A Good Read – “Underwater” by Chris Maxwell

Chris Maxwell’s latest book “Underwater: When Encephalitis, Brain Injury and Epilepsy Change Everything” is a book well worth reading for anyone who has  a challenge to overcome.

In 1996, Chris’ life changed when he was struck by encephalitis.  The infection almost ended his life, but what this book does is show the reader how, although changed, he has learned to live with the challenges that still affect him today, and flourish.

Not only was Chris’ life turned upside down, but so were the lives of his wife, sons, family, friends and co-workers.  This story is about the “new Chris” that emerged from his illness and how everyone in his life was affected.

While this personal story is about the results of encephalitis, the challenges and triumphs can be equated to anyone’s life.

Whether it is illness, loss, or other speed bumps we have to overcome, “Underwater” shares a journey that we can all celebrate and emulate as life’s challenges get in our way.

“Underwater: When Encephalitis, Brain Injury and Epilepsy Change Everything” is a great read, I am happy to recommend to anyone!

Other books written by Chris Maxwell include, “Beggars Can Be Chosen,” “Unwrapping His Presence,” “Changing My Mind,” and his acclaimed series, “Pause,” “Pause With Jesus,” “Pause for Moms” and “Pause for Pastors.”

“Underwater,” and Chris’ other books, may be found on Amazon .  He is published by True Potential Media.

 

 

 

My America…..

THIS is the America I live in, not Twitter wars or tearing others down, but honoring service and dedication to family.

Well done Budweiser, well done!

Pursuing My Dream, Listening and Learning: Life’s Playlist – Paperback Writer by The Beatles

Now that I have made the decision to pursue my dream and work on “the book,” I am constantly looking for inspiration and advice.

I have been incredibly fortunate to get some great feedback from Chris Maxwell, an esteemed author in his own right, a publisher, other writers, friends and family.

The support means more than I can ever express.

Some of the comments I have heard, from people I trust, is I need to write on a regular basis and not just for the book.  The blog is that outlet and I am going to utilize this platform more for expression and writing opportunities.

One of those opportunities includes the “Life’s Playlist” posts.  I enjoy choosing songs that are speaking to me and making an impact in my life, but have never shared why I post the songs I choose.

I hope to begin sharing those reasons as an opportunity to write… hence the post on “We Are the World” and today’s Life’s Playlist song by The Beatles, “Paperback Writer.”

Recently, I heard about Jeff Goins, an author, blogger and writer who shares his expertise with others.  I believe you should learn from experts and I am open to learning anything I can to make me a better writer and share my voice with others

Today, Amazon delivered these two books.  I plan on digesting every word inside the pages, in hopes of my own paperback, hardback or e-book someday seeing the light of day!

Have an awesome Friday friends and keep your dreams alive!

Remembering a Free-Wheeling Spring in Life’s Playlist…. We Are the World by Various Artists

When “We Are the World” was released in the Spring of 1985, I was a junior at Georgia Southern College. (Now Georgia Southern University)

There had never been anything like “We Are the Wold” and to date nothing has ever replicated it.

Recorded by many of the music industries top artists, the song was recorded with the entire chorus in-studio together just after the American Music Awards.  During the months leading up to “We Are the World” the continent of Africa had been decimated by drought and thousands of people had died.

As a result the fund-raising effort “USA FOR AFRICA” was formed.

This was the first world-wide call to action, in support of a cause like the ones we see so frequently today.  All monies raised by record and cassette sales (yes, you had to go to a store and BUY music back in the dark-aged 80’s) went directly to the relief efforts.

The song played constantly on the radio and I remember laying by the pool, at the apartment complex I lived in, and each time it would air, 40, 50 and sometimes more of us would break into song.

Those were great days, when I hear this song I think back on great friendships and fun days in the sun singing for a cause.

Enjoy the song and see how many artists you recognize!

Short Notes – Table of Hypocrisy

I stay out of political debate.  I used to get into it but the conversations never changed anyone’s minds and it did nothing but harm relationships.

I have said I didn’t vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but I DID vote and I stand by my choice.

I support the President, I hope he succeeds because to wish anything else is un-American.

What Kathy Griffin did is DISGUSTING, it is un-American and it is dangerous.

The comments about Mrs. Trump and their young son Barron are also disgusting, un-American and dangerous.

Just like the comments over the last eight years when referencing  former President Obama and his family were disgusting, un-American and dangerous.

I find it interesting that those who are so appalled by President Trump’s actions and comments have grown silent when it comes to Kathy Griffin.

It’s also interesting how some of the ones who are most upset by the latest political commentary embraced the hostility towards leaders of the past.

How many seats are available at this table of hypocrisy?

Why would anyone who could really be a great President for our nation put themselves through this?  I guess we really do get what we deserve when we tear down those who step forward to lead.

Hopefully we the American people will grow weary of this mentality of destruction before it’s too late.