Originally, I journal-ed to help me get through the ups and downs and the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease on my Dad, Mom, family and myself. My journal turned into a journal of memoirs and now a book. I’m hopeful it is helpful to you and others and keeps the memory of my Dad alive as well. Because of our story, I’m finding an opportunity to help and be available to others as we share our unique experiences.

While my primary goal is not the sale of my book, I thought it might be appropriate to share a few testimonials which have blessed me greatly.

From – DHK, Arizona

“We received your books in fine shape. We have them read already. Could not put it down.  Will no doubt re-read it myself. I think it was well written. While saddened by your loss of your Dad, I felt the witness of faith in God’s love and love of family and friends heartwarming. I lost a friend some years back to Alzheimer’s and am able to relate a little bit. Thank you for His Name Was Merle!”

From – LCR, Minnesota

“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! What a great book. I’m like your wonderful Mom. I’ve already read it once and I’m about 1/2 way the second time. And also, like your Mom, I’ve found different meanings and things I just did not get until reading it again. Is there another one to follow? Everything you wrote about your Dad was more than truthful. He was a great, great person and oh how he loved Audrey and the rest of his family. I’ve loaned my book to family members who also knew Merle as a great fellow. Thanks again Lynda. I so thank you and hope all your books sell out.

From – MCM, Minnesota

“We thank you for the wonderful book about Merle. We appreciate the insights that you have because each of our mothers had Alzheimer’s. With the genetic component, we too are at some risk. I probably won’t get it as I’m showing no signs at this age. It’s good to be optimistic but I do have some short term memory signs so who knows.”  We enjoyed the Eagle tree story and picture. We are all fragile, but hopefully some insight gained from Merle’s book will help us steer the rest of the way. Thank You.

From – PDH, Minnesota

Your book was so powerful, I couldn’t put it down.  I finished it Tuesday night about 9:00.  I found it to be so interesting and informative.  Thank you for giving me this insight.  Your words of  “acceptance”  and “to remember the person and not the disease” especially hit home with me…  You are truly a gifted person…………My words don’t convey the emotion I felt as I read your book

From – JR – Oregon

First of all, I want to say “thank you” for your book. It was very compelling to read. it was hard to put down until i’d finished reading the entire book. Lynda —aside from your family story — you really are a good writer in your own right (or “write”).

4 thoughts on “Testimonials

  1. Sis, thank you so much for taking the time to put all of this together. You mention The Hand of God throughout your book and your writings. We all see The Hand of God working thru you now. This is an amazing book! I will definitely read it again as I’m sure there are things I didn’t comprehend or maybe couldn’t quite see thru the mist. Thank you again, and thank you to a wonderful brother-in-law for being the most supportive, caring, loving companion anyone could ever wish his sister to find. And just a side note, it’s great to see you have the books for sale at so many stores, but Dad’s not going to be happy with you putting his picture up everywhere!! Love you!

  2. Now you’ve gone and done it baby brother…so far everyone else has commented they needed a box of tissue while reading about our journey, both as they laughed and cried. Now it’s my turn. Thank you so much for reading my book and for sharing your deepest thoughts with me. You’ve Blessed me more than you can know. I love you. I talked to Dad, he said it was OK to use his Army picture as he was pretty proud of his service as are we all of him!

  3. Lynda, as I mentioned before, I finished the book that same nite as your first book signing. I just could not put it down!! I could just hear your Mom saying some of the words she used when trying to redirect your Dad on bad days. I am so glad I have the opportunity to say I am “related”….altho inlaw/outlaw cousin, whatever!. On one of Doug’s bad nights, he told me I had no right to know all of you or talk to you. Sorry, I do not have the patience of a saint that your Mom had, but I try. Your book really says it all. I remember Chris’ words at your Dad’s Memorial….Your Dad always said we were no one without our memories. Thank you for preserving your family’s. Love & Prayers, Elsa

  4. Elsa, Thanks for your comments…trust me when I say, anyone who cares for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is a Saint! It’s a journey no one wants nor ever imagines having to travel; one that’s unique to each and every one involved. Please don’t feel guilty about any of your thoughts or emotions. They are real and therefore legitimate and no cause for guilt. We each do as much as we can knowing God will provide if we but trust in Him. We’ll never know or understand the “why” of this disease and its effects but we can share the “how” we handled differing situations with others and thereby help one another along the way. That said, Cousin/in-law-outlaw, we love you and pray for you and Doug everyday as you travel this unwelcome road. God’s Blessings and Our Prayers, Lj

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