18 April 2011

Slightly Dented Halos by L A Jackson

I am sure that L A Jackson and her family have earned their halos - and not the dented kind. It takes a special sort of angel to invite her aging in-laws to live with her. This short book covers the span of five years living with, and caring for, aging parents but it is not the sappy, self-promoting or self-pitying drivel you might expect.

Ms Jackson's writing style reminds me a lot of the late, great Erma Bombeck (am I dating myself with that statement??) There is no plot line to carry you through - no real chronology. Instead each short chapter allows us an, often humorous, peek into life in an intergenerational household.

Sometimes it is a little tricky to keep up with the timeline of events but the humour and genuine affection with which each incident is related, serve to keep the reader engaged. We learn to love Betts through her faith and poetry and Gus as he faces a life of trial and disability with determination and courage.

Make no mistake, God and faith pervade this book and the lives of this family, old and young. And God has a sense of humour. I laughed out loud more than once as I made my way through the stories of the lives lived in these five years. My heart also swelled in the bittersweet moments. Did it make me want to run out and invite my in-laws to live with my family? NO!! But it did give me a new appreciation for those angels out there that do.

***This just in: The publisher of 'Slightly Dented Halos' is very generously offering a signed copy of this e-book as a giveaway!! Great opportunity for a great e-book!
This one is for my followers - if you currently follow, or wish to click the button and become a follower, leave your name and e-mail for a chance. Enter by April 25!


  1. Thank you for the giveaway. I'm a new GFC follower.

    Mariamusings (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. This looks like it may be an interesting book. I am interested in adding my name to the list for a possible chance at receiving a copy.
    Thank you!
    Diane brsmom@gmail.com

  3. Thank you so much for haveing this giveaway. It sounds like a great book. I'm a Google friend. Hugs
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  5. Congratulations to the giveaway winner - Maria. Thanks for the comments, all!

  6. My schedule has cleared a bit now. I would be happy to review your book now that I know it is Christian non-fiction.


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