In the Light of God’s Grace is a short memoir and inspirational book for parents with special needs children, who seek answers to such questions as, “What have we done wrong?” and “Why our child?” It’s the story of one mother, Leny Grace Acosta, her husband, Christopher, and their only son, Ezekiel, who was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Leny takes readers on her journey from pain to finding treatment for her son’s disabilities, combining a medical and hands-on approach, common sense, and fervent prayers. Leny’s tender story includes how God placed her husband in her life, her near-death experience during childbirth that included an unforgettable vision of the “light,” her father’s encouraging words that brought her back, “Be strong. Your son needs you,” and the outpouring of support she received from her church. Leny shares the sheer joy of her son’s physical milestones, one step at a time, emphasizing his accomplishments more than his disabilities, and focusing on his cure rather than any disappointments. Armed with collective determination and spirit, Leny and Christopher are committed to never giving up, making sacrifices and setting limitless goals in their quest to provide the best treatment for their fifteen-year-old son.
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Independent Professional Book Reviewers: The author, obviously very gifted, has crafted a dramatic adventure with a magical storyline that brings the characters to life with vivid description and appropriate dialogue.
Bestsellersworld: Even many adults would enjoy this story. As I read I couldn't but help think of what a great movie it would make.
Reader's Choice Book Reviews: The book captivates from the Prologue. Amy Nielsen has created a universe with lovable creatures, horrible monsters, and mythical magic, effectively keeping readers of all ages entertained from cover to cover.
Pacific Book Review: Amy Nielsen takes readers on this beautifully written childhood story in her novel Victor and the Sun Orb. In the wake of creative authors such as Hans Christian Andersen, each page is open and bright with clarity of the altruistic goals and motivations of her characters.
AllBooks Review: This is an enchanting and extraordinary book, full of magic, mystery, machinations and more. A fascinating story with lots of twists and turns, you must read and find out what happens in this compelling quest.
Feathered Quill Book Reviews: Amy Nielsen puts forth a story that will keep readers ripping through the pages. It is a good choice for both pre-teens and young adults; both will be drawn into the mystifying world of Sun Fairies.
The Book Buff: The book is a wonderfully written YA mini-epic. It isn't quite as epic as say The Chronicles of Narnia, but it absolutely holds its own. Much like Narnia, this book is one that can be enjoyed at any age, teen or adult.
Muncie Times: I thought about Peter Pan and his beloved Tinker Bell while reading this exceptional offering by Nielsen. Exceptional in that the author has taken her craft beyond just the typical fiction fantasy and painted a biological sketch of an improbable dimension.
San Francisco Book Review: Amy Nielsen fuses our contemporary world with a fantastical one with fairly few hiccups and a well-paced plot. Moral confliction, betrayal, and its stark opposite loyalty are running themes throughout the adventurous novel.
The US Review of Books: She weaves a fantastical tale that embraces the familiar magical charm of classic fairytales and mythology.
Readers Favorite: Victor and the Sun Orb is a brilliantly written and edited original fairy tale that has good guys, bad guys, and a storyline that never fails. It's a great selection for preteens who recall favorite folktales with enthusiasm and love.
I'm glad to announce the released of "In the Light of God's Grace: A Memoir of Inspiration for Parents of Children with Special Needs" by Leny Grace Acosta. I'm a co-author in this book and I thank Leny Grace and Christopher Acosta for entrusting their life story to me.
Victor, a fairy prince of Solandia, should enjoy a carefree life. But from an early age, he finds himself very busy. He learns complex magic and martial arts. He's even taught how to live in a human world. That's because his parents, King Godfred and Queen Magenta, know about a mortality spell that was cast on their son on the very day of his baptism. A dark, hooded figure with eyes that burn like coal is to blame. Victor's parents know that on his thirteenth birthday, their beloved son will be forced to leave Solandia and live with humans, perhaps never to return. To find an antidote to the spell cast upon him as an infant, Victor must retrieve the mysterious sun orb, a source of magical power now in the hands of the dark, hooded figure. As he sets upon his quest, a war between the forces of light and darkness erupts. Good fairies wage battles with bad fairies, even as the power in their wands fades. Enter a world of magic, and join the fairy prince as he fights for family, love, and friendship in Victor and the Sun Orb.
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