughter, and all the emotions in between. Her new found faith in God helped her go on when the doctors said she would never walk again. This is more than a great story told in a great way. This is a book I will reread and enjoy and once again be uplifted and inspired to be the best that I can be regardless of circumstances. This is truly a "must read" for everyone. (My husband loves it, too.)
I was privileged to be able to buy an advance copy of I Thought You Had a Bigger Dream and loved every page of it. I went back and bought another copy for a friend! My mother is also is a polio survivor and as she was reading the book she was sharing stories of when she was in the hospital and going through treatment. Polio survivors are amazing people; they are determined, hardworking, and destined people. Jacob's House is an amazing place and reading Penny's story I can see the incredible foundation it was built on. I have been there several times and the children are so well adjusted, happy, and truly nurtured in love. As a foster parent, I wish we had thousands of Jacob's Houses for the children who unfortunately need a safe place to land. I should say, Penny is a friend, and I will also admit that I sort of dreaded reading the book. What if it wasn't good, how do you tell a friend that? Luckily, I only gave her one piece of negative feedback; I stayed up WAY too late just trying to read one more page to finish out a particular part of the book, the story of her sweet husband Dan would be to blame for that particular chapter! This is a wonderful, uplifting and inspiring book! Thank you Penny for writing it and sharing your story!
Reviewed by Molly E. for Readers Favorite I'm not a big memoir reader; I prefer the stuff that isn't so realistic and that I can get lost in. But, occasionally, I find an author who can create their memoir in such a way that hits home with me and sucks me into the heart of the book. This is one of those rare instances where I absolutely LOVED the memoir. This is a beautiful and moving story...a story of a courageous woman's battle with polio, of her motivations, of her not giving up and of following her dream. All too often people give up when they are down, or can't find the will power to go on. This amazingly inspiring woman is an encouragement to everyone who has a dream, who doesn't think they have the will power. Through her words, her wisdom and her experiences, she brings a brighter future to all who take the time to read this book. It took me a couple of sittings to read through this, not because it wasn't a good book, but because it was one that I wanted to savor. I wanted to cry every tear, I wanted to laugh every laugh and I wanted to soak in every thought that she put out in this book. If you are down in your life, and are looking for a pick-me-up, a motivating story, an emotionally moving life experience, then please grab a copy of this 5-star memoir. You will be so encouraged by the end of this book and will be a fan of this incredible woman.