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Three Weeks with My Brother [PDF] ✑ Three Weeks with My Brother ✪ Nicholas Sparks – The day the brochure came was a typical one With a wife and five small children, a hectic schedule, and a new book due to his publishers, Nicholas Sparks was busy with his usual routine The colorful m with My PDF/EPUB ã The day the brochure came was a typical one With a wife and five small children, a hectic schedule, and a new book due to his publishers, Nicholas Sparks was busy with his usual routine The colorful mailer, however, described something very different: a tour to some of the most exotic places on Earth Slowly, an idea took hold in Nicholas's Three Weeks eBook ☆ mind and heart In January , Nicholas Sparks and his brother, Micah, set off on a threeweek trip around the globe It was to mark a milestone in their lives, for at thirtyseven and thirtyeight respectively, they were now the only surviving members of their family And as they voyaged to the lost city of Machu Picchu high in the Andes to Weeks with My Kindle Ò mysterious Easter Island to Ayers Rock in the Australian outback and across the vast Indian subcontinent, the ultimate story of their lives would unfold Against the backdrop of the wonders of the world and often overtaken by their feelings, daredevil Micah and the serious, introspective Nicholas recalled their rambunctious childhood adventures and the tragedies that tested their faith And in the process, they discovered startling truths about loss, love and hope Narrated with irrepressible humor and rare candor, and including personal photographs, Three Weeks with My Brother reminds us to embrace life with all its uncertainties and most of all, to cherish the joyful times, both small and momentous, and the wonderful people who make them possibleDid You Know?Three Weeks with My Brother is Nicholas's second work of nonfiction? The first was Wokini, written with Olympic Gold Medalist Billy MillsNicholas and Micah Sparks wrote the book together from separate coasts by talking on the phone and faxing drafts back and forth?The trip around the world was part of a Notre Dame alumni package?.

10 thoughts on “Three Weeks with My Brother

  1. Chari Chari says:

    I learned that:

    Life is not fair...

    God works all things out in the end, even if to us it doesn't seem right....

    A family must stay together through it all....NO MATTER WHAT!

    Noone is perfect...we should try looking at ourselves first..

    Investing in your children and their future is priceless...

    We all must get away sometimes to sort through our bag of trash and emotions that we have picked up along life's journey....

    A man and wife are truly a team and I need to figure out how to have that kind of partnership before children come along..

    Brothers have a unique bond....sisters do too!...

    That siblings have experienced things together that will shape who they are and how they treat others to come...

    Death and Dying are not anything to be afraid of, if we live out every day with the best of intentions....

    Autism and other behavioral disorders cannot always be diagnosed by doctors or corrected with medication alone, parents must be involved in the process of training, learning, and growing....LOVE can conquer all things!

    I need to travel the world and try to get on the Amazing Race so that I can afford to have the kind of experiences that Nicholas and Micah experienced for themselves in 2003.

    That I love my brother, Ross, so much and enjoy watching him learn the joys of parenthood and fatherhood for himself...

    My mom and dad understood how to raise children...and although not perfect, they understand that perfection only came from the sacrifice of one man for all of our imperfections....JESUS...thanks for showing me God's love...

    I could go on forever...I learned so much and reinforced so many learnings that I have acquired throughout the last 30 years....and YES I CRIED LIKE A BABY....MORE THAN ANY OTHER SPARKS BOOK BEFORE....







  2. [Shai] Bibliophage [Shai] Bibliophage says:

    I've read a lot of books by Nicholas Sparks in the past and I am quite curious on the life of this author. When I saw this book, I was intrigued not only by the title, but it piqued again my curiosity about Nicholas Sparks' childhood and family.

    This was on my to-read list for quite a while and recently I was checking on what book I should read next. I grabbed right away the opportunity to read it and it didn't disappoint me. If you are fan of Sparks' works and also curious on his life, you should check this out so you can take a glimpse of it.

  3. Nate Nate says:

    This one's specifically for John: look I know you don't respect Nicholas Sparks, but you've got to admit that if someone presented you with the opportunity to make millions upon millions of dollars by writing books you'd probably take it, even if all you could write were romance novels. Nevertheless, this book has absolutely nothing to do with The Notebook or Message in a Bottle and I guarantee if you read it, you will appreciate it. So do it, just like I read Game of Thrones for you.

  4. Joe Krakovsky Joe Krakovsky says:

    When I started reading this book I quickly came to the conclusion that I did not like it. The main reason being was that it seemed like there were two different story lines here that the author kept jumping back and forth between. It was if he couldn't make up his mind which story he wanted to tell. He starts out by telling about going on a trip around the world with his brother (and not the wife? come on!) and then just when they get to some exotic setting, and starts to describe what is there, he changes the subject and starts to reminisce about an early event in his life. So then I continued to read and say to myself, Now that is interesting, but no sooner that I think that he then goes back to talking about the trip! And the story continues in this fashion for the first 300 or so pages. Like that one girl I knew in high school, it was one tease after another!

    In all honesty I had to admit I was quite a bit jealous of this whole trip. I mean, he needs a break? Come on. I have worked since high school supporting my family and the first real vacation I took was with my wife on our 20th anniversary. I never took a sabbatical like some I knew. I didn't say, I think I'll quit and go back to school. No, I worked at some crappy job for some jerk because I had bills to pay. On the other hand, I can see why men (and some women) would rather work than stay home and raise kids. A mother/wife 's job is 25 hours a day.

    Luckily, there were more than 300 pages to this story. Had I not finished his story I would not have discovered how the two completely different stories came together.

    Spoiler alert

    To begin with, I didn't read the jacket to find out what the story was about. I rarely do with book club books for I find it more interesting that way. The story was not so much about the trip itself, but rather the events in their lives that brought them there. He ties it up beautifully, like a surgeon restoring an injured face. Boy was I wrong in my assessment of the man and his life! Not only having to deal with deaths in the family but having a child with a serious health issue are just some things I could not imagine, let alone possibly deal with. He deserved that break, and I can understand his wife's reason for letting him go. Her decision itself said a lot about her. And his parents, as cruel or as uncaring as they seemed to the reader, he saw them for what they were, on the inside, and how they raised their kids in their own unique way. I started out giving it 3 stars, but by the time I finished it I upgraded it to a 5, even without the sympathy points.

    It was a great story, and even though it was sad at times, I found it remarkably inspirational.

  5. Amy Amy says:

    To any of my reading buddies, it's no secret that I pretty much loathe the novels of Nicholas Sparks. I have tried them, and nope, not for me. There's a history and a story there, which I've recorded elsewhere, but the main part of that story is that I do have personal respect for the man, after a chance encounter with him at a Books-A-Million years ago.

    A huge crowd of women were fluttering around an author. He was a clean cut, preppie-ish kind of guy (I remember that his blue shirt had an unfortunate white collar.) Normally, I like to meet authors, but when I found out it was Nicholas Sparks, doing a book-signing, I tried to skirt around the crowd. His handler stopped me.

    Don't you want to meet the author?

    No thanks, I replied.

    But he's rather good. Have you read his books?

    Umm. Yes, but I'd rather not meet him.

    You've read his books and don't want to meet him? Why not???

    I'd rather not say, I said, trying to break the iron grip she had on my arm.

    He'll sign one for you.

    No thank you.

    At this point, my struggling to get free caught the author's attention. He rose from his signing table, the red sea of women clustering around him parted and he came over to me. He was quite polite, and attentive, and inquired why I was so adamant about not participating in the book signing. Again, I demurred. He insisted. Did I like his book? Well-- no, not exactly. He pushed for details. I'd had enough and let loose with what I thought.

    To give him credit, he didn't blanch though his handler did, and I actually heard a hiss from one of the ladies in the crowd. He thanked me for my opinion, and said he would rather have someone who vehemently disliked his book that someone who said it was so-so. At least he'd stirred a strong emotion in me. For a long time, that was the only thing I liked about Nicholas Sparks. Now, there's this book.

    Three Weeks With My Brother tells more than the story of two brothers on what would, by any counts, be a fabulous trip. Mr Sparks takes the reader back to the beginning, invites us into his home, warts and all. The Sparks children had a unique upbringing: laissez-faire in some senses, but with certain iron-clad principles and a lot of love, that held the structure together. That the family was financially strapped is somewhat of an understatement. That they were resourceful, is another. In some senses, I was reminded of my husband's childhood in upstate New York. But the bonds in the family were strong, as became apparent when tragedy struck, again and again.

    This story, of the Sparks family, interwoven with the brother's story of a round-the-world trip fascinated me. I thought so much of my two brothers finding both similarities and disparities. There's a lot of humor and honesty in the telling. Sparks' faith is evident, as is his strong love for his family. Clearly it was what has carried him through the deaths of the rest of the family and other obstacles that would have felled many others. I can relate to that handing on that combination of love and faith, because it got me through my own periods of grief. And now, like Nicholas Sparks, I am grateful for the love of a phenomenal spouse and the love of the only remaining member of my family, my older brother. I'll probably never take a round the world trip with him, but thanks to this book, I can read of one.

    Though it's hard for me to believe, I really liked this book. I still won't read his fiction, even knowing from this narrative where the inspirations were. But remember that respect I felt after our brief encounter in that Books-A-Million? It's skyrocketed. I hope some day to have the chance to tell him that in person -- just as long as I don't have to read The Notebook again to do so.

  6. Shanna Shanna says:

    Thanks to my mom for introducing me to this book, it is totally different than any other Nicholas Sparks book. It is actually a memoir written by his brother and himself. Tells the story of his life in a very personal way as he takes a 3 week trip around the world with his brother. Warning: it is a very sad book! I loved it though - couldn't put it down. Makes me want to go read all his other books now that I know where he got his inspiration.

  7. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    I wasn't reviewing when I read this! Loved it. Obviously they are in a position of privilege, but the moral themes discussed I enjoyed.

  8. Jeannette Jeannette says:

    Sparks beautifully weaves stories from his childhood with a trip around the world with his brother. Have tissues on hand. It'll make you cry.

  9. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I definitely liked Nicholas Sparks’ autobiography more than I thought I would (and considering I am only giving it two stars, that doesn't say much). This book is kind of two stories wrapped together: the first being Nick’s 3-week trip around the world with his brother – the only other living member of his family; the second story is how they got to be the only living members in their family (aka their family life and the separate deaths of their mother, sister and father). I found myself much more interested in the second, flashback-style story about their lives. I think much of that interest has to do with the fact that you are told in the beginning that Nick and Micah had parents and a sister who are no longer living, and so out of curiosity, you keep reading to find out what happened to them. The other story about their trip was pretty close to a meaningless distraction for me. Some of the transitioning between the two parts was a little cheesy. Still, I will give the Sparks some props on portraying their family in an interesting way so as to encourage the reader to invest his or her time in finding out more about them, but the writing definitely seemed kind of cautious as opposed to the raw-depth I’ve admired in other memoirs.

  10. Zenki the Hermit Zenki the Hermit says:

    This book was such an adventure.

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