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Michael Landon's legacy : 7 keys to supercharging your life
Landon, Cheryl, 1953-
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Charlottesville, VA : Hampton Roads Publishing Company, [2001]

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xv, 172 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, 22 cm
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We all face troubles in our lives. It is easy to think that our problems would go away if only we had ... something. A better job. A better marriage. Better health. More money. Something. Many people lead lives of quiet desperation because they think they lack what they need to make them happy. And what is true for individuals is true for our society at large. Our children's future is at stake, and we as a society are losing ground.

Author Notes

Cheryl Landon has been featured as an inspirational speaker across the United States and in Japan. She is hostess and creator of the radio program "Highway to Inner Wisdom" and author of I Promised My Dad: An Intimate Portrait of Michael Landon by His Eldest Daughter. She lives in southern California with her son James Michael.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Landon, stepdaughter of deceased Hollywood actor and producer Michael Landon, has overcome many traumas in life. She was abandoned by her mother to be raised by abusive relatives, suffered from drug addictions and suicide attempts and barely survived an automobile accident that nearly left her crippled. This book demonstrates Landon's commendable attitude, showing how she has chosen forgiveness, love and courage when bitterness would have been an easy route. What is very evident is that she passionately loves Michael Landon with rose-tinted glasses, as he was the one person in her life who unconditionally loved her and stood by her. What is not so clear, and at times leaves the reader befuddled, is how Landon explains her spiritual philosophy. She pegs herself as a born-again Christian, but also believes in reincarnation, follows the Church of Religious Science and embraces many New Age concepts. Landon's mission is to raise a healthy generation of children using seven keys: readers should trust in God, choose love over fear, believe that daily miracles can occur, take action now, believe in truth between people, build bridges and refrain from judging each other. In committing to follow these key behaviors, Landon feels that the world would further the message that her beloved stepfather espoused in his television shows and on his deathbed: "Love one another." While these sentiments are well-intended, much of the book is a muddle. (Feb.) Forecast: Landon's previous book, I Promised My Dad (S&S), sold over 600,000 copies. Hampton Roads plans a 200,000-copy first printing of this new title, and a national advertising and publicity campaign. Michael Landon remains a beloved figure; expect vigorous sales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved



Chapter One It is late at night, in May, 1973. It is in the middle of the desolate Arizona desert, and very, very dark. No houses, no lights on this desert highway, except for a rundown shack where there has just been a party. There's been a lot of celebration. Kids have been drinking; they've been smoking pot. There's lots of laughter coming from this shack, but it's time the party is ended. Time to get on the bus and return to the campus, a two-hour drive away.     But four people do not get on the bus. Instead, they get into a little navy blue Volkswagen bug, making a choice. One of the four is a nineteen-year-old college girl. She gets into the front seat next to the driver, a blind date, someone she had never met before. He starts to drive onto the highway, turning left. But the bus is turning right. The guy is so drunk, he is going in the wrong direction, toward Mexico.     The girl in the passenger seat says, "You're going the wrong way. You've got to go right and follow the bus." He is laughing, thinking it is all hysterical. And he pops the clutch and stalls the engine, and all the lights go off, and they are stuck there in the middle of the highway, and suddenly there is a big Buick coming eighty miles an hour straight toward them.     It hits them so hard, the impact sounds like a bomb. The VW Beetle flies the length of a football field, somersaulting three times forward, twice sideways; crushing bodies; screams filling the air.     Hearing that terrible noise, the bus driver stops, and he and the passengers see the VW bug lying smashed flat, except for one section.     Meanwhile the girl in the passenger seat sees the guy in the back seat hitting the glass of the car window so hard that it cuts his head off. She sees her girlfriend hit the glass so hard that it cuts her head literally in half as she is flying in and out of the back window.     The driver is crushed by the steel pressing on him. It breaks all of his bones, and his blood is pouring out all over. He lands on top of her, and she hits the windshield so hard she breaks the glass, breaks her neck, cracks open her forehead, ruptures organs. She has punctured her spleen, punctured her lung, and broken her ribs--and she is trapped in the passenger side, with the body of the driver on top of her and blood pouring down.     And she's bleeding to death.     There are no more screams. There is dead silence.     The bus doesn't come near them. No one gets off the bus, because they are sure that no one could have survived that crash. But the bus driver calls ahead and asks for the paramedics, and the paramedics eventually arrive.     The girl has been trapped inside this car in the darkness, with this dead body on top of her. She is frightened. Terrified.     And when the paramedics and the police look at this car--so badly flattened, except for this little area that remains intact--they say "surely no one could survive in that." They have to tear the door off, and when the door is off, they see the dead bodies, an awful, grotesque sight.     As they remove the driver, they realize that the girl is alive, but they can't recognize her. Her forehead is split wide open, and she's a bloody mess. But she starts fighting like a wild animal, fighting for her life, reaching out and fighting and grabbing and tearing and kicking. And because she is doing that, she's saving her life. One lung has collapsed, and her fighting is keeping her other lung operating.     They put her onto a gurney, and put her into the back of the ambulance and begin emergency procedures. She sees her girlfriend lifted out and put onto another gurney next to her. The two men are dead. And the ambulance goes rushing off and her girlfriend dies in the ambulance, but she doesn't know it because the paramedics are working on her, stitching her head up, without anesthetic. No anesthetic can be used because she has a concussion.     She has four blood transfusions while she's in the ambulance. They administer blood, they stitch up her head, and they phone ahead to the hospital, in Tucson, Arizona.     The hospital has no idea who she is, because she isn't carrying any ID on her. The doctor on call is from India, Dr. Rashid Khan. She hears him say, "I believe this could be a very pretty woman" and he tells them he knows that no anesthetic can be used.     She's still fighting everybody. She is using all her will, all her strength, fist-fighting as if truly fighting for her life. Two male nurses hold her shoulders down, and two hold her feet down, and they begin cutting off her long sweater coat. It is all full of blood, blood all over it.     When they finally get the jacket off, they have to make a cut into her chest--with no anesthetic--so that they can insert a tube and reinflate her collapsed lung. It's so painful, she screams, and falls into a coma. It is beyond what she could tolerate.     However she does have time enough to tell them that she is Michael Landon's daughter. Copyright © 2001 Cheryl Landon. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
Part 1 The Promisep. 1
Part 2 The Seven Keysp. 65
About the Seven Keysp. 66
The First Key: Trust in Godp. 86
The Second Key: Choose Love over Fearp. 99
The Third Key: Believe That Daily Miracles Do Occurp. 109
The Fourth Key: Take Action Now!p. 115
The Fifth Key: Believe in Truth between Peoplep. 125
The Sixth Key: Build Bridgesp. 140
The Seventh Key: Don't Judge Each Otherp. 150
Part 3 The Rose and the Fountainp. 165
The Power of Lovep. 171