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Star Star Star Star Star
I Thought You Had A Bigger Dream
by Penny Robichaux-Koontz
Non-Fiction - Memoir
380 Pages
Reviewed on 07/28/2011

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Author Biography
"I Thought You Had A Bigger Dream" was written to encourage the faint, compel the complacent, re-fire the retired, and launch the called! What will reading this book do for you?

Nothing, unless YOU stand up and say "I Can."

I can make a difference in my family, church, business and community. I can change my world, one day at a time. I can use the wisdom I have acquired to help another on their journey. I can let go of excuses and soar like an eagle. I can get back in the race, take my place and make a path for others to follow.

Penny is an author, (whose story has been featured on national TV, chronicled in newspapers and told in local and national magazines) artist, teacher, inspirational speaker and business woman who traveled nationally and internationally launching businesses and coaching in the health and fitness industry.

Completely paralyzed in 1952 at the age of three from polio. However, with her mother's guidance and her own determination, she overcame the first bout of this disease. In the early 1980's she was struck with post polio syndrome and a devastating prognosis ~ "you will never walk again."

In 1991, Penny established a homeless shelter in Rosenberg, Texas, receiving the prestigious Jefferson Award for public and community service in 1993.

Penny is the founder of Jacob's House, Inc., a home for children that operates outside the norm but inside a circle of love, laughter and discipline, providing a unique environment for the children.


Book Review
Readers\' Favorite Book Contest Award Winner Reviewed by Molly E. for Readers' Favorite

I'm not a big memoir reader; I prefer the stuff that isn't so realistic and that I can get lost in. But, occasionally, I find an author who can create their memoir in such a way that hits home with me and sucks me into the heart of the book. This is one of those rare instances where I absolutely LOVED the memoir.

This is a beautiful and moving story...a story of a courageous woman's battle with polio, of her motivations, of her not giving up and of following her dream. All too often people give up when they are down, or can't find the will power to go on. This amazingly inspiring woman is an encouragement to everyone who has a dream, who doesn't think they have the will power. Through her words, her wisdom and her experiences, she brings a brighter future to all who take the time to read this book.

It took me a couple of sittings to read through this, not because it wasn't a good book, but because it was one that I wanted to savor. I wanted to cry every tear, I wanted to laugh every laugh and I wanted to soak in every thought that she put out in this book.

If you are down in your life, and are looking for a pick-me-up, a motivating story, an emotionally moving life experience, then please grab a copy of this 5-star memoir. You will be so encouraged by the end of this book and will be a fan of this incredible woman.

 

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