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What happens when an amazing humanitarian meets a dedicated artist? It's the beginning of A Wondrous Journey. In a world of strife and suffering, here is a story that must be read and emulated. Dr. ''Bobby'' MacGuffie is a sublime heroine who simply says, 'I will do my best,' and Lynn Manzione simply says, 'And I will make the world aware.' If they do not inspire you, it's likely you are not alive -- but if you want to live again... READ THIS BOOK!!! Thank you Bobby & Lynn, and peace to you both. --Malachy McCourt, actor and author

This book should be a part of the education system. The messages are ones that could benefit anyone who has ever struggled. --Mikhail Baryshnikov, dancer, author and actor

Martha MacGuffie is living proof that regardless of age or hardship, the human spirit is indomitable, and can achieve anything it sets its sights on. --Ellen Burstyn, actor and author

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Dr. Martha MacGuffie -- Bobby as she prefers -- is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, friend, animal lover, activist, humanitarian, tireless octogenarian, excellent role model, teacher, and a force to be reckoned with. She resides in Rockland County, New York, in the home that she loves with her faithful companion Teddy.

Lynn Cluess Manzione is a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, photographer, writer, promoter of positive role models, volunteer, student, teacher, and, since meeting Bobby … evolving into more. She resides a few miles away from her good friend Bobby with her husband Gregg, their sons James and Jesse, and her favorite dog Pepper.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Two Harbors Press (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936198614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936198610
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,292,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By loe472 on July 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you've ever wondered what your life's purpose is, this is the book for you. Lynn Cluess Manzione blends her own search for meaning, following a debilitating accident, with the life story of a remarkable Rockland County (New York) plastic surgeon Dr. Martha MacGuffie, who found a way to turn her personal losses into action for positive change in the world. Together the two women have created book that will inspire people of all ages to chase their dreams.
Manzione meets and interviews the eighty-six year old MacGuffie and learns about her rewarding but often difficult life beginning with her childhood, through school, college, medical school, marriage, family, and her work as a doctor and humanitarian. Dr. MacGuffie founded an organization called SHARE which is a non-profit organization, whose mission is bring hope and help to the AIDS orphans of Kenya, Africa. Dr. MacGuffie is a hands-on activist. She is there in the trenches geting clinics built in remote areas but she is also motivating others to help, through fundraising, volunteering, and donating. The book includes Dr. MacGuffie's precepts for a well-lived life. Yes, one person can make a difference and this book will show you how it's done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sphope on July 28, 2010
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A Wondrous Journey is just that - a poignant story that is not only a chronicle of Dr. MacGuffie's life, but a blueprint to achieving the best out of life despite true hardships. Manzione took on this book to counter what certain media are portraying as "women worthy of our attention" In doing so, she tells us about this great grandmother who, in answer to her own tragedies, traveled to Africa twice a year (from her early sixties through mid-eighties) and stayed for six to eight weeks at a time to insure the efforts being made here at home were reaching those in need in AIDS-ravaged Kenya. It's such an inspirational story - and it made me wonder what kind of good I can do with my life. The book Manzione envisioned realized her mission to show that beauty is heart and soul deep; it also became a tribute to a serendipitous friendship between her and Dr. MacGuffie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By krarn on July 28, 2010
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What an amazing book! This story was absolutely incredible and life-changing for me. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it has inspired me to follow my dreams in life and do something I'm really passionate about!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cgrilli on July 28, 2010
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The well-written and moving account of the life of an amazing and self-determined woman. Lynn Manzione takes the reader on an inspiring journey into the life of Dr. Martha (Bobbie) MacGuffie, a woman who, though confronted with nearly insurmountable odds in her quest to become a plastic surgeon never loses sight of her goals. And, when she is faced with her life's most difficult challenge, the unbearable loss of her beloved sons, Dr. MacGuffie chooses to turn her pain into a purposeful struggle...fighting to save the AIDS orphans of Kenya, Africa. This book imparts two plain, yet powerful messages: Believe in yourself and you can achieve anything and Each and every one of us can make a difference in this world! Kudos to the authors - and spread their message! This book should be read by the young, the old and everyone in between!
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