The Stages of Grace

The Stages of Grace

by Connie Ruben, Kate Oneill


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This book was written in part to honor Grace Ruben as a profoundly important person, but it was also born of a desire to share with others who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease what Connie Ruben experienced as Grace’s caregiver and friend. Connie wanted to capture the emotions, the expected and unexpected issues, the painful times, as well as the humorous and loving moments that she and Grace have shared as a result of this disease. This book is not meant to be a handbook for dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, but Ms. Ruben hopes that by sharing her feelings and experiences, readers may recognize that they are not alone on this particular journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499053463
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 08/08/2014
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Connie Ruben is an entrepreneur with well-developed management skills. She has run several large companies. She also has an intimate knowledge of the challenges and joys of caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Stages of Grace 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Bookaholic_Banter More than 1 year ago
First, let me start off by saying that my Grandfather had Alzheimer's so this book was very near and dear to my heart. It was easy to relate, Even if you have never had a family member, or known someone who has/had Alzheimer's this is a memoir that is written well and will hold your interest. Every page kept my interest. It was never tedious or boring. This story will help those who don't know of the disease Alzheimer's learn more about it and when it effect it has on a person and others. Those who do know someone with Alzheimer's will take comfort in reading this. It will let them know that they are not alone and that others are going through the same or similiar situations. I even learned a few things that I didn't know about the disease. This story will have you laughing at moments, it will break your heart at others, and warm your heart at moments as well. It is a story of love, family, overcoming obstacles, and a story of selflessness. It was interesting on every page and I didn't want to stop reading it. I enjoyed the way the chapters were broken down. It was like reading seperate little stories. I could sit down and enjoy a chapter at a time and feel like I made progress on reading the book. Even though the chapters were a little lengthy, they held my interest and read so fast that they didn't seem long at all. Anyone who loves memoirs, is a care giver for someone, or has a family member or friend with an illness or disease will enjoy reading this story.
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
The most emotional book I ever read Prepare a Kleenex beside you the moment you start reading this book. I am wrecked right now after finishing this book. It is the most emotional book I ever read. My hats off to Connie for her unconditional love for Grace. The most beautiful story I ever read. It is a short story but you will feel love the moment you turn each pages. The struggle and the laughter that Grace will shared to you will melt your heart. I so loved reading this book. For one, I missed my Mom who is half way around the world far away from me. It has been four years since the last time I see her. I cannot wait to see her next year I hope. I am saving my money to see you my dearest Mama. Secondly, my Mom-in-law is 81 and I experienced some situations as Grace but not as hard. Third, working in a nursing home is the best job for me even though I am only a part-time housekeeper. Reading this book spread my love to Miss R who is 93 years who is my favorite resident at work. She is my Grandma not by blood but by heart. I loved her so much. I wish God will give her more strength to have a longer life or else I do not know what to do. Please give your Mom a hug for me. How lucky and blessed you are to see her and feel her touch and love. I am envy you because I missed my Mom so much. This book teaches us that life is too short and that we need it to spend it to the person whom we love and cherish the most. The author did captured all those emotions. What an amazing story to be told of how elegant, funny and lovable Grace is. I am so full of love and thankful to my Mom for everything she has done to us. I love you Mama so much. The last chapter of the book is the hardest to read for me. I bawled so much. Ms. Connie, you did a phenomenal job writing this book. Thank you so much for your unconditional love to Ms. Grace.