30 April 2013

The Hero's Choice

hands on freedom

Roger Allen graciously performed our wedding ceremony in 2005, even though we gave him only a couple days of advance notice. We'd been friends for a while. He was an aspiring author, and so was I. He also coached me in my strained relationship with my adopted kids, both of whom left the nest on unauthorized field trips and chose not to return.

Now Roger's a real author,too. He self-published his first book three years ago, "The Hero's Choice", and it's among my top ten favorite books of all time. The detailed account of a man down on his luck, "The Hero's Choice" not only demonstrates how attitude makes all the difference in facing difficult times but also teaches the reader in a non-preaching way, via an unexpected yet timely chance encounter with a mysterious stranger, how to manage crises and Murphy's Law episodes in his or her own life.

This was a book I couldn't put down. I think I read it in two days. From the beginning, I was drawn to the main characters, and I was pulling for them all the way through the book. When I finished the book, I didn't want to be done. I wanted more! I gave several copies to friends for Christmas that year, and they all said they couldn't put the book down either.

Roger Allen has a blog, too, and I'm on his mailing list. I love his uplifting notes and anecdotes that magnify how to better face harsh realities we sometimes must tackle.

This post, in my opinion, is Roger's best. Perhaps because there is a soft spot in my heart for all veterans of all wars, but maybe also because I admire and wish to emulate the courage and strength of the former prisoner of war in this particular true story.

Please don't pass up either of these gems. The message they reveal is worth every second of your time.


  1. This sounds like an intriguing book. :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, CameraGirl! I do think the book is very much worth reading.

  2. Will go have a look at his nook, sure I heard of him before too at my shore.

    1. Wow, what a small world, Pat! You'll have to let me know if he's who you think!

  3. Thanks Deb - shall check it out.


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