GUEST POST: Replacement Child by Judy L. Mandel



Author: Judy Mandel

Genre: Memoir


Publisher: Seal Press

Publication Date:
March 5, 2013

Paperback: 320 pages


About the book 


Judy Mandel is the replacement child for her sister who was killed in a tragic accident. It would be years before she would understand how the event, that happened before she was born, shaped her life.


A plane crashes into a family’s home. A two-year-old girl is critically burned and a mother is forced to make an impossible choice. The death of a child leaves a hole in the family that threatens to tear it apart.


In a great act of hope, the parents give birth to a “replacement child,” born to heal wounds and provide a “salve for the burns.” The child unwittingly plays her role throughout childhood, riding the deep and hidden currents of the family tragedy.


In this powerful story of love and lies, hope and forgiveness, Judy Mandel discovers the truth that changes her life forever and forces her to confront the complex layers of her relationships with her father, mother, and sister. When she has her own child, her epiphany comes full circle.



Club Replacement Child Includes Some Famous Members


When I first identified myself as a “replacement child,” from researching my memoir, I thought of that old Groucho Marx quote:

“I don’t want to join any club that would have me as a member.”


It seemed a pathetic club to join, in any case. So, I resisted. Until I read more about some of the other replacement children that managed to rise above their childhood hindrance.


For those who are not familiar with the term, a “replacement child” in the strictest sense is a child who is born into a family after the death of a sibling. This might be a miscarriage, a death from SIDS, or as in my case, as the result of a tragedy or accident. The definition can also extend to adopted children, or even siblings of a brother or sister who is challenged either physically or mentally. The adopted child is, in some cases, the replacement for the child that could not be conceived. A sibling with a challenged brother or sister may take on certain hopes and dreams of the parents that only they can now fulfill for the family.


In my book, Replacement Child, I wrote about the accident that killed my sister Donna when a plane crashed into my parents’ home. The aftermath of that accident included a decision by my parents to have another child – me.


We replacement children have some issues. Since some of us were named for our deceased sibling, given similar hairstyles or clothing, enrolled in the same activities and expected to replicate the lost child—we may have internalized identity issues. Then there is the fact that we can never live up to that angel child. Who could? Not to mention the guilt that goes along with being the one who survived. I could go on.


But, some of my fellow replacement children have been among the ranks of the most accomplished and celebrated, as well as those who contributed to history and understanding the human condition.


We count the wise Solomon as one of our own, as well as the short but powerful Napoleon III. Ludwig van Beethoven is right up there with one of my favorite replacement children, next to Vincent van Gogh and Salvador Dali. Was it any small wonder that James Barrie, who created Peter Pan, was a replacement child? As a writer, it also encourages me to know that both Harriet Beecher Stowe and playwright Eugene O’Neill were replacement children. Another prominent replacement child, Carl Gustav Jung, contributed greatly to the study of psychology, perhaps in his own quest for understanding.


Maybe it is the search for our unique identity that leads replacement children to seek further and deeper, to aim high, or to lean toward artistic expression. In any case, my brethren can be credited for giving us some of the great pieces of literature, theatre and art, along with many other accomplishments. This incomplete, but impressive, list puts a different spin on being a replacement child for me, and makes this a club I am proud to claim as my own.


About the Author:


Judy Mandel was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but her family moved to the more suburban Cranford when she was three. The town she lives in now in Connecticut is nearly a duplicate of her childhood hometown.


In college, she tried several different majors over the course of finding her way. Finally, she settled on English and Journalism. She worked her way through those last college years singing and playing guitar in coffee shops and clubs.  Judy’s writing life began as a reporter. She later worked in public relations and advertising and somehow found herself in corporate communications at various insurance companies, where she earned a living for 20 years. Judy now balances her business writing for clients with writing fiction, nonfiction and articles.

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BLOG TOUR: Sing a New Song by Michelle Lindo-Rice

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If you found out you were dying, would you suddenly confess all your past sins?

When former chart-topper Tiffany Knightly learns that she’s dying from cancer, she leaves behind her plush California lifestyle to return to Hempstead, New York, with Karlie, her reluctant teenaged daughter. Her fans think she has simply gone home to die, but Tiffany has another mission. She desperately wishes she could leave her past in the past, but in order to secure her daughter’s future, she must tear open past wounds.

Life wasn’t always easy for Tiffany. With a stepfather who abused her and a mother who didn’t believe her, she acted out by becoming promiscuous. Fifteen years later, she’s back to reveal to her ex-husband that he might not be Karlie’s biological father. In fact, there are four men who could have fathered Karlie—four that she’s willing to acknowledge, anyway.

As Tiffany reveals her truth and searches for Karlie’s father, she reconnects with old friends and old lovers. Some reunions are happy, but some innocent lives are torn apart, leaving Tiffany to wonder if she’s doing the right thing. Through it all, she will have to learn to rely on the healing power of God’s unfathomable love.

From the Author’s Heart

Sing a New Song has a sensitive subject matter that may be hard to digest. However, my aim is to deliver the content tastefully, and with artistry, which I could do only through the direct leading of the Holy Spirit.

Sing a New Song introduces you to characters with difficult and life-changing situations. It is my hope that you will read this work of fiction but see truth. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. . . .”

It is my distinct pleasure that after reading Sing a New Song, you will be inspired to “love your neighbor as thyself” and perhaps be a little less judgmental, and realize that everything that happens in your life and others’ happens for a reason.

Every single one of our life experiences sets us on a path intending to lead us to accepting the gift of salvation from our Lord Jesus Christ. My father, Pastor Clive Lindo, often says, “Nothing just happens,” and Romans 8:28 sums it up well: “And, we know all things work together for good to them that love Him, to them that are called according to His purpose. . . .”

Michelle Lindo- Rice

About The Author 

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Originally from Jamaica West Indies, Michelle Lindo-Rice graduated from Argosy University with an Education Specialist degree in Education Leadership. A pastor’s kid, Michelle continues to uphold the faith, preaching, teaching and ministering through praise and worship. From a young teen, Michelle discovered a passion for reading and writing and feels blessed to have the opportunity to use this talent to bring God glory.

1.   When did you fall in love with books?

I love books! The love affair started when I was a teenager in middle school. I use to go the library and check out a bag full of books only to return the next day to get more.

2.   When did you realize you wanted to write?

I always enjoyed writing and started writing songs from a teen. However it wasn’t until I had had my sons that I wrote my first novel.

3.   Tell us about yourself.

I am a single mother of two teenaged sons. I work full time in the day as a reading specialist for special education students. I am highly involved in the church where I preach and teach, and serve on the praise and worship team.

 4.   Who are your favorite authors? 

I have so many. Victoria Christopher Murray, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Sandra Brown, Michelle Stimpson, Rhonda McKnight. I also enjoy Shana Johnson Burton, Pat Simmons, Norma Jarrett.

5.   What are your favorite books?

The Bible; Temptation and Joy by Victoria Christopher Murray

6.   What would you like for readers to get out of your book?

I would like readers to see how a real character with flaws and past mistakes can find redemption through God’s grace and His Divine power.

7. What makes you unique as an author and what sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?

I think I try to do like every author and that is improve on my craft to produce a work that speaks to people’s hearts and keep them turning the pages. I am a new author and have much to learn, so my book fits in with the Urban Christian genre, but I hope to leave my own brand as I develop.

8.   What is your writing process? 

I do a lot of headwork and thinking before I put my thoughts on paper. I sketch the characters and then I write. As I am writing, I may stop to outline scenes that I do not want to forget. I take breaks to revisit and revise and may have someone read my semi-completed work to get their thoughts, and I just keep plowing through until I am finished. A completed manuscript brings such a feeling of accomplishment that I cannot put it into words.

 9Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?

I submitted my second manuscript to the senior acquisitions editor at Urban. Walk A Straight LIne is now going through the rewriting and revision process. It is scheduled to release January 2014.

WALK A STRAIGHT LINE           Two friends… Two brothers… Two weddings… Too many secrets… Who will cross the line?

Can a friendship survive when one friend becomes saved and married? Where do you draw the line? Colleen MacGregor rededicated her life to God when she met and married Terence Hayworth. However, her happy-ever-after will have to wait because she has some serious dragons to slay to sustain her marriage and keep her friendship with Gina Price intact. She has to come to terms with no longer telling her best friend of fifteen years everything, and drawing a line between her marriage and her friend.

What did God do to her friend? Gina finds it hard to deal with Colleen’s newfound faith. She thinks Colleen is too pious and becomes the recipient of her self-righteous tirades, especially when she begins dating one brother, while simultaneously falling in love with another! Boy, does she get an earful! However, Gina is way too busy trying to sort her way through her own murky feelings to even worry about her soul. Her heart wants what it wants, but she must draw the line between her heart’s desire and doing what is right.

I urge readers to join my mailing list at as I will be posting the first chapter in my newsletter soon.

10.     How can readers connect with you?

I love talking to readers and sharing. I love hearing from you! Please look me up on Facebook, Twitter @mlindorice;, or email through my website

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BLOG TOUR: Kingdom Principles For Everyday Living By Stewart Perrilliat

Kingdom Principles


The book is a 40 day devotional. It’s a great book for men and women. This book is designed to help those who are struggling with a consistent prayer life. It’s easy to read and very fruitful.


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Over the years, I have come to understand the significance of the number 40. Scientifically speaking, 40 weeks is the length of time it takes for a mother to carry an unborn child from conception to delivery. Biblically speaking, 40 is the number associated with a period of testing before a breakthrough.


The number 40 is an indication that God is ready to birth something new out of pain or challenge. According to the Bible, Noah was in the rain for 40 days and nights before God brought a refreshing promise for His people.


When the Children of Israel were ready to cross over into their promise, the spies who preceded them took 40 days to scout out the land. However, because of disobedience, their 40 days turned into 40 years before they entered into the land of promise.

Goliath, who was killed by David, challenged the Children of Israel for 40 days prior to their victory over the Philistine army.


Before He began His ministry, Jesus, while being tempted by satan, fasted for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness.


I have experienced my own personal 40 days of trials and tribulations. However, because I did not lose my confidence in God, I was able to realize the significance of the number 40 and receive God’s blessings for me after my test. These truths concerning the number 40 inspired me to write this devotional.


In modern times, 30 days is used to complete various programs or to create a new habit. At the beginning of the year, Magazine cover stories often read, Thirty Days to a New You. For the purpose of this devotional the true number for the manifestation of a renewed life is the number 40.


Therefore, this devotional will afford you an opportunity to develop a more intimate relationship with the Lord and transform your life. As you read this devotional, it will give you hope and renew your strength. On those days when doubt and disbelief abound, I encourage you to remain consistent with your 40 day cycle of reading Kingdom Principles for Everyday Living: 40 Practical Principals for a Fruitful Life.

I challenge you to apply yourself and expect a breakthrough by the time you have complete this devotional. I encourage you to not only read through the devotions in this book, but to read the related scriptures and commit them to memory. This process will increase your knowledge of God, and strengthen your faith towards Him.


God’s will for us is to increase in every area of our lives by being doers of His Word. I pray that this devotional draw you closer to God and give you the incredible power to break into your promise.



About The Author

Stewart P.

Minister.  Father.  Servant.  Evangelist.  Author.  Stewart Bernard Perrilliat is a gifted individual who has a passion to see broken lives restored and renewed through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  A native of Oakland, California, Stewart grew up in a community that was plagued with a number of challenging institutional socio-economic ills.  Nevertheless, Stewart escaped the lures of the streets and became a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp before becoming the Founder and CEO of Perrilliat Enterprises, a general contracting and engineering firm based in Northern California.
Stewart began his ministry call as a Street Evangelist in 1995, and since that time he has been used by the Lord to win countless souls into the Kingdom of God.  He attributes his success as a Street Evangelist to his ability to present the gospel in a manner that meets people at the place of their need.  His call has become the central focus of his life and ministry.  Though Stewart is a gifted entrepreneur, he is first and foremost a service-driven person who is passionate about seeing people live their life now through having a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Stewart’s teaching gift empowers people to apply Biblical principles to improve and enhance their lives.  His approach is known for being encouraging, practical, and inspirational.  He is also known for motivating others to reach their highest potential.

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