Bullets & Babies is the true story of Janice Riddle, a 32-year-old mom of four, who at age 32 was shot and paralyzed by her husband Ron. Six months after the shooting Janice returns home in a wheelchair to face her four children, her parents, and her husband. The children are scared, the parents demanding, and Ron’s guilt kicks in and he starts drinking and abandons Janice and the children. How can she live with no job, no income, and no husband, and 4 children under the age of 16? Her choices are few, and her decisions will affect everyone she knows.
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What the Experts Say
“Bullets and Babies Captures and Identifies the emotional and spiritual struggles of Janice Riddle after an accidental gunshot wound. It is an honest and revealing portrayal of one whose life is dramatically changed and the painful reactions of family and friends. Janice experiences loneliness, bouts of depression, and even suicidal thoughts. She faced the fork in the road: to accept the loving hand of God or to dissolve into a pit of despair and self-pity. Janice chose to be an inspiration to her children and grandchildren. Her faith helped her create an atmosphere of joy and God’s presence. Rich Ballo has reached into the soul of Janice Riddle and delivered her story that will challenge readers to examine moments of tragedy that every human face in mind, body, and spirit.”
— Rev. Dr. Peg Daily, Deacon at Kingdom Life Church, Naples Fl
About the Author
Richard Ballo has gone through the grief of losing a loved one, has been a single father, and understands the daily struggles of life. He was able to identify those struggles in Janice Riddle’s story, and was inspired to bring to them to life in this award-winning book. Richard is frequent radio talk show guest speaking on overcoming obstacles, grief and healing.
Author: Richard Ballo
Publisher: Tolman Main Press
Editor: Ruby Slippers, Inc.
Design: Aldrich Design, Inc.
Format: Paperback: 181 pages, dimensions: 5.5 x 8
Retail Price: $12.95
Viga Boland for Reader’s Favorite –
“When we complain about all the things going wrong in our lives…there are others out there suffering and surviving far worse situations than ours. We need stories like Bullets and Babies.” – Viga Boland for Reader’s Favorite
Patricia Bell for Reader’s Favorite –
“Bullets and Babies is a touching story. Truly inspiring.” – Patricia Bell for Reader’s favorite
Divine Zape for Reader’s Favorite –
“Richard Ballo has written a story that will bring tears to the eyes of readers and move their hearts in ways they couldn’t imagine.” – Divine Zape for Reader’s Favorite
Tim Norton, Operations Director at SWFL Way-FM. –
“Kept me glued to the pages, “ – Tim Norton, Operations Director at SWFL Way-FM.
Rev. Dr. Peg Daly, Deacon at Kingdom Life Church, Naples –
“Bullets & Babies captures and identifies the emotion and spiritual struggles of Janice Riddle after an accidental gunshot wound.” – Rev. Dr. Peg Daly, Deacon at Kingdom Life Church, Naples
Caitlin Porter –
This is a very interesting and ultimately inspiring story of a courageous woman who had lived a difficult life but accepted her fate and remained grateful. Compared with other memoirs I have read, this book is relatively short. After reading the entire book, however, I realized that the author focused on and featured only the things that really mattered to Janice: her parents, her children, her grandchildren, the men in her life, and her relationship with God. This technique makes this book very easy to read.
The author did an excellent job in telling the story through Janice’s perspective. Reading the book felt like listening to Janice tell her story, her pains, her fears, her insecurities, her anger, her hopes, her loneliness, her faith in God and even her sexual longings. Through the author, Janice was able to show the world her strength in the midst of adversity, her inexhaustible will to learn to take care of herself, her fiery temper when defending someone too timid to stand up for herself, and her enormous faith in God as she tried to make sense of everything that happened to her and how it fit with God’s greater plans for her life. By telling her story and baring her soul in this book, Janice teaches us some great and valuable lessons, most important of which is to enjoy and to be thankful for having functional legs, something she ignored until she lost it. It is informative, encouraging and very inspiring. I recommend it to readers who enjoy memoirs and stories about rising above adversity. – Kimmy Schemey