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It may or may not be one of the best books Final Copy has worked on, but The Way Life Is, written by Rick Johnson, is certainly the best proof that he , as a writer and editor, practises what he preaches.
Being in love and full of anticipation of a great life does not shield young couples from unfair and unexpected challenges and trauma. This book is not a how-to or self-help manual for when the going gets rough. It’s just a true story about a couple that continued to put one foot in front of the other when they would rather have given up. It’s about love and faith and standing fast against adversity.
The Way Life Is takes readers into the home of a young couple trying to accommodate their own needs, desires and demons while coping with the special needs of their children: Sara, born with a rare and life-threatening disability; Gina, who arrived needing open-heart surgery in order to survive; and Andrew, an active and exceptionally healthy little boy stuck in the middle.
The Island Doctor was awarded the gold medal in the Canada-East, Best Regional Non-Fiction category by the Independent Book Publishers.
As a kid growing up in the steel-company town of Sydney, Nova Scotia, on Cape Breton Island, I had heard and read about the wonderful lives of country doctors. In particular, how that short, fat, wrinkled and rumpled little physician had delivered, cared for and saved the Dionne quintuplets. And how horse and buggy doctors struggled through snow storms to save lives with mustard plasters and the dispensing of things like Burdock Blood Bitters to make people strong and healthy, and gave sulphur and molasses to kids every spring to clear their systems of all the debris that had collected during the winter months. They doled out Dodd’s Kidney pills because, “They do the work of calomel, but have no calomel or mercury in them.” I marveled at Carter’s Little Liver pills, which also did wonderful things.
My life, on the other hand, seemed relatively dull. Sure, my father was a lawyer, city solicitor and Member of Parliament, but nothing exciting ever seemed to be happening. My brother and I went to Sacred Heart School and, with 15 or 20 other kids, delivered newspapers for the Sydney Post Record at noon. We had been taught by the nuns to whisper “Blessed be the name of Jesus” any time we heard the Lord’s name taken in vain but there was so much profanity yelled by the kids clamoring for their bundle of papers for delivery that my brother and I, continuously muttering, “Blessed be the name of Jesus,” acquired the reputation of being the most profane of all the kids.
We lived in a big house and mother had a series of maids, one of whom was from Newfoundland. She was with us several years and after she left, mother, clearing up her room, found a letter the maid had written home. It said, in part, “They lights candles here and goes to Mass, but I just laffs it off.”
Father’s very good friend, Reverend Alexander A. Murray, was a Presbyterian minister. He was a very nice man and we all liked him. Reverend Murray recorded his sermons to be broadcast over CJCB Radio every Sunday morning. Our family would go to Mass, then come home to listen to the Presbyterian radio sermon.
In the early days of radio, primitive recording and replaying were often not reliable. On one Sunday morning, Reverend Murray thundered out: “Are you a true blue Presbyterian? A true blue Presbyterian is one who has placed his worldly goods at the feet of the Lord Gee…Gee…Gee… Gee bxbxbxbxxkee…..KEEKHRIST.”
My brother and I thought this hilarious but father felt we all should be more sympathetic and understanding, especially toward a man trying to spread the word of God
Success can be described as many things but the road to all of them is uphill, winding, and with many forks where we have to make choices that affect us and our families.
"I searched the Internet and also received recommendations from my publisher for an editor prior to selecting Rick Johnson of Final Copy Editorial Services. Although Rick enhanced the book with numerous changes, corrections, and suggestions, he preserved the style and storyline as promised. He is passionate about his work and great to work with."
By Doak M. Mansfield
Books on religion and spirituality listed as best sellers in 2007 included: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens, Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Wayne W. Dyer, and The God Delusion by Rickard Dawkings.The popularity of this genre has not diminished.
The success of these books suggests a solid market exists for markedly unorthodox and counter-conventional religious/spiritual works. An irreverent Guide to Spirituality by Doak Maddox Mansfield is defiantly that, with intriguing propositions, accessible ideas, and an experienced voice. Mansfield approaches the subject with 30 years of experience on the front lines as an ordained minister and published author.
Like the others, An Irreverent Guide posits a non-traditional take on spiritual topics. Essentially a set of crisp, authentic field notes on the life of the spirit in the lived human tragedy/comedy, the book encourages the reader to craft a thoughtful, mystical confidence game (a “con”) for living purposefully and engaged. Original narrative poetry provides counterpoint for the topics dealt with: God, Jesus and Saviors, Sin, Sex, Prayer, Power, and Success and much more.
If there be another spiritual option to today’s fundamentalisms, superstitions and materialism, Mansfield has nailed it down. This plain-spoken work examines the possibility of a spiritual life without dogmatism, magic or delusion. It reckons with the possibilities of a life not prostituted by externals that delude, corrupt or threaten. The reader is invited on a pilgrimage beginning in our materialist, post-modern culture and continuing through fascinating “shrines” (chapters) clearly and cleverly expounded upon by the guide, Doak Mansfield.
The author served as minister of congregations in four U.S. states (VA, OH, AL, and MS), the military (eight years as a U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain), hospital and hospice chaplaincies. He holds degrees from Austin Peay State University (Bachelor of Science) Clarksville, TN, United Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity) Dayton, OH and The Graduate Theological Foundation (Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction) South Bend, IN. He is a published poet as well as the author of two novels: A Mockingbird’s Ballad (Wheatmark: 2004) and Jones of Old Lincoln (Counterbalance Books: 2006).
Eight-year-old Mary is in trouble! Her twin brother, Murray, has just discovered the slimy gob of worms she put in his shoes. Mary is in her bedroom frantically searching for her atlas. An ordinary atlas is a collection of maps. This is not an ordinary atlas!