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  1.  Okay, I don’t even know where to begin because this book covers so much and it’s hard to just sum up… “Blessings & Sudden Intimacies” by Greg Stidham M.D. is one of the most interesting, moving, and addicting memoirs/autobiography’s books I’ve read in a while. First- the writing was stellar. The strong word choice and fluid narrative prose makes it a very easy book to sink into and just get lost, and Dr. Stidham’s writing style is so natural and authentic – really pulls us right in in an intimate manner. There are enough descriptions where you can picture every scene perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. It is told as memories, professional and personal, and stories about encounters he has had with various patients, and we really run the gamut of emotions here. I was profoundly moved by so many stories it’s hard to pick just one… There is quite the cast of characters that come through this storyline and affect us one way or another… all interesting, some happy, some tragic, but all dynamic and memorable in their own way… I was sad when the book was done and definitely experienced the full range of emotions with this one. But the ending leaves us feeling inspired and having hope – grateful for what we have in life and for wonderful caring people like Dr. Stidham. Recommend for fans of real-life memoirs. (5 stars) Karen Matthews—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers 
  2.   “Blessings and Sudden Intimacies” by Dr. Greg Stidham is a touching, and well-crafted medical memoir. I’ve never read anything like it before, but I was completely drawn in from the very beginning and absolutely loved the stories about all the humanity we experience from the POV of an experienced ICU physician. At first I thought it might be too sad for me to actually be able to enjoy it, but it was the profound humanity, the realness, the positive message of love, life, strength and hope that permeated the pages and kept me reading late into the evening. There is a lot of life and drama in these pages, and Greg Stidham is such a great storyteller, it’s like a friend or family member is talking and we just want to keep listening. It is told all in mostly narrative prose, which is nicely-written and very well-edited. I enjoyed every page… even the sadder ones. Recommend. (5 stars) Stacy Decker—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers                                    
  3.  How to describe “Blessings and Sudden Intimacies”, other than say it is by far one of the most engaging, emotionally moving, and enlightening books I’ve read in a long time! I have already loaned it to my mother to read, (it is right up her alley…) The author Greg Stidham pulls from his many years’ experience as a Pediatric Intensivist (ICU Physician) to take us into his world right from the beginning pages (which set the tone for the rest of this dramatic, provocative book), and skillfully narrates a wide-ranging storyline full of complex and deeply emotional issues. In my opinion it really is the characters/patients/subjects who made this story so good, each so unique with their own stories, and we pull for them throughout their personal struggles. A memorable read and a keeper for sure. Recommend for fans of medical nonfiction/memoirs. Would love to read more from Greg Stidham someday. (4-5 stars) Gillian Hancock—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers
  4.  I knew by the 20% mark that I would really love this book and it would go on my “favorites” shelf, and I was right! I admit I had no real expectations when starting it, seeing as how I’d never read the author before and often times when I read memoirs from non-celebrities, well, unfortunately they are boring…for lack of a better word. But I was totally hooked and riveted by so many of the scenes in this book that I literally read the whole thing in a single evening…. Which is rare for me.   I was so immersed in this book and impressed with the level of detailing on almost every single aspect – we really feel like we are experiencing life with Dr. Stidham (for better or worse) and hearing his stories of the various experiences and patients. A lesser author would have glossed over some of these scenes that Stidham carefully and masterfully brought to life in a memorable and touching way. There are some sad scenes here that are perhaps upsetting, but it is mighty good book and definitely worth a read. Oh, and great editing too. Recommend. (5 stars) Kaylee Stevens—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers
  5.  “Blessings and Sudden Intimacies: Musings of a Pediatric Intensivist” by Greg Stidham, M.D.  is pretty much what the title implies: a collection of memories, stories, recollections of his experiences as a doctor and his relationship and encounters with different patients, and how they affected him personally and professionally. At first I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, as it was unlike most books I read with a clear beginning, middle, and end. The story structure is unusual but works quite well here, more like a collection of very short stories or vignettes than anything. However, each one is unique, powerful and profound in its own right, and seem to make me want to keep reading “just a little more” until I found myself finishing the entire thing in one sitting. Unusual for me. The writing is so good and natural and everything is described in such a way that the readers really feel like they are a part of the story and seeing the world through the author’s eyes. Thought the epilogue was fantastic as well and I for one am happy he wrote this. A must read. (5 stars) Anabella Johnson—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers
  6. Inspiring and moving… do yourself a favor and read this book! You’ll be happy you did. It’s not very often that a great book comes along that will really suck you in and not let you go till the very end, and changes you and your perspective on life in the process. Sometimes we might forget just how good we have it until we read stories of other people who experience genuine suffering and tragedy. But there is also hope, and ‘blessings”.  I genuinely enjoyed the candid look into not only the life of a doctor, but also those he touched, and I was surprised just how invested I was able to be with some of the people who we only knew a short time (like Dave and Jessica). Dr. Stidham’s stories are from all over the world, from Canada to Memphis to Nicaragua… and get to feel like we know him throughout the course of the book. He is a remarkable man with a remarkable life and remarkable stories to share. I for one am really glad he did. A truly wonderful read that you’ll think of long after you’re done. (5 stars) Laura Clarke—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers


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