Micki Peluso, book reviewer for various organizations just did a review on Amazon for my book “ACHIEVERS:
Micki has written a lot of stuff, including “And the Whippoorwill Sang” a memoir about her life through the day that her daughter was killed by a drunk driver. Very touching.
Named ‘Reviewers Choice’ by Midwest Review, this book can Change Your Life, December 8, 2014
By Micki Peluso (New York, USA)
This review is from: ACHIEVERS: ORDINARY PEOPLE WHO DO EXTRAORDINARY THINGS (Kindle Edition)
Ordinary People who do Extraordinary Things
By Rob Severson
Author Rob Severson presents an exceptional collaboration of stories highlighting ordinary people who decide at some point in their lives to accomplish things which fulfill them and make the world a better place. Some seem to have an innate sense of self-worth and definite life goals. Others are changed by life experiences which turn their lives around. Each person in this collection is different, yet unique. Each of their personal accounts is a roadmap for others struggling to find themselves, gain confidence, and garner success by diverse avenues.
Each of us has a life story. The short profiles of the 25 people in this book are meant to be shared with others in order to help them find their own paths to fulfillment. Kim Seng was forced to leave his Cambodia birthplace and a profitable life, due to the Vietnam War. He and his wife, Naychy, were brought to Minnesota where they have to learn a new language and start all over. Their Christian faith and the church help them to become assimilated and by working two jobs they manage to save enough money to open a successful Subway store and then a donut shop. This is a fine example of an emigrant, in spite of being uprooted from all things familiar, learns to `live the American dream.’ Author Severson, while interviewing him, is impressed with all that he’s accomplished, determined to restore quality living for his family.
Steve Chepokas was one of so many people who, mainly by making the wrong personal choices, never seems to get ahead in life. After his parents divorced he became an uncontrollable `wild kid. `Drugs, alcohol, the wrong bunch of friends — he was into it all, spiraling downhill. Some of his good friends tried to straighten him out, never giving up on him. This led to a move to Iowa with his sister where he attended college. He relapsed into his old ways and indigent drug rehab. After meeting and marrying Becky, his life was full of ups and downs. Even in his jobs he was a con man but after reaching rock-bottom he bounced back and finally was making a good living.
Then health issues hit him hard, yet he lived through it. When his nine-year-old son, Mitch, died of stage IV cancer that was the final blow. Steve had a near fatal heart attack and depression so deep that he planned on killing himself. Then he remembered his `pinky swear’ to his dying son, that he would help others with ailments like his. But will he be able in midlife to change his ways?
Author Rob Severson has known and interviewed each one of the people in this book in the hope that others, struggling for the good life will be inspired and determined to follow their own dreams. The overall purpose of these stories is structured upon inner peace, education, relationships, financial capital, and purpose – all secrets to success. This uplifting book will inspire others not to give up hope and pursue their own dreams, and should be required reading in High Schools and Colleges.
Micki Peluso, author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang