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Repairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy, and Choices [Kindle Edition]

Lynda Fishman
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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At thirteen years old, Lynda’s life comes to a disastrous halt when her mother and two younger sisters are killed in a plane crash. Her father, overcome by despair, simply continues to exist, in a state devoid of hope. After burying a wife and two young children at the age of 44, the overwhelming responsibility of raising a daughter alone completely immobilizes him.

Teetering on that tender brink between childhood and adolescence, Lynda faces the responsibility of a father in a complete state of shock, a house to take care of and hundreds of decisions about how to proceed with their shattered lives.

In Repairing Rainbows she candidly describes the agonizing memories, deafening silence and endless hardships that are the fallout of incredible loss. As we follow her through marriage, motherhood and her own spiritual journey, Lynda reveals her complex feelings of hope, anger, pity and determination. Most importantly, she learns the crucial difference between “truly living” and the existence that is so often mistaken for being alive.

A true story, written by a woman whose normal and abundant life hides a terrible past, Repairing Rainbows is loaded with important lessons to help others overcome struggles and obstacles, and fulfill their lives. It is a powerful, captivating, riveting and easy-to-read story that will undoubtedly touch the hearts of its readers.


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  • File Size: 1219 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C059YG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A REMARKABLE TRIUMPHANT STORY FULL OF SPIRIT!" October 24, 2010
Format:Paperback
Lynda, Carla, and Wendy grew up in a home that was filled with riches. Their parents were not rich in money, but with love and happiness, which they shared with their family. There was never a dull moment, from smelling the aroma of delicious dinners coming from the kitchen, to hearing dance steps of little feet as entertainment was performed with joy. The children knew a mother, who had a heart of gold, and a father who loved to giggle at his own jokes. Memories with relatives at celebrations was a gift in itself, and a bond of happiness within one family was priceless. The sweet tunes of music echoed through their home, and laughter could be heard miles away. Lynda Fishman knew the perfect family life that many children today can only dream about having, until that horrific phone call was received, and tragedy changed her life forever. Can you imagine at age thirteen, finding out that your mother and siblings were killed in a plane crash? Can you imagine the pain that Lynda and her father endured, not knowing what to do first? A young girl, now distraught over loss of loved ones is forced to deal with many challenges. Will her father ever be the same man she once knew? Who will make crucial decisions for survival in their shattered lives? Can the agonizing memories of funerals, sorrow, and hardship ever be erased from their lives? Where does one begin as her home is transformed from comfort and joy, to despair and silence? Will the terrifying sounds of crying block the laughter that once echoed through the house? I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to be inspired to overcome their own struggles from the most difficult time in their lives. The author created a Masterpiece made for the movie screen from a remarkable true story of family, love, and survival. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspirational! September 2, 2011
By Kimmel
Format:Paperback
This book is a true story about the author, Lynda Fishman, who at thirteen years of age lost her mother and two younger sisters in a plane crash. It depicts her journey as she moved forward with her life despite a father who was lost in his own despair and countless other moments of heartache. The plane crash was just the beginning of the sorrow that would be felt in Lynda's life, and yet she overcame it all to achieve a positive outlook on life.

What a truly inspirational read. I read this book in three days, I just couldn't put it down. I was so enthralled with the strength that Lynda demonstrated and the lessons she learned at such a young age. She really captured the feelings of her experience with her writing. When her grandparents receive the phone call that her mother and sisters were in a terrible plane crash, you can feel the fear and confusion that she felt. She was so young, it was hard for her to truly understand the implications, but she knew it was life changing.

Lynda also captures the struggle that her husband went through as a child as well. He lost his own mother at the age of 7 months and his father at the age of 17. They understood what the other was going through and together, they were able to create a positive life for themselves and their children.

The only thing that was difficult for me to read were Lynda's visit to a medium. I'm just not sure how I feel about psychics and mediums in general. I definitely believe in a life after death, but I personally wouldn't visit a medium to communicate with the deceased. Though Lynda he has no doubt that she has been in contact with her family, she present sit in a way that allows the reader to decide for themselves what they believe. My opinion is, if it brings her peace, it's fine by me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful but heartbreaking read! September 1, 2011
By Lauri M
Format:Paperback
ABOUT THE BOOK (back cover)
At thirteen years old Lynda's life comes to a disastrous halt when her mother and two younger sisters are killed in a plane crash. Her father, overcome by despair, simply continues to exist, in a state devoid of hope. After burying a wife and two young children at the age of 44, the overwhelming responsibility of raising a daughter alone completely immobilizes him.

Teetering on that tender brink between childhood and adolescence, Lynda faces the responsibility of a father in a complete state of shock, a house to take care of and hundreds of decisions about how to proceed with their shattered lives.

In Repairing Rainbows she candidly describes the agonizing memories, deafening silence and endless hardships that are the fallout of incredible loss. As we follow her through marriage, motherhood and her own spiritual journey, Lynda reveals her complex feelings of hope, anger, pity and determination. Most importantly, she learns the crucial difference between truly living and the existence that is so often mistaken for being alive.

A true story, written by a woman whose normal and abundant life hides a terrible past, Repairing Rainbows is loaded with lessons that will undoubtedly touch the hearts of its readers.

MY THOUGHTS
Lynda Fishman writes a memoir that is sure to break your heart and bring tears to your eyes. Keep your handkerchief handy while reading this story.

I can't imagine the pain that Lynda suffered. As she writes about her loneliness and the silence in the house after the death's of her mom and sisters your heart splits in two and you want to reach into the book and hold her hand.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars repairing rainbows
Inspirational... Although repetitive in its storyline, it creates a truthful account of how lives lead and become misled and misguided by Mrs Sonia who sounds like a real... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Megan Kotzen :)Bethal, SA
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading about Lynda and her family and extended family
I enjoyed reading about Lynda and her family and extended family. She was so lucky to have had this family even for the short time she had them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gladys F. Podhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest & Authentic!
Justin and I met Barry and Lynda over dinner on a cruise in Feb 2014. From the moment Lynda told me about the book she wrote and the story about the cover photo, I wanted to read... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Julie Wylie
4.0 out of 5 stars If you need a little hope...
3.5/5

Repairing Rainbows is a heartbreaking, beautiful, and ultimately, inspirational story of love, loss, life, and family. Read more
Published 9 months ago by StephTheBookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable Story!
A true account of Love, Loss and coping with life as seen through a teenagers eyes.
How perseverence, determination and inner strength can inspire you to " never give up... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jeffrey D. Diamond
5.0 out of 5 stars you will find inspiration
I don't read alot of memoirs, but time to time, one will capture my heart. One of them is Repairing Rainbows. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Wendy L. Hines
5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Tale of Finding Meaning beyond Tragedy
Such a compelling memoir about loving and losing and learning to live again! I enjoyed reading this story of hope and courage and would highly recommend it.
Published 15 months ago by Uma G
5.0 out of 5 stars must read!
"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!" Lynda Fishman's story will inspire all who read it to appreciate what life hands them, and make the very best of it.
Published 15 months ago by elana bergovoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Depressed over something? READ THIS BOOK.
How would we live on with such devastation?
What would our choices be?
Such strength and belief in life itself to feel that everything happens for a reason. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Marc Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Inspiring Coming of Age and Maturity Memoir
Lynda Fishman's memoir, Repairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy, and Choices, is a heartbreaking yet life affirming memoir detailing what happens when you don't let the... Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by Grace
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More About the Author

In 1970, when she was thirteen years old, Lynda's life came to a disastrous halt when her mother and two younger sisters were killed in an Air Canada plane crash.

As a young teen, Lynda made a conscious decision to become happy and to lead a fulfilled life. Lynda chose to live. She was committed to learning, growing and making a difference. Determined to find meaning and purpose in her life, she managed to muster up the courage and strength to dream big, to be idealistic, to strive for more, and to live a meaningful life where she could make a difference in the lives of others.

Lynda Fishman is a trained clinical social worker who has spent over twenty years as a camp director. In the early 90s, Lynda was one of the first camp directors in the Toronto area to incorporate children with special needs into mainstream camp life. Lynda has devoted a lifetime to organized camping and is passionate about the positive role of camping in a person's life. She is the owner and director of Adventure Valley Day Camp.

Lynda is a motivational and inspirational speaker and facilitator. She has published articles and training manuals on leadership, teamwork, bullying, trust, childhood health and wellness, communication and customer service.

Lynda's husband, Barry Fishman, has his own amazing story to share, having been orphaned at age 17 and left alone to care for his brother with special needs. Lynda and Barry met as teenagers and have been together since then. They have three grown children, and the whole family is heavily involved in supporting children dealing with tragedy, cancer or other life-threatening diseases, fund-raising and charity events.

Barry has spent his entire career working in the health care and pharmaceutical industry. He is President and CEO of the Canadian operations for the world's largest generic pharmaceutical company, Teva Pharmaceuticals. Barry serves on the Board of Directors of the Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Lynda is a woman of action. She has incredible enthusiasm for life. She is persistent, focused and faithful to her dreams and goals. She is willing to work for everything with patience, optimism and determination. She finds ways to be grateful and positive. Lynda goes out there and does what she has to do with a CAN DO attitude of gratitude, positivity, compassion, and honesty.

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