Sara E. McLeod
Sara McLeod has worn many hats, the chiefest being that of wife of 27 years to her husband, David, and mother/home school educator to their now adult children. Living in the beautiful Napa Valley, she enjoys every season showcased by the rolling hills, arrayed with blankets of vineyards. A native northern Californian, Sara loves the moderate climate and close proximity to the Sierras for snow skiing, the breathtaking Pacific Ocean, and rich culture of nearby San Francisco.
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Josiah’s Gift [Paperback]
A heartfelt true story about ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances
Acclaim for Josiah’s Gift:
“...One of those rare books that impacted me profoundly. And the twist at the end—I thought I saw it coming (and I was amazed at the thought), but then it went beyond....”
—Doug Joseph, Bestselling author of the Skyport Chronicles
"Ms. McLeod's book was simply...beautiful. She writes in a way that is personable, funny, and real. You feel like you're right there with her, experiencing everything she did. Josiah's Gift made me laugh, a lot, and cry. Yet, in the midst of terrible circumstances, there is tremendous hope, and an incredible miracle. If you let it, this story has the power to change your life."
— Christina Li, Bestselling author, journalist and motivational speaker
Live, laugh, want, and weep with a young couple in their endearing true story about their journey of daunting choices and heartfelt decisions that eventually led to both misery and a miracle. In her powerful debut title, Sara McLeod masterfully touches heartstrings, evoking both laughter and tears, as she bestows dignity and hope to everyone who has ever bucked the societal norm to do what they felt in their heart to be right. While navigating an emotional minefield (and even a literal one as well!) David and Sara encounter unexpected twists of fate and, finally, an unimaginable capstone making this book one you simply must read.
Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: WhiteStone Publishing (December 7, 2013)
172 pages, 20 illustrations, Autobiography / Personal Memoirs | Faith
Buzz about Josiah’s Gift:
By Jeannette Joseph (Shreveport, LA)
I very much enjoyed reading Josiah's Gift. This true story is an inspiration to us that the right thing is always the best thing to do. As this story portrays, honoring the scriptural truths of God brings rewards in very special ways. A great story told in a very entertaining manner!
Hope and healing...
By BethAnn Galiardi (Seattle, Washington)
Sara. Wow. I just finished your book. (I told you I couldn't wait!!!). Fortunately for me I had nothing to do this morning but lay in bed and turn your beautiful pages, one by one, no stops or hesitations. Sara, I am so grateful that you have shared this gigantic piece of yourself with me, with all of us. You are amazing. All my love to you and your family this holiday season and beyond and I hope through telling the world this story and filling us all with hope and healing, your life will overflow with your own healing and.... absolutely everything good and wonderful! Thank you! xoxoxoxoxo
Can't put it down!
By Bonnie Leporiere (Napa, California )
This is a book you can't put down! You can't help but be drawn into the truth of what love, faith in God and trust in a future can accomplish. You laugh, cry and commiserate with Sara and David. It is complete with an absolutely beautiful and fitting tribute to a much loved son.
I laughed and cried...
By K. Carsillo (Napa, California )
I laughed and cried my way through the whole book. I felt like I was right there with the McLeod's as they struggled with the choice they were forced to make. The author mentions several times about her struggles with the newness of authoring a novel, but she did an outstanding job! She pulls you in with her humor and optimism and although the story can be sad at times, she handles it with grace.
With true stories such as this one you don't usually expect a twist at the end, but you get one here. This is Sara and David McLeod's very private and heartbreaking journey that they have chosen to share. I don't want to say much more other than this book is a MUST read!!
Couldn't put it down...
By C. Serway (Vacaville, CA)
I just read Josiah's Gift from cover to cover in one sitting... (I literally could not put it down!) Please get this book... because everyone should hear this story. This is a story that is true, for God wrote it. You will understand when you read it! God wastes nothing in our lives if we give Him the glory. May this not be the last book that Sara McLeod authors, for I will be looking forward to future works.
Couldn't put it down . . .
By David M. Loftus (Texas)
Author Sara McLeod, in her debut opus "Josiah's Gift," invites the reader to join her and her husband on their journey of joy, heartbreak, disappointment, hope, and redemption. By any measure, she has succeeded in crafting a highly readable account of a very personal and intimate episode in her family's life. As a reviewer, I must confess that this is not the genre of literature I am prone to tackle, but at the urging of a friend who gave me the book as a gift, I somewhat hesitatingly gave it a look.
And I'm so very glad I did! From the opening paragraphs I found myself unable to put the story down, so eager was I to remain at Sara's side. Page after quick-turning page gripping narrative tore at my sympathies. I truly felt that Sara had let me into her very soul, and I couldn't help but share in her emotions along the way.
Without giving anything away, the story culminates with a surprise "ah-ha!" that suddenly makes sense of the entire journey. Sort of a bright ribbon bow that wraps up the tale all nice and tidy.
In a nutshell, profoundly satsifying and highly recommended. Congratulations Sara McLeod!
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