“Empty Jacket” by Vicky Bates (Sun Valley); CreateSpace ($14.95)
There is perhaps no greater sorrow than the loss of a child. In her inspirational new memoir, author Vicky Bates reflects on her journey of love and joy and encourages readers to remember their loved one — all while moving on and living the life their child would want them to live.
Vicky and her husband, Steve, are a professional couple in their 40s who decide to adopt two children later in life. They happily adjust their lives to accommodate their expanding family — but suffer a terrible blow when one of the children dies before his 10th birthday. The tragedy sets into motion a host of new issues, including a heavy strain on the couple’s 28-year marriage.
Eventually, Vicky and Steve manage to find hope in each other and find strength with the power of love and laughter. The death of their child proved to be a great loss — but not the end.
“Empty Jacket” helps other grieving parents move through the rough days and nights that follow the loss of a child. It will help them find the purpose in their child’s short life while acting as a true and positive account of the healing that can come after death.
“Anger Throws a Curveball” by Paul Venosdel (Boise area); Sunrise Mountain Books ($8.95)
Brent, the coach’s son, is his father’s best player on the 12-year-old Little League baseball team. The team is playing for the State Championship. His team is ready. They expect to win. But outbursts of uncontrollable anger from players, their parents, coaches and officials threaten Brent’s enthusiasm and concentration for the big game. Game Day comes, and Brent’s nerves and emotions are a wreck. Then some unexpected events during the Championship event — some humorous, some heart-warming — open his eyes to a score that really counts. It is a close game between two rival teams, with plenty of action and a chance for the winning team to be on national television. At the end of the fiercely fought game, Brent is excited — but over an entirely different score.
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