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Beyond Mile Marker 80: Choosing Joy after Tragic Loss [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Olsen
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Book Description

Only after we are shattered and then reassembled do we
realize our true glory as God’s masterpieces.

For Jeff Olsen, moving beyond the scars of losing his wife, his youngest son, and his leg in a terrible accident seemed impossible. But through amazing, miraculous manifestations, he found the power within himself to recover and thrive.

Picking up where I Knew Their Hearts left off, Beyond Mile Marker 80 reveals more simple truths to live by:

• We are loved beyond measure.
• Perfection is about finding wholeness.
• We choose to heal.
• Simple things bring true joy.
• Faith and hope can become absolute trust.

Discover how to become the masterpiece you’re intended to be as you follow Jeff and his surviving son, Spencer, on their journey to choose joy and move beyond mile marker 80.

Product Details

  • File Size: 716 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1462113982
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (April 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,041 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone April 15, 2014
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This touched my soul, I realize that just because I hadn't suffered a loss like Jeff I indeed have suffered losses. The way Jeff explained how he felt on page 78 spoke to my soul ..I cried as I claimed my own inner peace and healing at the hands of this very inspired book. I was also able to see that pure love does not hold tightly it allows freedom. Thank you thank you thank you Jeff for sharing .
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So many lessons in this gem April 14, 2014
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i devoured this book in a few hours. There are so many lessons in the twists and turns of Jeff's experiences. Like all of us, he has to deal with the curve balls that life throws at us and like all of us, he stumbles and falls. What seems at one point to be perfection can slowly turn into shattering reality. I felt Jeff's pangs of love as he discovered his future wife, his anxieties over his feelings of inadequacy, his frustration with his children, his inner search for meaning and the deep spiritual yearnings. This is a book that can touch any heart and lead to life transforming perspective. His book joins a chorus of similar messages that are coming from the "other side". The message that we create our own joy through choice, that we are loved unconditionally, that we are never forgotten and that mistakes are a valuable part of our spiritual evolution ring loudly from its pages. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching and inspiring! April 19, 2014
By Shannon
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Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. Many times through the book I cried tears is joy and tears of sadness! Beautifully written and so inspirational!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Olsen knocks one out of the park-again April 19, 2014
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Mr. Olsen picked up where he left off and fills in the gaps that many wondered about after his his first ground breaking book, "I Knew Their Hearts". If you haven't read that one first you should.

In this work, Jeff shows an even more tender and humbler side in dealing with his budding marriage to his *new sweetheart Tonya, the struggle that conflicted him in losing his precious Tamara, suddenly and tragically and finally being able to move forward in his courtship with Tonya, only after having a heavenly, supernal affirmation from his beloved Tamara.

Mr.Olsen is privy to many dreams, visions,and promptings that help him realize that joy is meant to be experienced here in this sphere of our soul's existence. He has been able to pierce the veil and know the joy, wisdom and happiness of Griffin and Tam, bringing him comfort and solace.

In this work Jeff is vulnerable enough to let us to know that his marriage and family life wasn't always daffodils and butterflies, (actually both marriages) and how through it all if we ( husbands) humble ourselves, learn empathy, and actually listen to our spouse's advice with open hearts and minds -it often leads to a balanced, successful God like relationship: as God intended marriage to be.

Another highlight in this work is the co-survivor Spencer Olsen, who was inadvertently left out in the cold unbeknownst to Jeff as Jeff was wrapped up in his own healing, understanding and tiptoeing around needed conversations with his grieving son.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story. April 25, 2014
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Like another reviewer said, if you haven't read Jeff's first book, "I Knew Their Hearts," you should. It's just as beautifully written as this book. I'm no night owl, but I started reading this book at 10 pm, and literally couldn't stop. It broke my heart yet inspired me beyond my ability to put into words. Jeff's journey is incredible, and I'm thankful he has shared it with all of us.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read April 23, 2014
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Very inspirational and a great read following "I Knew Their Hearts". I appreciate Jeff Sharing his very personal and spiritual experiences.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bare to the Bones Real May 6, 2014
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Jeff shares his journey from real heartfelt anguish to his exquisite joy. He is bare to the bones real about his personal pain and insecurities, giving many (who choose) an honest look into their very souls and hearts. It is only from such honesty that one can heal. I have never read a book that has touched me so deeply and profoundly. Tamara's message to Jeff on page 38 is a profound and beautiful look into Heaven that can live in each of our hearts as we choose love and to judge not. I shed many tears of pain and joy. Thank you Jeff, for having the courage to share the depths of your soul as you have. There are so many broken hearts that deserve to heal. In sharing his journey of healing, Jeff has illuminated a path for others to do the same. Jeff's story has touched the very depths of my soul and assisted in healing my broken heart. I will read this book again and again. --Bonnie Jackson
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book April 23, 2014
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Very in siteful & poignant.Having suffered such a tragic loss, it lets one know there is always hope for better things..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful insightful book!
Beyond Mile Marker 80 is an insightful book that served as a wonderful reminder of the truly important things in life. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by happytbyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful - Insightful - Genuine
A great story of trial, loss, hurt, and rebirth. Jeff describes in great detail the experiences and hurts that so many have felt. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Goodwin1
5.0 out of 5 stars Making the Most of Life after Tragic Loss
"What happens next" - the continuation of Jeff Olsen's amazing account of his near death experience and loss of his wife and baby son. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Jane Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!
Jeff Olsen is so cool! What a wonderful book!
Published 1 month ago by D. D. Morth
5.0 out of 5 stars ... – thank you Jeff Olson for sharing your life's amazing journey!
What fabulous book – thank you Jeff Olson for sharing your life's amazing journey!
Published 2 months ago by W. Lang
5.0 out of 5 stars joy to your heart
Just as the first book, this one brings tears to your eyes sometimes, joy to your heart, gives you different perspective on your life. Very touching, sincere, and well written. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tatiana
5.0 out of 5 stars Comforting, moving, a must read.
I really loved this book. While reading it I had the same questions as Jeff and his son which were wisely revealed. A true reminder of our path. Thank you Fi much
Published 4 months ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars Mile Markers
Great story. Sure am glad I read his first book FIRST!
I'll never look at mile markers the same way again!
Published 6 months ago by lkh
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the book
I really enjoyed the book. Was a great follow-up to his first one.
Well written and I didn't want to put it down.
Published 7 months ago by JDC
3.0 out of 5 stars A good follow up about the rest of Jeff's life after ...
A good follow up about the rest of Jeff's life after his initial recovery and how he managed to overcome his chronic depression and guilt
Published 7 months ago by Robert Leichtman
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More About the Author

JEFFERY C. OLSEN is a best selling author and inspires audiences across the country with his intriguing personal story of perseverance and inner strength. In 1997, Jeff experienced a horrific automobile accident which inflicted multiple life threatening injuries, including crushing both his legs. His left leg was amputated above the knee. The most devastating outcome of the accident was the loss of his wife and youngest son, both killed instantly. At that time, Jeff had profound experiences, which deepened his spirituality and gave him insights and gifts not common in today's world. He found the courage to carry on, heal, care for his living son and eventually thrive in his career and community contributions. Jeff has since remarried and adopted two more boys.

Professionally Olsen is a conceptual thinker, a proven team leader, and a die-hard brand enthusiast. He brings vision and passion to everything he does. With accolades from the New York One Show, the Clio Awards and Communication Arts, Jeff takes his place among the lynch pins of his industry. Couple his creative recognition with appearances in Forbes Magazine, the Inc. 500 and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist Award and you have a winning combination of talent and tenacity.

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