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ANNOUNCING UPCOMING EVENTS

LIFE. BOOKS. NON-FICTION. COLLEEN BRUCE. INSPIRATIONS. LORDS HILL

Colleen is working on her next book. 

LIFE ACCORDING TO COLLEEN

"Where the truth is always fair & There's nothing so common as no common sense!"


It has been a desire, destiny and dream that God put in my heart from about the age of 6 years old, to  share not  just my experiences as a child and young adult in my memoir, Lords Hill "A Place Only God Could Save Me From" But, to take the positive learning experiences over the years past and present. 

Not just through my healing and recovery work, but, also in my Spiritual walk with God, my Father and Jesus, my Savior. There is a  lot of misconceptions about God and His "tyrant-type power." Nothing could be futher from the truth. 

It also seems that we have come to live in a society of, "It's all about me!"

And your right, "It is all about you."

Your Choices, Your Thoughts, Your Actions, Your Attitude, Your Money, Your Eternal Destiny  Your Responsibility, Your Family, Your Conscience and the list goes on and on.

It is my desire to share just fuzzy-warm stories about life, but, to lay out some (perhaps) uncomfortable truths and facts. 

We live in a world of; "How did I get here? It's not my fault? No one told me? Why should I have to? And God's only real to some people, especially non-believers, when the bottom falls out or all hell breaks loose. He's real all the time and it would serve us well to remember that. 

Life is to be just lived happily ever after with no thought of it's value. It's also meant to be revered, because at it's longest, its very short. It is my hope to meet you on the pages of my new book in all those familiar and not so familiar places. God Bless & Keep You until we meet again,


Colleen Bruce 

  

PS If there are any takers out there,  I'm looking for a traditional publsher.

MEMOIR REVIEWS

Memoir. Lords Hill. Maggie Miller. chidhood Trauma. New England. Colleen Bruce

TITLE INFORMATION LORDS HILL A Place Only God Could Save Me From: Based On a True Story Maggie Miller Westbow Press (108 pp.) $28.95 hardcover, $11.95 paperback, $3.99 e-book ISBN: 978-1-4908-5281-2; September 29, 2014

KIRKUS BOOK REVIEW 

In this unflinchingly candid memoir, debut author Miller recounts a childhood of abuse. When Miller was only a young child, her mother died in an automobile accident while driving drunk. Her father had divorced her mother and already moved on to another marriage, and he wanted nothing to do with Miller and her three siblings. He also withheld child support. The author moved in her with grandmother, Nana, and suffered under her often unkind authority. Her uncle Henry was an unabashed alcoholic who tyrannized the house with his mercurial bouts of insanity and anger. In one particularly upsetting scene, Henry stabs a pony to death in front of her. Miller enjoyed some respite from Henry’s madness during his frequent stays in a mental hospital. Aunt Charlotte, her mother’s oldest sister, often assumed the role of a mother figure, but she was also an incorrigible alcoholic with a predilection for brazen sexual exhibitionism and promiscuity. Miller was, by her own account, a neurotic and emotional child mercilessly targeted by bullies. Such relentless abuse eventually drove her to alcohol as a path to numbed oblivion, and she nearly died in a car accident driving while drunk, a sad echo of her mother’s death. Just as predictably, she sought comfort in the arms of abusive men, looking for self-destructive co-dependence more than authentic love. She became pregnant at 16 and reluctantly aborted the baby under pressure, a decision she always regretted. After leaving an alcoholic husband, she finally found a path to recovery and redemption through a newly discovered faith in God: “Only as my faith has grown into a deeper and more dependent relationship on God and His Son, Jesus, has my life had the most balance and peace.” This is a grim remembrance told—amazingly—without demonizing the tormentors; in fact, Miller lovingly depicts all, even the most abusive, with a forgiving sympathy. For example, she thoughtfully considers the challenges Nana must have faced when suddenly saddled—well into her 60s—with three children to raise. The theme of this inspiring autobiography—beautifully rendered by the author—seems to be the deeply therapeutic value of granting clemency to one’s abusers. A profound meditation on the overcoming of past trauma. EXCERPTING POLICIES Please review Kirkus Media’s excerpting policies before publishing any portion of this review online or in print for any use. To learn about proper attribution and to ensure your use is in compliance with our guidelines, we invite you to visit http://www.kirkusreviews.com/indieexcerpts. Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media LLC, 6411 Burleson Rd., Austin, TX 78744 indie@kirkusreviews.com

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MERCY & GRACE

David Jeremiah. Faith. Mercy. Grace. God. Colleen Bruce. Inspirations. Salvation

This is not original to me, but, it applies to everyone and too good to not share. 

MERCY & GRACE by; 

Dr. David Jeremiah 

Mercy withholds the knife from the heart of Isaac - Grace provides a ram in the thicket. Genesis 22:11-14

Mercy runs to forgive the prodigal. Grace throws a party with a robe, a ring and a fatted calf. Luke 15:20-24

Mercy hears the cry of the thief on the cross. Grace promises paradise that very day. Luke 23:39-43

Mercy converts Paul on the road to Damascus. Grace calls him to be the great apostle. Acts 9:1-6, 17

Mercy closes the door to hell. Grace opens the door to Heaven. Ephesians 2:8-09


And the difference between mercy and grace is this -

"Mercy witholds from us what we deserve. Grace gives us what we don't deserve."  Romans 5:20



BARNES - NOBLE / Tasana Williams

BARNES &  NOBLE. BOOKS. MEMOIR. MAGGIE MILLER. MATSAKIS. COLLEEN BRUCE. MEMOIR

Official Review: Lords Hill by Maggie Miller Post Number:#1 by e-tasana-williams » Yesterday, 13:58  [Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Lords Hill" by Maggie Miller.]   ________________________________________ 3 out of 4 stars  ________________________________________ Review by e-tasana-williams  ________________________________________ Share This Review  ________________________________________ "Hate the sin, but love the sinner is what God's word tells us to do". This is Maggie Miller's overall outlook in her autobiography Lords Hill: A Place Only God Could Save Me From. Ms. Miller continually tries to find love for her tormenters. Her sharp-tongued, dutiful grandmother "Nana" loves fiercely and punishes just as fiercely. Her alcoholic, schizophrenic Uncle Henry terrorizes her and her siblings. Her beloved Aunt Charlotte makes her an unwilling witness to adulterous liaisons. In spite of the horrors she endures, Ms. Miller narrates her story with an accepting tone and the belief that the abusive people in her life are simply fallible human beings, not two-dimensional villains.  Most of the perpetrators in Ms. Miller's world are family members. The small town locals of Lords Hill, New Hampshire also make her life difficult. With a well-known family history of poverty, abuse and mental illness, Ms. Miller is an easy target for bullies. As she grows into adolescence she engages in self-destructive behaviors that lead her down the same path as most of her relatives. She starts using drugs and alcohol, and enabling her tormenters. A series of several disturbing events leads her to believe that her life could never amount to anything good. But for her faith in Jesus Christ, this would have been true.  Lords Hill: A Place Only God Could Save Me From is a compelling story. Ms. Miller recounts one instance after another of the emotional and physical abuse she experienced. I don't get the feeling that she is seeking pity from the reader, though. She gives credit to God for helping her forgive others for their abuse and neglect, and for helping her to forgive herself for ruinous choices.  Readers looking for an engrossing autobiography will appreciate this story. As with any tale of long-term abuse and neglect, you will experience sadness, anger and disbelief. Ms. Miller is far from passive, however, and hope will be added to the list of emotions as you read about her learning to advocate for herself. People with a history similar o Ms. Miller's may not enjoy reading this story, as it may trigger unpleasant memories from their past. They may also feel that she forgives too easily, or does not assign enough blame for the damage done.   I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It is an honest, compelling true story that touches the reader from the first page to the last. It is in need of further editing, however, as there are several grammatical errors throughout the work. Kudos to Ms. Miller for having the courage and the strength to share such a difficult story with the world.  ****** Lords Hill  View: on Bookshelves | on Barnes and Noble  Like e-tasana-williams's review? Post a comment saying so! Once you learn to read, you will be forever free ~ Frederick Douglas e-tasana-williams's Latest Review: "Lords Hill" by Maggie Miller

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