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A Master Storyteller

"Debra Shiveley Welch is a master storyteller.  I find her writing to be very much on the order

of what is considered, in old terms, a true storyteller, one that takes the nucleus and expands

 it to take on all the senses -- I can see what she sees, hear what she hears,

smell and taste what she smells and tastes. Most importantly, though, I feel what she feels."

 

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Winner of Books and Authors Best Native American Fiction 2011

 

I will get my one complaint out of the way because I want to focus on what an incredible story this is. The formatting for the Kindle was wonky. Now, it could have been an issue on my end, but there were moments when there would be one word of a sentence alone on a line, and then a gap, and then the sentence would resume. It was a MINOR distraction, but distracting nonetheless. A story this wonderful should be distraction free and with the rise of the eBook, formatting should be a priority. Not all readers may show patience for such things. I refused to deduct a star from the rating of this book based on those grounds because this is all about the story. (note from author: it has been fixed.  Thank you, Mr. Brown!)

Cedar Woman struck me very early on with the powerful emotions a reader could feel from just the written word. It grabs you so quickly that even events early on make you feel WITH the characters, not FOR them. I know that men may not be her target audience, but you GUYS will be missing out on something extraordinary if you pass over this book.

The inclusion of a plethora of Native American words and phrases was done in such a seamless manner that the reader stops seeing them as you become engrossed in this story. A translation is provided in footnotes, but you no longer find yourself looking after a while. You are simply too engrossed in the story and it almost seems to make itself understood when some of the Native Sioux words appear in the dialog.

Throughout the story, I was struck by how similar yet different cultures that live side-by-side can be. Having a very good friend who is a member of one of the Pacific Northwest tribes, I recalled early on our struggles to communicate because our styles were so oddly different. This story gives you a look at a love story from a cultural perspective that you may not even realize exists.

The one thought that came over and over as I read was that this book is "The Notebook" for a Native American audience. Having enjoyed some wonderful films that I would have missed otherwise, I can attest to the striking difference in films from and about the Native Americans and our own. This story is ripe for a Native film maker to scoop up. (See "Skins" to really understand what I am trying to say here.)

Cedar Woman by Debra Shiveley Welch is a wonderful story that will make you feel things with the characters as you read. Ladies will love this, and guys...if you want to score some huge points, make this the first book on your "Couples" reading list and share in it together.

 

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Best Native American Fiction 2012

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Genre: Fiction

Title: Cedar Woman

Author: Debra Shiveley Welch

Cedar Woman, by Debra Shiveley Welch, is the entertaining story of a young woman: Lena Cedar Woman Young Bear, who is a daughter of the Lakota Sioux. We first meet Lena as she performs a cleansing ceremony on her restaurant Cedar Woman the first high-end Native American restaurant in Central Ohio.

 

"Facing the west, she extended the smoking bowl and intoned: 'Grandfather of the West, this is Cedar Woman. I ask that you keep my feet true and on the Good Red Road. I ask that you guide me on this day, and all days, so that I may continue on this path. I ask that you help in my daily life. Mitakuye oyasin, we are all related.'"

 

As a young child Lena sees a hummingbird caught in a spider's web, and proceeds to let it free. This is no ordinary child, the town agrees, as the bird then seems to follow her around. Cedar Woman is the story of Lena's life as she journeys from her home as a young girl to Columbus, where chance encounters lead her to her life's true path - that of an extraordinary woman.

 

Fully researched, filled with plenty of facts about Native American life and references to actual ceremonies and Native American Prayers, Cedar Woman knows of which it speaks. Written authoritatively in a poetic image-filled manner, this story draws pictures for you of peoples' lives and interactions, masterfully showing that, in the end, we are what we were in the beginning "Mitakuye oyasin, we are all related."

 

As a delightful bonus, included with the book are recipes of many of the foods mentioned in the story, including Fried Deer Liver, Cowichcan Candy (salmon/maple syrup and brown sugar candy), and Buffalo Stew featuring wild turnips.

 

To help in the use and translation of the Native American language used in the book, Welch also includes a dictionary with the meaning and phonetics. There are three dialects in the Lakota language and there is no standardized spelling. Welch chose the spelling and pronunciation of the words in keeping with the dialect of her sister, Julie Spotted Eagle Horse Martineau, who is of the Lakota Plains Native Americans.

Finally, it is worth noting that a percentage of royalties are donated to "Operation Smile."

 

Fully entertaining, Cedar Woman is a story that reaches far beyond the boundaries of its pages.

 

Reviewer: Wendy Thomas, Allbooks Reviews. www.allbooksreviewint.com

Title: Cedar Woman

Author: Debra Shiveley Welch

Publisher: Saga Books http://www.SagaBooks.net

ISBN: 9781897512

Pages: 179

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Son of My Soul - The Adoption of Christopher is the story of a woman's journey through loneliness, poverty and neglect, her triumph over a turbulent past, and the joy of mothering her adopted child.

 

Ms. Welch's autobiography begins with her uncle's prophecy of her birth, and soon turns to a story of sorrow and abuse.  A vow made at fourteen-years-of-age to save a child through adoption gives her new purpose, as she strives to survive a life of neglect and abandonment.

 

Breaking free from her past, she thinks of her childhood as "boot camp," and applies the lessons she learned as an example of how not to mother her future child.

 

Her joy is finally manifested in the form of an infant boy born with cleft lip and palate.  She realizes that her vow has indeed come to fruition, and that she has finally found "The Son of Her Soul." Read the reviews here:                           http://www.debrashiveleywelch.net/soms.htm

 

 

Son of My Soul - The Adoption of Christopher

Written by Debra Shiveley Welch

A Review By Shirley Johnson, Senior Reviewer, MidWest Book Review 2007   

 

I believe it is true that God anoints the pen of some writers to bring forth words from their heart to those with a specific need.  In my opinion, author Debra Shiveley Welch, has the anointing of the Lord upon her words in her newest work, Son of My Soul - The Adoption of Christopher, as she tells the story of her adoption of her beloved son, Christopher, and the foreshadowing of her life's cycle that would bring her to that moment in time.  Within the pages of this book our author bares her soul as she reveals her life story, one of rejection, abuse and remorse, and takes us on her journey to healing, redemption and fulfillment of a promise made so long ago. Much of the tales of her youth were heart wrenching, and the courage of this woman was evident even at the most tender age. You will be amazed and deeply moved.  Undergoing rejection, not only from mother, father, step-grandmother and other family members, our author forged through two broken marriages, and as you read, you hope upon hope that somewhere happiness awaits this hurting soul.  Strengthened by her faith in God, slowly she is led towards the destiny He has placed upon her life; and moves forward with trust and belief that that destiny will be fulfilled. Remarkable!

 

We travel along as Debra again marries, and she and her loving husband are entrusted with a baby boy, shortly before the chance may have been gone forever.   A child with problems that many would find too unbearable to undertake, Mrs. Welch embraced immediately the child of her heart. This couple of faith and love moved forward into a future that they knew at best would be a challenge, but they never let that dictate their decision concerning making Christopher their own.

 

My heart broke time and time again as situations were told of countless operations, near death experiences, and learning problems encountered by their Christopher, but I rejoiced at the determination, faith and fortitude of this couple and the victorious outcome of this loving family. We all have challenges in our lives and dreams that we want to see fulfilled, but do we have the courage to never let them go?  In this read you will see the courage of one woman who overcame deep hurts, extended forgiveness, found her destiny child, and gave freely and gladly to him unconditional love, and a chance at a wonderful life.  Her story and Christopher's is one you will treasure and remember in your heart for a long time to come...One that will bring a tear and a smile. A story of horror, pain, and rejection that is replaced with courage, hope, faith, love and victory. This is a book every adoptive parent should read, and every person who has a child of their heart, for in this read you will find the true meaning of love.  Well done Mrs. Welch!

 

 

Son of My Soul

The Adoption of Christopher

 

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In this warm and tender story, Debra Shiveley Welch lovingly tells of  the Lord giving attributes to a yet unborn child while in the womb of a frightened, young girl.  God takes some sweetness from the Cherubs, sweet music from the birds, laughter from the dolphins, and wraps them in love from the mother, placing it all carefully into the spirit of the unborn babe. A beautiful gift of life waiting to be unwrapped and cherished and placed in the arms of a loving mother and father.  In this special  keepsake edition, a collection of essays and poems are also included.

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I firmly believe that I have received the same child I was meant to receive, whether I gave birth or adopted.  The same soul, the same entity, was meant to be mine, from the beginning of time. Debra Shiveley Welch "A Very Special Child"

 

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In their novel Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams, co-authors and cousins Linda Lee Greene and Debra Shiveley Welch explore the dark depths of the human soul in a thrilling murder mystery mixing supernatural elements and intriguing suspense, spiced with history, romance, and unpredictable twists and turns.

 

Oma Mae Adams, an African American Televangelist whose philanthropic works endear her to the world, is beloved by many.  Gunned down in front of the television station where she tapes her popular religious program, her shocking death leaves a bereft world with two questions:  who killed Oma Mae Adams ---and why?

 

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This is a book of such vivid color and explosive feelings that I'm tempted to call it a "Sense-Surround" experience; I felt as if I were in a movie theater. This book IS cinema. From the opening scene, the reader is involved in you-are-there scenarios. The writing is fully engaging. You will identify with some characters, loathe others, and be intrigued by all. There is a lot happening in each and every chapter but the characters are all distinct, and they combine and entwine in fascinating ways. It was a very satisfying read . . . no need to speed through -- savor and let the story unravel.

 

 

Well Done, Christopher!

 

There are times when a book will capture your heart; it can happen in many ways, but each time it is fresh and new. This is the case as I read this delightful work by 13-year-old Christopher Welch as scribed by his mother, Debra Welch. Christopher has learning differences but this has not quenched the fire of life within this special young man, nor his desire to share adventures of his life with others. We begin this read with a poem, a simple one, yet one whose words say volumes because they shine forth with the love of one young boy for his lake and the activity that awaits him there.  Shirley Johnson - MidWest Book Review, Senior Reviewer

 

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Christopher Bullfrog Catcher is a fun way to teach your child how to write.  The reader is taught how to follow a simple formula in order to create their own special story.  Add to that a guide on how to catch bullfrogs, and a message regarding the care and respect of these fascinating creatures, and you have a book that your child will want to pass on to their own children.

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Christopher Bullfrog Catcher
Christopher Shiveley Welch
Scribed by Debra Shivelely Welch
Saga Books
164 Erin Woods Drive SE, Calgary, T2B 2S, Alberta, Canada
ISBN: 1894936469, $10.95, 20 pages

There are times when a book will capture your heart; it can happen in many ways, but each time it is fresh and new. This is the case as I read this delightful work by 13 year old Christopher Welch as scribed by his mother, Debra Welch. Christopher has learning differences but this has not quenched the fire of life within this special young man, nor his desire to share adventures of his life with others. We begin this read with a poem, a simple one, yet one whose words say volumes because they shine forth with the love of one young boy for his lake and the activity that awaits him there.

As we share in the adventure of Christopher, we learn how to catch a Bullfrog and care for it, even if it is injured; and he even shares the four stages of a frog's growth with us. Along with the story we are treated to some wonderful pictures of Christopher, his frog hunting and his beloved lake. I actually learned some things about frogs that I never knew. Thank you Christopher.

I believe what makes this book is the passion that is within this young man as he writes of his frog hunting experience and his desire to share this information with others. It truly is a joy of his life and even for someone like me, who won't find much pleasure in touching a frog, I had to smile at Christopher's achievement in Bullfrog hunting.

I feel this book is for both young and old and all those in-between. First we certainly see the achievement of a young boy who has something to share and despite difficulties does just that. We have some top-notch information on Bullfrog hunting and great pictures that help bring the story to life; plus a work that is sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart. Good job Christopher! Thank you for sharing!

 

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Born with cleft lip and palate, Christopher waited for six days until an adoptive family was found for him.  Finally placed in the loving arms of his joyous parents, he now faced a new challenged: multiple surgeries.

 

Read in his own words his memories of growing up with a deformity, his fight to overcome several learning differences, his delight in being adopted, and his incredible love for the lake on which he was raised.

 

Just Chris is more than just a book.  It is a journey through a young man?s memories of growing up and being simply, and beautifully...

 

Just Chris

All kids should follow their dreams, and don?t let others tell you that you can?t do it, even if you have learning differences.  Focus, work hard, and say to yourself ?There?s nothing you can do to stop me.?

Just Chris

by: Christopher Shiveley Welch

ISBN# 1897512120

page count: 66  

Publisher: Saga Books

 

It isn't often that I am privileged to review a book written by a youth, and I was very honored to be asked to review his latest book.  Just Chris, is a work that will capture your heart, and certainly give you more than the title implies. In this book you will meet Christopher Shiveley Welch, who is one remarkable young boy. Christopher came into this world with physical problems, born to a mom who just was not able to care for this new soul.  However, there was a couple who had been believing for the child of their heart, and as Christopher writes in his book, God gave him to them.

 

Christopher takes us on his journey from settling into his new home to his present time.  He opens his heart to the reader. He tells of the love that covered him, the struggles he encountered in his schooling, the pain of his many surgeries to make him acceptable in the eyes of our society, and life in general. Chris speaks of friendships, mentors in his life, emotional struggles and miraculous victories. His story is simple, but complex. It is heart tugging and at times amusing, yet always laced with innocence and truth. I liked that. 

 

I believe after reading his story there were several things impressed upon me.  One, Chris is a young boy who faced many insurmountable obstacles in life, but through each one he found new hope, and determination to continue on. If I was watching this unfold in a movie, there certainly would have been times that I would have given him a standing ovation.

 

I also feel that he knows how special he is. He understands that every person comes from the heart of God and has their own purpose on this earth.  No one is a throw away person, and because of his wonderful upbringing, and what he has already overcome, he sees the world and those in it as very special. That in itself is a rare gift.

 

Just Chris, is more than a boy telling of his life.  It is a story that surely will bring encouragement to many who face challenges, feel worthless due to some physical handicap, or face rejection in any way. It is a story of hope, courage and steadfast love. I believe Christopher has an exciting life ahead of him, and he will fly to heights that even he cannot imagine at this time.  A great read, from a great young man.

 

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Ista Numpa

Sequal to Cedar Woman, follow Nickie (Ista Numpa) as she searches for love and fulfillment.

Christopher's Family Table - Inheriting Family Recipes & Traditions From Adopted Kin & Clan

Adoption comes in many forms.  We marry and adopt our spouse's family and they adopt us. 

We make special friends and adopt them into our lives.  We adopt through husband to wife, parent to child, and friend to friend.

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Someone you love has suffered a brain injury. The doctors can not yet make a prognosis. Every brain injury is unique and unpredictable, they say. You have been told to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. What do you do now? Successfully Surviving a Brain Injury is an easy-to-read guidebook for families suddenly thrust into the painful and confusing world of brain injury. It teaches readers the basics of brain trauma. It guides them step-by-step through the recovery process. It provides the practical information they need to handle the insurance, financial, legal, emotional, family, and personal issues that accompany a brain injury. It also describes the wide range of impairments caused by brain trauma and the factors that influence how well someone recovers. This book is not only a practical and essential roadmap to a successful recovery, it also is an inspirational story of how one couple overcame profound changes in their relationship and created a fulfilling new life.

 

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