Chompy By Ralph Piccolo


Chompy By Ralph Piccolo

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Miracles are things that everyone prays for but rarely experience. When seven-year-old Anna becomes ill there is only one thing that will save her. Mike, her very own knight in shining armor.

Mike and Anna are best friends and soul mates and love doing fun things together. Their favorite pastime is going into a magical forest where colors come alive and animals might even speak to you. Exploring the unknown and playing princess in distress with Mike, they would enter the Pentacle Forest where they could hide from civilization and enjoy the wonders that this forest held for them.

One morning Anna, who was always lively and full of energy remained listless and tired in her bed throughout the day. Deciding to take her to the doctor for some routine tests, Anna’s mother and grandmother learn that what is wrong with her is anything but routine. Leukemia is a series disease and in Anna’s case the doctor said it was too widespread and felt there was no cure.

The power of faith and the will to believe in what others might call false hope or make believe, lied beyond the deepest part of the Pentacle Forest in the form of a little creature named Chompy. The author created a world so vivid and so magical that the reader can visualize the entire forest as Mike goes on a long journey to find this creature and bring it home to save his best friend.

Chompy, a little round fuzz ball with soft multicolored fine hair shaded brown, black and white with a pinch of blue was the only thing that could save Anna and hopefully Mike could find him before it is too late. Choosing the path that he hoped was the right one when entering the forest, the author describes in vivid detail the many passages, animals and hurdles that Mike faced before finding Chompy.

When Mike does find Chompy and brings him to Anna’s room you will not believe what happens. The amazing description and the love of a friend, family and a little creature named Chompy will forever endear you to him. What does happen and will Anna be saved?  This is a story of love, caring , friendship and one boys quest to save his friend’s life. Do you believe in miracle? Read this story and decide for yourself. I do.

I give this book enough Chompy’s to cure everyone with Cancer and every non-curable disease. Thank you for asking me to review this book. I hope to read more books with this cute little creature.

Fran Lewis :Reviewer

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The Power of Faith: A Mother’s Prayers for her Dying Son


The Power of Faith: A Mother’s Prayers for her Dying Son

By Connie Drummond

This is a story of a mother’s love for her son and undying faith in God and his love for him that would bring him back to life when a hospital and others had given up. Henry Jackson was diagnosed many times with a bleeding ulcer. But hospitals and doctors are not always right…if they had looked further, what happened to this amazing and wonderful man might have been averted and the agony that befell him and his family might not have occurred.

Connie Drummond takes the reader on a journey for survival- a mother’s faith, a vision that gave her hope and made her stronger. A feeling in her heart and soul that her son would survive and not die kept her going all those weeks before a mother’s prayer was heard:The Survival of her son’s life and the courage she and her daughter–in-law showed to never give up when hopeless and too late was what one staff at one hospital predicted for Henry Jackson is an amazing story that is not just unique to Connie and her family but to others too. One phone call would forever change the course of Connie’s life and would bring to light a very serious situation that is so prevalent today and not just in 1997 when this tragedy took place- hospital neglect, doctor ambivalence and lack of caring from a medical staff. How true are her words and how often have I used them in relation to the care my mom, who has Alzheimer’s received at some of the area hospitals that she spent time in.Henry Jackson suffered massive internal hemorrhaging that drained 90 percent of his blood and caused his hemoglobin level to drop to a life-threatening 1.7. The staff and doctors of Elizabeth General Hospital declared that Henry had 24 hours to live and that they could do nothing for him. His wife, Claudette, had heard about a hospital that did bloodless medicine; she, with Connie’s emphatic support, wanted Henry transferred there. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood contacted the attending doctor at Elizabeth General Hospital about a drug that would help Henry, which could induce his body to produce red blood cells rapidly. The staff of Elizabeth General Hospital did everything to block the transfer from happening including refusing to allow them use of their ambulance to transport him. Instead, they disconnected his life support. To learn just what does happen and how far this amazing woman and her family went to bring her son back to them, you need to read this story for yourself. This is a story that everyone needs to read and remember because it really happened. This is real life and was featured in an article in Time Magazine in August of 1998. Dr. Edwin Deitch the medical director of this bloodless program in an interview explained how Jehovah’s Witnesses went to any lengths to find doctors who would operate with blood. To learn more about what this program and how it helped Henry I have attached the link to that article.http://www.time.com/time/reports/heroes/bloodless.htmlhttp://www.watchtower.org/e/19980822/article_01.htmThis is a story that needs to be told and told over and over again. This is one woman’s fight for her son’s life and the support of an incredible wife and amazing family. Thank you for giving me the honor of reviewing this heartfelt, well-told and well-written story. Henry Jackson, you are truly courageous and your story needs to be told and your mother’s voice has now been heard.