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My Gutsy Story Anthology: True Stories of Love, Courage and Adventure from Around the World (Volume 1) Paperback – September 1, 2013
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Sonia Marsh is a “Gutsy” woman who can pack her carry-on and move to another country in one day. She’s a motivational speaker who inspires her audiences to get out of their comfort zone and take a risk. She says everyone has a “My Gutsy Story®”; some just need a little help to uncover theirs. Her travel memoir has won 7 Awards, Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island, and is about chucking it all and uprooting her family—with teenagers— to reconnect on an island in Belize. Sonia has lived in many countries – Denmark, Nigeria, France, England, the U.S. and Belize – and she considers herself a citizen of the world. She holds a degree in environmental science from the University of East Anglia, U.K., and now lives in Southern California with her husband, Duke, and their rat terrier Cookie. Sonia welcomes new friends, bloggers, writers and readers at Soniamarsh.com (http://soniamarsh.com) Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/GutsyLiving or Twitter.com@GutsyLiving
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Closest to my heart are travel stories:
Bonnie Kassel's `Crossing the Sahara', in her red Volkswagen - without a spare. Her description of the night sky reminded me of the magnificent skies I had seen in the Himalayan mountains. Now, after reading Bonnie's story I will have to put `crossing the Sahara' on my bucket list, though I'd rather do it in a jeep with 4-wheel drive.
Jerry Holl "was determined to feel alive again" and decided to travel from Alaska to Mexico, by bike, a Surly Long Haul Trucker. That is a distance of 3634 miles in 50 days - `one man, one bike, one tent'. Also loved that he took the time to count the nineteen bears and two moose he encountered.
Having traveled China quite a bit I loved Carla King's "Alone, Illegal, and Broken Down". Though I have never slept at a brothel, I could relate to resting at unusual locations. Somehow it is empowering to take such hurdles. I also envy her for her trips.
In `Holocaust Revelations' Esther Goodman tells of her journey trying to find the man, who saved her mother during the final days of World War II. Looking for Ernest Finch she meets and touches so many people's hearts, but never gives up. Eventually she finds out that Ernest Finch had lived an hour from her home, before he passed away. Esther's guts to stick to plan and not give up is immensely impressing.
Finally, the story, which touched my heart the most, was Kenneth Weene's story of how he saved a life of a woman he did not even know. Kenneth starts his story admitting that by nature he is a coward Working as a summer intern in the psych ward of the community mental health unit, he is supposed to lay low and sort papers, and similar activities. However, when he sees a patient climb onto the roof with the plan to jump to her death, he does not hesitate and follows her. Even though far from an expert he shows guts, intelligence, and heart when he tells the suicidal patient that he does want her to jump - that he is the friend, who cares. This is in stark contrast to Kenneth's supervisor, who is only worried, whether Kenneth delivered a reason for a liability suit. Having guts shows heart.
My Gutsy Anthology is a fascinating read. By showing the reader endless opportunities to be gutsy it stimulates readers' minds, makes them laugh (and cry), and reexamine our own lives. 5*****
Importantly, these stories are a testament to the human spirit and its greatness: to endure, overcome, rise again, smile in the face of adversity, fulfill dreams, or achieve seemingly impossible goals. Some overcame daunting obstacles, sickness, loss, death-defying illness, and others set almost impossible goals such as sailing across the world, starting a new project late in life, working in a foreign land, or making a comeback.
This anthology has at least one story if not several that any reader can relate to. Just open it at random and read whatever is on that page, and I can bet that it will be hard for you to put it down without reading more.