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A Future to Dream

Thoughts, Texts and Poems (Seriously) Sick and Disabled Youngsters



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A Future to Dream by Arjen Vaartjes
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This book takes account of the lives young people who suffer from (severe) illness or disability. Most include those who were diagnosed with cancer, ailment in the muscles or kidneys, CF, and even (borderline) eating disorders. The mediums chosen are bound in texts and poems, stories of their experience and inner turmoil concerning issues of their pain, understandings and misunderstandings, the choice whether to live or die, and especially life and their future. The stories of these strong young people were put forward in order to inspire, encourage and give hope to those who may need it. Arjen Vaartjes, specialized in Theology and currently wroks as a teacher at MBO Utrecht. Academie voor Welzijn, Utrecht. In addition, he dabbles as a freelance writer and lyricist. His works such as I Have A Difficulty Not Count (Thieme, 1985), What Inspires You? (ed. Narratio, 1991), Did You Just...? Youth Diary (ed. Narratio, 1998), and Ten of Life (ed. SGO, 2003) have all received critical acclaim. He has also collaborated on several journals in the field of youth, religion and society.
Release date Australia
December 22nd, 2014
black & white illustrations
Country of Publication
United States
America Star Books
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