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Connections: Everyone Happens for a Reason Paperback – January 1, 2009
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About the Author
Jerry Davich has written thousands of stories, columns and feature projects for various publications across the country, including newspapers, magazines, and health journals. He began his writing career as a political cartoonist before realizing his passion for narrative storytelling from following a high school student with disabilities to her first prom, or chronicling the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, to watching an elderly woman with terminal cancer slowly die in a hospice, and jumping out of a skydiving plane with a microphone in hand. Jerry has covered several news beats including health, environment, features and social issues, to name a few but his emphasis is always the same: To profile ordinary people - their hopes and dreams, joys and pitfalls and the often extraordinary connections in their lives. He never planned on writing this book until experiencing a serendipitous series of his own connections and missed connections. Today, he s the metro columnist for the Post-Tribune Newspaper in Northwest Indiana, as well as a freelance writer for several national publications and book author. Jerry lives in Portage, Indiana, with his wife, Cherie, and has two adult children. Dennis Berlien is a husband, and father of four children who reside in Las Vegas, Nevada. He enjoys spending quality time with his family near Newport Beach, California. He enjoys playing competitive tennis and basketball, studying jiu-jitsu combat training, and he recently completed the Honolulu Marathon with his father in Hawaii. A Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional, he received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. With over 15 years of professional experience, Dennis excels in overseeing engineering services including sustainable design and LEED certified buildings. He currently serves as a principal for a Boston, Massachusetts-based engineering firm and manages its West Coast operations. He is also responsible for building and maintaining relationships with developers, owners, and architects. As co-author of Connections, Dennis aspires to offer consulting services based on the theme of this book. He considers his persistence, ability to adapt to change and, just as importantly his personal connections as the keys to his success.
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The authors Dennis Berlien and Jerry Davich skillfully interweave a collection of stories about different people that demonstrate the power of connections. The authors take you by the hand and gently guide you through a wonderful journey of self-discovery. As you read this book you can't help but reflect upon your own life and the connections you've made, missed and have yet to make.
To facilitate this process the book is designed so that there are spaces for you to record your thoughts and respond to the probing questions that are asked throughout the book. "Connections" is therefore more than a book. It is an interactive journal.
While you can guess the outcome of some of the stories it doesn't spoil your pleasure of reading them story for it's the loving detail in which the stories are told that fascinates. Plus, several of the stories have unexpected twists which add to the intrigue. And sometimes you're taken by surprise even if afterwards you say to yourself that you should have connected the dots. However, this is the power of this book to draw you through it without you trying to figure it out as though it were, for example, a thriller.
"Connections" will captivate your attention. You'll want to read it in one sitting but you'll also want to read again. It's very inspirational and touching. You'd have to be as hard as nails not to find yourself moved to tears by some of the stories.
Other stories will give you goose bumps as they unfold the power of synchronicity. You'll recall instances in your own life where a seemingly random chain of events suddenly collate with dramatic consequences.
The poignant stories also make you realise that there can be two interpretations of the phrase "everyone happens for a reason". The first is that everyone who enters your life, however fleeting, does so for a reason. The second is that if you're here on this Earth then you are definitely here for a reason. Your birth was no accident. You have a purpose in life.
And, you'll find your purpose and be able to live your life on purpose through the connections you make in your life.
Ironically, in this the 21st century, we have unprecedented opportunities to be able to connect with each other. Despite this there are still millions of disconnected, isolated and lonely people and people. "Connections" reminds you that in order to connect with others, in a meaningful manner, you first have to learn how to connect with yourself.
Reading this book and honestly answering the questions that lie within as well as the questions that will certainly arise from within you as you read this book will undoubtedly enhance the quality of your life. This is the kind of book that is worthy of keeping a spare copy to give to a friend or a stranger and share with them the gift of connections.