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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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Author – Concord Sage Ralph Waldo Emerson

His name is well-known, but who really was the man, Ralph Waldo Emerson? What made him famous—a celebrity in his own town, country, and beyond? And why is Emerson still quoted today?

If you considered Emerson stodgy, you will be be surprised that this biography is meant to share with children, 5th grade and up. Afterwards, stroll leisurely through the site’s many blog posts which provide additional insight into Emerson’s life and relationships.

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About the Author

Donna Ford thought Ralph Waldo Emerson was a relative until research for this book proved her wrong. A maternal relative of the author, born an Emerson in 1785 in Massachusetts, gave many of her children Emerson as a middle-name; another female ancestor was kidnapped and escaped from Indians in 1657. With a unique perspective on the lives of early New Englanders, Ford also has twenty-plus years experience as a technical writer.
She has nine grandchildren and enjoys giving them historical biographies as gifts.

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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Contract Technical Writing and Information Design

Donna Ford has over 20-years experience in creating print, online help, and PDF documentation for software and hardware in manufacturing, CAD/CAM, and Healthcare industries. Web content created includes book reviews and how-tos for restaurant supply industry.

Certificate in Information Design from Bentley College, Waltham, MA. This course included multilingual design for web sites. Web design projects included consulting for Evolving Systems, web site updates for Gerber Technologies, help file creation for NPD, and site creation for Engaging Systems.

Member of Society for Technical Communication (STC) starting in 1990 and board member at local chapter level.

Fast, accurate, concise documentation created using Word, RoboHelp, Acrobat, and HTML. Graphics created in Visio, PhotoShop, CorelDraw, and Painter.

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