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Saturday, February 18, 2006


Fears Flutterby
Outskirts Press
10940 S. Parker Rd - 515, Denver, CO USA
ISBN: 1598000195, $15.95, 432 pp.

This book was a refreshing change in pace for me–from fiction. I do read autobiographies but typically of a historical nature–famous people. Fears Flutterby is about a woman’s life–her childhood, marriage, family, problems, friendships, divorce, and an abiding love. It could be about you or me. It’s a story about her ongoing challenge to find and deal with the source of her fears. Also, it’s about the love and compassion she found inside herself when she was challenged to deal with a special friend’s Alzheimer’s disease.

The book is well designed and has an attractive cover with a subtitle: "Fears fluttered by as quickly and unexpectedly as a butterfly until a gift came in an unusual way." It certainly is not a fast-paced thriller; however, I read it in three days, as it moves smoothly and carried me right along. It is a true life story in which we witness a woman’s personal growth from dependent to independent, from fearful to non-fearful, from depressed to joyous.

I think Fears Flutterby will particularly appeal to and touch mature women who have been married, had children and are possibly divorced because they can relate to her problems. . . and too, it may appeal to young women who enjoy learning from other women. It definitely will appeal to all readers who enjoy true life stories about challenge and growth.
As a substantial part of the book deals with the realities of Alzheimer’s from the initial diagnosis to the death of her special friend, it has many details to offer in the way of information–caring for a person with Alzheimer’s, physical and emotional problems, support groups and friends, dealing with care facilities, expectations, and acceptance. I have to admit . . . it may bring up tears. Quoting from the book, "So, when do you part? Never–if you have loved another, you’re never parted."

Fears Flutterby is the author’s debut as a published writer, and I think it’s well done. She stated in the press release that she wrote the book as a testament to God’s influence in her life and the healing powers of love. She is presently working on the sequel, Wrong Diagnosis.

Reviewer: Kaye Trout - February 12, 2006 - Copyright 2006


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