Nancy's Notes - March 3, 2011
During Teddy Bear Reunion in the Heartland we had a series of paperbacks donated by John J. Lamb. He is the author of the Bear Collector’s Mysteries. The series features Brad Lyons, a former homicide detective and his wife, Ashleigh. Now retired, the couple make and sell teddy bears while solving mysteries on the side. We’ve been slow to get these five books into our collection but they are now ready to go.
One of newest biographies is entitled, “Life Without Limits”. It is the story of Nick Vujicic a motivational speaker. Born without arms or legs, Vujicic overcame his disability to live an independent life. His message as a motivational speaker is: the most important goal for anyone is to find their life’s purpose despite whatever difficulties or odds stand in their way. He tells the story of his physical disabilities and the emotional toll they took on his life. Nick states, “For the longest, loneliest time I wondered if there was anyone on earth like me, and whether there was any purpose to my life other than pain and humiliation.” He shares how his faith in God has been his central source of strength and explains that once he found his own sense of purpose and the confidence to build a rewarding and productive life without limits.
Condolezza Rice’s autobiography, “Extraordinary Ordinary People” tells the story of a young woman who grew up in the South during the civil rights movement to later excel as a diplomat and a concert pianist. Rice helped oversee the collapse of communism in Europe, worked to protect the country in the aftermath of 9/11 and became the first black woman ever to serve as Secretary of State. She never learned to swim until she was twenty five because the Commissioner of Public Safety shut down the pools rather than let the black citizens have access. Her father was a minister and educator who instilled a love of sports and politics, her mother was a teacher who developed Rice’s passion for piano and the arts. From both parents she learned the value of faith in the face of hardship and the importance of giving back to the community. Her parents’ unwillingness to accept limits propelled her to the halls of Stanford University where she rose through the ranks to The University’s second-in-command.
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