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The Light, the Dark, and Ember Between Paperback – May 14, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is a collection of uplifting images that delve into the reflections of the human condition. These stories will cause you to think, laugh, and even cry at the beauty of emotional memories. You will smile at the thought of love lost and found again in "Paper Doll." You will think about your life's choices in "10:18." You will cry tears of joy while reading about the hidden gift in "Winter Rose." This is a must-have collection of thought-provoking reflections perfect for your bedside or the beach.
The Light, The Dark, & Ember Between is beautifully written, and is an uplifting, thoughtful, intelligent, and heartfelt collection of short stories. Fifteen stories in all, each is so very different and from different points of view. All of the stories bring the message of hope to the reader. This is a book that lives up to what it promises - the message of hope as the "Ember Between."
I have to say that this book came to me at just the right time. I needed to read it because it reminded me that hope doesn't just happen. We have to keep our eyes open and watch for it. This is a lovely book that I recommend for personal reading or as a wonderful gift.
The stories I liked most were:
*In The Name of Love
Written in such a way, a reader can easily sit down and become engulfed within the worlds created by J.W. Nicklaus and finish in one sitting, or take a few minutes of relaxation and "me" time to enjoy one or two of the stories at a time. Whichever way the reader chooses to partake in The Light, The Dark & Ember Between, they are sure to come away with a bit of a new perspective on life and a lighter heart.
Life is painful and life is difficult, but one must always reach deep within to find some goodness and faith. The Light, The Dark & Ember Between does just that. A couple stories that I found particularly touching were 'Emissary' and 'Broken'. They both touched me deeply, as did 'One Washington Diner'. With such phrases as "Each warm mist of breath hung in the air like temporary lace..." (taken from pg.Read more ›
Requiem for Linny: I enjoyed this story because it reminded me of my grandmother a little bit. There are some things that people hang on to and have a hard time letting go. Reflecting back on this today, the story means a little more as a young man I know died in a drowning accident over the weekend. He's the second in my church in 3 days to drown. Puts a different spin on a story like this.
10:18-All I can say about this one is "WOW". If this one doesn't change your life....well, it SHOULD change your life!!
One Washington Diner: This one I read in the doctor's office this morning and needless to say, the tears in my eyes caused my doctor some concern when he finally came in my room. This was one of my favorites. It's a very sweet love story that had me reflecting back on my marriage and our relationship and how I might improve that.
Winter Rose: Another tear jerker...this is a MUST read. If you only read one story in this book, make it this one. In light of present world events it puts some things in perspective.
In the Name of Love: This is the only non-fiction story in this book. It's very personal and will strike a chord with anyone with a heart.
While these were my favorites, I don't want to take away anything from the other stories. They were all enjoyable and I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for some inspiration, a "feel good" story, or who is just looking for a quick read while at a conference, the doctor's office, or whereever else the world might take you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
J.W. Nicklaus is a word artist. He paints mental pictures with lyrical prose. "The Light, The Dark & Ember Between" is a collection of 15 short stories whose concurrent theme... Read morePublished on March 5, 2011 by A Happy Reader
This book is not one that can be read in one sitting.
Each story doesn't end with the last page because each story continues on within the reader long after the last word. Read more
A classic collection of short stories written in perfection. J.W. Nicklaus, one of my favorite authors of all time, has written a fantastic array of stories that reminds me of the... Read morePublished on December 16, 2009 by Dorothy Thompson
The Light, The Dark and Ember Between is a collection of short stories that show people and events the way they really are. Read morePublished on December 11, 2009 by Haley Mathiot
If you enjoy reading collections of short stories, then be sure to pick up a copy of The Light, The Dark, & Ember Between by Nicklaus. Read morePublished on August 3, 2009 by The Book Faery Reviews
On his blog, J.W. Nicklaus writes, "If I've done my job properly, the stories may just remind each of us of what it is to be human, and certainly of our affinity for the slightest... Read morePublished on July 19, 2009 by Missy