Some stories are special only to the person who owns them. Others, so moving they need to be shared. The 'tales' in this Sapphire Collection shout out: pass me along, tell me to your family and friends. Read Ashley Holland's story My Special Boy, Obi, about her memories of a dog who gave so much of himself during his ten years of life to help motivate the special needs children in her class. Read Sharon S. Johnson's story, God Must Have Wanted Me to Smile of how the repeated appearance of a red cardinal outside her window on the first anniversary of her brother's death, felt heaven sent to bring her a message of comfort and hope. Read Rod DiGruttolo's story, Pappy and the Bandleader to learn how as a long boy he plotted a surprise for his Pappy that the man savored for the rest of his life. These authors, all winners of a Tales2Inspire annual writer's contest, understand the power of stories, and have crafted these and the many more you are about to read with meticulous care. We hope they will echo in your mind long after you reach the last page of this book.
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Fourteen different stories, an eclectic mix of authors, one unifying theme: to inspire and motivate. That’s the essence of Tales2Inspire: The Sapphire Collection, compiled by editor Lois W. Stern. Whether addressing the importance of overcoming grief, the need for perseverance in the face of adversity, or the power of positive thinking, The Sapphire Collection can connect with readers from all backgrounds and experiences. Regardless of our geographical locations, philosophical differences, or personal faith (or lack thereof), we’re all familiar with the everyday challenges that threaten to eliminate any sense of hope or peace we dare to embrace. Through The Sapphire Collection, Stern and her assembled authors help restore the hope that not all is doomed, as well as preserve the peace we each need to accompany us on our sojourns through life. A highly recommended read. Monique Franklin Apex Reviews
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Tales2Inspire ~ The Sapphire Collection: Echoes In the Mind by Lois W. Stern, as the title suggests, is a collection of insightful and inspirational stories which will help in bringing about positive changes in the minds of readers. Every story in the collection will move the hearts of readers with their personal touch and different experiences which are useful in helping to change one's perspective. The author's idea of bringing different writers together to share their inspirational and motivational stories is not only encouraging but also entertaining, and it gives varied echoes to the stories in the collection. All the stories revolve around the human spirit and the conditions that prevail in human minds. Every story has an individual voice, though all the stories give readers a sense of hope and peace. The book is a good read for all age groups, and the stories are simple and show the path of honesty, devotion and hope. It is difficult to say which story is better because they all are different in their writing style and the manner in which the concepts are conveyed. The messages learned from each story are simple yet very valuable in moving forward in life and making our lives better. The author, through these stories, tells readers how to overcome difficulties and adversities and look at the trials they face in life in a positive manner. The passion with which the author has chosen stories for the collection makes the book a winner.