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Denise Bachrodt comes from a beautiful part of the world, Aspen a small town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Most of us of course identify Aspen as the world-famous ski resort patronized by the rich and famous, but for Denise it’s simply home, and yes, she loves to ski, but equally she enjoys the outdoor life, walking in the mountains on a warm summer’s day which gives her the time to reflect and meditate. Meditation is important to Denise as it gives her the opportunity to break away from the busy corporate IBM world and reflect on what really matters to her and that is listening to God and the messages, he has for her. This part of her life is fundamental to her very being, it’s her heart and soul, the key to her existence.
The book was written at a challenging and troublesome time in Denise’s life as she faced up to the difficulties of divorce and all the stress related issues associated with that controversy. Where does Denise’s faith originate? a faith she turns to daily, maybe the answer to that question lies deep within her Polish routes. I can only surmise when Denise was writing the book at such a discerning time did she feel the Lord had abandoned her and I immediately recall the prayer/poem ‘Footprints in the Sand’ – “ Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way, but I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me.” The Lord replied,” My precious child, I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.” Or was her faith strengthened so much so the messages she received empowered her to write about them- hence the book.
So, let’s look at the book. The core of the book has 6 chapters and within each chapter is a collection of messages which for me are loosely based around the theme of the chapter.
Chapter 1 – Hope for a Despairing World
Chapter 2 – Love of All Mankind
Chapter 3 – Our Future
Chapter 4 – Remaining in the Present Moment
Chapter 5 – How God Speaks to us. Do not Worry or Fret
Chapter 6 – God Speaks to us always and in all Ways
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For me the messages within the general themes are significantly poignant/relevant as to what is going on in the world today, I found them thoughtful, beautifully written and executed. The reflective tones made be stop and think, is there hope in a despairing world? is God in control? and is all the trouble and strife that we see going on around us part of God’s plan to make us see who we truly are? Is he trying to show us the errors of our ways and that there is still time for mankind to adjust his ways before time is called? I hope so.
Denise thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk to you about yourself and the significant messages you have so lovingly created in this important book of yours. Let’s hope all those that read the book take something away from what you’ve said.
If any of you want to know more about Denise Bachrodt have a look at her social media platforms.
My podcast on iTunes is: loveconquersallllc
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If you wish to purchase the book then you can click the Amazon link below, or head to Denise’s webpage www.loveconquersallllc.com. Alternatively you can head to www.balboapress.com bookstore search Denise Bachrodt.
I was born on a warm summer’s evening to Irish immigrants. My father was born in Ireland under British rule, he kept British citizenship, which allowed him to join the British Royal Air Force and follow a career in aero engineering at Rolls Royce in Derby. My mother was actually born in Manhattan New York but after the tragic death of her father when she was just seven months old led her mother eventually having remarried several years later to return to Ireland, it was there on the wild west coastline my mother spent much of her childhood.
In August 1957 my parents married and settled in Derby where my brother and I along with our late sister grew up. On reflection we weren’t particularly financially well off but there again nor where the kids that we grew up with, so we were non the wiser. However my parents instilled in us to respect others and to do things with our lives that they weren’t able to do.
When I was at school I excelled in Geography looking at all the different places in the world. So I suppose it was that geographical background coupled with wanting to achieve things that my parents weren’t able to do so, that set me on my worldly travels.
The excitement of travel coupled with the allure of seeing different cultures especially the many facets of kid’s lives in those places in contrast to my own narrow childhood inspired me to write the book. I want kids to see beyond their own streets and their smartphones and I hope that when they’ve read the book they will start to see that different kids from dissimilar places in the world live and experience contrasting lives and some of those lifestyles can be defined as harsh. But above all I hope it inspires some of my young readers to follow in my footsteps and witness life in all its forms.
The one thing that I’ve learnt in life is that theory in itself is fine but putting that theory into a practical form like a book is somewhat different. I suppose what I’m trying to say here is having an idea for a book and actually writing it and promoting it to the public is a far cry from the initial notion. So what made me take the leap from the first mental pictures to transferring them to words on a page that kids and adults alike can read any where in the world, well that hawks back to my parents encouragement wanting me to achieve things they couldn’t.
As a child writing never came easy to me, and when I look back at some of the letters I wrote to my parents from boarding school I can only hang my head in shame. I suppose being a boy more interested with what was going on in the school playground rather than the classroom would lead my mother who was by then an English teacher to tearing her hair out, the look of despondency written on her face as she tried to get me to read a single page of a book only to hear me begrudgingly recite a page in front of her and asking having got to the end of the page, ”can I go now.” Little did I know then that not having the ability to read and write properly would set me back in life, something I later rectified. So kids you can change but go and see the world in all its beauty, and don’t forget respect all nations.