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Finding N-E-D Perfect Paperback – May 8, 2012
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I would give the book five stars if there were not a few instances of grammatical and spelling errors plus many cliches, making the telling of the story in multiple voices (Amanda's, Michael's, Amanda's mothers', and others') moderately less beautiful than the story itself. Ultimately, this does not matter much because by the end even critical readers like me will be so caught up in the story that they won't mind the slightly flawed writing. It will be a hard-hearted reader indeed who will not be weeping at the conclusion of Amanda's struggles.
Jane MacLean Craig, despite the book's title page, did not tell the story; she organized it and offered one of the heart-rending "Memories of Amanda" at the end of the book. She did not personally know Amanda but came to know her while reading and organizing the various components of the book written by those close to Amanda, who was beautiful in many ways, as the book and its photos clearly show.
Michael, to his great credit, continued his musical career while caring for Amanda and driving her to often distant medical appointments so they could manage to pay huge expenses for treatments and medications above the almost $500 per month costs of medical insurance. Fortunately, benefit concerts helped with the costs. Michael did all he could to ease Amanda's extreme pain and discomfort, often getting almost no sleep. Today he continues the fight against melanoma as director of the Melanoma Education Foundation of Nevada. The book supplements his efforts to prevent others from contracting melanoma and clearly presents the progression of Amanda's illness and the treatments she underwent.
At the age of 48, I can honestly admit that I didn't know what true love was until I read "Finding N-E-D". I'm not talking about the fiction side (I usually read in novels); but rather, THE REAL MEANING OF LOVE.
I feel so blessed to have had the honor to follow Michael and Amanda's journey through this horrific disease of Melanoma. From the beginning of the book and right up to the final pages, they freely share their short life together--both showing the light (faith) conquering the darkness (fear). Their battle of unforeseen hardship, from fighting for life until the end, accepting death, is an experience very few have the courage to endure....yet, as both believed and wish others to remember as a legacy of their factual experience: "...'Tis better to have loved and lost, Than never to have loved at all."> From Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem In Memoriam:27, 1850<
At exactly the best pace and the perfect amount of details, the author did a remarkable job weaving all Michael and Amanda's inner and honest thoughts together into an artistic strand. Their words stirred my heart and soul as I was able to feel both the male (care-giver) frustrated role and the female (victim to cancer) desperate emotions. And although completely unique, the similarities of each struggle outweighed the differences--their unbelievable passion for each other was the bond of amazing love, bright light, and abundant life that most never experience. As a result, my faith, compassion and understanding grew to a whole new level. I've gained so much from reading "Finding N-E-D no evidence of disease" that I can now take a deep breath and feel peace in my life.
"Finding N-E-D" is suitable for all levels of reading abilities. My intellectual hunger was nourished and my emotional thirst quenched. I now know what love is and this WILL keep Amanda alive in my heart forever.
Thank you Michael W. Brown for delivering your story to others who may be wavering in faith and/or love...as this story will solidify all who read it.
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