Memories of Mastery
: A Tribute to Mastery by Mary Kay Bonfante
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Bob Hartson (Mastery) was an illustrious author and a mentor to a number of FanStory members. I was deeply saddened to hear that he passed away. My prayer was that he would survive his difficult illness, and that he and his family would be blessed by the mercies of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I hoped that he would continue doing what he loved -- writing -- and return to us, posting, reviewing and replying.|
But sadly, that was not to be. We all have our time, and his time seems to have come too soon. My prayer now is that his family and friends will be blessed by both the comfort and mercies of Jesus Christ, Our Savior; Our Almighty Father God; and the Holy Spirit, Our Comforter.
Although we were not especially close, I had a lot of respect and admiration for Bob. In June, Raffaelina Lowcock (Ralf) did a book review on his memoir, Falling Up the Stairs. I was so intrigued that I purchased it for myself, on Amazon. Although I never thought I would have time to read it in the near future, I began to do so out of curiosity, and then I could hardly put it down.
While the book was based upon his own early experiences, and not literally an autobiography, I am sure it depicted his struggles in a very authentic manner. And so, I can't help but feel that the pen name he chose, "Mastery," reflected not only the hallmarks of his accomplishment in writing, his chosen craft, but his ability to prevail amid the misfortunes that came his way, unbidden, and amid which he became a stronger person as he grew into an individual of character and integrity.
MY BOOK REVIEW ON AMAZON:
FALLING UP THE STAIRS
Riveting and intensely personal; you'll want to keep reading this!Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2021
Brave and unflinchingly bold, yet believable in his portrayal of the failings and frequent brutality of the foster care system in World War II-era America and the postwar years, "Joey" is a young boy who also suffers neglect and injustice from parents who either couldn't, or wouldn't make their children their priority. Despite the love of his siblings and other relatives, and the inconsistent affection of his parents, he was thrust into one unpredictable situation after another. We see a close-up view of some adults who heartlessly took advantage of the children they were assigned to nurture and protect: they were a means to an end, an income from the government and free labor! The author also lovingly portrays those people along the way who touched his heart and set a good example, like beacons of light in the darkness.
I thought about promoting a chapter or two of "Santa's Diary," because I think it's so sweet, and I wanted to encourage people to read it, but I decided against the promotion. It might present an awkward situation because some people might not be aware that he is deceased and expect answers to their reviews. It wouldn't be a good way for them to find out.
The best thing is just to let people know that this enjoyable book is still available to read (for free!) and helps people get to know Bob a little better. At the time it was posted, it got many hundreds of reviews for just seventeen chapters.
Mary Kay Bonfante
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