Repairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy and Choices by Lynda FishmanRepairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy and Choices by Lynda Fishman

Repairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy and Choices

byLynda Fishman

Paperback | June 15, 2010

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At  thirteen years old Lynda’s life comes to a disastrous halt when her mother and two younger sisters are killed in a plane crash. Her father, overcome by despair, simply continues to exist, in a state devoid of hope. After burying a wife and two young children at the age of 44, the overwhelming responsibility of raising a daughter alone completely immobilizes him.<_o3a_p>

Teetering on that tender brink between childhood and adolescence, Lynda faces the responsibility of a father in a complete state of shock, a house to take care of and hundreds of decisions about how to proceed with their shattered lives.<_o3a_p>

In Repairing Rainbows she candidly describes the agonizing memories, deafening silence and endless hardships that are the fallout of incredible loss. As we follow her through marriage, motherhood and her own spiritual journey, Lynda reveals her complex feelings of hope, anger, pity and determination. Most importantly, she learns the crucial difference between “truly living” and the existence that is so often mistaken for being alive.<_o3a_p>

A true story, written by a woman whose normal and abundant life hides a terrible past, Repairing Rainbows is loaded with lessons that will undoubtedly touch the hearts of its readers. <_o3a_p>

LYNDA WEINBERG FISHMAN is a trained clinical social worker who has spent the last 20 years as a Camp Director and has recently opened her own day camp, Adventure Valley. She has published articles and training manuals on leadership, teamwork, bullying, trust, childhood health and wellness, communication and customer service. This is he...
Title:Repairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy and ChoicesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:June 15, 2010Publisher:Lynda FishmanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0986607401

ISBN - 13:9780986607400


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Repairing rainbows I Thought that it there lives it was weird that they couldn't sit down at the table until everyone was there You could of discribed each and every charictor a little better
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Repairing rainbows I loved this book , lots of sadness but it has helped me on new ways to cope and think I will be meeting Lynda hopefully at the end of the summer and I just can't wait as this inspiration women has given me hope and maybe to learn how we have to go on with life I am nervous to meet her but so excited
Date published: 2014-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Repairing rainbows Repairing Rainbows is a must read for everyone. Lynda Fishman writes in a way that you feel as if you are actually living her story. You'll laugh and you'll cry but most of all, you will be warmed by her resilience and her strength. This book is uplifting and inspiring. It's the kind of book you can't put down yet you don't want it to end. A wonderful read!
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Non-Stop Read A Powerful Non-Stop Read This book pulled me in and kept my interest until I read the last page. Even though I read the book weeks ago, I still think about it, and I am sure it will stay with me for quite a while. In fact, Repairing Rainbows has had such an impact on my life that I keep it at my bedside. Lynda was 13 years old when her mother and two sisters were killed in an Air Canada plane crash. Her father seemed to have been frozen in a state of shock having lost half of his family and then having the sole responsibility of raising his surviving daughter. It is almost impossible to understand what Lynda and her father were going through, but Lynda does a beautiful job of telling her story. The first part is hard to read without a box of tissue readily available, but it is worth every tear. It is a raw but powerful story about how a young teen was able to rebuild her life after a horrific tragedy. The story is heartbreaking, while at the same time very inspiring. This is a story full of important messages about survival, strength, courage, love and life. For me, the most meaningful lesson is that we always have choices and we always make choices. I think about that all the time. Repairing Rainbows is an unforgettable read. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Date published: 2012-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "An Emotional, Yet Truly Inspiring Memoir!" An incredible story by an incredible woman, so tragic, yet so inspirational. This is a story that has stayed with me. Lynda's writing style is so down to earth, and so honest. She allows you to experience every emotion of hers throughout her story. If I could rate this book more than 5 stars, I would. It's just a MUST READ!
Date published: 2010-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A remarkable true story of devastating loss and the struggle to carry on... Repairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy and Choices is the heartbreaking (and heartwarming) true story of a young teenager, Lynda, suddenly faced with unthinkable tragedy: the loss of her mother and two younger sisters in a horrific plane crash. At a difficult time in any teen's life, she must find a way to deal with her intense anguish and despair, as well as take care of her heartbroken and devastated father who seems to have lost his very reason for existing. But despite all of her sadness, pain, anger, fear, terrifying nightmares about the crash and intense longing for her mother and sisters, she manages to find solace in her daydreams about happier times which help her to move forward. She is convinced that there is a reason that she wasn't on that plane and perseveres with her ultimate goal of having a full, happy and meaningful life. Forty years later, Lynda is finally able to tell her story, one which is incredibly inspirational, painfully honest, full of raw emotion, guaranteed to make you cry and eventually cheer as happiness finally triumphs over unbelievable tragedy, thanks to her courage, unwavering strength of character, and the constant support of a wonderful extended family. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one and struggled to overcome the grief and inevitable loneliness should definitely read this powerful personal account...
Date published: 2010-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Inspiring Story! A Reminder of What Really Matters in Life! A courageous tale of a potentially tragic and tumultuous life turned around. Despite her many losses, Fishman never loses her will to live. She reminds us of the power of true love, family, friendship, spirituality and human choice.
Date published: 2010-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkably insightful, and INSPIRING! This autobiography, and memoir, reads like a conversation. Lynda writes as though she was sitting across the table from you, a friend, and telling you about her life. No words can really explain the feelings and thoughts that arise when reading this book. I was so drawn into the story that I could not put the book down. This story is one that needs to be told and shared, not only for the historical aspects, but also for the inspirational. Here is a girl who wisely decided that in spite of a traumatic loss of her dear sisters and mother, that she would draw close to her love, positivity, and good fortune. She shares such insight into her relationships and experiences, yet strove to move past them and not let them shape who she wanted to be. Now a successful woman, she is a testament to that vow and that journey - with a kind and generous heart, rich family life, and successful business, she is a real inspiration to everyone. Lynda, thank you for opening your heart and sharing this story.
Date published: 2010-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Story of Life, Death and Strength!! What a truly incredible story and book! Fishman takes you through the saddest of tragedies and the heartbreaking realities of her life, but it's a surprisingly uplifting and inspirational story. The reader will not be left with a feeling of sadness or helplessness, but rather with a renewed passion and appreciation for life, and an understanding of the impact that our choices have.
Date published: 2010-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Powerful Story This is an incredible true story about choices, resilience, the power of the human spirit, and the importance of community. Lynda also highlights her family's discovery of the significant bonds that continue with those who we are close to even beyond death - a topic too often overlooked in our culture. I will be recommending Repairing Rainbows to the families who I work with, as a grief counsellor, as well as to people in my personal life. Thank you Lynda and Barry for sharing your story. Andrea Warnick, RN, MA Max and Beatrice Wolfe Children's Centre
Date published: 2010-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An unexpected gem! Repairing Rainbows is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. Although it deals with tragedy and loss, Fishman takes the reader in a different direction. Her emphasis is on maintaining a positive outlook and figuring out the purpose each one of us has in life. It is a very powerful read. It should be purchased, put away, and picked up again in a few years for a re-read. Utterly outstanding!
Date published: 2010-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enthralling - a must read!! Lynda is an absolutely incredible writer. Her story is guaranteed to make any reader, young or old, both laugh and cry as she vividly describes the events of her lifetime. It's heartbreaking but incredibly inspiring and moving at the same time. Be careful - once you begin this novel it is utterly impossible to put down until you have finished it. I have recommended this book to absolutely everyone, and will continue to do so.
Date published: 2010-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating From the moment that I read the first paragraph I was unable to put this book down. This book gave me an appreciation for my own life and changed my attitude on how I will approach life. What Lynda and her husband had to endure at such a young age is something that is unimaginable to me and their strength is admirable. I would recommend this to everyone and it is definitely going to be my Christmas present to all of my family and friends.
Date published: 2010-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST read! I just finished reading Repairing Rainbows, and all I have to say is WOW! I could not put the book down, except when I had to dry my eyes, or take a breath. Lynda, and her family have proven that no matter what life throws at you, happiness and laughter will get you through the toughest times. Lynda writes with both conviction and humour. This book is a MUST read.
Date published: 2010-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Written with Mind, Body and Soul Repairing Rainbows possesses Lynda Fishman’s immense human power and will. After losing a mother and 2 sisters, Lynda finds strength and positive surroundings. This book captures every emotion possible, leaving readers in awe, as each turning point in Lynda’s life becomes more challenging. Yet, she manages to overcome her brick walls, while staying true to herself. Her values and morals reflect everything her mother taught her, that life taught her. She is truly inspiring and motivating. This book reminds you to appreciate life and our loved ones. Love conquers all! A book sent from Heaven! Thank you Lynda 3
Date published: 2010-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring and Uplifting Story This book was written with ease and passion, honesty and wisdom. I felt as if I was sitting in a coffee shop with the author listening to this unbelievable story. I devoured this book from beginning to end without stopping. Repairing Rainbows is a rare jewel, well worth reading.
Date published: 2010-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 270 pages that changed my life. It is amazing to see how such a tragic past has evolved into such a triumphant and tremendously successful present day life. The details and stories included in Lynda Fishman's book, Repairing Rainbows, was both inspiring and captivating. By reading this book, I felt that I was able to relive the experiences alongside Lynda and although it was extremely tough at times, I found myself unable to put the book down even for a second. Repairing Rainbows is more than just a book, it is a lifechanging experience that has truly made me value the importance of not only living, but living life.
Date published: 2010-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book I can't stop thinking about This unforgettable book has not left my thoughts since I read it this past weekend. I loved it so much that I plan on reading it again and again. This author has found a way to tell the story in a captivating and riveting manner. This book will be a Christmas present for all of my close friends and relatives.
Date published: 2010-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Repairing Rainbows......a book you won't forget Not many books I read leave a lasting impression, but Repairing Rainbows certainly did in two important respects. It reminded me of the importance of family and the richness it contributes to our daily lives. Most importantly, Lynda's book in a very practical way helps you to make choices between negative and positive thoughts that challenge us every day, and for this reason alone the book will leave a lasting impact on the reader.
Date published: 2010-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Repairing Rainbows:A True Story of Family, Tragedy and Choices Repairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy and Choices by Lynda Fishman (Rated: PA) Self-published ISBN: 978-0-9866074-0-0 Published: June 15, 2010 Paperback, 270 pages Reviewed by Sandra Congratulations to Lynda Fishman on her notable memoir. Her recall of so many details of her past is impressive. Throughout the book we are reminded of how precious life is, that it can be snatched away in a moment and our world changed forever. Despite the tragedies in her youth, Lynda Fishman was determined to not succumb to sorrow and despair, but to choose life. As she so often stated in the memoir “we have choices….we always have choices.” Her choice was to imagine herself in a happy future, as she put it “conjuring up the scenes of my movie called Life. One thing I knew for sure was that they (the scenes) all involved happiness.” The book is also about the importance of love and support from family and friends in the time of tragedy and sorrow. The last few chapters are devoted to Lynda’s fascination with the occult. This is displayed by many sessions with a medium in an attempt to contact “the other side”. She wanted so much to know that her mother, sisters and other deceased family members were alive and happy in another realm. She came to believe that they guided and protected her. The book is for everyone who delights in true-life accounts of triumph over tragedy. Lynda Fishman has succeeded in repairing rainbows in her life. For more information on this book, visit
Date published: 2010-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Inspiring ' Repairing Rainbows" is a most inspiring ,real life, fast reading and powerful story. One would not want to put the book down. What accomplishments the author, Lynda Fishman made with her life. You have got to love and admire her for her outstanding achievements and choices she has made. She touches everyone's heart. An absolute "must read".
Date published: 2010-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moving and inspiring No matter who you are or what your life experiences have been, you will feel this story and you will want to reach out to Lynda and her family. The story flows, the words touch and the spirit is strong. I highly recommend Repariing Rainbows either to remind you of all that you already have or as inspiration to reach for your dreams.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from uplifting and inspirational! I found myself spellbound by this incredible recounting of Lynda's life story. It was a difficult , almost painful read in the beginning, but she leads us thru her and her Barry's lives to an inspirational ending. I recommend this book to anyone who thinks they they can't get through their own life hurdles. It was uplifting!
Date published: 2010-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Empowering! A wonderful, true story! To move through tragedy to become the magnificant woman Lynda is today, and contributing so much to her family, other children, her staff and the world, is hopefully inspiring to anyone who is faced with despair of any origin. Learning her so positive life lessons from her Mother for only thirteen years is a reminder to all parents of the possibility of raising resilient children who grow into loving, giving adults. Lynda also provides a view into an attitude of another very sad person, unable to cope and live a happy life. Both Lynda and her husband Barry, successful, productive adults, may surprise readers and those who know them of both of their early tragedies and the choices they made to be happy and fulfilled, personally and professionally. Their parents would be, and maybe really are, so very proud of them both!
Date published: 2010-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A "MUST READ"!! This was a "bittersweet" read that leaves the reader with many important life lessons. It will bring you to tears, and make you laugh out loud. It is a book that should me read by the young so that they can learn through Lynda's tragedy that "nothing is ever hopeless", life is ours to make what we want of it. Anyone who has ever experienced personal tragedy will relate to many of the emotions so poignantly and honestly explained by the author, and anyone who hasn't will better understand those who have. I am busy lending my book out regularly, but have decided to make it a gift book for any occasion.
Date published: 2010-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must for Book Clubs What distinguishes this 'story' from others of it's kind, is in the 'telling' of it. Too often we read (and sympathize) with those that tell their 'story' and then walk away feeling blue, embroiled in someone else's 'stuff' and 'down', and none the wiser. While many of us have 'stuff', and our own stories, Lynda 'chooses' to tell hers candidly, with humor, strength and respect for those she lost, and those that remained. You will question and revisit your own life choices and decisions, and learn from Lynda that it IS a matter of choice (if you are able) and that your life CAN be filled with meaning and also mean something! She doesn't whine, she shares - she doesn't sugarcoat, she states, - she has the generosity of allowing us to 'meet' her mother and sisters, father and grandparents, husband and children. This is an 'easy' read, yet hard to put down. I wanted a happy ending. There is one as Lynda is still here. Hot topics for book clubs to discuss: mother/daughter relationships, choices, gratitude, letting go of anger, being productive, making meaning of your life (how do YOU give back?), moving forward in the wake of a tragedy. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2010-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! So beautifully written! Such a tragic story with unbelievable life messages. We all have choices in life, and I'm thrilled that I chose to read this book. My young daughter is reading the book now. She's fascinated with so many of the details. I think it's very important for young children to understand that a tragedy does not have to dictate a final outcome. This book is definitely helping my daughter appreciate that! We need to get another copy of the book to keep up with the demands of people asking to borrow it!
Date published: 2010-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW - Incredible and Powerful Memoir I was absolutely blown away by this story. I couldnt put the book down. Filled with powerful messages and incredible life lessons. I would recommend this book to anyone I know - young or old, male or female. Wow!
Date published: 2010-07-10

Editorial Reviews

"A moving, deeply inspiring story of resilience, determination and grace"- The Montreal Gazette"A life resurrected"- The Globe and Mail"An inspirational memoir"- The Toronto Star"There's survival and then there's triumph. LyndaFishman has done the latter, both in her life, and in thissensitive and riveting account of her personal story. Heroptimism in the face of overwhelming tragedies, is indeed inspiring." - Kathy Kacer"A riveting personal story of notpermitting overwhelming personaltragedy to define one's life. A story of tragedy, determinationand optimism." - Rose Reisman