Living Messengers of God’s Love
By Jack H. Emmott
Genre: Memoir / Inspirational / Faith
Publisher: Carpenter’s Son Publishing
Date of Publication: January 1, 2017
Number of Pages: 176
Struck by polio at age six, Jack H. Emmott began learning the difficult spiritual lessons embodied in paralysis, shivering loneliness, and dark despair. Fortunately, Jack had help― people of all ages he calls his “Bending Angels,” those who have spread their wings of love and inspiration to walk the journey of faith as the devastated little boy became one of Houston’s celebrated attorneys, a loyal husband, and a devoted dad. Each chapter of this book will relate the story of a Bending Angel―from Brownie, the pup, to Mr. Ochoa, the baseball coach who understood how much of a heart it takes to win and how much of a soul it takes to lose your most precious dream. This book will inspire and uplift you as Jack H. Emmott, a life-long Christian, shares his spiritual wisdom and lessons learned.
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PRAISE FOR BENDING ANGELS:
“The power of ‘Let go and let God’ is personified in this inspiring story. Also, that we are given guidance in the most unsuspected forms when we but look, and that a flood of grace is behind every surrender. What a joy.”
— Lindsay Wagner, actress, author
“With gentle humor and no small amount of faith, Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love tells the story of Jack Emmott’s life and of the angels who have appeared in his life, just when he needed them the most.
Do I believe in angels? Absolutely.
Was Jack himself an angel to me during the darkest period of my life? Absolutely.”
— Debbie Adams, Past President, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston;
Chair, Advisory Council UTHealth School
of NursingTrustee, St. Edward’s University
“Bending Angel is a beautiful inspiring book about faith and prayer and the angels that surround us. Jack shared his life journey of trusting in God and drawing strength that was needed to help him. I learned a great deal from this book and have thought about it over and over again since I read it.”
— Amazon reviewer
“If only I could get through a chapter without crying…very moving and touching stories.”
— Amazon reviewer
Bending Angels – A Review
“Always smile in the face of adversity.”
During my conservation education fellowship in South Texas, I encountered the first and only person I knew who had polio. He was a remarkable man who was long bound to a wheelchair and his love and knowledge of astronomy was astounding. Through his telescopes I saw planets, stars and galaxies for the first time with my own eyes. What I always recall is that he never once complained nor was angry at the cards his life was dealt. He was always upbeat and thankful. When I read the synopsis of Bending Angels I was excited to read it because of my encounters in South Texas.
After reading Bending Angels by author Jack H. Emmott, his thankfulness comes through to a reader in multitudes. Emmott struggled with polio all his life. The book is broken down by chapters of his life where he recounts the angels who helped him along his life’s journey.
The chapters are interspersed with spiritual recognition of those angels and God being a constant presence in the author’s life from his trials at trying out for the baseball team, to his first love, to lastly thanking the one woman who deserved the most thanks of all – his mother. The story that touched me the most was of Brownie, the dog who was given to him and remained a constant companion during nine years of his life. Everyone needs the joy and light of a dog in their lives.
One of the most interesting chapters was of learning of the home schoolteacher who taught the author at home when he could not attend school in the 1950s. I honestly thought home schooling was just a recent evolution of teaching. Can a donkey be an angel? Well – you’ll have to read to the book to find out.
This author poignantly shares how his angels got him through his life of living with polio. Bending Angels reminds us all that whether we believe in angels or not, we all have had some form of an angel(s) touch our lives in either small or large ways.
Author Jack H. Emmott contracted polio at the age of six. Before polio, he knelt at his bedside with his mother Lucile and said evening prayers. With paralysis, Jack could no longer kneel. But he could still pray to God for guidance, comfort and healing. The grace and love of God transformed all the bad from polio and paralysis into good. Jack is a life-long Christian and successful family lawyer in Houston, Texas. He is married to his wife of over forty years, Dorothy, who works alongside him in his calling. Jack is father to two children and grandfather to three grandchildren.
Jack is the author of Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love by (Carpenter’s Son Publishing, 2016) a memoir of the living angels that touched his life. He wrote Prayerful Passages: Asking God’s Help in Reconciliation, Separation and Divorce (Outskirts Press, 2016) to help couples in struggling marriages ask God’s help through prayer for the same guidance, comfort and healing he has received from our Almighty Father for over sixty years following polio.
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