Tuesday, May 14, 2013

WITS Book Reviews May 2013

Title: A New View of an Old Horizon
Author: Dena M. Bedsole
Publisher: Dena M. Bedsole
Publish Date: March 13, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-615-75979-1
Reviewer: Dana Micheli

A New View of an Old Horizon is a heartbreaking memoir of a family’s love, faith, and determination in the face of tragedy. It is also a daughter’s story of finding her own inner strength after she is thrust into the role of caregiver to her parents.

To Dena Bedsole, family has always been everything. Growing up in a small town near Birmingham, Alabama, her home was filled with love and laughter, the core of which was the relationship between her parents, Eddie and Edna Mae. Her father—called “Crazy Eddie” by his friends – was known for his zany sense of humor and his fierce loyalty to those he loved. He was also Dena’s champion, cheerleader and trusted counselor.

In college, Dena chose to follow her mother’s footsteps and become a nurse, and by the time she reached her early thirties, life was pretty close to perfect. She had married a wonderful man, had two beautiful kids and a successful career as a nurse anesthetist. But when her beloved father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, her family is thrown into a year-long nightmare of surgeries, chemotherapy and paralyzing fear. Suddenly Dena finds herself balancing several roles: wife, mother, nurse, and support system to her parents.

As Dena struggles to hold it together, she finds that with God’s love she can survive the loss of her dad and emerge even stronger than before. Now called to help other families affected by cancer, Dena wrote A New View of an Old Horizon to “bring comfort and light of a higher power to those who are lost in their own darkness.”

A New View of an Old Horizon is available on Amazon. For additional information on Dena’s work to fight pancreatic cancer, please email her at dmbedsole@bellsouth.net or check out the book’s Facebook page.

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