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    Baby Survives Fatal Diagnosis: Inspirational Book, 'Tales2Inspire', Recounts Miraculous Tale

    U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler's two-week-old baby is believed by doctors to be the first child to survive Potter Sequence, a usually fatal in-utero illness caused by prenatal kidney failure. This inspirational story, one that made headlines around the world, demonstrates that medical miracles can and do happen. Author Lois W. Stern, creator of a series of inspirational books entitled 'Tales2Inspire', believes that these kinds of miracles happen more often than we might think and that a fatal diagnosis is not necessarily the end.

    One of the stories in 'Tales2Inspire', recounted by Cami Ann Hofstadter, is entitled 'Maintenance For My Soul: The Man From Nowhere'. In this story a mysterious stranger, dressed as a maintenance man, appears out of nowhere right after Cami's baby is given a life-shattering diagnosis.

    "Reading about the in-utero medical intervention that saved US representative Jaime Herrera Beutler's newborn baby’s life," Hofstadter stated, "brought back memories of my ‘Man From Nowhere’ story. Like many other parents, I was devastated when told that the chances of my baby surviving surgery were next to nil. Then along came this man from nowhere, who didn’t say anything profound, speak of miracles or quote from a religious text, but gave me hope. He was right. My baby was found to be perfectly healthy, without need for surgical intervention. Although U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler's experience is different, - in her case her growing embryo’s lungs would have ceased to develop without the in-utero medical intervention that changed a death sentence to a healthy life - as mothers, we share our awe when faced with a miracle. In the words of the late Gilda Radner, I like to think of these moments as "delicious ambiguity". What other words best capture the angel driven miracles we both experienced?"

    Stern’s collection of inspirational and motivational stories asks the question, “Is there really such a thing as coincidence, or could there be an unknown force, a higher power, taking charge?” This is a question readers are likely to ponder as they read the collection of life inspiring messages contained within the pages of ‘Tales2Inspire’.

    "The inspiring messages," Stern stated, "embedded in the winning stories in this Tales 2 Inspire: Beyond Coincidence collection have deepened my faith in the nature of miracles. Angels in human form truly can appear to watch over us, touching our lives in mysterious ways to help our prayers unfold."

    In a recent review of ‘Tales2Inspire’, Bernie Siegel, MD, author of ‘A Book Of Miracles’ and ‘365 Prescriptions for the Soul' stated, “This is a book with a heart. Filled with stories which reveal what happens when we choose to live in a way that is life enhancing for all God's creatures. Our potential is miraculous when we choose to inspire the vapor of love. The people in these stories have always been my teachers. Read and learn the lessons of life.”

    Each edition of ‘Tales2Inspire’ is a compilation of inspiring stories from contributing authors. Inspirational stories, submitted by authors, are judged by a peer group to determine eligibility for publication. There are no fees to submit for consideration, and winning authors receive many no-charge platform building opportunities. Future submission categories are likely to include themes such as Compassion, Reflections, Awakenings, Courage, Faith (non-denominational), Everyday Miracles, Dreams Fulfilled and Success through Perseverance, with those currently open continually updated on the Tales2inspire website.

    Lois W. Stern is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at tales2inspire@optimum.net. ‘Tales2Inspire’ is available at Amazon and other online retailers. More information is available at the website.


    After twenty years as an active educator, Lois W. Stern continued to pursue her love for writing, and soon became co-editor of the then popular Long Island web-zine, LI EYE.

    As she created and authored the column ‘Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives’, she solidified her special niche as an investigative journalist and put those same talents to work in ‘Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery’ while interviewing over one hundred women about some of the most intimate, provocative aspects of their lives. Shortly thereafter, Lois followed up with her second book, ‘Tick Tock, Stop the Clock – Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour’, as a means of helping to make affordable, less invasive forms of ageless beauty a reality for many women. Lois Explains that she particularly enjoys the experience of getting to know each of her interview subjects as unique individuals. “There are some qualities one can't fake,” says Lois, who firmly believes that much of her success as an author is due to her personal touch: her ability to develop sincere relationships, unique story angles, and skilled human-based presentations.

    More than a creation, ‘Tales2Inspire’ has become a passion, to which Lois dedicates over 100 hours per week. Her just published Emerald Collection, the first of her Tales2Inspire™ anthologies, is filled with ‘Beyond Coincidence’ true stories. Her goal is to continue to publish more winning inspirational stories in a series of short gift book collections with the name of each author credited for their story.

    Cami Ann Hofstadter is a published author and educator in Miami, Florida. Under different names for different genres, she has been published in venues from a law review to a local newspaper. She had a long-standing monthly column in Miami Today, and continues to do human interest stories that challenge the thought-processes of her readers. Check out her latest piece in the Feb. 2012 issue of Golf Digest to see how years of caring for a depressive, obsessive-compulsive man continues to provide rich fodder for her current work on a book about loving a person like that. She’s also trying her hands at a play about a Holocaust-related incident in her native Scandinavia.
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