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THE SIMPLE TOUCH OF FATE: How the Hand of Fate Touched Our Lives Forever
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Fate. Indefinable yet tangibly woven through our lives. The Simple Touch of Fate is a wonderful missive of short stories reflecting fate in action. Young and old, rich and poor, this country and that, you will be ensnared as you relive their "fate" experiences. From a chance meeting that opened up new opportunities to a delayed meeting that saved one's life, you will be amazed how Fate's simple brush can redirect your life.

My favorite of the entire book is "The Amazing Tablecloth." Years, hardships, loneliness gone after decades because the right man was at the correct flea market, after a well-appointed storm, looking for this item, when somehow that tablecloth caught his attention and a previous non-thought morphed into a possibility then gelled into a reality. If that isn't the finger of fate, I don't know what is.

Believe me when I tell you, you cannot read this and remain unchanged.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2004
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...and you might not have found this wonderful book. Now if that's not a great example of FATE, then I don't know what is. This book takes a look at and examines the "hand of fate" but, more importantly, how that hand is present in our daily lives. Its stories are unique, a cut above what you might find in other anthologies, and through them we discover that no matter what the story, how amazing or normal, we can somehow relate. The first thought that will pop into your mind is, "Hey, something like that happened to me once ..." And isn't that what great reading is all about???
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2004
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Collaboratively compiled and edited by Arlene Uslander and Brenda Warneka, The Simple Touch Of Fate: How The Hand Of Fate Touched Our Lives Forever is a rather impressive anthology of true stories revealing inexplicable connections, coincidences, and revelations of the right time and place which have changed people's lives forever. A revealing collection, The Simple Touch Of Fate showcases events that will inspire even the most dogged believer in blind chance to wonder "was this meant to be?"
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on October 17, 2006
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Do you believe in fate? Fate, "the supposed force, principle, or power that predetermines events," as defined by the dictionary, is known under many names--destiny, kismet, predestination, foreordainment, foredoom, luck, or just coincidence--and is often described by individuals around the world. Arlene Uslander and Brenda Warneka have experienced acts of fate in their lives. In The Simple Touch of Fate: How the Hand of Fate Touched our Lives Forever, they share not only their own stories but have gathered over fifty real stories by real people, in a thought-provoking anthology, that leave you with one question: if it weren't fate, how and why did these events happen?

As a lover of suspense and mysteries, I enjoy reading or hearing about events or activities that leave us wondering and questioning. I especially enjoy "little" acts that happen. For instance, was it a coincidence that one of the authors chosen for this anthology, Patricia Patteson, had also been included in an anthology, Mist on the Mon, that had sat on my bookshelf for many years, unread, but was immediately pulled and enjoyed when it was included in this book?

Or was it fate that a daily newsletter I read before I began to write this review, covered a mysterious life-saving event, but in that story, the writer attributed her story to guardian angels? Personally, I no longer question such things. In fact, based upon a book, As You Wish by Christine Massot Simpson, a resident of Canada, for whom I had the privilege to help edit and publish her book, I now use her phrase, "A God Incident" whenever I confront such events.

Let me share a little about my favorites from The Simple Touch of Fate. If you don't believe in fate, then these short stories just may force you to reconsider--is there something or someone, somewhere that controls events in our lives?

Jacob! Jacob! Reborn. The date was September 11, 2001. Jacob Herbst often traveled by plane; however, work-related activities prevented his taking a scheduled flight from Boston's Logan Airport at 8:45, American Airlines, Flight 11, to Los Angeles. How do you thank a man who could not make an important meeting, causing an unexpected delay, for saving your life?

Desert Boomerang. Two soldiers meet in Iraq; one is standing guard at a barren traffic control point and helps the other by giving him directions. Months later, the same two soldiers meet at the site of an accident on a deserted road and the favor is returned. Only this time, lives are saved! For the man just happened to be part of a medical unit...

We all Cross Paths for a Reason. A birth mother and her now-grown daughter are reunited through an automobile accident and a woman's willingness to work overtime. Just a coincidence?

Time for Life. A man and a woman, members of one family, but located in different places--both trying to catch the train--fail in their efforts due to various reasons. They missed the most disastrous train crash in the United Kingdom in 42 years.

"Honor, Courage, and Commitment": Saving Jack Roush. When a small plane is in trouble, it happens to hit near the home of an ex-marine, specifically trained "to save a pilot in an upside-down plane from a watery grave."

Grandmother Spirits. In a time of family distress, a woman prays to the spirits of grandmothers for the needs of a family. Was it a coincidence or a direct response to prayer that allowed a son just arriving in Hiroshima to be able to make a free call to his mother?

The Angel That Couldn't Fly. My favorite! A wonderful answer to why the chicken crossed the road...

Uslander and Warneka have created an excellent, well-diversified anthology that provides heart-warming, happy, life-saving and sometimes-unbelievable tales. They are presented with an interesting continuity, yet broken with small offerings of people's own definitions of fate. I found it informative, flawlessly presented to allow readers to form their own conclusions regarding these stories from "real people." For those who continuously wonder... and search... I found this a must-read!
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on February 22, 2005
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Fate means different things to different people, but in general it is described as a moment when our destinies are guided by something we cannot explain - a moment when things happen that seem coincidental, miraculous or simply amazing. In "The Simple Touch of Fate" the editors have compiled over 50 true stories of fated events. The collection will give readers a satisfying sampling of the variety of fate's guidance in our lives.

Examples of chance events, from the reuniting of a husband and wife separated over years and oceans by the chance purchase of a tablecloth at a yard sale, to a woman's astounding luck at winning it big twice on the slot machines of Las Vegas on the same date a year apart, will amaze you and leave you wondering if these events are coincidences. Read on and discover that we all cross paths for a reason, we are all sometimes in the wrong place at the wrong time, but are also sometimes in the right place at the right time. How does it all equal out? Sometimes it doesn't. There are instances of devastating results of fate in this book, balanced by unbelievable tales of good fortune.

The editors share their own instances of the hand of fate and have compiled a unique collection that is sure to be appreciated by readers who have even a hint of appreciation for the unknown, the mystical and the fact of life that not everything can be explained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2004
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What a great collection of stories! I'm still trying to figure out which one is my favorite! Each one of them is a unique and personal gift for the reader! I'm betting on a second edition!"
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on March 8, 2007
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I am a student of metaphysics and have a particular interest in Near Death Experiences and how they impact individual lives, so the experiences recounted in this book are consistent with my belief system. I see them as powerful anecdotal evidence of a higher intelligence, influencing and shaping our lives. The stories suggest that we are, in ordinary states of consciusness, only dimly aware of it's workings, but, occasionally, we are given a glimpse into the dimension from which events become manifest.

I find it deeply affirming to read about such events, so I appreciate the work these writers have done, and I hope readers will continue to share experiences where the hand of fate has touched their lives, parting the veil for a brief glimpse into something beyond.

Joan Ruderman, Marriage and Family Therapist
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on January 20, 2007
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Tingles down my back at every story told me this was an inspiring book. Fate and how it plays a part in everyone's life, both young and old, is what makes this book fascinating reading. From the nurse who stayed late to meet a special patient to the train not taken, many wonderful awe-filled stories show us we are not alone in the world, but maybe part of a bigger design. Enjoy your journey down Fate's unending road. I applaud the author's efforts and can't wait for the next in the series. Susan Schwartz, Writer & Book Reviewer
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