My Name is Sam...And Heaven is Still Shining Through

Christian - Non-Fiction
198 Pages
Reviewed on 09/08/2020
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Author Biography

BIOGRAPHYBest-selling writer and author, Joe Siccardi is a prolific storyteller of inspirational wisdom-filled books about life. His latest offering is a fictional memoir, "My Name Is Sam ... and Heaven Is Still Shining Through", an extension of his debut novella "Heaven Shining Through" (released March 2018). The novella claimed rave reviews by book reviewers and book bloggers alike and the novel has released as an audiobook on Amazon Audible August 2020.

The author released his second book in November 2018 tilted "Wisdom From a Father: One dad's thoughts about life." A beautiful collection of essays about love, life, marriage, and raising his children. With a dash of humor and fatherly life lessons. Both books are available on Amazon Books, Amazon Kindle, and many fine online bookstores. Volume 2 will release Oct. 2020.

He is a graduate of Dominican College of Blauvelt (NY) and holds a BA degree in Liberal Arts. Joe began his career with Paterson (NJ) News and continued for the next 52 years in a variety of positions as editorial writer, editor, and publisher. He now writes and publishes his works as a new Indie Author. He has an official website he called and shares all about life and fatherhood.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

My Name is Sam...And Heaven is Still Shining Through by Joe Siccardi is a moving fictional memoir about friendship, love, family, and faith. As four friends move into their adult years, their paths begin to part. One of the friends, Samantha (Sam) meets a shy young man. At first, she is unsure whether their meeting will develop into anything more. As they continue to meet, they grow closer. Sam notices that Chadwick (Chad) is like no other guy she has met before. He listens, praises her, supports, and is proud of her. Their whirlwind romance results in a quick, intimate wedding. Their new life is fraught with challenges but they face everything that comes together. Still, more challenging losses arise and Sam has to learn to live and cope with unexpected tragedies.

Sam’s friends are each given their own personalities which portray them as genuine characters. Bernie is the tough one, Sam is tough but also skillful, Betty and Lynn are the followers in the pack. Their other friend, Pat, is a rebel. They share a strong bond and will do anything for each other. Throughout the narrative, Sam grows as a person, deepening her faith as she faces each day at a time. Family strife and reconciliation is a theme, and it is executed adeptly. Sam’s mother is constantly critical of her daughter’s decisions which results in tension within the family and Sam’s father plays the role of peacemaker in the family. I loved the different directions Sam’s life takes which mirror the unpredictability of real life. As a Christian work, My Name is Sam...And Heaven is Still Shining Through by Joe Siccardi carries practical lessons and a powerful story.


"My Name is Sam...And Heaven is Still Shining Through" is a great story about Samantha, "Sam," who is an ordinary woman that experiences ups and downs in life, like each of us. I really enjoyed reading about Sam's life, her loves and her friendships. It is a story that many of us can relate to. In life, there are rainy days, however, it is important for us to remember that the All-Knowing God will always shine through the clouds! He is always there to uplift us, encourage us and give us the strength to keep going. God also has a plan for our life! I really enjoyed this book. This book has a number of important messages. I highly-recommend it!