Item description for A Sundog Moment: A Novel of Hope by Sharon Baldacci...
Overview In Baldacci's deeply moving debut, a woman with multiple sclerosis faces a new journey fraught with wrenching pain, enduring wisdom, and authentic joy.
Publishers Description After twenty years of marriage, Elizabeth Whittaker is forced to confront a devastating diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, an ailment that will have a profound impact on her family relationships, lifestyle, and belief in God.
Citations And Professional Reviews A Sundog Moment: A Novel of Hope by Sharon Baldacci has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Booklist - 09/01/2004 page 55
Publishers Weekly - 03/15/2004 page 56
Bookpage - 04/01/2004 page 18
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Studio: Center Street
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.18" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.49 lbs.
Release Date Mar 24, 2004
Publisher Center Street
ISBN 0446533661 ISBN13 9780446533669
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More About Sharon Baldacci
Baldacci was diagnosed with MS 21 years ago. She is an award-winning journalist.
Sharon Baldacci currently resides in the state of Virginia.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Sundog Moment?
Worth the Read...for several reasons Jul 11, 2006
I must disagree with "disappointed's" review. I have MS, the experiences in this book are accurate. While MSer's experience different symptoms and progession of the disease, much of what the author writes about is very real to the those who are dx's and learning to live with a chronic illness. I would encourage this as a book for those who HAVE MS and for those who want to understand MS. The 'drug' use is very real, Montel Williams who has MS is a very vocal advocate for the use of 'recreational drugs' for symptom relief, this is not for me, but the debate is very real. People with MS will get what they need out of the books, those looking for an understanding of the disease should read it with an open mind.(very much a problem with people who don't understand the disease). THE OTHER BENEFIT of the book is the characters struggle w/faith, this was a very unexpected addition to the meaning of the book, that I found personally rewarding. I gave the book a 4(not a five) because I felt she fell into a few "danielle steel" moments with her overly flowerly descriptions of the romance, I found myself thinking 'keep it real and raw' like the rest of the book, get away from the the wordy romance.(oh, by the way I have wonderful marriage too) I am not a STeel fan at all...HOWEVER, it is still very much worth the read.
insightful inspirational character study Feb 25, 2006
Michael and Elizabeth Whittaker are a loving well-balanced couple fluid like Astaire and Rogers in all they do. However, without warning, Elizabeth begins to become uncoordinated. Concerned they have her checked out fearing a brain tumor. Though not that, both are stunned when Dr. Jones informs them she suffers from multiple sclerosis. Their harmonious world will never be the same.
Her family and friends react with horror only adding to Elizabeth's sudden feeling of isolation from the secure world she knew. Her mom is over the edge; her best friend has no idea how to act with her; and her loving spouse fears leaving her on her own. Needing understanding not trepidation, Elizbath joins the Northern Neck Neuromuscular Support Group, but some members turn to marijuana for healing and pain relief. Instead Elizabeth turns to Father Wells who advices her to seek the sun where sundogs provide halos of hope when things seem it's darkest.
This insightful inspirational character study will grip the audience from the moment that the heroine begins to comprehend that she has more than just an illness to battle; as caring relatives and buddies drive her up a wall. Elizabeth's search for solace goes through the five steps of grief as she struggles spiritually as much as emotionally especially as her body fails her. Though the realistic portrayal that makes this a strong novel at times slows down the pacing, Sharon Baldacci, an MS sufferer, provides a wonderful tale of a courageous woman.
Hope for the hurting Nov 29, 2004
What a book to put in doctors' offices for those suffering with pain! No, it's not a 'feel good' book - but pain isn't 'feel good'. I have to admit that I know the author slightly, as we all live on the Northern Neck of Virginia where you can't 'not know someone'. But this woman is a true hero, and I'm sending a copy to my adult son who lives with pain. We are not talking about a 'good read' here, we are talking about a truly useful and inspiring book. Oh, and yes, my child gets relief from marijuana that he can't get from any other (government approved) drug.
A bit thick, but well-worth the time to read! Sep 6, 2004
Elizabeth Whittaker has suddenly developed some mysterious symptoms that have her husband and doctors baffled. Afraid of a brain tumor, they run test after test, relieved to find out that a tumor isn't what is causing her problems. Something incurable is. Her husband, Michael is devastated to learn his wife has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Beautiful, talented Elizabeth laughs the diagnosis off. She'll be fine. Okay, she has a few problems, but they'll go away. She doesn't seem to understand why everyone is so concerned. Her daughter has just left to attend college, now Elizabeth's life is ahead of her.
Once the truth sinks in, the shock is total and the fear overwhelming. Now, Elizabeth must travel down a road she would have never chosen to travel if given a choice. Facing tough physical, emotional and spiritual challenges, Elizabeth searches for relief by making some decisions-and the decision she makes threatens everything she holds dear.
A SUNDOG MOMENT is a beautiful first book written by a talented author. Elizabeth and Michael are a very realistic couple, in love with each other, even after years together. I was saddened by Elizabeth's diagnosis, and hoped the doctors would be wrong.
A SUNDOG MOMENT is a bit thick, but well-worth the time to read. The story is beautiful, told with humor mixed with the truth. Even when the night seems the darkest, God doesn't let you walk the path alone. I couldn't read this book in one sitting, I had to pick it up and read some, then put it down and think about what I read. This book is probably best read in small doses, so you can consider everything.
--- reviewed by Laura V. Hilton for Christian Bookshelf
Good for people with MS or similar disease Aug 26, 2004
I have RA and thought this book really hit home. I would highly recommend it for those suffering from any chronic pain disease. The review written by "disappointed" person, is just another example of people who aren't suffereing with some dreaded disease..just don't get it!!!!