I am soooo excited. My book was reviewed by a book reviewer from Readers Digest who lives in New York and just happened to download it right prior to the hurricane:


Nov 02, 2012 11:04 AM EDT

What to Read After a Hurricane

by Dawn Raffel

Shortly before Hurricane Sandy came to my town, flooding my house and knocking out the power (which is still out), I had the good fortune to download The Apple Tree: Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane by Linda Petersen.

Her story begins not with her children but with her own childhood spent traveling the country in the backseat of her parents’ car (her perpetually restless dad had post-traumatic stress disorder from  WWII), often with very little money and few provisions. Where someone else might have seen deprivation and isolation, Petersen viewed her unusual childhood with a sense of wonder and gratitude. After marrying young and giving birth to a son who was legally blind (and who went on to earn a PhD on full scholarship), Petersen and her husband adopted four more special needs children and fostered many others.

Her honesty, wit, and terrific storytelling make this a book you want to read rather than one you feel you should read. So there I was, swiping pages on an iPad in the dark in a blackout… I couldn’t have picked a better book for putting it all in perspective.



Comments on: "I Received a Recommendation from Readers Digest (YAY!!)" (42)

  1. That is just awesome!! Congratulations! How very exciting. 🙂

  2. What a wonderful synchronicity! I hope lots of people are reading it!! So exciting!!

  3. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope it goes well!

  4. What a great experience. Love reading about your family and daily living with children that have disabilities.

  5. Congratulations! That’s quite an accomplishment! May God bless you for touching the lives of so many of His little ones and making such a positive impact on them.

    Thank you for stopping by and “liking” my blog today!

  6. Congratulations that’s very exciting!

  7. Congrats! I’ll have to check it out!

  8. Congrats! How exciting!!

  9. Congratulations! That is wonderful! Your story is so inspirational! 🙂

  10. How wonderful and well deserved.

  11. Congratulations! That’s very exciting! I wish you loads of readers (and I’ll be one of them!): keep on writing, please.

  12. wow congratulations. that’s great.

    Maria Chapman bubbygirl1972@gmail.com

    “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi

  13. Congratulations! I love your blog!

  14. I’ve finally made it over here . . . and now that I have read the “synopsis” of your book and the review I am looking forward to sitting down and reading it myself. I have a feeling, that my family and I can learn a lot from your family’s journey! Congrats!

  15. Wow!!! That is amazing!!! Congratulations!!!

  16. Congratulations, I really enjoy reading your blog:)

  17. parentingwithpurposeblog said:

    Fantastic Job!!! Well done…Keep doing what you do…;-)

  18. I just finished reading it and enjoyed every word!! It is the first book I have read start to finish since before my three daughters were born. I laughed and cried and celebrated with you. You give me a new perspective where I’m not wasting precious energy judging myself on how I’m doing parenting my three special girls, but instead rejoicing in the victories we are experiencing!

  19. Alex Meryn said:

    Excellent news! Congratulations!
    Definitely going to have to check out your book – just put it on my to read list.

  20. That is so great. Congratulations. I wish you well. Thanks for liking my blog, it brought me here and I am just in awe of you. You are all that I am not but wish I could be. Your family is wonderful and so grest to have one another. I wish I had half of your coping skills, I try but it just isnt in me.

    • I am sooooo lucky because it is just in my nature not to get stressed out, worried, care what others think,etc. I was raised by an amazing mom who never had a care in the world, (even though I had a brother who was severely multi-handicapped,deaf/blind.)

      • Thats great you are very lucky and blessed. So nice that you recognize it. I had a mom who was very unhappy and volatile and while I am happy I still am worried, stressed and volatile and think it is affecting my son. Sigh

  21. Congratulations! Thank you for following my blog, your family is so inspiring! I am a huge advocate of people with disabilities, and I learned some ASL in college (although I’m really not very good, and it’s starting to get rusty since I never use it anymore). But anyways it’s so fun to hear all your stories!

  22. Professions for PEACE said:

    This is fantastic! Good for you. Congratulations 🙂

  23. Congratulations.

  24. Wow! That is exciting.

  25. You hear of angels here on earth, but rarely meet any. You and your husband are such angels. God bless.

    • Thank you for the comparison, but I am just a mom who enjoys taking care of kids. I was blessed with a mom who raised me to believe that nothing was ever a problem and there was always a silver lining.

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