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Official Review: I Will Live. My Children Need Me.

Post by Tomah » 27 Oct 2019, 12:16

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "I Will Live. My Children Need Me." by Charles A. Brady.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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What do you do after the death of a loved one? Can you ever grow past the pain and sadness? For Charles A. Brady, the death of his wife was not the end. Instead, he chose to carry on her legacy of caring for others. In I Will Live. My Children Need Me., the author weaves a tale of faith, hope, and love as he talks about his wife and inspires the reader to keep fighting.

Carmie Brady survived against the odds twice, first in a risky childbirth and later in a struggle against inflammatory breast cancer. Though she would succumb to another bout of cancer after seventeen years, her strength, courage, and care for human beings left a lasting impact on friends, relatives, and clients. This book chronicles her life from 1973, when she met Charles, to May 21, 2004.

Mirroring Carmie’s life, the book alternates between light-hearted, sad, and hopeful. We follow the “Brady Bunch” in good and bad times, from pranks and funny events to bad news and tragedies. The author wrote the book intending to encourage others, and he’s definitely succeeded. Despite everything life throws at her, Carmie remains a positive, loving person. She never gives up. “I will live. My children need me” is a quote that perfectly sums her up.

It’s impossible to talk about the book without discussing faith. It was a fundamental part of Carmie’s life and what gave her hope in the bleakest times. The author also talks about several miracles he and other people witnessed. Though the core narrative is relatable to anyone regardless of one’s beliefs, there’s no doubt that Christian readers will appreciate the book’s messages the most.

The book is exceptionally edited, with very few errors. I only found two instances of misplaced punctuation and one minor inconsistency: chapter eighteen is supposed to take place in 2004, but the book states it’s the year 2000. Some pictures occasionally accompany the chapters and give more weight to the story.

I Will Live. My Children Need Me. is a masterful memoir that should be read by anyone. Whether you’re suffering, know someone going through hard times, or just want to get a wider perspective on life, this book is for you. I therefore rate it 4 out of 4 stars. There are only borderline profanities like “damn,” so teenagers can read it as well. I would not recommend the book if you’re very averse to Christianity and stories of miracles.

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Post by grace11cephas » 29 Oct 2019, 08:11

I am interested in reading this book and afterward review it.Carmie's story has captured my attention and therefore would love to have a full review of it.

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Post by Prisallen » 29 Oct 2019, 08:23

The author has been through some rough times with his wife dying at an early age. I'm glad they had faith to sustain them through the rough times. Thank you for a wonderful review!

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Post by Tomah » 29 Oct 2019, 11:44

Prisallen wrote:
29 Oct 2019, 08:23
The author has been through some rough times with his wife dying at an early age. I'm glad they had faith to sustain them through the rough times. Thank you for a wonderful review!
grace11cephas wrote:
29 Oct 2019, 08:11
I am interested in reading this book and afterward review it.Carmie's story has captured my attention and therefore would love to have a full review of it.

Thanks!!
Rough times indeed. Carmie was definitely a fighter, continuing to support others despite her own predicaments. Thanks for the comments!

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Post by MrunalT » 30 Oct 2019, 07:54

Seems like a poignant read. I agree faith becomes instrumental is pushing one through the dark times. Nice review!

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Post by Tomah » 30 Oct 2019, 13:34

MrunalT wrote:
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Seems like a poignant read. I agree faith becomes instrumental is pushing one through the dark times. Nice review!
Faith was certainly important to Carmie and her family. Thanks for the comment!

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Post by kdstrack » 07 Nov 2019, 18:12

This is a unique perspective of a husband writing about his wife and how he triumphed over his sorrow. I was impressed by your description of the author's writing style and his positive attitude. This sounds like a compelling story. Thanks for the beautiful recommendation.

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Post by Tomah » 08 Nov 2019, 11:35

kdstrack wrote:
07 Nov 2019, 18:12
This is a unique perspective of a husband writing about his wife and how he triumphed over his sorrow. I was impressed by your description of the author's writing style and his positive attitude. This sounds like a compelling story. Thanks for the beautiful recommendation.
It's a beautiful and inspirational read indeed. Thanks for the comment!

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Post by Magnify3 » 12 Nov 2019, 03:44

I like the title. It is a firm declaration. I am certain that whilst Carmie Brady trusted in God, she also continued declaring that she would live. This is a book worth reading. Thank you for the review!

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Post by Tomah » 12 Nov 2019, 12:38

Magnify3 wrote:
12 Nov 2019, 03:44
I like the title. It is a firm declaration. I am certain that whilst Carmie Brady trusted in God, she also continued declaring that she would live. This is a book worth reading. Thank you for the review!
The title does showcase Carmie's resolution quite nicely. Thanks for the comment!

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Post by bigirimanacelestin » 13 Nov 2019, 06:39

Hard time comes and goes. All is a matter of your thinking. I think this book is worthy to be read in order to experience how he managed those time. Great review.
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Post by Tomah » 13 Nov 2019, 11:44

bigirimanacelestin wrote:
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Hard time comes and goes. All is a matter of your thinking. I think this book is worthy to be read in order to experience how he managed those time. Great review.
These sorts of stories definitely put your problems in perspective. Thanks for the comment!

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Post by Nisha Ward » 12 Dec 2019, 17:47

That is one inspiring way to live. Having cancer is tough enough, but I can't imagine the struggle Carmie must have endured in her determination to live for her children. I'm sure the author must have felt truly awed by his wife to immortalise her like this.
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Post by Tomah » 13 Dec 2019, 09:55

Nisha Ward wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 17:47
That is one inspiring way to live. Having cancer is tough enough, but I can't imagine the struggle Carmie must have endured in her determination to live for her children. I'm sure the author must have felt truly awed by his wife to immortalise her like this.
It was an inspiring life indeed. Thanks for the comment!

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Post by Meow16 » 06 Jan 2020, 11:55

I really like such books which teach us that life goes on and people also heal wih time a d move forward.

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