Tuesday, September 21
Repairing Rainbows by Lynda Fishman
At thirteen years old, Lynda’s life comes to a disastrous halt when her mother and two younger sisters are killed in a plane crash. Her father, overcome by despair, simply continues to exist, in a state devoid of hope. After burying a wife and two young children at the age of 44, the overwhelming responsibility of raising a daughter alone completely immobilizes him.
Teetering on that tender brink between childhood and adolescence, Lynda faces the responsibility of a father in a complete state of shock, a house to take care of and hundreds of decisions about how to proceed with their shattered lives.
In Repairing Rainbows she candidly describes the agonizing memories, deafening silence and endless hardships that are the fallout of incredible loss. As we follow her through marriage, motherhood and her own spiritual journey, Lynda reveals her complex feelings of hope, anger, pity and determination. Most importantly, she learns the crucial difference between “truly living” and the existence that is so often mistaken for being alive.
A true story, written by a woman whose normal and abundant life hides a terrible past, Repairing Rainbows is loaded with important lessons to help others overcome struggles and obstacles, and fulfill their lives. It is a powerful, captivating, riveting and easy-to-read story that will undoubtedly touch the hearts of its readers.
Lynda Fishman is a trained clinical social worker who has spent the last 20 years as a Camp Director and has recently opened her own camp, Adventure Valley. She has published articles and training manuals on leadership, teamwork, bullying, trust, childhood health and wellness, communication and customer service. This is her first full-length book.
Lynda lives in Toronto with her husband, Barry. Together they have three grown children, two dogs and two cats. The Fishman family is heavily involved in fundraising and charity events for children dealing with tragedy, cancer or other life-threatening diseases.
Visit the website at http://www.repairingrainbows.com/
Lynda Fishman has been through so much, beginning with the loss of her mother and sisters in a tragic plane crash when Lynda was thirteen years old. Her father never got over the loss of his wife and daughters, and Lynda was basically left to take care of things on her own.
Things went from very bad to much worse when Lynda's dad got remarried, and the new step-mother/step-daughter relationship was rocky right from the start. Being totally transparent and honest about her thoughts and feelings, Lynda's story is painfully raw and it shows the devastation of a young woman trying to make sense of all the tragedies in her life. I enjoyed most of the book, and couldn't help but cheer for Lynda as she finished her education, established a solid career, and then got married and had a family.
However, I was disappointed in the last several chapters when a medium was consulted to try and connect with deceased family members. I skipped over these parts, and unfortunately it still left me with a bad feeling about the book.
A quote from page 202 says, "We all have choices. We always have choices. I chose to feel gratitude, happiness and pride." I hope and pray that Lynda will finally find true peace, healing and happiness.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Repairing Rainbows from the author Lynda Fishman, in exchange for my honest review.
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