Recently I read a book that inspired me so deeply that I’ve been telling everyone I know about it. The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton is a true story. Ray, as he is known, is a 29-year-old black man living with his mom and earning…

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Recently I happened to read JJ Virgin’s inspiring memoir Miracle Mindset: A Mother, Her Son, and Life’s Hardest Lessons. This is the story of her 16-year-old son Grant who, in 2012, was struck by a hit-and-run driver and left for dead. Grant was not expected to survive the night but JJ’s intuition and inner strength kicked…

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When my grief was fresh and intense, something strange happened. I, who am a voracious reader, just could not bear to read fiction. The characters and plots seemed trite. And I didn’t particularly care. My life was hellish and no convoluted plot or character twist could match the reality of what was going on with…

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