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Eric Hoffer 2017 Award Winning Book

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Miracle of the Call was selected to receive an Honorable Mention in the category of Spiritual books. The Eric Hoffer Book Award has truly become one of the top literary awards for independent books, involving over 1,300 books, 20 all-inclusive categories, and over 100 judges. Miracle of the Call book reached the upper 10% of registrants, which is quite an achievement.

Click to see the list of award recipients: http://www.hofferaward.com/Eric-Hoffer-Award-winners.html#spirit

Who Inspired YOU?

The author is preparing to write sequel to Miracle of the Call.  Was your life inspired by a celebrity, sports hero, author, church leader, speaker, singing group, actor/actress?

Let me know know whose story you would like to see included in my next book. It could be yours.  Click here to contact us.Donna A Ford Books

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Scanning for Kids of All Ages

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“Scanning for Kids of All Ages is an excellent step-by-step reference for first time scanner users. The simple directions were easy to follow to produce fantastic graphic productions.” – Dorothy S. Wright, teacher of computer basics to children and adults

“The instructions are concise and can be followed by even the least proficient of computer users. Quick quizzes…reinforce previously covered material. I had fun trying several of the projects for myself.” – Judge, 11th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards
“Yes, I thought I knew all there was to know about scanning, too. But this little book shows a step by step process to get the most out of your scanner and help students edit images to create a presentation they can be proud of…Recommended for all ages.” – Florida Media Quarterly Spring 2004
“If you’re interested in scanning some photos or documents but don’t know how or just don’t feel secure, this is the book for you…The information is often technical, but the author has presented it in a manner that is clear to the novice and not beneath the more experienced scanner. Interwoven with the explanation are numerous illustrations, some serious, some lighthearted, but all helpful in understanding the text. Even the explanation of items such as OCR (Optical Character Recognition) are clear and to the point.” – Connecticut Nutmegger Vol. 36#4

 

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Miracle of the Call

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“In Miracle of the Call author Donna Ford has brought readers insights into the lives of key individuals from the last 100 years who have answered the call to become the religious leaders, military leaders ,innovators, inventors , politicians and statesmen that have helped shaped our modern world. From the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Chuck Colson, from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan, and Madam Marie Curie to Jonas Salk and many others the author illustrates for us what the call is and what it is not.
I was most intrigued by the details concerning each person’s biography and the additional reading/ bibliography for each entry in this book. The author clearly wants us to ask more questions and gave us the tools to search out additional information.
Donna Ford is an excellent author who has published two books previously (Concord Sage and Scanning for Children of all Ages). I look forward to reading her forthcoming works.” – jagon

 

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“This historical biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson offers insight and interesting trivia of daily life in early New England from the beginning of the American Revolution to the Civil War. It shows the influence Emerson and the other authors of that time had on each other. It also offers an interesting spiritual heritage as it shows how churches were thinking and developing at this time. This would be a good resource for home schoolers, especially those who have shied away from studying Emerson.” – Dana Barlow

“The author does a good job of telling us about Emerson and who his contemporaries were and how he interacted with them as well as to events of his time. This book helped me better place Emerson in his place in history.” –  Jacqueline L. Budd

Author – Miracle of the Call

Seventeen Life Stories—Twentieth Century Heroes and Heroines
You may know the amazing life stories of these heroes and heroines of the twentieth century. Now read the surprising miracle of the call each experienced.

To Recognize the Call
Will you hear a voice? Some have. Do you see a vision? Moses saw the burning bush. Does your spirit feel stirred? Or do you feel a tug on your heart? Find out how to tell whether you have received the miracle of the call.

To Inspire Great Achievement
Individuals in this book might disagree about what constituted the call on their lives. All seventeen acknowledged that something unusual happened, something beyond themselves. Achievement that betters humanity points to the miracle of the call.

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About the Author

Donna A. Ford has spent twenty-plus years in the corporate world as a technical writer. Miracle of the Call is her third published book. Her own miracle call is given in the book. Ford lives in New England and enjoys reading biographies and giving them to her nine grandchildren.

Book Review

Miracle of the Call: 20th Century Heroes and Heroines
by Donna A Ford
Westbow Press
reviewed by Priscilla Estes

“…every person confessed that something unusual happened to change their life story…something beyond themselves. And that is probably the best description of a miracle call.”
In this gem of a young adult book, Ford defines “the call” as that moment when someone realizes the task for which he was created and accepts the challenge. The call is “believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.”
With superb focus, clarity and organization, Ford pinpoints these pivotal moments in the lives of seventeen 20th century people, selected by their universally acknowledged benefit to humanity. Sports figures and celebrities have no place in this slim volume of inspirational lives. Nevertheless, young readers will be captivated by the fact that childhood is the fertile ground where seeds of greatness are planted. For the Wright brothers, the call was a childhood book about birds. John F. Kennedy was called to politics when his older brother, Joe, died. Neil Armstrong knew at age five that he would fly, dreaming of floating above the ground by simply holding his breath.
Young, Internet-raised readers will like the rich abridgement of complicated lives into tasty high-calorie—not empty calorie—nuggets. The “Notable Facts” sections at the end of each chapter would make excellent reviews for either Jeopardy contestants or its question writers. (Famous 20th century saint whose father was poisoned. Who is Mother Teresa?) Chapters flow in easily absorbed linear and straightforward fashion that deliver the nucleus of each person’s greatness.
These biographies, organized by occupation, represent thorough research (see the “Recommended Reading” sections) and considerable insight to recognize the life-changing event. Ford inspires by saying that we too can be “called” just by listening to the music inside us. If a writer is a skilled servant of words who enables the rest of the world to share others’ greatness, then Ford is an exceptional servant, wrapping great lives in an alluring package with this slim volume of seventeen biographies.
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“This historical biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson offers insight and interesting trivia of daily life in early New England from the beginning of the American Revolution to the Civil War. It shows the influence Emerson and the other authors of that time had on each other. It also offers an interesting spiritual heritage as it shows how churches were thinking and developing at this time. This would be a good resource for home schoolers, especially those who have shied away from studying Emerson.” – Dana Barlow

“The author does a good job of telling us about Emerson and who his contemporaries were and how he interacted with them as well as to events of his time. This book helped me better place Emerson in his place in history.” –  Jacqueline L. Budd

Book Review

Concord Sage: R.W. Emerson Life and Times
by Donna A. Ford
Amazon Digital Services
reviewed by John E. Roper

“At three years old, Ralph Waldo was a slow reader and didn’t enjoy learning. Perhaps he didn’t like reciting facts from memory. He did like blowing bubbles from soap and water with a pipe.”

Most American high school students are required to read a few pithy selections from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Usually they are paired with works by his young protégé Henry Thoreau, and often readers come away with the impression that while the mentor was rather aloof and stodgy his more free-spirited disciple was “pretty cool.” But there was much more to Emerson than what is revealed in his writings, a fact which the author aptly illustrates in her new biography of one of the nation’s most famous thinkers.

Ford begins her book with a brief look backward at Emerson’s ancestors in Concord to help describe the environment he was growing up in. She then goes on to detail in a few short chapters the life, loves, friendships, and painful losses he experienced as he journeys from relative obscurity to national prominence. One of the more interesting parts deals with his interaction with Abraham Lincoln and how Emerson’s own hatred of slavery possibly helped influence the President to take a stand with the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863.

The author has geared her book for young adults but it should also appeal to older audiences. Her prose is straightforward and informative yet engaging enough to keep the reader’s interest. Possibly the greatest gift this book brings to the study of Emerson is that it doesn’t so much focus on his writings, as so many other studies about him do, but instead shows us the man. She has taken the cold statue of the philosopher from the ivory tower contemporary thinking has placed him in and transformed him into flesh and blood.

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