How One Man Lived Life Making a Difference

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Author Fred Rosene shares why being a paraplegic did not stop him from living a fulfilling life.

It’s amazing how one simple little action can completely change one’s life—and how unexpected the outcome can be. Author Fred Rosene proves this right as he takes readers on a nostalgic journey through his experiences and how he began Making a Difference.

In this motivational and autobiographical account, the author harks back to the earliest things he could remember from his growing years to the fateful day that forever changed his life. From a normal young man with bright hopes for the future, Rosene became a paraplegic with no clue what would come next. He had lost hope for the future and struggled through pain, therapy, and starting over without the use of his legs. His disability made him lose direction, but as it turned out, it was all part of God’s plan.

In Making a Difference, readers will discover Rosene’s eventful life, from his earliest memories to his retirement at age sixty. This includes directing his churches youth group and his involvement and running a youth drop-in center called Beginnings. His journey didn’t end with retirement; he has volunteered for twenty years in the Palm Beach School District where he touched many lives and made a difference.

“It has been an incredible experience to look back over my childhood and youth and remember how inferior I felt and how hopeless I felt when I lost the use of my legs. After my accident, I never thought about what would be next because I never thought there would be a next,” reveals the author. “Now I look back and feel very good about all I have done and all of the lives I have touched. As I wrote this book, I often cried for joy or laughed or became amazed at what I had done. Thank God for guiding me and leading me, albeit sometimes forcefully, down the path you had planned for me.”

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About the Author
Fred Rosene, who grew up in Newton, Massachusetts during the 30’s and 40’s, was in a tobogganing accident part way through his second year in college. He was left a paraplegic and had to face the rest of his life in a wheelchair. He went on to earn both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Math from MIT. He immediately landed a job with Sylvania Electronics and later worked at GTE for thirty-four years before retiring. He coached his church’s high school basketball team, ran their youth group and taught Sunday School. After working for about fourteen years, he changed to part time in order to help run a teen drop in center he had helped start. He became director and successfully ran the program for about five years. After that, he went back to full time until he was sixty. He retired to Florida in 1990 and before he knew it, he was volunteering at a grade school full time. He has received the Florida State senior volunteer of the year and the Molina Health Care Community Champion Award. He is presently starting his twenty first year of volunteering. A 50th birthday surprise party of one of the youth involved in the drop-in center inspired him to write this autobiography.

Making a Difference * by Fred Rosene
Publication Date: September 17, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 256 pages; 978-1-4535-5237-7
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 256 pages; 978-1-4535-5238-4
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