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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (September 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419674560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419674563
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.9 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,587,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Becoming Auma is a book for every woman who has ever understood the power of friendship, the support of sisterhood, and the combined wisdom born of a circle of women. Melinda Josiah Geaumont's charming story is a mix of fiction, memoir, and the very best of Chicken Soup for the Soul. As Auma's story unfolds in journal entries read by her granddaughter, readers will be reminded of their own struggles and joys in raising a family, finding true love and finding themselves in the balance. Chock-full of humor, courage and hope, Becoming Auma is a reminder that most of us become our best selves only with a little help from our friends. -- Mary E. Mitchell - Author of Starting Out Sideways, St. Martin's Press, www.maryemitchell.com

About the Author

Melinda Josiah Geaumont earned a BA in Sociology from the University of Southern Maine and a Masters in Social Work from the University of New England. She works as a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist, but spends much of her spare time planning adventures with her best friends, practicing yoga, and writing for women. Her poetry has been published locally, as well as in the Northern New England Review and the national award winning journal Welcome Home. Melinda is the mother of two grown children and lives with her husband in Springvale, Maine.

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This is what life is all about...Friendship / Family / Love !
Martin Pigeon
This was an amazing book to read and have recommended it to many of my friends!
Sarah Junkins
This book is a quick read and will make you laugh and cry and laugh again.
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A lovely, fun, thought-provoking story of one amazing woman's life and her wonderful friendships. It reminds me of "The Five People You Meet in Heaven", in that the choices Auma made throughout her life affected others' lives. It is an inspirational story and has many "ah ha" moments where you think to yourself "that's how I feel, if only I could put it into words!" I love the incredible spirit of sisterhood, friendship and joy these women have and how they love and support each other through difficult times as well as day to day and month to month when they gather to play Bunko. It was wonderful to remember each stage of my own life through Auma's life. I laughed, I cried and was so happy that Auma's life was so rich and full and that I could experience it myself and feel a part of it by reading her wonderful, touching life story. I feel this book changed how I think about my own life and recommend it wholeheartedly!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fran Wilmad on October 28, 2007
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Reading this novel from a young adult's perspective, I was very inspired! I loved reading about all of Auma's friends, especially Lynn and all her adventures! I really hope that I have friends like that in my lifetime. I feel like I have come to know all of Auma's family and her children. Elizabeth's incident with the permanent marker was hilarious! Reading about the beanbag episode was so descriptive that I felt it was something I could have done myself as a child! This book is great for anyone that wants a good laugh, cry, or both at the same time! Auma's positive perspective throughout her life was amazing and a reminder to always see the cup half full.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin L. Donarumo on October 11, 2007
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We are born to this world with vast and limitless potential. The first few years are filled with delight, without the capacity to think ahead we simply feel the tremendous joy in all of lives "small gifts". Somewhere along the way we are accosted with life's trauma. It may start out with the realities of dysfunction within your family, or if you are lucky, your first trauma may be as "wonderful" as your first teen breakup. Of course, at the time we don't realize how truly splendid the feeling of that moment will become.
I thank "AUMA" for helping me relive so many of my own life's gifts, happy and sad. BECOMING AUMA is a delightful, well written book and I will never forget her or her story. As I read this book in record time.. 2 days..I felt the emotion come from the pages. When AUMA was thrilled - I was thrilled, when Auma had a tough decision to make - I worried right along with her, and when Auma faced the cancer which would ultimately change her perspective on life - I was dizzy with worry. As a woman, someone's best friend, and a proud mother of one of Auma's "Special kids", I was unable to put this book down. I could relate to AUMA and her words, and isn't that what a book is supposed to do?
Thank you AUMA for reminding me how precious every single moment is! And thank you Melinda for sharing you talent as an amazing author, your friendship and support, and for loving my child!
I highly recommend "BECOMING AUMA" and I am anxious to read the next book that you delight us with!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle L. Legere on October 8, 2007
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I received your book in the mail yesterday and just finished reading it. It's an incredible read, helping me reminisce my own stages of life to this point. Balance is what we all need to find and reading your book reminds me of that. Auma and I have a lot in common with thoughts of things happen for us to learn from and it's all in God's hands. We need to have faith and with faith we will undoubtedly find our balance.

I'm proud to say you have been a part of my balance in your work with my son. Thank you.

Michelle :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Croteau on November 23, 2007
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Becoming Auma brought back so many memories. It is wonderfully written and I am privileged to be one of the "Society of Sisters" and call Melinda my friend. -Noelle
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Liz Colwell on November 6, 2007
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I was pleased to receive Becoming Auma in just 6 days and began reading immediately. Even though I knew some of what was going to happen in the book (I am her mother's cousin) I still found it very absorbing , touching , and totally amazing. That so many young women could be friends, good friends, for so long is actually mind boggling! If only that were possible in this world of turmoil! I laughed and cried along with these young women whose lives were so intertwined. What a marvelous experience to share so much with so many.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Zeller on November 4, 2007
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The anecdotes Melinda Josiah Geaumont has captured in "Becoming Auma" reveal many of life's treasured and not-so-treasured moments. Her inspiring words show that even those not-so-treasured moments, when shared with friends, can become uplifting and powerful. Life is all about balance, and as Auma says "balance is the breath of contentment". Reading "Becoming Auma" will bring hours of contentment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen J. Bernier on October 15, 2007
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This is by far the best, most spirited, inspirational book I have ever read. It held my interest like no other book has. When I received the book I immediately read a few pages, anxious for evening to come so I could continue reading. I picked it up in the evening and read half way through, having a very hard time to put it down. The next evening I finished "Becoming Auma". This was a wonderful book, surely written by a great, courageous lady. I would say that everyone should read this wholesome, inspiring book. I have recently sent for more of these books to give as gifts to my friends.
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