Book Review: Miracles We Have Seen by Harley Rotbart

Miracles We Have Seen
by Harley Rotbart 

America’s Leading Physicians Share Stories They Can’t Forget

In Miracles We Have Seen: America’s Leading Physicians Share Stories They Can’t Forget (HCI Books), Dr. Harley A. Rotbart provides an assembly of essays written by peers in the medical profession, including deans and associate deans of medical schools, academic department heads at leading university medical centers, and national opinion leaders in an array of medical specialties.

These astonishing, first-person essays are written in everyday language for the delight of all readers, and depict medical outcomes that defied all expectations and, in some cases, science itself.

Dr. Rotbart writes, “Occasionally in the course of caring for our patients, we encounter events that truly stun us. Unforgettable occurrences…far exceeding the wide berth we are trained to allow for surprise.” His collection of miracles tells stories of impossible cures, miraculous timing, and recoveries from hearts stopped longer than survivable, catastrophic injuries, and freak accidents and occurrences, including:

•    A nine-year-old boy who was decapitated in a horrific car accident but survived without neurological damage.
•    A woman who conceived and delivered a healthy baby – despite having had both of her fallopian tubes surgically removed.
•    A young man whose only hope for survival was a heart transplant, but just as he developed a potentially fatal complication making a transplant impossible, his own heart began healing itself.

As the physicians recount their very personal reactions to these remarkable clinical experiences, it is apparent that while some miracles are more emotional than physical, the event left a lasting imprint. In most instances, says Rotbart, the miracles actually directed them in their choice of specialty and has influenced much of their professional decision-making throughout their careers.

Please see a recent New York Times Op-Ed piece written by Jacalyn Duffin, a hematologist and historian at Queen’s University in Canada, that highlights religious and medical miracles at: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/06/opinion/pondering-miracles-medical-and-religious.html?emc=eta1&_r=0.

Although Miracles We Have Seen gives special insight into the lives and souls of doctors and how the miracles have affected them and their patients, Rotbart notes, “While faith and prayer certainly play an important role in many of our patients’ lives, as well as in some of the vignettes in this compilation, this is not a book about religion. Rather, this is a book about optimism and inspiration…what we don’t know or don’t understand isn’t necessarily cause for fear, and can even be reason for hope.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harley Rotbart, MD (Denver, CO), has been a nationally renowned pediatric specialist, parenting expert, speaker and educator for over three decades. He is professor and Vice Chair Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is the author of numerous medical and scientific publications, as well as books for lay audiences including No Regrets Parenting and 940 Saturdays. Dr. Rotbart has been named to Best Doctors in America every year since 1996, as well as receiving numerous other national and local awards for research, teaching, and clinical work. He serves on the advisory boards of Parents magazine and Parents.com, and is a frequent consultant to national and local media outlets. He is a regular contributor to Parents and The New York Times.

For more information, please visit www.hcibooks.com/p-4378-miracles-we-have-seen

Miracles We Have Seen
HCI Books
Available at amazon.com
ISBN 9780757319372
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Editorial Reviews

“Doctors tell the human side of medicine in these stories―revealing the heart and soul that go into truly ‘caring’ care.”  ―Jimmie C. Holland, MD, Wayne E. Chapman Chair in Psychiatric Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, author of The Human Side of Cancer: Living with Hope, Coping with Uncertainty

“As a witness to one of the miracles recounted in this uplifting book, I welcome Dr. Rotbart’s extraordinary collection of compelling testimonies from leading physicians. Take a look, and have your faith in God―and in his agents of healing, doctors―renewed!”  Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York

“For patients, their families, and all the rest of us, Miracles We Have Seen is a welcome reminder that even the most dire diagnoses can have happy endings, thanks to the inspiring dedication of doctors.” —Diane Debrovner, Deputy Editor, Parents Magazine

“Deeply moving and eloquently written, this remarkable collection reminds us how the art and science of medicine intersect with good luck, coincidence, and the unfathomable. For physicians, these essays call to mind our own stories that inspired us toward the healing of our patients.”  ―Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, past President, American Medical Association

“These powerful and true stories by physicians offer hope from where faith intersects with science and real healing begins.”  ―Jeffrey J. Cain, MD, past President, American Academy of Family Physicians

“Miracles are all around, we just need to pause and be still, and recognize them. This book is a testament to the medical miracles that happen every day when skill, science, and spirituality meet.” Rev Mpho A Tutu van Furth, Executive Director, Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, and co-author, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, of Made for Goodness

“We read so many accounts of freak accidents and rare diseases bringing misery into the lives of people who deserve better. That is why it was so refreshing, so soul-restoring, to read these accounts of near tragedies that were prevented by human efforts, good will, and caring.” ―Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People and Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life

Miracles We Have Seen opens a window into the complex world of the art and the science of medicine for all to see the compassionate miracles dispensed there. Take a good look . . . you will be inspired!” ―Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States

“These stories by doctors who are true healers have moved me to tears and opened my heart. Each, like the great doctor-writer Chekhov, brings to medicine a sense of compassion, deep vulnerability, love and hope for those who suffer, and the ability to acknowledge that human life is a precious gift.” ―Ruth Behar, author of Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys, and the Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan

 

Cancer! Not A respecter Of Age Or Gender, Nationality Or Religion

Rejoicing Through the Tears
by Brenda George

For author Brenda George, life was good. She and her husband were planning their daughter’s wedding, buying a new sports car, and planning a much-needed vacation, things couldn’t have been better…until cancer rudely invaded her life. She was having the time of her life … until cancer rudely invaded her life. That one word changed everything!

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with cancer? Rejoicing through the Tears has been written with you in mind. You can learn not only to survive, but to thrive. You can come through your wilderness journey of cancer and let God turn your mourning into dancing. No matter what challenges you may be facing, you can learn to embrace the hand of a loving God. He will walk with you whether you are up on the mountaintop or down in the valley; you will learn to rejoice wherever you are, because what you are rejoicing with is heartfelt joy from deep within. Your faith will be ignited, and you will be encouraged. You will learn to live each day with passion and enthusiasm. Let the God who flung the stars into space walk into your storm, refresh your soul, and bring you streams in the desert.

About the Author
Brenda George was diagnosed with thyroid cancer four years ago. This is her personal story of the trials she has faced and her journey to being a cancer survivor. She wants to inspire people from all walks of life to never give up hope. They too can learn to rejoice through their tears and come out stronger than they were before. Brenda lives in Marysville, Ohio, with her husband, Mark. She is the mother of two grown daughters, Sarah and Bethany. She also has a teenage son, Travis, and three adorable grandchildren, Savannah, Landon and Jackson. Last but not least, she has a lovable Old English Sheepdog named Maggie.

Available at bookstores and all online outlets
Rejoicing Through the Tears
By Brenda George
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Westbow Press
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1449724027
ISBN-13: 978-1449724023

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Book Review: Technology vs. Humanity: The coming clash between man and machine (FutureScapes) by Gerd Leonhard

In his latest book Technology vs. Humanity, futurist Gerd Leonhard asks, “How can society stay in control as machines enter deeper into our lives, our bodies, and eventually our brains?”

Technology vs. Humanity:
The coming clash between man and machine
(FutureScapes)
by Gerd Leonhard

Futurist Gerd Leonhard breaks new ground again by bringing together mankind’s urge to upgrade and automate everything—down to human biology itself—with our timeless quest for freedom and happiness.

Before it’s too late, we must stop and ask the big questions: How do we embrace technology without becoming it? When it happens—gradually, then suddenly—the machine era will create the greatest watershed in human life on Earth. Technology vs. Humanity is one of the last moral maps we’ll get as humanity enters the Jurassic Park of Big Tech.

Artificial intelligence. Cognitive computing. The Singularity. Digital obesity. Printed food. The Internet of Things. The death of privacy. The end of work-as-we-know-it, and radical longevity: The imminent clash between technology and humanity is already rushing towards us. What moral values are you prepared to stand up for—before being human alters its meaning forever?

Gerd Leonhard is a new kind of futurist schooled in the humanities as much as in technology. In his most provocative book to date, he explores the exponential changes swamping our societies, providing rich insights and deep wisdom for business leaders, professionals and anyone with decisions to make in this new era.

If you take being human for granted, press Reset now with this passionately argued call to create a genuinely braver new world.

About the Author

As humanity rushes headlong into a world first served and soon dominated by technology, futurism has become a burning issue for everyone, not just visionaries and geeks. Gerd Leonhard blends humanism wth futurism to create manifestos and creative non-fiction that dramatically widens the franchise and audience for near-future exploration. His upcoming new book – Technology vs Humanity – is a breakthrough work of provocation that alerts the world to the imminent ethical and moral choices we will all have to confront much sooner than expected. A musician and creative by background, Leonhard has spent fifteen years living in the future, applying his insights and practical wisdoms to present-day dilemmas from the erosion of work life to the epidemic of digtal obesity that threatens to destroy a generation. Founder of The Futures Agency, Gerd Leonhard travels the world delivering customized advice to enterprise and public organizations of all kinds – helping them to both understand their future choices and discover their ‘true future’. Gerd’s books and essays are supported by an increasing array of multi-media features, including films and webisodes from his own boutique film studios. Together with the Futures Agency advisory and speaking tours, these media properties constitute a unique quarry of groundbreaking insights for individuals and organizations in transformation. Gerd’s other books include The Future of Content, Friction is Fiction and the bestselling The Future of Music. He also contributes a key chapter to The Future of Busines, edited by Rohit Talwar. A member of the Royal Society for the Arts (London) as well as the World Future Society, his client list includes Consumers International, YouTube, Nokia, The Guardian, Google, Sony-BMG, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, RTL, ITV, the BBC, France Telecom, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, The Financial Times, DDB / TribalDDB, Ogilvy, Omnicom, the European Commission along with many other notable organizations.
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5 stars Essential perspectives on how humanity, ethics, values and people can remain centre stage in a future of technology dominance  reviewed by Jens U. Hansen

Gerd Leonhard is very successfully bringing humanity into the centre of the exponential technology development that we are right in the middle of. He brilliantly discuss some of the polarities and dilemmas that are right in front of us as citizens, politicians, entrepreneurs, business leaders, parents. Everyone that is concerned with how we bring humanity forward in the age of robotics, automation, internet of things, big data, etc. can benefit from the deep insights that Gerd Leonhard so richly is sharing in his 2016 book Technology vs. Humanity. Closely connected to the sound development and transformation of global business leadership myself I give Technology vs. Humanity my warmest recommendations.

A MINDFUL APPROACH TO SOCIAL MEDIA, AN EDUCATION IN CYBER CIVICS

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By Katie Duffy Schumacher
Publication Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
ISBN-10: 0692731814
ISBN-13: 978-0692731819
Paperback | $14.95
Kindle | $9.95

Don’t Press Send: A Mindful Approach to Social Media, An Education in Cyber Civics is a clear and kind approach to aid in preventing the misuse of social media. From the onset, children today grew and evolved with increasingly sophisticated smartphone technology and social media. Author Katie Duffy Schumacher advocates that although adults may feel that they will never be as tech-savvy as the younger generation, they should not shy from their responsibility in the proper protocol and encourage and enforce respectful and safe use of cyber technology.

Don’t Press Send features helpful strategies for parents and educators when it comes to navigating unfamiliar online territory: teaching their children to be respectful of their peers and understanding the power of the written word, developing mindful healthy habits to support electronic engagement, and more. The book serves as a guide for parents to help their children think mindfully about their choices, both on social media and offline. Key things such as, what parents should be communicating when handing their child a cell phone for the first time.

Author Katie Duffy Schumacher comments on the importance of an education in cyber civics, “we have to help our children push past the emotional barrier that the screen creates and internalize that on the other side of it is another living, breathing, feeling human being; a person who must be treated with kindness. Online or off, the rules should be the same. If you aren’t comfortable saying something face to face, then you should not be posting that online or texting it to them.”

The book, Don’t Press Send, removes the guesswork when it comes to communicating electronically and offers guidelines for adults to broach with minors. It gives parents and educators a way to manage their children and students’ activities and behavior in the cyber world. It enforces the concept of leading by example, encouraging children to think mindfully about their choices on and offline, and provides them with the strategies to foster kind and healthy interactions online. The author recommends having this conversation both at home and in schools, to reinforce the ramifications of privacy breaches, cyberbullying, and cyber mistakes that could damage reputations and have serious offline consequences.

Children feel safe, secure, and less anxious when they know what the rules are, irrevocably. This is the objective of Don’t Press Send, to educate and empower children to use technology responsibly and with good intent.

Important topics that are discussed in Don’t Press Send: A Mindful Approach to Social Media, An Education in Cyber Civics include:

  • Cell phone directives for parents beyond the rules “don’t break it” or “don’t lose it”
  • Strategies that will help to create a kind cyber community by strengthening children’s empathetic skills
  • Reinforcing the emotional skills, discipline, and mindfulness that will result in kind and careful online communication to foster a more thoughtful and safer cyber community for all
  • How to embrace a healthy balance with technology by teaching kids to being mindful before they press send on a post

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

image003Katie Duffy Schumacher has used her years as a teacher, her mindfulness training, and her on the job experience as the mother of three teens to develop the Don’t Press Send Campaign, and the popular app by the same name. As a frequent lecturer, she has been able to spread the message of kind and careful communication to thousands of students, parents, and educators, inspiring them to incorporate a mindful approach to social media. In July 2016, Ms. Schumacher penned her first book, Don’t Press Send: A Mindful Approach to Social Media, An Education in Cyber Civics, to give parents the tools and strategies they need to arm their children to create a better cyber community.

For more information about the Don’t Press Send book and initiative, please visit www.DontPressSend.org

Don’t Press Send: A Mindful Education to Social Media; An Education in Cyber Civics is now available in paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon.

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Book Promo: Fate Walkers by Shar Martin

The once-magnificent city now sprawls dormant beneath the Amazon jungle, its pulse a terrible power still in play to this day. And it desperately wants entry back into our world… Gather your nerves for this spellbinding adventure filled with amazing treasure, disturbing villains, and shocking revelations in Fate Walkers by Shar Martin.

The story begins in the depths of the Amazon jungle.  Protagonist Ellis Hollander is a teenage prodigy in the field of archeology, and finds himself in charge of a haunted site.  Forced to shut down after his workers run away, he returns with spiritual reinforcements in the form of his best friend, Salvar.  In the meantime, while working on a dig in the Congo, he is plagued by horrifying visions and dreams, which he can only attribute to the Amazon project…

Unbeknownst to Ellis, he has an enemy.  Avrum Henson hates him and wants to destroy his reputation as “a leader among men.”  Driven by greed and envy, their inevitable clash ends in an unforgettable and terrifying revelation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born in Southern California, the author dabbled in the motion picture industry with extensive training in the craft of screenwriting.  After writing several feature-length scripts she discovered a passion for writing books. Over the years she has worked in the corporate arena and later attended Ashford University, majoring in English.  She currently lives in Houston, Texas with her family. Shar Martin is her pen name.

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Fate Walkers
by Shar Martin
Available at the author’s website and Amazon.com
ISBN: 9780578148328

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Final Sin in English, Spanish & German

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Deputy Sherriff Commander Jake Carson has his hands full… investigation of a brutal multiple homicide, a troubled son and a vindictive ex-wife. He meets young, free-spirited paramedic Julie Jennings. When Julie becomes the subject of an obsession, it puts both of them in danger…

Reviews:

Fantastic scary suspense from Chelle Cordero! The detailed and completely believable storyline is a page turner from the very beginning. ~ Bradley Jameson

Loved this book. I couldn’t put it down once I had the chance to dive into it. The imagery was impeccable, characters were strong, and it had a great plot. If I could give it six stars, I would. Great job, Chelle ~ Jerrid Edgington

Chelle Cordero strikes a winning combination of romance and suspense in this medical crime thriller. Detailed research and characterizations coupled with a break-neck pace create a hard-to-put-down-read. ~ Kathy Dianne-Leveille

About the Author:

Chelle Cordero writes stories of Passion and Suspense. Vanilla Heart Publishing has published ten Cordero novels and a short-story collection: Bartlett’s Rule; His Lucky Charm; Within the Law; Courage of the Heart; Final Sin; Hostage Heart; A Chaunce of Riches; Common Bond, Tangled Hearts; Hyphema; and Karma Visited. VHP just published The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero featuring several short stories which attest to Chelle’s unique range of writing abilities. Chelle has been writing both fiction and non-fiction for the bulk of her adult life and has been with Vanilla Heart Publishing since early +2008.

About the Spanish Translator:

mariana-sanchez-carranza Mariana Sánchez Carranza – Traductora mexicana, licenciada en idiomas con especialización en traducción e interpretación por el Centro Universitario Angloamericano. Ha participado en talleres de traducción literaria impartidos por la OMT (Organización Mexicana de Traductores) de la cual es miembro y la ATA (American Translators Association).

About the German Translator:

germ-translator Katharina Klamt ist Übersetzerin und versucht sich in ihrer Freizeit an der Schriftstellerei. Ihr erster Roman soll 2016 fertig werden, aber sie wird stets von Kurzgeschichten abgelenkt. Ihre Karriere als Übersetzerin begann in der Videospielindustrie, in der sie ihre Leidenschaft für Videospiele mit ihrer Liebe zur Sprache verbinden konnte. Wenn Katharina nicht gerade ohne Vorlagen Figuren von fragwürdiger Qualität häkelt, spielt sie gerne RPGs und Strategiespiele oder liest, besonders Fantasy, Thriller und humorvolle Bücher.

Coming Soon in Portugese
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Em breve em Português!

FREE Previews:

El Último Pecado  El Ayudante del Alguacil, el Comandante Jake Carson está a manos llenas… la investigación de un homicidio múltiple brutal, un hijo lleno de problemas y una exesposa rencorosa. Conoce a la joven paramédica de espíritu libre Julie Jennings. Cuando Julie se convierte en el objeto de una obsesión, ambos estarán en peligro…

Die Letzte Sünde Deputy Sheriff Commander Jake Carlson hat alle Hände voll zu tun … er ermittelt in einem brutalen Mehrfachmord, sein Sohn hat Probleme in der Schule und er selbst hat eine rachsüchtige Exfrau am Hals. Er trifft die junge, freigeistige Notfallsanitäterin Julie Jennings. Als Julie zum Objekt einer Obsession wird, schweben sie beide in Gefahr …