"This story is gold! The central theme is COURAGE. Not the individualized courage of Horatio at the bridge, but Prince Hal rallying his men, telling them that 'men now abed in England,' will consider themselves robbed, because they were not there. Marley's courage was magnificent; a courage that spread to others. This story ennobles us to rise above our stolid, stultifying lives and, for a little while, be greater than we are. We can borrow some of his courage, faith and hope. Marley was the victim, yes, but he was also Commander of the Legion of Hope. We have given him much, but he has given us more."

-Jeff Cheek,
Combat Veteran, Korean War

"MARLEY RIDES is about connection—the connection between family members and, through the fierce toughness and fragile tenderness of that bond, the connections between that family and the rest of us. I have learned...

  • A little more about the power of faith and prayer and their role in healing
  • A little more about letting go of any delusions about how we can take over and steer another's life—no matter how much we love the person or know the 'right' thing to do
  • A little more about how to acknowledge the unthinkable—my child might die before I do
  • A little more about how to be vulnerable
  • A little more about how to feel the power of joining with each other in love"

-Sue Reis Lamb,
Senior Executive Consultant, CPS Human Resource Services

"I entered Marley's circle for reasons I still cannot discern but I know inclusion in this family's journey has had a profound impact upon me. I have prayed for a young man I have never met and I have felt the passion in his mother's writing. I feel sobered, more prepared to embrace the present moment and more grateful for my own and my children's health. My involvement in Marley's life (vicarious as it was) enriched me in unexplainable ways. I attest to the fact that one psychiatrist in Western North Carolina will never be the same because of the author's willingness to share honestly her pain, joy, triumphs and disappointments."

-Len Cruz,
Psychiatrist and member of Marley's Network

"How strange it is that Marley's middle name was Jacob because Jacob Marley, the ghost in Dickens', A Christmas Carol is the one who comes to Scrooge with the message of how to save his soul. Marley tells Scrooge: 'It is required of every man, that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow-men, and travel far and wide; and if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death.' While alive, Jacob Marley did not understand the lesson he learned after death: 'that no space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunity misused.' I think that our Marley has radiated to countless people the message of using life's opportunities. And most certainly his spirit has been walking far and wide among his fellow earthlings, going forth to many."

-Nicky Hardenbergh,
Teacher and Author