Mary Beth Smith graduated from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore, Md. She worked as a computer programmer for 20 years. She enjoys cats, flying, motorcycling and lives in Cocoa, Florida with her husband novelist G. Ernest Smith.
This book began as a description of the author's father who seemed to be a self actualized man. Since he was crippled by polio she thought his growth as a person was remarkable. But he actually became a better man after becoming paralyzed. His transformation is described, as well as Bill Wilson's, Lincoln's and another polio victim, Arnold Beisser, who was completely paralyzed.
Abraham Lincoln retired from politics in 1849 when he was forty to concentrate on honing his speaking and lawyering skills. He felt compelled to go back into politics when the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed. The Lincoln Douglas debates and the election of 1860 are covered as well as the Compromise of 1850 and many of Lincoln's speeches.
The author's father came down with polio in 1944 when he was 35. He was able to cope with the horrific pain of polio, help others while in the hospital, and work to raise money for a vaccination. It shows how his life experiences as a child, teenager and an adult prepared him for his purpose in life which was to help the March of Dimes. He grew spiritually as a result of attaining his purpose.
Covers Abraham Lincoln's life from childhood through his twenties in New Salem to his first years as a lawyer in Springfield. The book shows how he used all of his experiences--his story telling, his teaching, his studying, his friendship with the locals, his speeches to prepare for whatever was ahead of him.
The War Against Polio describes the author's father's experience with polio. It also tells true stories of other polio survivors and is a concise but comprehensive history of polio in 20th century America. It covers F.D.R., polio treatments, the March of Dimes, the Salk vaccine, post-polio syndrome and the possibility of spiritual growth with severe paralysis.
After going to an incompetent psychiatrist for months while suffering from a severe depression, the author had the enormous good luck to switch to the best psychiatrist in the county. This book tells her story and describes strategies used to heal neuroses and narcissism.