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Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.

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By Conny Withay
Published on April 25, 2012
 

Author: Michele Howe Clarke

Publisher: The Entrepreneurial Publisher

ISBN: 978 -1-60037-960-4



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Author: Michele Howe Clarke

Publisher: The Entrepreneurial Publisher

ISBN: 978 -1-60037-960-4

 

Michele Howe Clarke has been through the depths of despair for simply having a cancer that raged through her facial and neck area. In her book, Face Forward, she explains the cancer, the pain and agony, the process of accepting her disfiguration and how to accept life in spite of its disasters.

This two hundred and twelve page paperback with a bright beach scene on the jacket “meets challenges head on in times of trouble.” In addition to a foreword, prologue and table of contents, each chapter is headlined with a short poem in cursive writing from the author herself. It is divided into two parts, one explaining her story of overcoming the big “C” word and the other part being a step-by-step tutorial of how to approach and harness life from the “I / me / my” focal point. The fonts are easy to read and throughout the first half of the book there are blocked sections written to the reader directly. Some profanity is used in the book. A small author’s photograph is on the back of the book showing barely noticeable facial trauma.

Michele tells a heartbreaking story of having facial and neck cancer which is a life or death situation. She has to decide to either live with disfigurement due to removal of her facial nerves or die with a smile – she chooses to live for life for her beloved husband and six month old daughter. The story breaks your heart as she goes through three major surgeries and multiple infections with emotional, spiritual and physical setbacks.

In the book, Michele looks to her inner Source for all her strength and resolve. She involves herself in the “I am the creator of my own reality” theory to overcome her depression as she searches for the right group that brings her comfort. She finds it in ECaP, Qi Gong, transformational breathing, singing Prayers of Jabez, etc.

The book is a “new age” self-help empowerment book for someone who caters to more of an Eastern tradition that includes meditation, quantum physics, chi, and “mind-body-spirit” medicine. It is not for one who traditionally believes or trusts in God or a Superior Being.

I truly felt sorry that Michele, her husband, daughter, family and friends had to go through this ordeal and experience as it sounded so painful, unimaginable and personal. It is raw, it is real: it is life. However, I wish she would consider that God allowed it for some unexplainable reason and it is His Power that helped her change to be the new wonderful, beautiful (inside and outside) human being that she is now.  Everything happens for a reason.


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