A Breath Away
It’s midnight in Central Square, New York and I just finished your book. I had to sit there for a moment and let the feelings fill me … I LOVED IT. I then took it into my husband and said, “This is a marvelous book, a must read… Our sincere wishes for you and your and this beautiful book you wrote. I have dear friend who will get “faith nourishment and help” from it. And I am going to share my copy with our favorite Priest. You have a gift of writing and I hope you continue. -M.McNamara
I finished reading “A Breath Away”. It really was quite a love story.
It must have been so hard to go through that struggle with 2 young
children. There are so many other things Jeanne Miller said that I loved and agree with. I loved that she said, “There is living and there is
dead. While we are here on this earth there is only living.” I
definitely agree that we only have NOW, so we need to be present and
stop worrying about what might happen. Thanks so much for sharing the book with me. Here’s a question for you to think about: Are you a body in a soul or a soul in a body? -S.Knight
I just finished reading Jeanne’s book – Your faith is a blessing as it was challenged beyond limits. It looks like the book has gotten great reviews on Amazon, which is wonderful. I’m sure it took Jeanne a lot of courage to put her whole experience down in words – she is amazing. Take care and congratulations on the success of Jeanne’s book, and thank you again for sharing it with me. -C.Adams
I picked up your book at Sisters the day before I left Old Forge. I started it at the airport and stayed up late that night until I finished. Jeanne, this is a wonderful book and you are a gifted writer. I cried and I laughed throughout. Your faith is inspiring. Many times during crisis in my life, it was my faith that got me through. There were also times when I questioned my faith – and those times I was scared out of my mind. I am sorry for the loss of the love of your life – and I thank you for sharing your love story. Best Wishes and please keep writing. -D.Jones
Thank you for sharing your uplifting, hopeful, sad, happy story.
I experienced all these emotions following your journey through Fred’s horrible disease.
It is true. We will ‘see’ each our departed loved ones again, and we have their support throughout this life. We are all just a breath away from the next!
I was deeply moved by your journey of love and loss. You are an amazing writer. I feel like I know you. My guess is most of you readers will also feel that way. It was if we sat down across the kitchen table with a full pot of coffee and you opened your heart to share about an amazing man that God brought into your life. I am sure there is life after death and once again you will be reunited but this time it will be forever. Your husband was an amazing man, and your love was a great gift to one another. What an impact this book will have on each of your readers as they struggle to find meaning and joy in a life full of challenges and pain they do not think they can handle. Your marriage is an inspiration to me, and a vivid reminder that unselfish love is possible in this life. I put a tab and highlighted much of page 169 as well. How profound and yet simple these words are! We do have the ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary but only if we approach life with our eyes wide open, seeking beauty and feeling delight in the things we come across in each and every “ordinary” day. No day is really ordinary is it? I am striving to keep my spirit open, and to relish all that life puts in my path without complaining. I want to stop and marvel at the beauty of each and every season, and enjoy life in its fullest. You have helped to see how important this really is. “I forgot what a blessing the little things can be.” You have helped me to see that life is full of blessings, despite the trials that come when we least expect them to. I knew how the book ended but something in my heart longed for a miracle and I wanted the book to end with Fred beating this cancer monster and living a full and long life with you and your precious children. I hope you will keep writing. You have a way of expressing yourself that draws the reader into your heart and soul. I am blessed to have known you … even for the few hours we were together. I’ll be praying for you, -D.A. Sikes
Just received a comment from a chaplain who read your book. She wrote, “Very insightful and inspirational. I enjoyed it. Thanks for recommending it to me.” Now I have given it to a social worker my age who just retired from full-time with hospice. Your book needs exposure to people working in the field of healing from loss of loved ones. Let’s keep in touch. Grace and Peace, -Rev. M. Stuart
Thank you Jeanne Selander Miller.
Recently my sister gave me the wonderful gift of your book “A Breath Away”. I could not put it down as you shared your joy and sorrow. I felt somehow close to you even though we have never met, which is proof that you have the ability to move others with the written word. I learned from your book, and was reminded to make sure
I enjoy every day I have with my own loved ones. We never know how much time any of us have. I am very grateful for your courage and strength, and your willingness to share it so openly with your readers. Thank you.
A grateful reader,
I had the pleasure of reading your book and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. Your writing style is excellent and your story very heartfelt and compelling. What a great gift to give to our kids. Through your book you have ensured that they will always remember what a remarkable man their father was and know his and your heart and strength. You are also giving them a legacy that they can pass on to their own families down the road. I applaud your courage.
Congratulations and best regards, -L.Guiolloti
I just finished reading your book straight through. Wow, holy cow, Wow. I am sort of speechless at the amazing job you did writing this book, at the amazing life you, Fred, Cullen and Gillian created. How you and Fred had the strength to do all that you did is absolutely mind boggling to me. You are obviously so gifted in your ability to share all your profound thoughts and feelings in writing. Well, I’m blown away is all, blown away. You are such an incredibly amazing person Jeanne. Thanks for sharing your journey with so many now. -D.DePorre
I wanted to thank you for sharing your beautiful story. I read it in just a few days. Your story of the love you had the privilege of sharing with another human being was unforgettable. You are a strong and beautiful woman. Thanks again for writing such a moving book. Best of luck to you and your family!
After reading your book, I already gave it away to a close friend who has a husband diagnosed with a terminal illness; have bought two more, one to replace the one I gave away and one to give to another friend who has a husband diagnosed with cancer and Parkinson’s. A Breath Away was really inspirational and written in a tone that was heartfelt and realistic. I am truly sorry for your loss but you also gained and retained so much through the experience. I really feel that reading your book will uplift my two friends. Maybe a few tears along the way, like I did; not morbid tears, but tears of empathy, comfort and release! Thank you so much for sharing your story. It was and is precious! The one thing I thought about when reading your book was the fact that it was so heartfelt; revealing your inner self. -D.Loveric
I really enjoyed your book and think you were very brave writing it … To share such a personal journey that you went through. In writing this book, I believe you will help others going through this journey and will also keep Fred’s memory alive through all those reading the book and talking about the book. Thank you for sharing. Let me know when the next book will be out. God Bless,
I remember telling you that I would write after I had finished reading your wonderful work of art. You write very well and I ran the gamut of emotions to the finish. The special love that you and your husband shared and your close family activities formed a strong foundation that further accented your heartbreak. Most people never achieve those special moments of a loving relationship in their lifetimes. I trust that you will always hold fast the good times that you shared and that their importance will prevail in your lifetime. God bless you, Jeanne. Best wishes, -T. Yacovella
I wanted you to know how beautiful your book is. I would be honored to put the book on our Grief Haven website. I have also put your book in our Grief Haven library for others to check out. Your story is so beautifully bittersweet. Thank you for sharing it with the world. Love, -S.Whitmore
The reason why I am writing to you is because well before I headed out to Ireland at the end of September, I had a chance to read your book. The deep emotions that your story made me feel, the gift you gave us by sharing your journey as well as Fred’s and the rest of the family’s is so priceless. Every page I turned I felt so grateful for everything I have. Your story was so humbling, it really taught me more than any other book how we should never take anything for granted or never think that things go well because we are the chosen ones. I hope you will forgive me for writing you such a personal message and for admitting that reading of your suffering was so moving and inspiring. Thanks for loving and writing so “bravely”. A big hug, -L.Boccia
The book was amazing! I started it yesterday morning. When I returned home last evening, it drew me back and I stayed awake until I finished it. I was so inspired by the love that your family has for one another. Being able to enjoy the moment and concentrate on it rather than death shows deep love and faith. I am sure I will re-read it many times. I am looking forward to your second book -B.Petrillio
I picked up Just a Breath Away yesterday and read it cover to cover and so enjoyed it. I loved how you captured both the joy and the tragedy of it all yet interwove the story with hope. You succeeded in creating such an authentic story that I was there with you. Of course you must know that I so wish that it had a different ending.
-D.L. Friess, Ph.D.
After leaving your restaurant with the three books in my hand, I contemplated when to start reading them. I opened “A Breath Away” to get an idea of whether I wanted to start now or wait until fall when I had more time. Before I knew it, I was well on my way of reading chapter after chapter. I couldn’t put it down and finished today.
It’s a remarkable story of love, and I could feel the emotions. I cried, I laughed, I reflected. Fred was a lucky man to have you by his side.
Anyway, it takes a lot to inspire me and you did. Great story. I am sorry Fred is not with you in the physical sense but through your journey within the book, your realize that the earthly state and the spiritual realm aren’t really that far away. Well done.
I met you on Sunday evening, when we ate at your restaurant in Old Forge. It was wonderful, however, what was more wonderful was that I bought your book, “A Breath Away”. I initially wanted to buy the second one, but you encouraged me to get the first one … read it, then get the others. I must tell you that your book is amazing and it really resonated with me. -D. Dole
A Million Miles from Home
I just finished your book A Million Miles from Home this afternoon. I purchased it yesterday at the Amelia Book Festival. I have spent a good portion of my life, mentoring women through domestic abuse, mental illness and spiritual digressions. I thank you for sharing this memoir with me, and I will share it with other women whom you have put into words only whispers from me. I look forward to your next book and wish to purchase a couple more copies. I feel inspired and want to inspire others to survive as we have. There are women that I can’t wait to share this story with.
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We met at the book fair in Florida last February and I bought your book after chatting with you about your interest in speaking to an international group. I loved the book – could not put it down – you are a wonderful writer – you tell a powerful story of courage and hope that many could benefit from hearing. -W.Rogers
I loved your book. I laughed and cried and sometimes felt like I was in the same room with you. What a beautiful writer you are! -D. Risley
I truly enjoy your writing, your artistry, your connection with every thing and every person …The final chapter makes the others have a reason to exist. -D.Naeger
A Million Miles from Home, I couldn’t put it down. I finished it in 24 hours. What a wrenching part of your life- told truthfully. I’m not sure how you survived it emotionally and spiritually. But your sharing of entering into your inner core and the discovery of self was truly the way. A great read. -K. Sgarlata
I finished A Million Miles From Home right after I landed in Orlando last night. Your story made my flight go much faster. I look forward to connecting with you. My take away right now is the very point you ended on, and that is to forgive myself for the parts that I would have done differently. Your story was very good and I’m sure extremely helpful to so many women who have read it. It was helpful and timely for me. I commend you for your courage. -D. Henry
The Healing Path Home
I’ve finished your book. I have to say. It’s the best thing you’ve written thus far. It ties all of your books together in such a way that is exemplary of the healing process you went through, and the complexity of your journey. I have a lot of respect for your courage in writing this, and it’s certainly rewarded with the wisdom that’s revealed in your writing in the latter half. A great deal of people will benefit from this book. I know I definitely did. Still struggling and working on it, but as your life and book demonstrates, life does not come in a box with “how-to” instructions. You have to love yourself in all your faults, failings, and imperfections, which often are what lead to more opportunities. That’s the beauty. Your book is a spiritual guide to what truly matters in life, and others would be smart to take what they can from it and apply it to their own, however they see fit. -S.Salsbury
I finished the 3rd book, The Healing Path Home, this morning. I loved it. Each book is wonderful and unique. I understand why some readers liked the 2nd book, A Million Miles from Home, the best because it is riveting. It is really a page-turner. But the third book is a complete memoir with lots of spiritual and life lessons to impart. -S.Schwartzman
I have finished your book, “The Healing Path Home,” and I am passing it on to others and buying other copies for friends, because I loved it! Your honesty and story-telling skills are remarkable. I had a trip to Minneapolis this weekend and the 8 hours of flying and connection times were just enough to finish it and savior it’s many messages. Thanks from this reader for making the effort to put your journey into words for others to experience. -W.Rogers
I just finished reading “The Healing Path Home.” It is SUPERB!!!! I enjoyed it tremendously – and was totally emotionally exhausted by the end of it. You made me feel everything you went through, and you articulated/expressed your journey and experiences in a way that resonated very, very much with me. I am in awe of your writing. You write with a simplicity that is just brilliant. The dialogue is masterful. You had me laughing, crying, and feeling like I wanted to have a heart attack as I was worrying right along with you! I truly LOVED this book!!! It was such a pleasure to meet you last weekend. You’re a true professional — and a lovely and remarkable spirit. Thank you for sharing about your life and your work last weekend — and in this most amazing book. I hope our paths cross again. In the meantime, I wish you happiness, health, and much success in your writing! Peace and blessings, -T.Gai
As I read this third book, there is so much I already know. I keep asking myself, how is this, that I already know this about Jeanne? We had only just met. And in those five days at RISE, we met over just a few meals and glasses of wine …We didn’t spend hours upon hours getting to know one another.
And then it hit me. In the book you mention it too, the importance and need to be real. How we reach a point in our lives where we can no longer tolerate surface chatter. Where life is too short to not dive deep and really talk about stuff that matters. When we met, we did just that, we dove deep and we dove fast. I learned all this about you because of your desire to be real, authentic, open and honest.
In your book you are striving for that …Wanting to have relationships and friendships that matter. I want you to know, to validate for you, that in our time together you mastered IT.
Thank you, for YOU sharing with me. Your book is wonderful, but knowing the story via your words and presence, is the best gift I could have ever received. You my friend are amazing. I hope you never question again how beautiful you spirit is -inside and out. -C.S. Longsway
Privileged- A Novel
I just finished the book; the epilogue tells it all, even why you wrote the book. The truth, that made its way out, was the leading character. Stunning book. The truth was finally seen because she wrestled to do the right thing. I am a counselor, and the book is extremely helpful to me. As a Catholic, i found your piecing things together was try for me, even using Buddhism and astrology. It is living in my head. Wounded healer indeed, and much more understanding now. Sincerely, S.Hart
The book manifests Jeanne’s growth as a woman and human being, her skill as a word craftswoman, her feminine intuition and sensitivity to the problems and joys of others. Should be on the reading list of anyone who claims to be part of the human race, certainly on the reading list of any educator. If there were more than five stars, I would give it more! -D.Naeger
I really enjoyed this book. the main character’s heartfelt concern for the young people in this story was evident throughout. A big thanks to this author for bringing to light dilemmas of such major proportions experienced by students and teachers alike. These characters are our children seeking the guidance and support of their parents, teachers and schools. Let us respond with light in our hearts. -P.J. Rimato
I started reading your new book as I walked home and I couldn’t stop!
This book is going to be a bestseller…it is hard to put it down.
You are amazingly talented!