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"An optimistic look at the magic of life." ~ Kirkus Reviews

"Anyone who has wondered whether God or miracles are possible in our lifetime will want to read this uplifting book." ~ Anne Holmes, CEO Natl. Assoc. of Baby Boomer Women

"Confessions belongs on the nightstand. When hope is not at hand, it can be."
~ Dianne Harman, Author

"You feel after reading that the writer is now your friend and you know her so well! Fantastic."
~ Duncan Whitehead, Author

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o entertaining and full of faith, I had tears streaming down my face... only to find myself laughing a few pages further." ~ Simon Okill, Author

About the Author

After years of producing Corporate Theatre for clients such as IBM and Coca-Cola, Marsha Roberts developed, produced and marketed "Letters From The Front," the only professional theatrical production to tour military bases around the world. This heartfelt show touched hundreds of thousands of lives, toured stateside and abroad for fifteen years and was the first play ever to perform at the Pentagon. The daunting process of getting this never-been-done-before production off the ground and onto a worldwide stage gave her a keen awareness of what it takes to overcome life's obstacles and find the miraculous in the commonplace. Marsha is currently working on her second Mutinous Baby Boomer book. You can find out more and contact Marsha on her website: www.mutinousbabyboomer.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470181843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470181840
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,574,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marsha Roberts always possessed a gypsy spirit in search of adventure. After career hopping for years, she talked her way into producing Corporate Theater for clients such as IBM and Coca-Cola. But one fateful night she had a dream which was to become a unique stage play, Letters From The Front. For fifteen years "Letters" was the only professional theatrical production to tour military bases around the world - well over a hundred of them. This highly praised show touched hundreds of thousands of lives, was the first play ever to perform at the Pentagon, and became known as The World's Most Decorated Play. It also gave Marsha the opportunity to travel from Alaska to Florida, England to Italy, Japan to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean and hundreds of stops in between. She climbed aboard a C-131, C-17 (and a bunch of other C-aircraft!), taking her show to far away places. Not to mention seeing America mile-by-mile as the show was bus-and-trucked to major cities and little towns from sea to shining sea. She shares some of these experiences and more in her inspirational memoir "Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer and her Parable of the Tomato Plant."
~~Follow Marsha on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marsha-Roberts-Author/218916171540114
~~Visit Marsha's website at http://www.mutinousbabyboomer.com/
~~Enjoy Marsha's musing on her blog at http://mutinousboomer.wordpress.com/
~~Follow Marsha on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MutinousBoomer

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By PreciousPaula on October 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Marsha Roberts has crafted her life story into a marvelously entertaining read, full of raw emotion and a zest for life that is seen too seldomly these days. As she tells her tale, picking ripe stories from her youth up to recent years, she is able to let us vividly live these moments with her through her remarkable writing. This is not a woman who is known as a household name, yet by the end of the book we feel as if we know her personally. That is an amazing achievement. Too often writers who compose non-fiction books of their life tend to go about it in either a pretentious way, or a self-deprecating manner. Not here. Roberts has achieved a goal that only a small percentage have accomplished: to not only have a stranger feel like they know you after reading, but to have your readers genuinely like you personally.

I would caution against reading this somewhere that you feel uncomfortable tearing up or becoming emotional, because this book is a very honest, emotion-filled journey. Happiness, sadness. Laughter & crying. She will let you deep into her life, her soul, in a way I've never read before. And if you let her, she will comfort your soul with her life story and the knowledge that there are still wonderful people out there who seek only love and joy.

I wholeheartedly reccomend this book, and with a life as big as hers I wouldn't be surprised at all if she writes another volume or two sometime. She certainly has had such an adventurous life, I would be shocked if she didn't have more stories with a message to share with us. And I'll be the first in line to buy it. Treat yourself to this one, ladies and gentlemen, I promise it's worth your time and money.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Grady Miller on February 5, 2014
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Marsha Robert's book with a very long title combines two things I cannot resist: personal stories and inspiration. Stories distilled from an amazing life ever rising to breathtaking new challenges, shedding the cloud of a childhood mired in parental criticism, becoming a nurse first and then a nurser of souls, with an intermezzo in show business. The inspiration is hands-on, greasy nuts and bolts, Faith-in-Action 101. The take-home is waking up to my dream, a bigger dream than I could have dreamed. It's scary and wonderful. Roberts constantly shows how providence always has something up it's sleeve, something mind-blowingly better for us than what we imagine and mutinously cling too. Another take-home was the notion that darkness exists by default; it's up to you and me to kindle light via our words and deeds. Guaranteed you will find in this boisterously written, humor-laced Guide to Living Better just what you're seeking and need to hear most.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Wanda on March 19, 2014
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I enjoyed this so much I read it twice and enjoyed it as much the second time. Marsha has done a wonderful job of sharing the joy she has found in following God's direction and the power of prayer. Great inspiration for when your faith waivers!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 6, 2014
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It's so refreshing and joyous to read such an uplifting book, especially in these dark times we live in. This book really shows the miracles of faith in the face of adversity. This book was so inspiring to me, it reminded me to always stand tall and believe. Her story is truly amazing and very well written.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Baker TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 18, 2014
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The author states in her book, (quote) "Everything happens for a reason." (unquote) This is a bit of wisdom that very few people would disagree with. In my case, this has been true. The events of my life which led me to my present circumstances were somehow playing a role in my future. How else could an African American like myself, born and raised in the USA, even begin to explain my present life in Chile, meeting my soul mate, here, at the very end of the world? Everything happens for a reason, and author Marsha Roberts has a sincere belief in this as well, which she brings out in a very skillful and inspiring writing style in this book.

What I liked most was her conviction that God answers prayers. I am talking about all forms of prayer, because life itself is a prayer. Also I mean the prayers you pray when there is no hope left, and only a miracle will do. God delivers, not only for people like Marsha and myself, but for anyone else who is willing to pray to a higher, unseen power. Let me quote the author directly:

(Quote) "I know that faith and love and joy are the keys to unlock the miracles God has already put in place for us. So, I'm determined to be full of all three of them. It's my job." (end of quote)

Faith, Love and Joy, what a powerful combination in any persons life! As you can tell, I leave the reading of this book inspired, encouraged, and determined, as Marsha put it so eloquently, "to be full of all three". Please allow me to repeat myself: Faith, Love and Joy. I sincerely believe this book has a positive message that can not be denied in the world we live in today. In conclusion, if you are seeking encouragement and inspiration, this book will not disappoint you. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Thomas Jerome Baker
Author of How to Coach a Debate Team (Volume 1)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Author and Reviewer on March 23, 2013
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The use of the word "parable" in the title, is very apt. It's what I took away from this collection of stories about the author's life, that the stories were parables, in that they are inspirational and there is much use of symbolism to represent a concrete narrative. I always believed that God is less hands-on than Ms. Roberts, but who am I to say what is the truth and what is not? It works for her. These stories teach that miracles really do happen.

The book is beautifully written, very personal, and once I got used to the nature of the parables, I found myself thinking, could this really work? Could this work for me too? It is uplifting, even though some of the stories are not about uplifting subjects, like family and financial problems, serious illness and death. No matter what the nature of the story, there is always a message, and it is concisely represented and easily understood.

Each story holds a meaning, or reinforces the author's belief in miracles. We all would like to believe such things happen, and reading this book written by a woman who so firmly does believe, is encouraging and enlightening. Ms. Roberts stresses that happiness is a decision, not something that merely happens to us. I won't forget that part. These are words I would be wise to listen to.

The author's voice comes through, in a consistent, forthright manner, as fragments of her life are depicted and the message she took from them. Two of my favorites were The Parable of Smokey in the Storm and The Parable of the Hummingbird. They each have a special message, delivered through the dog and the bird, that I found delightful.

If you believe in miracles, or if you don't and you would like to, read this book.
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