Saturday, August 28, 2010

Repairing Rainbows: Book Review and Giveaway

About The Book:

A True Story of Family, Tragedy, and Choices.

At thirteen years old, Lynda’s life comes to a disastrous halt when her mother and two younger sisters are killed in a plane crash. Her father, overcome by despair, simply continues to exist, in a state devoid of hope. After burying a wife and two young children at the age of 44, the overwhelming responsibility of raising a daughter alone completely immobilizes him.

Teetering on that tender brink between childhood and adolescence, Lynda faces the responsibility of a father in a complete state of shock, a house to take care of and hundreds of decisions about how to proceed with their shattered lives.

In Repairing Rainbows she candidly describes the agonizing memories, deafening silence and endless hardships that are the fallout of incredible loss. As we follow her through marriage, motherhood and her own spiritual journey, Lynda reveals her complex feelings of hope, anger, pity and determination. Most importantly, she learns the crucial difference between “truly living” and the existence that is so often mistaken for being alive.

A true story, written by a woman whose normal and abundant life hides a terrible past, Repairing Rainbows is loaded with important lessons to help others overcome struggles and obstacles, and fulfill their lives. It is a powerful, captivating, riveting and easy-to-read story that will undoubtedly touch the hearts of its readers.

You can read an excerpt of Repairing Rainbows online here.

About The Author:

Lynda Fishman is a trained clinical social worker who has spent the last 20 years as a Camp Director and has recently opened her own camp, Adventure Valley. She has published articles and training manuals on leadership, teamwork, bullying, trust, childhood health and wellness, communication and customer service. This is her first full-length book.
Lynda lives in Toronto with her husband, Barry. Together they have three grown children, two dogs and two cats. The Fishman family is heavily involved in fundraising and charity events for children dealing with tragedy, cancer or other life-threatening diseases.

My Review:

If you are looking for a book that will take you on a tragic, yet inspiring, journey you have to read Repairing Rainbows by Lynda Fishman. Before you start reading though have a box of tissue with you, they will be needed.

As I read through this book of Lynda's journey through the tragedy of losing her mother and siblings at the tender age of 13, I was so amazed by the strength this young woman had to make the choice to not only move on, but choose life! She shows us, the reader, that it really is a choice when trials come into our lives. We can either sit and wallow in our trials, or, as Lynda did, we can choose life and make the best of a terrible situation and become a stronger person despite it.

In the epilogue of her book, Fishman makes the following statements and I love what she says:

"There's a crucial difference between truly living and the existence that is often mistaken for being alive. At every juncture, I had to decide whether to succumb to or overcome the sorrow. You always have choices. You can give up or you can go on. I chose to go on. I chose life." (p. 258)

"The most meaningful lesson for me has been the importance of focusing on the good, finding the rainbow in every storm. And in that rainbow, there is gratitude and appreciation." (p. 258)

"There's no template to follow that will determine the course of any tragedy and its effects. But the toughest decision people have to make is whether or not they respond to a crisis with hope. It is a choice. Its's a choice about whether you want to live or die. I chose life." (p. 259)

If you are looking for hope and inspiration, even in the midst of trial and tragedy, then you must, no need to, read Repairing Rainbows. I have been very blessed to follow the journey that Lynda Fishman has taken over the last 40 years, through reading this book.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Repairing Rainbows by Lynda Rishman online here

WIN IT: One Reader will win my copy of Reading Rainbows by Lynda Fishman

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***Thank you to the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


  1. Repairing Rainbows sounds heartbreaking yet inspiring. I enjoyed your review and learning about this real life story which resounds with me. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Hi Shirley, this sounds like a wonderful book and definitely a tear jerker. I'm following you now on FB and GFC. I'm toying with the idea of doing a book review/giveaway blog hop - I think that would be fun. Maybe once a month? Or the first Sunday of the month? What do you think?

    Tina "The Book Lady"

  3. This book reminds of what happened to my aunt. She lost her husband and teen age son in an accident. Later she married again and adopted her husband's son. She found the courage to go on and start a new life.


  4. I was captivated with this heartrending and beautifully written book review. It would be memorable to read this excellent treasure. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. Sounds like an inspiring book. I love reading real life stories of people who have triumphed over tragedy.

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  6. Sounds like a great read! Would love to win this for my step mother!

  7. Great review -- I also had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Ms. Fishman's work. Would love for you to come by site to visit and let me know your thoughts.

    Coffee and a Book Chick