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:
"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."
- Priscilla Estes, book reviewer from the U.S. Review of Books
“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."
- John E. Roper, book reviewer from the U.S. Review of Books
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