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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cole. . . I Love YOu to the Moon and Back by Aaron Ruotsala (Book Review) and Giveaway!


Title: Cole. . .I Love You to the Moon and Back
Author: Aaron Dean Ruotsala

Publisher: Xulon Press

About the book: Aaron Dean Ruotsala, 24-year-old husband, father, business owner, and pilot shares a true story about a heart-wrenching experience he calls the best and worst experience of a lifetime. This story will provoke you to laughter, tears, and cause you to examine yourself and your role as a human on this temporal journey. His prayer is that all who read this amazing story will learn from the experience in which they had no choice, to realize that when life brings you to the darkest, deepest, loneliest point imaginable, you will recognize what really matters in life. So, please laugh, cry, share, examine, and mostly enjoy this book that is certain to make you ask the question: "What if this happened to me?" The reality is that it could.

My thoughts: The strength and faith of this family is amazing. I am not sure that I would have such grace under these circumstances. They set up a Caring Bridge site and through it received much comfort and strength, but I believe at the same time they also gave as much as they received. Much of the book is the journal entries that were Aaron posted at Caring Bridge as well as many of the entries that guests left. This little boy had over 600,000 hits on his website within 2 months. He touched so many people, many of whom shared their stories of renewed marriages, renewed faith, new faith, due to Cole and his illness - with the majority of these people having never met him or his family. This book makes you take a look at what is important in your life - and realize that these people may not be there tomorrow - so make the most of them and your relationships with them today! I highly recommend reading this book.

The family has set up a foundation at www.colesfoundation.com which provides support to families in crisis, especially those who have children fighting cancer. Everyone, whether they read this book or not, should visit this site. You can also read more about Cole's story at his Caring Bridge page.

As an aside, I had started reading this book before we left to go skiing last week - and finished the book at Big Powderhorn Mountain - in Ironwood, Michigan - where the Ruotsala's are from - if that isn't a strange coincidence, I don't know what is!

Cole. . .I Love You to the Moon and Back
Publisher/Publication Date: Xulon Press, May 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60791-444-0
220 pages




~I received this book free for review from Side Door Communications.~

For the Giveaway!

Side Door Communications has provided an audio version of Cole. . .I Love You to the Moon and Back for one of my readers!

To enter the giveaway - just leave a comment here. You can get an additional entry if you follow or subscribe, etc and another one for tweeting! Please leave each entry in a separate comment and leave an email address so that I can reach you!

The giveaway is restricted to US/Canada and will end on April 7th. Good luck!

22 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I'm sure that's a very touching story, but I think it might be too sad for me.

rubynreba said...

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I am a follower.
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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, darling. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

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would love to listen to cole's story...

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