Monday, June 9, 2014

Review: Counting Candles by Dustin W. Bradshaw

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Counting Candles

Published: June 2014, Cedar Fort Publishing & Media, 240 pages

My Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Description: How much difference do we make? As James Smith approaches 40, his life is mediocre. But his actions have had a vast impact on those around him. Be touched by the extraordinary impact of an ordinary life.

My Review:  I've often wondered if I make a difference in life. Do the little things I do really matter? I loved the way this story unfolded. It reminded me a little of a modern day "It's a Wonderful Life."

James is dreaded that big 4-0. Who doesn't dread that one? It causes him to really ponder his life and his importance. There were several stories told in a couple of chapters each, that told a way that James impacted those around him. I loved the way his little, every day actions were really important to others--things that he never even thought twice about. Those few chapters really gave the reader a glimpse into someone else's life--their worries, concerns, pleasures, and more. I think we all have more of an influence on those around us than we think and I loved the outcome of this story--the way it spurred James on to continue to be better and try harder. There were some great thoughts and quotes, such as, "You make a difference." There were some great messages for everyone.

Content: Clean.

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About the Author:
Dustin W. BradshawBeing raised in a small farming community, Dustin Bradshaw thrives on adventure and challenge. Dustin lives by the theme, “If you want to accomplish something, do it!” It was with this attitude that Dustin penned his first book in third grade and, as a senior in high school, entered and won a literary scholarship that he was told no male had ever won. This same adventurous nature has helped Dustin achieve many of his life's goals, including forming that country boy into a accomplished leader. Dustin is now a Foreign Service Officer for the United States Department of State. He and his wife, Hiva, are now posted in Manila, Philippines. 

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