Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: Standing Tall by Joel & Kathy Soukup

Standing Tall

On One Leg
By: Kathy Soukup & Joel Soukup
Publisher: WestBow Press

When Joel Soukup was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the age of sixteen, the diagnosis changed him and his family forever. This family traveled down an unknown path and emerged from their journey in a way they never expected. Read how this young patient and his family handled the devastating diagnosis with strength, love, and faith in God.

My Thought’s

Standing Tall is a story of great courage about Joel Soukup’s journey with Osteosarcoma. Currently, Joel is in remission and enjoying as much of normal life as possible. However, due to the location of this type of cancer, it was necessary for the doctors involved to amputate Joel’s leg at the hip.

Reading about Joel’s struggle with Osteosarcoma and his struggle was quite invigorating. Kathy doesn’t just share the good. She talks about the bad, difficult times that her family faced as well. I also liked that she discussed her other son who was living at home at the time and how he managed to cope with what was going on. How all of a sudden the parents’ attention went mainly to Joel.

The only downfall of Standing Tall was the flow of the book. At times I was a little confused at who was speaking Kathy or Joel. Besides that I really enjoyed this book.

abookandalattee gives Standing Tall Four Stars

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About Kathy Soukup
Kathy Soukup was born and raised in Minnesota and resides near the town of Pine River. She and her husband, Verdale, have raised three sons and now have six grandchildren. Kathy continued to work, mostly part time, during the years her sons were growing up. She now enjoys spending more time enjoying outdoor activities, as well as quilting, gardening, cooking, visiting with friends and neighbors, and spending time with her grandchildren. Joel Soukup grew up in northern Minnesota near the town of Pine River. He is the youngest of three boys. Joel is attending college at St. Cloud State University in central Minnesota and will soon receive his degree in community psychology. He hopes to use his education and experience to help others who have been handed an unforeseen, life-altering diagnosis such as the one he received at the age of sixteen. When he is not busy with school, he enjoys outdoor activities and sports, hanging out with friends, watching movies, listening to music (especially attending concerts), and rebuilding motorcycles with his brother. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 

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