Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love
Inspiration for Cover
The title and beautiful cover of the book come from the painting, Bending Angel, by Texas State Artist of the Year Charles Schorre. This painting, which inspired Jack’s powerful memoir, hangs on the wall in his bedroom and in his heart. Jack writes,
“With the creative gifts God bestowed upon Charles, he brushed her into existence with the mediums of water color and acrylic. To find her way into my bedroom, she made her own miraculous biblical journey through a flood in Charles’ home. Then she was placed in a simple frame. Her image seems to leap off the paper into my daily life.”
Table of Contents
Chapter One: An Angel Leads Me to the Dollhouse
Chapter Two: The Gift of Bread
Chapter Three: If All Dogs Go To Heaven, Brownie Must Have Been an Angel
Chapter Four: Dorothy Carlton
Chapter Five: Do Some of God’s Angels Have Hoofs?
Chapter Six: An Angel for Wonder Boy Emmott
Chapter Seven: When You Need One the Most, God Always Sends You an Angel
Chapter Eight: My Bending Angel of First Romantic Love
Chapter Nine: The Angel Who Opens Doors
Chapter Ten: Dorothy, the Angel of True Love
Chapter Eleven: The Iron Lung Angel
Chapter Twelve: Brother Angel Charles, the Disciple of Mother’s Plans
Chapter Thirteen: My Mother, An Angel in Disguise
Chapter Fourteen: Thanks Be to God
Published: October 31, 2016
Publisher: Carpenter’s Son Publishing (January 1, 2017)
Number of pages: 176
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x .5 x 8.5
Shipping Weight: .365 pounds
To bring Bending Angels into your life:
Polio changed Jack’s life and that of his family forever. Today, Jack is married to the love of his life, Dorothy, is a father of a daughter and son, a grandfather of four, a successful collaborative family law attorney, mediator, inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, song writer and author who navigates his busy life from a motorized wheelchair.
Each chapter relates the story of a Bending Angel—from Brownie, the pup, to Mr. Ochoa, the baseball coach, who understood how much of a heart it takes to win, and how much of a soul it takes to lose your most precious dream.
Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love will inspire and uplift you in times of loss, darkness or ill health. Jack, a life-long Christian, shares his spiritual wisdom and light-filled life lessons learned from thirteen angels who touched his vulnerable young heart after the onset of polio.
Jack believes that every Christian soul needs to be part of slow living and mindful loving for Christ. To take time each day to pray, to count and be thankful for God’s blessings, to be ever watchful for the Holy messengers the Lord purposely places in your path and to consider that you may be an instrument, an angel, to another person for a divine purpose. Jack says, “We have a duty to our Creator to act on the opportunities granted to us to be and become messengers of God’s love to others. As I have received, so I always strive to be an angel to others.”
The power of ‘Let go and let God’ is personified in this inspiring story. That we are given guidance in the most unsuspected forms when we but look, and a flood of grace behind every surrender. What a joy.Lindsay Wagner
I first met Jack in Houston when he was a bright and active toddler. When news that this laughing child was stricken by paralyzing polio, I cried over the loss of his potential. And yet, Jack emerged from his cataclysmic childhood to lead a distinguished, brilliant, and joyful life.
Jack’s story brings hope to those who find themselves in frightening and seemingly hopeless places. It will bring inspiration to anyone who is given the opportunity to become an angel for someone whose life is more fragile than their own.Deanne Tilton Durfee
With gentle humor and no small amount of faith, Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love tells the story of Jack Emmott’s life and of the angels who have appeared in his life, just when he needed them the most.
Do I believe in angels? Absolutely.
Was Jack himself an angel to me during the darkest period of my life? Absolutely.Debbie Adams