Item description for 23: Time to Choose by Nicholas P. Dennen & Anita L. Kozan...
In life what sometimes appears to be the end is really a new beginning!
23: Time to Choose is a story of traumatic loss, but also of great gain. Author Nicholas Dennen overcame the challenges of living with a traumatic brain injury, beating tremendous odds despite medical opinions that ruled out his ever living a productive life. Spending the years of his early adulthood relearning the skills of his childhood, he came to a mature understanding of the value of personal relationships--rich gain from terrible loss. Life is not fair, and never will be.
23: Time to Choose is about creating what's possible and seeing adversity as a true teacher in the game of life. Nicholas chose a future in which he'd offer inspiration to others through his Christian faith and his personal struggle. He lives his own message: you shouldn't look back to what you have lost, but rather look forward to what you might miss if you don't take the time to choose your best path. He speaks to those struggling with personal tragedy or traumatic injury as well as those supporting loved ones on their own difficult journeys. What we lose in struggle is not the issue. It is not how we become our own worst enemies or how easily lives can be destroyed. The issue is the moment that requires you to focus on what is unseen, without relying solely on what is only visible.
Foreward by Anita L. Kozan PhD, CCC, Speech/Language Pathologist, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
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Studio: Beaver's Pond Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.56" Width: 8.2" Height: 0.62" Weight: 0.78 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2006
Publisher Beaver's Pond Press
ISBN 1592981453 ISBN13 9781592981458
Reviews - What do customers think about 23: Time to Choose?
how uplifting... Nov 1, 2008
I often wonder why God spares some people, and others go to their reward, too young to die. Then I read AND met with Nick Dennen and realized why. His book is a wonderful commentary on FAITH, on STRUGGLE but most important, on MIRACLES, for that is what it took, a series of miracles to have him back to where he is today. This book will either make a believer out of you, or a disbeliever, but save your criticisms until you know all the facts. He has gone on in life to become a triumphant voice for everyone that has walked into his life. We are all a part of this tapestry called "life." We are also only as strong as the weakest thread. Nick has the ability to carry some of us who are not so strong. THAT is what he was spared for. I thank God for him. Great job on the book, Nick!
Tragic, but Inspiring Oct 28, 2008
Nick is so brutally honest about his thoughts and feelings...with everything from high school experiences to the ordeal he went through after the fall. I am still so amazed at what happened to him and how he came through it. His outlook on life is so admirable. I can see how the book helped Nick heal personally, and I am sure many people will find it useful. I am amazed at his attitude and outlook on life. This story, as well as Nick's attitude, is very inspiring!
A story of hope and possibility! Sep 24, 2008
The following is a review from a friend who does not have an this site.com account!
It is extremely obvious that this book was "Beyond Ken." Maybe a better name for him should be, "Disgruntled Clueless Cop" since he obviously has no concept what this book is about.
The book is NOT about who was at fault, or "pity," or "whining," or "drugs," or "alcohol," or re-litigating the details of that terrible evening. This book is about a horrible accident and how the author overcame adversity and fought back to just be able to walk and talk again.
In order to understand the extent of what happened, there has to be a discussion of the background facts of the accident. It has to be understood, for example, that the author fell down a 40-foot cliff and laid face down unconscious in a creek for a period of time so you can have an understanding of why he was so severely physically hurt.
Rather than try to discredit the facts of that fateful evening, the "Disgruntled Clueless Cop" should have focused on the rest of the book and how the author overcame death and serious physical and mental challenges that came with the serious injuries he received that night. The book is about hope, faith, and perseverance - not about "sour grapes."
I say that the "Disgruntled Clueless Cop" should stick to critiquing something more up his alley like DONUTS, and leave the heavy lifting for us folks with intelligence and the ability to reason!
A spiritually uplifting read for brain injury survivors Sep 23, 2008
Nick has really completed an amazing log of his difficult recovery from a traumatic brain injury. As someone who has served on the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota for over six years and who is a brain injury survivor and author Meditations on Brain Injury myself, I feel very qualified to recommend this book to anyone who has been touched by brain injury and especially to those who enjoy an uplifting affirmation of faith.
Food for Thought Sep 23, 2008
In reading this book I saw a young person who we all were at some point in our lives. He made a mistake and had consequences from it. I found the writer to be forthright and honest about his mistakes. The author makes the reader understand how he came to understand what he had to go through and how his life came back to fruition. I also found the book to be very uplifting and motivating. This should be a must read for any young person going to college as well as someone who is struggling through a hard point in life. As the author says it was a "Time to choose" for him and I learned more about myself from reading it.