The Big Red Chair

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The Big Red Chair is a wonderful story that centers around a big red chair that didn’t start out to be so loved. When Afi (Icelandic for Grandpa) gets sick and goes to heaven, the grandchildren still remember Afi and the love and laughter they shared with him, by still using his Big Red Chair. More

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Published: March 13, 2012
Words: 800
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476106748
About Brenda J Wood

I call myself the ABC girl’ because I’ve survived the alphabet biggies of abuse, bulimia, and cancer.
Right now I am working my way through the D’s that is recovering from the loss of my husband a few months ago.
I expect to conquer the entire alphabet in my life time with the help of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
I am a somewhat average gal, not too tall, not too round, not too old or too young. I am not too outgoing, yet I am definitely not an introvert.
I started to write seriously when I learned that journaling could help a person overcome sexual abuse. I thought that is for me! Eventually I started publishing the devotions that fill my journals.
Some of those devotionals became the book, Heartfelt Devotionals-366 devotions for common sense living.
My devotionals appear regularly at http://everydaychristian.com / and http://daily.presbycan.ca /
I tend to write about what is happening in my life. Constant dieting produced the Bible Study, God, Gluttony & You, as well as several health related cookbooks.
When Ron passed, I wrote a picture/story book for grieving children, called The Big Red Chair (2011).
Meeting Myself-Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind (Word Alive Press) is the newest release. As you might expect from the title, it’s the painful, though often funny story of my recovery from abuse and bulimia. I’m honoured that both Michael Bull Roberts and Nikki Rosen read and endorsed it.
You might have guessed by now that my next book will be about losing my Honey. I guess you could say that writing saved my life. Oh, I know that without Jesus and my husband Ron, (who was my ‘Jesus with skin’) I’d have sunk. But writing gives me a place to look at my life and recognize how far I’ve come.

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Review by: Larry Vaughn on June 03, 2012 : star star star star star
It's a nice surprise to find photos of the actual people involved, instead of generic drawings. That makes it real, and that makes me tear up a little. I can identify with this family, since I am a Grandpa myself. I don't have a big red chair, but I'm going to go buy one after this. The Big Red Chair is short and it's sweet; and I like it.
-Larry Vaughn
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marianne Barkman on May 30, 2012 : star star star star star
i found the Big Red Chair a poignant story of a chair that belonged mainly to grandpa, but was used by other members of the family. Told not as if the chair was actually telling the story, but as the main character, it reveals happy memories of a time that could have been traumatic, the illness and death of a beloved grandpa.
Although this is the personal story of Afi (grandpa) and his family, it would be a good jumping off point for anyone facing the illness and eventual death of a loved one for anyone with small children in the family, to remember the good times with the bad.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Patricia Day on May 28, 2012 : star star star star
The Big Red Chair tells a very personal story of the illness and eventual death of a much-loved Poppa (Afi) in a family. It is a short story that is poignant yet funny, poetic yet profound. Some may find it too personal a story, thinking it is Brenda's family's story not yours. You would of course, be right - however, the beautiful pictures and the simple wording make it such a blessing for young children. That is who it is written for, but I know you will find that it gets under adult skin too.

It is a tale of how illness affects family members, the love shared in and around The Big Red Chair, and the memories it still evokes as it is still sat in, looked at and fondly remembered with Afi sitting in it, loving each one of them so much.

It will bring tears to your eyes or your heart; but that will be good, because they will be cleansing tears of grief and pain released, as each moment is recaptured with gentle humor for a few moments. Recalling memories of the love, hugs and joy once shared but now gone.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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