Action Item for Today – Reach Out

Proverbs-17-17-Brothers allstarpress.comDo you have a friend who is down on their luck?  Who is the first person that comes to mind when posed with that question?  Reach out to that individual today.  It could be a phone call, an email, a text, an in-person visit (if feasible), or even a letter.

How would you feel if you were in that person’s shoes and a friend loved you like this.  Don’t delay.  Show the love of Christ to that person today.

 

Faith Action Item for Today

Stop everything your are doing and worship Jesus for 5-10 minutes.  Find a quiet place where you can do this.  Pick out a time of the day when you have free, and don’t say you don’t have any free moments… we all do.  We all find time during the day to waste on meaningless activities.  Replace one (or more) of those times with 5-10 minutes of worship.

Worship Jesus, thank Him for your blessings, and create a daily habit in the process.

Worship praise at sunset

 

Today’s Reminder – We Are Not Promised Tomorrow

Kobe Bryant and familyOn Sunday the world found out that beloved NBA superstar Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash. If that wasn’t tragic enough, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others, including a wife, husband and daughter, were also killed.

It shook so many of us.  It didn’t matter if we were an NBA fan or if we had ever seen Kobe play.  The tragedy was shocking for several reasons.  Here were 9 vibrant people suddenly taken, each leaving behind many loved ones and family members.  Kobe Bryant represented someone who was, for lack of a better term, “on top of the world.”  But, his wealth and fame couldn’t prevent his life from ending at only 41.

NFL player and pro-life advocate Ben Watson summed it up perfectly in a Facebook post:

“There is nothing more common to the human experience than death. It touches everyone and everything on this planet. It is a part of life yet it is a fear evoking, painful mystery that we rarely get accustomed to. For many of us it looms in the distance, quarantined in the dark corners of the mind until suddenly our own mortality grabs us unexpectedly and stares us squarely in the face. Over 150,000 people die daily, largely unnoticed, but when icons expire unexpectedly it shakes our souls. If someone in good health, adored by millions across the globe, who had reached the pinnacle of earthly success, could not extend his days what hope do any of us have in this journey called life?!

The tragic loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others reminds me of my own mortality. And it’s scary. I do not fear what happens after physical life but on days like today I do fear the uncertainty of the process and the circumstances surrounding it. Days like today remind me that life is a vapor. We are here today and gone tomorrow yet sometimes we live as if tomorrow is promised, so engulfed with the worries, desires, and frivolous pursuits of life that we lose sight of the missions, callings and divine purposes of our existence. True age is not calculated by years on the planet. In actuality, we are as old or young as our expiration date. Days like today remind us that unlike many other things in life, no one knows the day or hour of his last breath.

We all have an appointment with death that we can not cancel. It is appointed for man to die once and then the judgement. As final as it seems from this side of the chasm, physical death is not the end but a continuation of life; a transition from the mortal into the eternal. We will all live forever either in the glorious presence of our Creator and King or in eternal separation from Him. As the sand trickles through the hour glass, the most pressing question of life is not quantified by materials acquired, relationships cultivated, or goodness imparted. Our justification before a holy God, our life eternal, can only be acquired through repentance and faith in the shed blood of His Son; a free gift of salvation for all who believe.

Days like today call for raw emotional response and loving embraces, prayer and solemn reflection. They feel surreal until tomorrow’s morning concretizes their reality. May the Lord bring comfort to the friends family and loved ones of the Bryant’s, Altobelli’s and other victims in this time of tremendous grief.

This one hurts us all.”

Imposter Nurse – A New Book by Denise Crompton

Imposter Nurse a true storyDenise Crompton, author of “Diagnosis: Rare Disease” has released a novel based on her real-life experience decades ago in New England.  Imposter Nurse is riveting story of a woman named Angie. After moving with her family and getting settled into a quiet, little New England town, Angie feels the desire to go back to work. Her search concludes at the Main Street Nursing Home where she gets hired to work the evening shift. She soon meets fellow nurse Lorraine, and, right from the start, everything she encounters with this caretaker just doesn’t seem right. Before long, Angie is at odds with Lorraine and from there the story takes on several twists and surprises.

This is the second book from author Denise Crompton. She is the author of the five-star rated book Diagnosis: Rare Disease. Both books are publications of All Star Press – Books That Change Lives.

Imposter Nurse is currently only available through the Kindle Store on Amazon.

Foster Today

All Star Press LLC has introduced a new website to educate the public on foster care and stories, articles, and resources relating to foster care.

Any parent interested in this important topic should visit Foster.Today

Individuals who may not be interested in becoming foster parents but are interested in learning how to help others in that community should also visit Foster.Today

It is estimated that over 380,000 children are in foster care in the United States.

 

#SimonsLaw Spreading Across the Nation

Learn more about the story that started this movement – learn about Simon as told my mom Sheryl Crosier

“Flight 3272” Book Available

Flight3272Flight 3272 
January 9, 1997. The day my life changed, but God brought me through. 

Family survivor Vanessa Davis tells the true story of losing her husband, Geoffrey, on their 15th wedding anniversary, in the plane crash of Comair flight #3272 on January 9, 1997 in Monroe, Michigan.  Geoffrey was killed, along with 28 other people, in the only domestic, commercial airline crash of 1997.

Vanessa’s life could have resulted in anger and despair, but instead she details how she overcame her tremendous grief. This is her story, about a life of triumph, and it will inspire you.

Flight 3272: January 9, 1997 is published in digital format by All Star Press – Books that Change Lives.  

About the Author

“Courageous, Strong and Anointed” best describes this powerful women of God. Vanessa Davis is a dedicated mother of two with adult sons Geoffrey and Joshua. Vanessa’s love for family and The Lord has conquered fear, pain, and loss. Vanessa is the widow of Minister of Music, Geoffrey A. Davis, Sr. 

The tragic and sudden death of her husband could have resulted in defeat, but instead, she RAN towards God, not away from Him. 

Vanessa Davis is a 1998 Graduate of Word of Faith International Christian Center’s Pistis School of Ministry. Vanessa’s Heart is to put people on notice that God never fails, and He loves us and wants the very best for us all.

Related Book

“Angel Gabriel – A True Story” by Joy LaPlante is another story related to the crash of Comair flight 3272.

“Diagnosis: Rare Disease” Available in Paperback

#1 Genetics e-book now in print!

 

“Destined to be a classic …”

Diagnosis_Rare_DiseaseDenise Crompton’s “Diagnosis: Rare Disease” offers a compelling look at 13 families who received the diagnosis no parents ever wants to hear.  This gripping book provides a heartbreaking exposé of what life is like for families that have a member with a rare disease. Crompton details the journey of each family, including her own, who has one or more children with a rare disease called Mucolipidosis.

The stories wade through the erratic diagnosis process, medical muck-ups, endless pain, a plethora of medical appliances and home modifications, special education, multiple hospitalizations and surgeries, unrelenting stress and the ever-present fear of death.

“Diagnosis” is a must-read for medical professionals who wish to learn how to work with families in these difficult situations.  Families dealing with a rare disease will recognize themselves in this book that is destined to be a classic in its field.

Within 24 hours of being released in September, Crompton’s book hit the #1 spot for paid books in the Genetics category of Amazon.

You will absolutely love this book or your money back.

“Diagnosis: Rare Disease” is also available in the Amazon Kindle Store and in all digital ebook formats through Smashwords.  Order this incredible book today for only $15.97 plus s/h.



TESTIMONIALS

“Denise Crompton captures the essence of living with a rare disease; the quest for a diagnosis, the fears, frustrations, heartbreaks, navigating the medical establishment, and the loss of loved ones. As one who has children battling a rare disease, I am encouraged by the journeys of the individual families Denise writes about, knowing that I am not alone in my feelings and struggles, and energized by the families’ determination to live their lives to the fullest.” ~ Susan Anganes

“As a retired operating room nurse, I have been amazed at the history of Kelley Crompton. During her lifetime she underwent numerous surgeries in hopes of improving her life style, preserving the same and hoping for a cure. I know how tough it is to enter an operating room the first time but returning again and again can be demoralizing. I can tell you firsthand how those giving such care are frustrated beyond belief. We are there to help and hope for lasting remedies. To see the same patient return numerous times is heart wrenching. My hope is that all health care givers will read this book so that the care the give will be compassionate. Sometimes just being there, truly listening and supporting a patient is all we can do. But we must start!”
~ Jeanne C. Sturrock, retired operating room nurse

“Regarding the topic of Diagnosis: Rare Disease, Denise Crompton amply demonstrates two of her important assets: one is the personal experience with ML III in her own daughter and two, her manifest ability to widen the subject and to bring a streamlined report on a number of other patients and families with either ML II or ML III. The book is [destined] to become a classic in the still little known world of very rare or orphan hereditary disorders.”

JG Leroy MD. PhD
Professor & Chairman Emeritus
Depts.Pediatrics & Med. Genetics
Univ. Hosp. & Univ. Ghent
GHENT, Belgium
Senior Research Scholar
Greenwood (S.C.) Genetic Center

Brand New Release Hits #1 in the Amazon Kindle Store

Diagnosis_Rare_DiseaseCategory: Genetics

All Star Press – Books that Change Lives – just released the digital versions of Denise Crompton’s compelling look at 13 families who received the diagnosis no parents ever wants to hear.  “Diagnosis: Rare Disease” provides a heartbreaking exposé of what life is like for families that have a member with a rare disease. Crompton details the journey of each family, including her own, who has one or more children with a rare disease called Mucolipidosis. The stories wade through the erratic diagnosis process, medical muck-ups, endless pain, a plethora of medical appliances and home modifications, special education, multiple hospitalizations and surgeries, unrelenting stress and the ever-present fear of death.

“The book highlights how stoic, resilient, strong and resourceful these families are,” explains Carolyn Paisley-Dew, ISMRD Board Member, Australia. “It underlines the importance of networks to allow these isolated families to support each other and to give them a sense of belonging. Denise Crompton presents these stories in a style that is compassionate and easy to read.”

“Diagnosis” is a must-read for medical professionals who wish to learn how to work with families in these difficult situations.  Families dealing with a rare disease will recognize themselves in this book that is destined to be a classic in its field.

“Diagnosis: Rare Disease” is currently available in the Amazon Kindle Store and in all digital ebook formats through Smashwords.  Within 24 hours of being released, Crompton’s book hit the #1 spot for paid books in the Genetics category of Amazon.

#1 Genetics book on Amazon