The Final Service
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- Gary W. Moore
- Pub Date:
- May 2016
- Hardcover, 5 x 7
- 193 pp.
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About the Book
“He arrived unannounced, where and when she needed him most . . .”
Forty-year-old Sandy Richards is a successful music teacher, wife, and mother living a comfortable middle class life in a small Midwestern town. But behind her warm smile and easy laugh is a heavy burden she cannot release.
During her childhood, Sandy (or “Shadow” as just about everyone knew her) was inseparable from her larger-than-life father, a World War II hero she adored. Sandy followed him everywhere, hung on his every word, and loved him with all her heart as only a young child can. Sometimes loving him was more difficult than others, especially when he was there and then he was gone—right in front of her eyes without ever leaving the house.
For reasons she would not fully understand until many years later, something went horribly wrong and their relationship fractured, seemingly forever, when her father died of lung cancer on one long hot summer evening. His passing left Shadow alone to “sort through his warehouse of junk,” an old storage facility jammed with emotions so overwhelming they balanced her on the edge of suicide. Then, when and where she needed him most, a stranger entered her life. And everything changed once more.
Inspired by real events, The Final Service offers a riveting story about human nature, emotional abandonment, and how unfulfilled dreams left a middle-aged woman on the brink of personal destruction until one event forever altered the core of her belief system and her life. It is a story of faith, family, and forgiveness, and the realization that forces larger and more powerful than ourselves are at work in our lives in ways we are unable to fully understand.
"Gary W. Moore has a knack for telling our stories. Whether it's a dream interrupted in Playing with the Enemy or a personal journey of discovery in Hey Buddy, Moore tells us about ourselves while writing about others. Never is that more true than in The Final Service, where a father's misunderstood love nearly tears his daughter apart. Love doesn't always come in the shape we expect. If we're lucky, we realize that before it's too late." -- Steve Bertrand WGN Radio, host of Steve Bertrand on Books
"The Final Service, with love, compassion, and forgiveness at its core, is a poignant and emotionally powerful story that will touch your heart and your soul." -- Pamela M. Powell, Film Critic, reelhonestreviews.com
Gary is known worldwide as an award-winning and critically acclaimed author, inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, and accomplished musician. His first book Playing with the Enemy shares the story of his father, Gene Moore, and his remarkable life secret in baseball and war. In addition to his second book, Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Music, Gary wrote for the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, has been featured in publications such as Entrepreneur, Selling Power, and Southwest Airlines’ Spirit, and has been interviewed on every major news channel. Gary and his wife, Arlene, reside in Bourbonnais, Illinois.