“Stories have always been about us, a mirror in which we can see ourselves—our hopes and dreams, but also our greatest dilemmas.” In Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Short Stories for Those Trying to Find Their Way Home, retired clinical psychologist Samuel L. Blumenthal, Ph.D. illustrates gospel truths on the themes of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration, all of which come into clearer focus through the lens of God’s perfect love.
Sam Blumenthal came to faith in Christ in mid-life, after growing up in a Reform Jewish home in the South. His thirty years as a psychoanalytically-oriented psychologist gives him a unique perspective on the inner workings of the mind and heart.
He says, “Since the dawn of man, stories have been pregnant with meaning, much of which has gone unnoticed. But if you are willing to slow down and listen more closely, stories will meet you in the very places you need them and guide you home where you will be healthy and whole.”
He presents stories to touch hearts and remind us of just how much God desires to be present in our lives. These stories offer us courage to look deeper within ourselves to learn why we think and feel as we do, why we struggle as we do, and what can truly help and redeem us and enable us to find our way home.
“This book is a collection of 12 stories, each with different characters and themes, but all with life lessons from which everyone can benefit. Every story stands on its own, and yet I found myself having an emotional response to all of them. The characters in all of these stories are both well defined and well developed, so as the reader I felt I understood how the storylines came about and how the plots were resolved. I’m definitely looking forward to the author’s next work.”
5 Stars – A Timely Collection of Stories and Messages
“These short stories speak about the things that REALLY matter. The stories drew me in and the messages are so necessary and based in the ultimate truth. Blumenthal captures the essence of what we all need to hear, or be reminded of, in these times. This book should be required reading for EVERYONE. Buy one for yourself and some to gift to those you care about.”
5 Stars – This book is for EVERYONE
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