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Post by Cecilia_L » 19 Aug 2019, 19:02

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "A Collection of 50 Stories Inspired By My Angel Donor, Joni Marie" by Rod Spadinger.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Are you aware that one organ donor can save up to eight lives? Based on his experience as the recipient of lifesaving organs, Rod Spadinger shares his thoughts and reflections in his nonfiction tribute, A Collection of 50 Stories Inspired By My Angel Donor, Joni Marie.

Spadinger resorted to shopping online after he became unable to push a grocery cart due to poor lung function from cystic fibrosis. The week before his 45th birthday, Spadinger was given a second chance at life when he received a double lung and liver transplant. Words cannot express the gratitude he has for his organ donor. How do you thank someone whose death saved your life?

Although the book is described as a collection of stories, Spadinger's first-person narrative is written more like a journal and gathered from a series of blog posts. The 50 numbered and dated entries range from a paragraph to a few pages. Despite the book's brevity, the collection is quite comprehensive. Some of the reflections are contemplative, and others are informative. For example, in addition to organ donation, Spadinger shares the many benefits of tissue donation such as skin, bone, and heart valves. He also contrasts his life before and after the transplants; not having to begin each day with treatments and being able to travel at the last minute are just a few of his new-found freedoms.

I particularly like Spadinger's expressions of gratitude to his donor for his lifesaving transplants. His passion for spreading the word about the impact that organ donors can make is equally contagious, and I admire his commitment to share proceeds from the sale of the book with the Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation and the Wounded Warriors Foundation, in honor of his father.

The only thing I dislike about the book is the number of incomplete sentences. Spadinger writes as though he is speaking, and although it doesn't detract from the book as a whole, the incomplete sentences are incorrect. The content appears to be gathered from blog posts, and while some bloggers casually ignore grammar, I am required to note the errors.

The number of grammatic errors necessitates the deduction of a star. Therefore, I rate the otherwise informative and inspirational book 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend it as a source of encouragement for readers who may be struggling with CF or other health issues. It will also appeal to those interested in organ donation.

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 22 Aug 2019, 15:26

Quite an interesting read indeed! It seems to involve my favourite genres in general, though the typographical errors are a pity. Great review!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 22 Aug 2019, 19:07

Nivi Gideon wrote:
22 Aug 2019, 15:26
Quite an interesting read indeed! It seems to involve my favourite genres in general, though the typographical errors are a pity. Great review!
Thank you, Nivi.

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Post by kandscreeley » 22 Aug 2019, 20:21

Thanks for another interesting review. It sounds like the author has come through a lot. I'm glad that a donor was there for him. I'm curious to see all that he says about the benefits of organ donation (I'm one myself).
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Post by Cecilia_L » 22 Aug 2019, 21:06

kandscreeley wrote:
22 Aug 2019, 20:21
Thanks for another interesting review. It sounds like the author has come through a lot. I'm glad that a donor was there for him. I'm curious to see all that he says about the benefits of organ donation (I'm one myself).
Thank you. I appreciate your comment.

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Post by kdstrack » 23 Aug 2019, 09:54

Many people who receive donor organs struggle with their new-found freedoms being due to someone's death. Your comment about the short sentences made me wonder if the author was writing the way she had to breathe before receiving the double lung transplant?? I hope this book will motivate more people to be willing to donate. Wonderful review!

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Post by esp1975 » 23 Aug 2019, 13:28

What a wonderful gift for the family of the donor, and a great way to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. I happen to know two different people who needed organ transplants when they were quite young, and the miracle of their continued lives is something they and their families are grateful for every day.

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Post by OuKoyoo » 24 Aug 2019, 09:40

An amazing book that does not deserve the level of errors that would make it lose a star in its rating. Thank you for the great review.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 24 Aug 2019, 13:50

kdstrack wrote:
23 Aug 2019, 09:54
Many people who receive donor organs struggle with their new-found freedoms being due to someone's death. Your comment about the short sentences made me wonder if the author was writing the way she had to breathe before receiving the double lung transplant?? I hope this book will motivate more people to be willing to donate. Wonderful review!
Thank you. I appreciate your encouraging comment.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 24 Aug 2019, 13:50

esp1975 wrote:
23 Aug 2019, 13:28
What a wonderful gift for the family of the donor, and a great way to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. I happen to know two different people who needed organ transplants when they were quite young, and the miracle of their continued lives is something they and their families are grateful for every day.
That's wonderful to know. Thanks for sharing. :tiphat:

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Post by Magnify3 » 26 Aug 2019, 05:28

When one has a healthy body with all organs functioning right one tends to take life for granted. I couldn't imagine having to go through sitting at home and shopping online because I can't push the cart. How I would miss just walking in the street to window shop for no apparent reason. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 28 Aug 2019, 20:44

Magnify3 wrote:
26 Aug 2019, 05:28
When one has a healthy body with all organs functioning right one tends to take life for granted. I couldn't imagine having to go through sitting at home and shopping online because I can't push the cart. How I would miss just walking in the street to window shop for no apparent reason. Thanks for the review!
That's so true--thanks for sharing!

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Post by Laila_Hashem » 03 Sep 2019, 14:35

The idea behind this book seems quite unique, and it explores a topic I am not very knowledgable about, which makes me more willing to read it. Great review!

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