Summary from Author:
Addicted to crack cocaine, Martin ate food from garbage cans until turning his life around and mentoring young men. Beth was living the American dream, loving husband and five kids, before tragedy struck, forcing her to sink or swim. Curt was content with his life until a plane crash changed everything and he was forced to reorganize his priorities.
These are just a few of the engaging, true accounts in Some (Amazing) People I Know. This soul-stirring book tells seven diverse stories, ordinary people until significant challenges proved them extraordinary. Some (Amazing) People I Know, both heartbreaking and heartwarming, is transformative and will renew readers’ hope for humanity.
I’ve had the absolute pleasure of reading two of Keith’s previous novels, Turning this Thing Around and Goodwill Tour in 2013 & early 2014 respectively, so when he approached me to read and review his newest book there was no way I could say no.Keith has a way of spinning everyday stories into relatable ones that just bring you in. This book is no exception – he introduces the reader to people in his close circle, those he has built a confidence in and tells their story as a reporter would write a biography. From the man living in the darkest of dark spots in his life turning things around (see what I did there?) and to the successful chiropractor who seemingly has it all but holds in the pain of her personal life. It’s possible to continue moving on, no matter what happens in life and what twists and turns your life takes.
I think that’s the lesson to be pulled from this book, that no matter how hopeless life may seem at the present moment – if you just continue to look forward and press through you too can turn a new leaf and begin again. Ironic that I picked the book up at a time when my life was seemingly falling apart financially, it helped pull me through at least. Got me to remember that I can face the mountain of issues I have and climb over if I take just one step at a time.
Five out of Five Stars for Some (Amazing) People I know.
**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**
About the Author, Keith Maginn
Keith Maginn was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the youngest of four children. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as an Evans Scholar. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology he relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee, to work for AmeriCorps and for Habitat for Humanity.
Keith returned to Cincinnati after living nearly 10 years in east Tennessee. He enjoys being surrounded by family and friends. While writing is his passion, he also enjoys sports, meditation, yoga, reading and live music.
Keith released Turning This Thing Around, an inspiring self-help memoir of overcoming personal struggles, in December 2010. In January 2013, he self-published Goodwill Tour: Paying It Forward, detailing a 3,000-mile philanthropic pay-it-forward road trip through the southeastern United States. Some (Amazing) People I Know, released in January 2016, tells seven inspirational stories of everyday people. All three books are available in paperback and e-book on Amazon.com or at keithmaginn.com. Keith feels writing to help and inspire others is his life’s purpose.
Five things about the author:
- Favorite books include Tao Te Ching, On the Road, Into the Wild, The Alchemist and The Motorcycle Diaries. Favorite authors are Jack Kerouac and John Steinbeck.
- Driving around the country in a small RV or Airstream trailer for a few months tops his bucket list.
- Biggest pet peeves are arrogance and lack of consideration for others.
- He’d most like to meet the Dalai Lama.
- Keith enjoys a wide range of music, especially Pearl Jam, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Band of Horses, Johnny Cash, Dave Matthews Band, Hank Williams, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Jack Johnson, The Script, Mumford & Sons and Tim McGraw. The two best written songs ever? “Imagine” by John Lennon and “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
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