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The storm: a time of mercy, choices and hope
By James A. Toups
- Business thought leader James Toups has penned a fast-moving account of growing up in love and Louisiana. This coming of age speaks to the trials that all young men will remember - and the Biblical solutions. Toups reminds us that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses and the protection and accountability that is community. The plot is of loss and near loss and recovery governed by Faith on this side of eternity, in the Hope that is to come. The story of hurricanes and avoiding Hell and high water will help and encourage any reader of any Faith Tradition - Jack Yoest, M.B.A., Clinical Professor of Management, The Catholic University of America.
- Toups offers a moving account of love and mercy amid the storms and stresses of life . . . There is plenty of light and shadow in this work . . . a book full of sentiment and moral conviction, but not sentimental or moralistic. Relevant Biblical quotations are weaved within the narrative, reinforcing a sense of personal salvation-history, and the simple words God is Good continually serve as a touchstone. Toups shows the importance of loving Christian witness within the family and an increasingly anti-Christian society, reciting the poetry of divine providence in ordinary lives. Reading this one senses the truth of this book's final words: "God is good, all of the time" - Christopher Villiers, award-winning British Catholic theologian and author of Sonnets From the Spirit.
- Truly honest book, which is rare . . . especially recommend the book for adolescent boys on the verge of manhood. James's open heart and narrative, the likes of which many Christians keep for prayer and growth, would lead boys into the new world of love, sacrifice, and responsibility - Marie Ann Dean, author of The Jeweler's Polish.
The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope is a book of 22 stories of faith, intergenerational love, life struggles and storms, from the moment he was born in the Deep South of the United States of America, then as a son, husband, father, and grandfather in Louisiana; needed choices, personal and familial sacrifices, loss, grief, prayer, hope, peace, and joy, in the life of successful Catholic entrepreneur James A. Toups. Written by a man unafraid to express his true feelings, who has witnessed poverty and known suffering first-hand, and is an evacuee of the deadly Hurricane Katrina, the deep narratives found herein provide readers with a rare kind of insight and lived wisdom in how to survive and thrive in the face of whatever storms may come one's way, including but not limited to the major societal storm that is arising at present in the world and escalating with rapidity both in and across nations. The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope will resonate with the young and the old alike, male and female, across cultures, by illustrating for readers a personal process through which hope can be retained no matter the arising situation or condition, without falling into the depths of human despair and more.