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Grace Revealed: A Memoir Book Review

Grace Revealed: A Memoir

by Greg Archer

“Powerful, touching and heartfelt.”—The Huffington Post

GREG ARCHER is an author, cultural moderator, award-winning journalist, television host and motivational speaker. His latest book, GRACE REVEALED: A MEMOIR, goes from glitz to the Gulags as the popular entertainment reporter takes a step back from Hollywood to explore his Polish family’s mesmerizing tale surviving Joseph Stalin’s mass deportation of Poles during the 1940s. What he uncovers along the way fuels his mission to not only expose the nearly forgotten odyssey that befell nearly 2 million Poles 75 years ago, but to also expose the ripple effects that remain today.

It all began with a broken picture frame and actor Ewan McGregor. But not at the same time. And a photograph of Ewan McGregor was not even in the picture frame. Nor did the Hollywood hotshot have anything to do with breaking it.

Allow me to explain …

It was the Fall of 2010 … which is the perfect way to begin a story, but for me, it really could be taken quite literally.

One morning, I walked into my third-floor office of the weekly magazine at which I was the editor in Santa Cruz, California. To my surprise, the double picture frame housing two different black-and-white photos of my Polish family lay face up on my desk and the glass from the frames broken, the remnants arranged in a clumsy collection of jagged shards right there atop of it.

My Polish grandmother’s disenchanted eyes stared up at me with haunting concern from one of those photos and her tightly drawn lips refused her powdered, solemn face to soften. Next to her lay a group portrait of my grandmother, my aunt, my three uncles, and my mother, all at various ages in their youth, sitting on a bench outdoors in Tanzania, Africa, during the 1940s.

I sat down behind my desk and quickly assessed the situation, glancing at the top shelf on the wall nearly three feet away. The picture frame typically resided there and during the course of any given week, I would peer up at those photos more times than I could accurately assess and ruminate—on my family’s strength, their will, how World War II affected them. At times, these deep thoughts temporarily assisted me in avoiding a life-long habit I had yet to fully overcome: Mood Swinging.

I would not necessarily call myself bipolar.

Emotional? Of course.  But bipolar. No. (Not yet.)

It is my pleasure to read and review GRACE REVEALED: A MEMOIR by Greg Archer.

I don’t often find myself engrossed in a recounting of distant family history, but Greg Archer has written a memoir that is so astonishing that I didn’t want to put it down.

We often read of the horrors of the concentration camps of Germany and Japan, but this is the first time I have read a description of the atrocities of Stalin and the Russian military prior to WWII.

My heart breaks for the millions upon millions of families expelled from Poland Stalin and the horrors that they faced. As the facts presented by Mr. Archer’s research hold forth, this is genocide of the worst seen in the twentieth century, and possibly ever.

I applaud Mr. Archer for taking this courageous journey, mentally and physically, to trace his Polish heritage and uncover the truths about his family so as to give their ghosts some peace.

I highly recommend GRACE REVEALED: A MEMOIR by Greg Archer and humbly give five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee.

©April 27, 2015

GREG ARCHER is an author, cultural moderator, award-winning journalist, television host and motivational speaker. His latest book, GRACE REVEALED: A MEMOIR, goes from glitz to the Gulags as the popular entertainment reporter takes a step back from Hollywood to explore his Polish family’s mesmerizing tale surviving Joseph Stalin’s mass deportation of Poles during the 1940s. What he uncovers along the way fuels his mission to not only expose the nearly forgotten odyssey that befell nearly 2 million Poles 75 years ago, but to also expose the ripple effects that remain today.

****GREG ARCHER’s work covering agents of change, history, travel and the entertainment industry have appeared in The Huffington Post, Oprah Magazine, San Francisco Examiner, The Advocate, Bust, Palm Springs Life, VIA Magazine, Jetset Extra and on variety of cable television outlets. A four-time recipient of the Best Writer Award in a popular San Francisco Bay Area Readers’ Poll, he shines the light on change agents near and far, and other under-reported issues in society. His splits his time between his hometown of Chicago, and Palm Springs.

WEB: www.gregarcher.com

GRACE REVEALED: A MEMOIR SITE: www.graverevealedbook.com

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Appleの現金保有高、1940億ドル[約23兆円]に

Apple、世界で最も価値の高いこの企業の保有する現金は:1940億ドル[約23兆円]になった。 http://j.mp/1Oy7S7w TechCrunch Japan

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Det var da fælt som det tordnet

Omtrent 12 år gammel skrev biskop Per Lønning en skolestil om hvordan han opplevde det da krigen kom til Norge. Stilen ble skrevet som ”hjemmeskole” våren 1940, mens skolene var stengt. “Det var da fælt så det tordnet.” åpner stilen, og fortsetter: “Et brak om overgikk alle de andre, gjorde ende på søvnen min. Det var mørkt, og jeg skalv av redsel.”

Foruten upåklagelig pen løkkeskrift er stilen også prydet med fargerike tegninger som beskriver tyske fly som kretser over hustakene og bomber norske skip. Annen del av stilen beskriver hvordan unge Per Lønning opplevde dagene etterpå.

Arkivreferanse: PA- 1333 Per Lønning. Personlige dokumenter H, eske nr. 1

Månedens tema april 2015: Konge og krig

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Baylor University Golden Wave Band Majorettes, circa 1940s by The Texas Collection, Baylor University

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