"What a story!"
"...A heartwarming story that will knit families together during the difficult times."
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"Mister B could care less about being politically correct." ++++++
“Alluring and convincing, this multigenerational work has an unusual premise and there's a grandness to the scope. The novel offers an intimate exploration of relationship dynamics and emotional conflicts. . . An epic accomplishment.”
MIDWEST REVIEW: The Fearless Moral Inventory of Elsie Finch is a work of Christian fiction that is highly recommended not just for religious collections, but for readers of literary suspense stories. The tale revolves around the carefully arranged legacy of parents who threaten to inject chaos into the next generation.
Some families leave legacies of positivity and gifts. Others leave behind angst and confusion.
Lynn Byk writes with a lyrical hand that captures passion and emotion with equal aplomb: "She didn’t shed a tear into this river. Instead, she began to breathe. It was time to figure out what had happened, and when. To finally begin to live her own life without guilt or compunction, she needed the timing of things. Timing was the only way to get a feel for each family member’s motives and to answer this: how had her warm, vibrant father died a broken stick of a man washed to the riverbank by the runoff? Her aim was to learn how to get past these wretched years since she first fled the nest and later, when she tumbled headlong into the rushing waters."
As Elsie navigates her particular family maze, a series of consecutive vignettes emerge to capture the family's psyche.
From her childhood's evolution and her early passion for reading books to her church connections, her experiences with youth leaders and guideposts of faith, and touchstones of building a connection with her higher power, Elsie's journey and coming of age details her psychological family dynamics, and community influences.
D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer
“The Fearless Moral Inventory of Elsie Finch is an illuminating memoir that reveals life secrets with vibrant narrative prose. Every page of this nuanced account of the multigenerational family comes alive with the force of history, the wonder of place, friends, and strangers that shaped the author's sensibilities.
The author captures family life's oddities and pain with frankness, sharpness, and a sly-witted style.
"The palpable tension doesn't let up in this character-driven story. As old wounds and heartaches bubble to the surface, each character involved tells their story from their unique point of view. Rarely do both sides of the story match.
"Distinct Christian undertones throughout the story add layers of complexity without being preachy. Spiritual dilemmas are brought to the surface, allowing readers to wrestle with spiritual conflicts in their own lives."
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Mister B's jaunty calculating rhythm offers timely subject matter. With middle-age couched between quirky days and minutes of kindness, MISTER B's confessions roll from the earliest days of aerospace engineering in Alabama through World War II and the Cold War secrecy.
So, how will life unfold when a chauffeur-cook decides to move into the home of this self-centered, 98-Year-Old Rocket Scientist... will she really lend aid?
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"Mister B's memoirs bring a hidden aerospace centurion to light."
If you like Nevil Shute' in No Highway in the Sky, and Jimmy Stewart's depiction of "Mr. Honey", if you like a feel-good, tender-hearted love story, you will love the story of Mister B.
A physicist born the son of Polish immigrants in Rhode Island, Mister B's memoirs capture the essence of the Greatest Generation.
Whether you are a scientist or someone who likes
Bill Engvall and Jim Gaffigan jokes, you'll simply
love Mister B’s wry interactions with in-laws.
Born in 1916, to a Polish-speaking mother, Joseph Byk begins his early schooling in rope-tied-baggy-pants and turned-up cuffs. He is every teachers’ dreaded student.
Ending his senior year, a high school counselor helps him make up his deficiencies in mathematics. Why?
The lost boy aspires to design vehicles that defy gravity. Mister B eventually helps design the space shuttle Gemini, the first moon landing gear for Apollo and the beginnings of Google Earth.
Mister B: Living with a 98-Year-Old Rocket Scientist is the recipient of the 2016 Pinnacle Achievement Award for BEST MEMOIR.
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