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Nothing But A Miracle (Life's Outtakes - Year 4) 52 Humorous and Inspirational Short Stories [Kindle Edition]

Daris Howard
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Book Description

52 Humorous And Inspirational Short Stories! - Life’s Outtakes Volume 4

From the inspiration of a Christmas miracle in Nothing But A Miracle to the humor of A Journal Of A Gardener At Harvest Time, these 52 humorous and inspirational short stories (one for each week of the year) will make you laugh, reminisce, and contemplate the relationships you cherish most. Stories include:
  1. Trying To Outsmart The Corn Bandits
  2. Journal Of A Gardner At Harvest Time
  3. To Catch A Raccoon
  4. To Catch A Cheater
  5. Who Is A Real Hero
  6. The Unknown Student
  7. Disappearing Lids And Box Tops
  8. Halloween Haunts
  9. Old Clunker
  10. A Rose And A Letter
  11. A Not-So-Friendly Rivalry
  12. Thankfulness For Freedoms We Take For Granted
  13. Standing Up Against Injustices
  14. Tatiana’s Escape
  15. The Cost Of Doing The Right Thing
  16. Nothing Less Than A Miracle
  17. Y2K Problems, Looking Back A Decade Later
  18. What Students Communicate
  19. A Shocking Experience
  20. A Shocking Practical Joke Gone Awry
  21. Computer Systems And Grade Petitions
  22. Thermostats, Heaters, And Air Conditioners
  23. Those Awkward Junior High Years
  24. Boy Scouts, Snow Caves, And Tom Sawyer
  25. Winter Camp Survival
  26. What Really Makes A Champion
  27. An Exciting First Child
  28. A Very Precocious Child
  29. The Love of A Determined Child
  30. No Greater Love
  31. Cell Phone Secrets
  32. Life’s Lessons Learned A Little Bit Late
  33. Considerations Of Guardian Angels
  34. A Horse Named Cashmere
  35. Making A Friendly Horse Mean
  36. Like Mother, Like Daughter
  37. What It Takes To Have A Good Church Choir
  38. Joining The Church Choir
  39. Fraudulent Flowers
  40. A Ring Of Truth
  41. The Bestest Vacation Ever
  42. Father’s Day And Fishing Trips
  43. A Tale Of Two Sergeants (Leading From The Front)
  44. The Farm And Ranch Store
  45. A Really Important Can Sale
  46. Getting Children To Weed A Garden
  47. The Unique Daddy Daughter Date
  48. A Nice, Peaceful Neighborhood
  49. An Interesting Party
  50. How Much Is It Worth
  51. Playing The Part Of The Rented Boyfriend
  52. A Chicken Named Fluff

Product Details

  • File Size: 645 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Publishing Inspiration (December 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087FZE56
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars It will make you laugh and Cry July 3, 2012
I just finished reading another book by Daris Howard, again I did not think I would finish this book so quickly but, much to my surprise the book was a quick read that I did not want to put down. I usually don't read short stories and when I finish a book I wait till the next day to start a new one so I don't get the stories mixed up in my head. With these stories I did not have that problem because it was reading about one person in different situations in life.

I have been pleasantly surprised about how much I have enjoyed these stories and the writing of Daris Howard. His little adventures in Life seem so fun and amusing. From his run in with the cute Skunk who was too smart and became a pesky intruder. To the story of his kids not wanting to weed their garden and his plan of placing store bought watermelons in the garden backfiring on him. Each story had a fun or emotional twist to it, making me laugh or bringing a few tears to my eyes. This is a great book to have around for those who have but a few moments to stop and read a short story, or for anyone who wants a good real story!
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I was very impressed with the first chapter, and found the subsequent chapters as good or better. They were very entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing January 16, 2013
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Loved it! Actually passed it along to my 21 year old grandson ( at his request ) and he called it refreshing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book April 25, 2013
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This is another book of stories which are down to earth and funny! we really love these stories and books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! March 8, 2013
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I enjoy these stories. They are just short, thought provoking messages that allow you to pick up the book and flip through when you just need a little pick me up during the day. Some of them make me think for days later and I have enjoyed the silliness in others. I would recommend this book to anyone - it's G rated and your kids will enjoy it too.
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More About the Author

Daris Howard, an award winning author and playwright, grew up on an Idaho farm. He was a state champion athlete, competed in college athletics, and lived for a time in New York.
He has worked as a cowboy, a mechanic, in farming, and in the timber industry. He is now a college professor. In his wide range of experience, he has associated with many colorful characters who form a basis for his writing.
Daris has had plays translated into German and French, and his plays have been performed in many countries around the world.
For many years Daris has written a popular column called Life's Outtakes that consists of weekly short stories, and is published in various newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and Canada including Country, Horizons, and Family Living
Daris, and his wife, Donna, have ten children and were foster parents for several years. He has also worked in scouting and cub scouts, at one time having 18 boys in his scout troop.
As a math professor, Daris's classes are well known for the stories he tells to liven up discussion and to help bring across the points he is trying to teach. His scripts and books are much like his stories, full of humor and inspiration.
He and his family have enjoyed running a summer community theatre where he gets a chance to premiere his theatrical works and rework them to make them better.
His awards include:
Deseret Drama Award Winner (2004) - for the play The Mail-Order Bride
American Theatre Co-op Award (2005) - for the play April Fools
Deseret Drama Award Winner (2005) - for the play April Fools
Deseret Drama Award of Excellence (2005) - for the play The Three Gifts
Deseret Drama Award of Excellence (2005) - for the play The Will
Semi Finalist (2006) Moondance International Film and Theatre Award - for the play The Mail Order Bride
Semi Finalist (2006) Moondance International Film and Theatre Award - for the play April Fools
Deseret Drama Award of Excellence (2006) - for the play Lilacs In The Valley
Deseret Drama Award of Excellence (2006) - for the play Cultural Differences
Second Place (2007) Jackie White National Play Writing Contest - for the play Jacob and Marie
Eliza R. Snow Award for the Performing and Visual Arts (2008) for a lifetime distinction in the performing and visual arts
Deseret Drama Award of Excellence (2009) - for the play Debt And Deliverance
Deseret Award of Excellence (2009) - for the short story All's Well Here
Deseret Drama Award of Excellence (2009) - for the short story Things I Resolve Before It Is Too Late


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