Book: When Angels Fly by S. Jacksoncategories: Book, Memoir, ASMSG, Romance, Parenting, Special Needs, Advocate, PTSD, Abuse, Christian, Depression, Childhood Cancer
S. Jacksonabout this book: When Angels Fly is about domestic abuse, parenting in difficult situations, hope, faith, love, romance, and above all - childhood cancer. The protagonist goes from an abusive childhood into an abusive first marriage. She found the strength to leave that marriage with her two little boys and proceeded to make a new life for her children. About five months into this new life, her youngest son is stricken with cancer. During this time, her faith was tested, her love for her boys shone brightly, and she learned how to be an advocate for her child in the hospital – how to do it without alienating the medical staff or nurses. The cover came about as it is my son's actual face as an angel – the angel he truly is, and a vision of heaven in the background. S. Jackson aka Mary L. Schmidt used journals she wrote during this time in 1990 to write the outline and from that she fleshed out the story, in truth, save for name, places, city, and state changes. Having not read these handwritten journals for 25 years, it was a tough go to say the least during the writing process, yet it was also cathartic. Ultimately, S. Jackson wants readers to meet her child, know him, and allow to him influence their lives in a positive manner. She wants to help those in abusive situations to get out and seek help, to understand the cycle of abuse. Ultimately, she wants the reader to know how she went from complete and utter despair to hope and love.
"...knitted with life-sized narration that induces a high-definition visual imagery, running on loop, giving a highway ride to the sensory nervous system."
"It was a final, beautiful gift this mom gave her son to share with the world his story of incredible grit, wisdom beyond his years, and beautiful soul." ~ Stephanie Collins
"A true story of survival fraught with tragedy that will hold your soul."
"Your courage, honesty and refusal to bow down to the dreadful hand that fate dealt you, is an inspiration."
"After surviving the cruel rage of tyranny from her mother and ex-husband, Sarah Jackson traveled a new path; a journey of loss, heartbreak, and ultimately strength. How do we survive the unthinkable, our child suffering from a terminal illness? They say there is no greater loss than that of a child; I say losing a child is the King of Loss. Sometimes the thing that helps us survive it, is knowing we are not alone. Bestselling author, Sarah Jackson, will take you on her journey of hope and strength as she provides an intimate raw look at her life. The most riveting story I have ever read about the strength of a boy and his mother. It is life-affirming and you will be inspired!"
"A powerful, emotionally gripping memoir of a brave and resilient young mother facing the loss of her son to cancer. That heartbreak in and of itself is more than anyone should ever have to bear, but through Sarah's journal entries, the reader discovers there has been so much other tragedy already - and happening concurrently - in her life." ~ Lora Palmer
"Abuse first, from her mother - a mother from hell, and then her husband - a maniac, a sociopath, a psychopath and any other "path" I could find to throw at him! Then, life threw Sarah an ugly curve with the scourge of cancer that ravaged her son Eli for several months; I was glued to the story until the end." ~ Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko, Author
"I felt ...the mother was a psychopathic narcissist at best, and the husband was an abusive alcoholic who had no feeling for his family and his only love being the bottle." ~ Julie Watson, Author
"Life-affirming! So touching and down to earth... It has changed my way of viewing life forever!
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