Higher than Me

The Story of the Voices of Glory

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
382 Pages
Reviewed on 05/12/2013
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Author Biography

Claudia Stewart Farrell is a free-lance writer specializing in telling the remarkable true stories of her contemporaries. She tells her stories, not in a dry, biographical manner but with lively re-enactments of their day-to-day lives, taking her reader deep into the joys and pains of her heroes and heroines, and the power behind their happy endings. You will find this to be true as you take a roller coaster ride of emotions in Higher Than Me, The Story of Voices of Glory.
Her writing career started as a helping hand to a friend who was writing her autobiography, I Thought You Had a Bigger Dream. Another work, Melton Snow, A Happy Heart Christmas is the first in a trilogy of fun adolescent books with a spiritual foundation. From the success of these projects came requests from people in the public eye who have a story to tell.
Claudia is a native of Iowa, currently residing in Branson, Missouri, with her husband where she has the perfect backdrop in the Ozark mountains for inspired writing. Claudia is a member of the Springfield Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild.
Her works are available on Amazon.com and through her website, www.readtheirstory.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christine Nguyen for Readers' Favorite

Higher than Me: The Story of the Voices of Glory is the account of a family’s struggle and strength at the time of a horrific crisis when their mother, Felicia Cole, was hit by a drunk driver. The story follows Michael Cole’s story of how he had to care for his beloved wife while she was in a coma while juggling the care of his three children, Mikey, Avery, and Nadia, and his job at IBM. It also goes into Mike’s background of generational poverty that he had to endure at a young age with his ten siblings and how they were all separated by child services. The story explains how Mike’s remarkable children were inspired to create their own singing group with their “The Voices of Glory” and how their group went on to achieve national recognition.

Claudia Stewart Farrell writes with compelling depth and sensitivity about Mike Cole’s real life tragedy and how his strong faith in religion and God helped him and his family through it. The book is truly an inspiring book about hope and faith that the world needs urgently. I’m not particularly religious, but this book will move you even if you don’t believe in God. It is also a story about deep family values and how love will get you through the tough times. I shed many tears while reading this book and it warmed my heart to read about the inspirational Cole family. They really touched my heart and my life. They taught me many valuable lessons about tenacity, strength, and perseverance. There are many levels to this book and, overall, it is inspiring and insightful!

kathy williams

was a very good book couldnt put it down till i read the whole thing after being to their show voices of glory in branson twice in 2013 and seeing their amazing mother and hearing their story i found the book very good an amazing story of faith and what GOD can do i wish these your children of GOD a lifetime of joy and happiness as they have definetly been blessed looking forward to seeing you again in 2014 and being able to rejoice with you along your journey prayers are with you mikey avery and nadia along with your amazing mother and father rating book as a 5 star would not let me do it on the rating line