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20 YEARS IN THE MAKING

2 YEARS TO WRITE

OVER 50 YEARS OF HISTORY

"GOD HAS TRULY BLESSED ME"
Author : Terry Fulgham
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Battling the Blessings is author Terry Fulgham’s life story which spans over fifty years,
reflecting on his childhood, the teen years, and into his adulthood. Fulgham changed the
names of the characters, including his own, to protect the innocent.  
We meet Reggie Manchester-Pallor as a nine-year-old in 1956. Reggie lived in  Flint ,  
Michigan  with his grandparents, who he lovingly referred to as “Big Mama” and “Papa
Manchester.”

The   Manchester  house was a caring, respectful, and disciplined Christian home.
Growing up then was different than it is today; children only spoke to adults when they
were spoken to. If a kid stepped out of line, they were spanked.
Reggie saw his share of spankings, or whippings, as he called them. Reggie was very
close to his grandparents and, as his father was not around; Papa Manchester was his
only male influence.  

The passing of Papa Manchester left a profound emptiness in 10-year-old Reggie’s life,
leaving him with a feeling of helplessness. A few months after the loss of his grandfather,
Reggie met Jesse “Pancake” Stoner. Reggie was small for his age and a favourite target of
bullies.
Pancake was one of the biggest kids in school. With Pancake around, no one bothered
Reggie. Pancake and Reggie grew to be as close as brothers, and together were both
respected and feared in their neighbourhood.

At age 13, Reggie, Pancake and their friends began drinking wine, smoking, and later,
stealing cars.  Reggie was the only one of his friends to graduate from high school. In the
last few years of school, he held numerous jobs where he was known as a hard and
dedicated worker. This weekday life differed greatly from his weekends, as he continued
to love the street life. Drinking alcohol and cough syrup (for a codeine high), popping
pills, fighting, stealing, and chasing girls filled his off work hours.

Big Mama doubted Reggie would see his 21st birthday if he didn’t stop his street life.   
The failure of his second marriage and the death of a close friend had Reggie drinking
more than ever and deeper into drugs and his life of crime. It took losing a fight to a
younger man, being severely beaten, and his mother’s desperate pleading for him to
straighten out his life to get Reggie to take his sobriety seriously and pray, “Lord, stop me
from drinking.”

Much more than a story of addiction, Battling the Blessings is a snapshot of American
history. Fulgham treats us with his memories of growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, using the
slang and lingo of that time in his realistic dialogue. He adds the music, clothes,
hairstyles, and vehicles of the day and tells his riveting story with his own unique style to
take us back to that turbulent time.

Battling the Blessings isn’t simply a kid gets hooked on booze and drugs and turns his
life around story. It is an unflinching and inspiring telling of a man’s struggle with himself
and his demons.
Fulgham doesn’t make excuses for his actions; he takes full responsibility. Reggie isn’t a
bad guy he is a smart, compassionate person who just made many bad choices. I found
myself cheering for him, hoping that he would one day leave the street life behind and
make himself and his family proud.  

This is Fulgham’s first book. However, he writes with the skill of a seasoned author. He
knows how to spin a story in a way that will affect and captivate his reader. Often, I was
laughing at his humour, shaking my head in shock, and misting up at a sad passage all in
the same chapter.
I highly recommend this entertaining glimpse into a remarkable life. 5 Stars.  

Reviewed by William Potter for Reader’s Choice Literary Reviews  
Battling of the Blessings is a wonderful read. You will laugh and cry, you will be mad and
sad as you go through Terry Fulgham's history of the battling of his blessings throughout
his years.
This is one book that you will read again and share with others.  Share in this story of
frankness and honesty. There'll never be another one like this one!

Anastasia Cassella -Young
*****
"You Gotta Read This One! This book is straight from the author's soul and heart. He
shares warm memories of his family life and his battle with drugs/alcoholic while
growing up in Flint ,  Michigan in the 50’s & 60’s.

Roger Miller, Mount Morris, Michigan
*****
I really loved this book. It's a real page turner. The author was so descriptive in his
writing that I could identify with the characters. I have read this book twice in a week.
Because I just couldn't put it down.

Sharon Mackie, Detroit, Michigan
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