Precious Memories: God's Gift of Life

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Precious Memories: God's Gift of Life

By: James J. Hackett


About the Book

Monsignor Oscar Aquino commented that upon reading this book, he sensed the presence of God in each memory. Father Joseph Franco, a VA Chaplin, was moved to use excerpts in his ministry. Father Wilfred Dodo uses passages in his homilies. Another reader described the book as “inspirational” and it has encouraged an additional reader to begin to author his own.


About the Author

James J. Hackett was born in Brooklyn, NY on Good Friday April 4, 1947. He was raised in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY with his two sisters, Elizabeth and Marianne. He was the Clinical Supervisor of the Chemistry Laboratory at Central General Hospital before starting a moving and storage company, Almost Home Inc. At the age of fifty-five he began college, graduating from St. Joseph’s College in 2006 and obtaining his master’s in social work in 2008. He worked for The Educational Alliance as a therapist in a long-term Drug and Alcohol program on Avenue D on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He is currently retired living with his wife, Alma May in Spanish Harlem. He spends his time volunteering at The Shrine of the Holy Innocents and visiting Veterans at local VA Hospitals.


(2020, Paperback, 78 Pages)


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    Precious Memories

    Posted by Lawrence Keating on Jun 25th 2020

    One of the best books that I have read on recovery and I have been in the field for over 30 years

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    Precious Memories: God's Gift Of Life

    Posted by John Kinney on Jun 22nd 2020

    James Hackett’s memories of his life are indeed, precious. The gratitude he has for his family, friends and his life, through all the struggles and sorrows, he has experienced, is a testament to his victory over the flesh, the world and the devil. By accepting his alcoholism and surrendering to God, James Hackett allowed the Holy Spirit of love to transform his life and in that process his gratitude grew for all he had experienced, and especially for the family and friends who had loved him growing up and who do so now. I am convinced that putting God first in one’s own life allows us to love other people properly governed by the truth that they are sacred as we are sacred. The greatest gift anyone can receive is to be loved. The secret to appreciating it and making it a source of goodness for others is to share it with anyone we meet. James has embraced this with all his heart and God has sustained him in the strife with all his might. Gratitude is uplifting, a powerful fruit of love, for love to be everlasting it has to rooted in the moral law of God law. The laws he gave us so we could obey him and experience his love and be saved by that love forever. I encourage people to read James Hackett’s memories and start they own gratitude list which is so essential to a healthy sustainable life of love and purpose. The key to life is to embrace the fact that most people want and need exactly what you need: Love, acceptance, a sense of purpose that gives daily life meaning and a final goal. For James and many people this begins and ends with the Alpha and Omega, the first cause and last end of all things, Jesus Christ. James Hackett came to believe that the best medicine for our own ailments is to help others. Give and it shall be given onto you says the Lord Jesus. "Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. " Luke, 6:38. Because James Hackett strives to do this, one day at time, he has received the Holy Spirit and the love of God brings with it many fruits, including gratitude for God, other people, the beauty of nature in the world around us. Gratitude is a fruit of cooperating with God the first lover and the end of all other love. Ultimately, our unique “oneness” of our individual soul only finds rest in cooperating with the generous God who made us and who wants us to be like him in our conduct toward others. James has achieved this and is grateful, a gratitude that bears fruit because he is union with the living waters, God himself. Love is the only thing that lasts forever for ultimately it is God's greatest gift. This book helped me to seek it more earnestly. John Kinney Yonkers, New York