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  • 11/2021
  • 978-1-7374981-2-4 B09L45MP5R
  • 117 pages
  • $9.99
Hardcover Details
  • 11/2021
  • 978-1-7374981-0-0
  • 128 pages
  • $24.99
Paperback Details
  • 11/2021
  • 978-1-7374981-1-7
  • 128 pages
  • $16.99
Karla J Noland
Author
The Day My Heart Turned Blue

Adult; Spirituality/Inspirational; (Market)

The Day My Heart Turned Blue: Healing After the Loss of My Mother After witnessing her mother’s death, Karla J. Noland struggled with the uncertainty of what life would be like without her. Then, while packing up her mother’s belongings, Karla uncovered a collection of journal writings and prayers that changed her life forever. The Day My Heart Turned Blue: Healing After the Loss of My Mother was written for people reeling from the death of a parent and needing encouragement and direction to help them move forward. There are three parts to the book. Part 1: Picking up the Pieces, describes Karla’s experience as she witnessed her mother take her last breath and the phases of grief she went through while being the executrix of her mother’s estate. Part 2: In Her Own Words, emphasizes the power of journaling and displays the handwritten journal entries of Karla’s mother, Eutrice E. James. This section describes how the journals gave Karla solace in her grief and allowed her to see her mother as a more complex person. Part 3: Give Yourself Permission, outlines Karla’s healing process and the creation of her coaching business, Reveal Heal Thrive LLC. It is also a call to action for readers to begin their own healing process. Karla encourages others to journal their life experiences in order to uncover their hidden pain and heal from it so they can live life to the fullest. The Day My Heart Turned Blue tells the story of how Karla found the strength to turn her pain into purpose after losing her mother. She hopes her readers will walk away encouraged and give themselves permission to discover their own strength and walk in it.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 6.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot/Idea: Noland’s overall intentions are initially ambiguous, although they become more straightforward as the work progresses. Readers may be left uncertain as to the writing’s purpose, leaving it feeling somewhere between a memoir and self-help guide.

Prose: Noland writes eloquently, particularly in some of the more emotionally painful sections. Her prose is direct and accessible, with expressive metaphors sprinkled throughout.

Originality: Noland’s work is unique in its combination of memoir and focus on personal growth, but beyond those characteristics it stays within the parameters of the expected.

Character Development/Execution: Noland struggles with missing structure in the beginning, but this improves as the work progresses.  Eventually she shares concrete steps for readers to utilize, alongside integral information that will be advantageous for relevant audiences. 

Date Submitted: November 25, 2021

Reviews
The US Review of Books

The Day My Heart Turned Blue: Healing Afer the Loss of My Mother, Karla J Noland, Reveal Heal Thrive - Wrought from her mother's passing, Noland recounts the poignant moments of life. It recounts experience in dealing with the bureaucratic side of health, financial difficulties, and death that are often unknown unless experienced. Delivered through a collection of handwritten journal entries, the book provides light and levity, while acknowledging the value of family and friends during a time of struggle. Scriptures scattered throughout the story provided a solid spiritual foundation for embracing the emotional impact and self-care while grieving and carrying on the legacy of a loved one.

News
03/07/2022
2022 MONTAIGNE MEDAL FINALIST

The Day My Heart Turned Blue:  Healing After the Loss of My Mother by Karla J Noland is a 2022 Montaigne Medal Finalist!

The Montaigne Medal is part of the prestigious Eric Hoffer Award for independent books. 

The Montaigne Medal is awarded to the most thought-provoking books, given in honor of the great French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, who influenced people such as William Shakespeare, René Descartes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Eric Hoffer.  

04/29/2022
2022 Eric Hoffer Book Spiritual Award Winner!

The Day My Heart Turned Blue, Karla J Noland, Reveal Heal Thrive

The Eric Hoffer Book Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Eric Hoffer, by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses.

04/27/2022
Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize Short List

The Eric Hoffer Book Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses.

The Eric Hoffer Book Award was founded at the start of the 21st century (with permission from the Eric Hoffer Estate) to honor freethinking writers and independent books of exceptional merit.

04/04/2022
FIRST HORIZON AWARD FINALIST

The Day My Heart Turned Blue: Healing After the Loss of My Mother by Karla J Noland - Reveal Heal Thrive (Publisher)  

First Horizon Award Finalist 

Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award presents the First Horizon Award for superior work by debut authors (i.e. the first published book of any type by the author). This is an additional distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella.  

 

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 11/2021
  • 978-1-7374981-2-4 B09L45MP5R
  • 117 pages
  • $9.99
Hardcover Details
  • 11/2021
  • 978-1-7374981-0-0
  • 128 pages
  • $24.99
Paperback Details
  • 11/2021
  • 978-1-7374981-1-7
  • 128 pages
  • $16.99

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