It's a pleasure to have Joe Siccardi on Monthly Smiles. He has a couple interesting novels, I'm sure you'll enjoy.
Joe Siccardi was an editorial writer, editor and publisher for 52 years. Now he post a blog at https://wisdomfromafather.com/.
Joe says, "I'm the ordinary Joe walking along this journey called life and sharing it with my followers. I’m the proud father of five children, 18 grandchildren and three great-granddaughters. I currently live in Dover-Foxcroft, ME, after life experiences in Paterson, Totowa, Ogdensburg and Newton, NJ; Belvidere, IL; Toledo, OH; Washington, DC; Laurel, MD; and Seneca Falls and Willard (Romulus), NY."
Check out Joe Siccardi's books on Amazon and visit his social media pages.
Buy links/website/blog/social networking links:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1545624569(HeavenShiningThrough); https://www.amazon.com/dp/1727315316(WisdomFromaFather); https://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromafather; https://wisdomfromafather.wordpress.com/;
@joesiccardi (twitter); https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39704566-heaven-shining-through
Here are a few Amazon reviews
Emotional and Beautiful January 10, 2019
This was a great read. I enjoyed Samantha and seeing her life. She dealt with hardships at home, fell in love with a guy unexpectedly and was blessed with 2 beautiful kids. Samantha is a strong woman who pushed through all the loses. She may not have focused on God, but you could see Him working in her life and focusing on her.
Chad was an awesome guy from start to finish to Samantha. He always did right and apologized even when he did nothing wrong. Samantha's father was a loving man. Samantha's mother was hard woman. There were times I wanted to jump through the page and pop her upside the head, but as the ending drew near I began to love her. She may have been cold to Samantha, but her heart was pure. Wish she showed it more. I adored JR and Kate-D -- they were amazing kids and seemed to have grown into phenomenal adults towards the end.
This story brought tears to my eyes and made me smile. Totally recommend this. Great one-sitter read that will leave you with a warm feeling in your heart. – Nay Denis
Let the character speak to you. December 18, 2018
Sometimes, as believers, we are afraid to present the raw truth of what life is like. We want our churches to be friendly, our marriages to be solid, our kids to behave, and our novels to be chaste. We miss out on the beauty of the experience precisely because we deny the downs and focus on the ups. We present life in a series of vacation pics and high life selfies. In doing so, we leave out half of life and wonder why people don't take Jesus seriously.
Joe Siccardi is not one of those believers, and his story is not one of those stories. While he remains true to the faith, he uses the suffering of Samantha Watt, his everyday girl in her everyday world, to show the ragged lines of humanity. Don't be shocked, be still. Don't be judgmental, be honest. Read this story at the peril of your heart, but not in any peril of your faith. In the end, you will see heaven truly shining through. -- Michael Rogers
An Excellent Read, July 27, 2018
I want to first of all say that this book really plays on your memories and emotions I laughed and cried. I laughed because I hadn’t heard the phrase “the rabbit died” since our first daughter was born 37 years ago. I cried with the significant relationships that were introduced and the heart felt real life meaning that the author put into them. I could really identify with these characters.A good, quick read. I highly recommend it … The author did a good job all the way around and I give it a 5 star review because it is worthy of it. -- pastorR
A synopsis of Heaven Shining Through...
Samantha is dreading her return home. Throughout her life, she had a rocky relationship with her mother – and now her mother is all she has left.
Through a nostalgic look back, Samantha recognizes the presence of God in an ordinary life. She learns more about herself as a wife and mother who has had her share of sorrow and blessings.
As her faith increases, she is able to see her mother through new eyes, leading to reconciliation … and is reminded of that every time she sees Heaven Shining Through.
A synopsis of Wisdom From a Father…
Wisdom From a Father is a reflective look at life, segmented into chapters. The 52 essay chapters include reflections on life, love and family. All are written from the heart, sometimes seriously and sometimes with a touch of humor.
I know these will be wonderful reads.
Joe, thank you for allowing me to highlight your books.
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