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Navigating Life's Roadways: Stories of Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration for Your Journey Paperback – July 19, 2011
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Deborah L. Parker has been navigating all of her life. On tricycles, bicycles, or automobiles, she’s moved through the numerous winding roads of her journey from the woods of Waverly Virginia to the historic halls of the College of William and Mary, then on to the trails of Fort Benning Georgia— mounting her officer’s bars, now retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Pressing on in her career, she’s walked in corporate paths at ExxonMobil and Booz Allen Hamilton. Deborah now parks in Leesburg Virginia, where she writes and manages a leadership and personal development practice, The DPJ Training Group. Through her fifteen years of conducting workshops for corporate and public clients, she has expertly steered thousands in her audiences toward a course for better success in their careers and lives. Deborah has also written articles on business and community issues for publications such as the Alexandria Old Town Crier, Washington Afro-American Newspaper, MetroHerald and Arizona’s Black Executive Magazine. On her personal journeys she enjoys aunting a nephew and two nieces. To keep her life signals strong, Deborah belongs to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the American Society for Training and Development and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Herndon Virginia. On her rest stops she reads, jaunts to beach locations or dismounts to take long walks while enjoying nature. Deborah’s Blogs http://marysmatters.wordpress.com/ http://leadershipquests.blogspot.com/2011/07/leadership-family-and-roots.html
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her childhood that was far from perfect, yet she continued to hold on to the good and find the positive. She moved forward and entered the military where she quickly moved up in rank and was a strong leader within the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel.
There are a variety of stories about trips, moves and vacations across the US and other countries. Included are nice pictures to allow the reader to further see into Ms. Parker's life. While there are ups and downs, there is a profound faith that is found within Ms. Parker's life. She lists various scriptures, quotes and thoughts that both inspire and challenge. While she will readily admit she isn't perfect she will recognize how important God is within her life.
She shares how she faces cancer, lose of loved ones, unpleasant job situations, financial hardships and many other life events. I feel the reader will connect and understand that life isn't always a bed of roses, but as Ms. Parker will encourage the reader to do, one can pick up where they find themselves currently at and move forward with the help and grace of Almighty God.
I received this book from Ms. Parker for my honest review. I believe you would find this read encouraging, uplifting and challenging.
5 of 5 stars
Parker relates her childhood hardships in a matter-of-fact manner, identifying how many of these trials became teachable moments for both herself and others later in life. A black woman, raised by a single mother and coming of age in a rural town during the civil rights movement, Parker offers an engaging, eye-opening view of the particular brand of challenges that she faced in her youth and throughout her adulthood. I particularly liked how the author pointed out things that we often take advantage of, including electricity and plumbing, helping the reader gain perspective over his or her own life. Through a series of vignettes and offerings about how Parker has faced the challenges she relates in each vignette, she gives readers practical tips on keeping their head up and their minds focused in the face of challenges. While Parker has roots in her faith, the book in no way becomes "preachy," so that readers of any faith can find something to take away from her book.
Overall, I recommend this book to readers looking for some inspiration from a remarkable woman who has lived life as most of us do, making mistakes but seeking to make each day better.
Navigating Life's Roadways is an account of Deborah L. Parker's life. She begins her story after her mother's death as this was an extremely emotional time for her.
I could never take away someone else's memories or life's lessons learned, however, to me this was just another book of relatively similar memories and life lessons communicated.
While acknowledging Deborah's beautiful style of writing, using quotes, proverbs, and metaphors, it has been done many times over. I was hoping to read some original enlightening words and/or phrases. Sadly, this wasn't the case.
Each time I choose a book to read I expect to learn something new. I am also a cancer survivor and I struggled to find new inspirations to augment my knowledge. I'm not saying I knew every quote, proverb, or metaphor in the book, just that the messages were stale.
For readers who may not have previously read an inspirational memoir, Navigating Life's Roadways: Stories of Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration for Your Journey would be an insightful revelation.