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Treat Gently, This Gentle Man: A Daughter's Prayers Paperback – April 30, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Rudin Press (April 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061528745X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615287454
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,229,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Patti Albaugh was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio. She earned a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1986. After teaching at Otterbein University for eighteen years, she has turned from academic writing to creative nonfiction. She has two grown children, Amy and Justin, and lives with her husband Tom, and cat Fuzzy, in Tucson, AZ.

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Patti Albaugh was born in 1947 in Mount Vernon, Ohio, a small town with a big heart. After attending seven colleges and universities, she finally earned a B.S. in 1979 from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Then she couldn't be stopped. She continued her education to earn a Master's and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in the field of educational technology. She retired from Otterbein University.

A writer of fiction and non-fiction, a speaker and a personal historian, Patti lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband Tom, cat Fuzzy, and dog Tonto (who lies at her feet while she writes.) Her daughter Amy and son Justin are her biggest cheerleaders. Patti is either writing, or revising, or traveling to visit her granddaughter in Chicago. Oh, and indulges in regular games of Mah Jongg.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judith L. Bamber on July 27, 2009
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Review of Treat Gently, This Gentle Man
by Patti R. Albaugh

A wonderfully intimate and authentic book about a daughter's search for strength and insight to help her loving father through this most difficult passage to death. Patti Albaugh's book will comfort you at a time when you question your innermost anxiety, loneliness and guilt, and recognize your courage and need to make a difference - a need to matter.

Treat Gently, This Gentle Man is filled with faith and hope, wisdom and humor. Each chapter begins with a biblical quote and ends with Patti's personal prayer. Dr. Albaugh gives the reader colorful insights into her father's personality and character so that we feel we know this solid, proud and personable man, including his routine activity, his talents, successes and strengths.

While seeking to understand the special needs and communication of her dying father, Patti gives insight into the special needs of the care giver and will help survivors to cope with losing their loved one. She walks you through her personal trauma in dealing with her uncertainty as to how to be helpful, to be correct, and to carry this burden on her own. In doing so, we realize the importance of preparing for our own eventual demise, thinking ahead to a time when our family may be dealing with our unique needs.

Lastly, the author is a scholar and provides discussion questions which are most valuable to the individual reader, as well as to book club and other discussion group gatherings.

Judith L. Bamber
Howell, Michigan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chaz on June 8, 2013
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This touchingly written book shows a daughter's tender love for her ailing father. I found myself chuckling on one page, and teary-eyed on the next. You don't have to be dealing with end of life issues to appreciate the poignant love story told here.
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This was a beautifully written and sensitive story about the author's father and her own feelings about going through his death with him. My mother-in-law died two years ago and this was a very helpful book to review about our loss and the meaningfulness of the last year of her life. It seemed to capture the author's thoughts as well as some of her father's, brother's and husband's. Very well done.
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