What People Are Saying About: Love, Care and Share
Tom’s writing about his mother Margie’s life is unforgettable; you gotta get this book Love, Care and Share! His sister, Julie Herstad, has written the screenplay for the MOVIE… WOO HOOO!!!!! To be produced in Toronto! DREAMS DO COME TRUE: WORK YOURS! TOM DID. Bonnie Kogos, Author and Newspaper Columnist, The Sudbury Star
Love, Care and Share by Tom Herstad is one of the most inspirational and life-changing books I’ve ever read. The story of “Margie” who happens to be Tom’s mother should be handbook for everyone in this day and age as to how we should all live our lives and make a difference in others. We are at a time where there is so much negativity in this country and thru social media where a book (which should really be made into a movie) like this could really turn things around. I truly believe that Margie as an angel put on this earth by God to set an example for others and to do his great work with her being the vehicle. This book is beautifully written and the insights that Tom adds thru the story telling adds so much to it. I can’t recommend this book enough as a read for “everyone”. The life-lessons that are taken away from it can only make you want to be a better person and strive to be like Margie. You just wish you could have met her and have her touch your life. The book is clearly an amazing tribute to an extraordinary soul who had a beautiful gift that she shared with so many. Her story really needs to be told over and over again. – Nancy Drum
thank you for walking into my work and taking the time to share your story
Tom, I just finished reading Love, Care and Share in its entirety. I was only planning on reading part of it but I could not leave my chair. I cannot express the emotion I feel right now, maybe that will come later. My heart is overflowing and encased with gold… is about all I can say right now. I found so many similarities during this read, most of which I knew nothing about but is clear to me now. So many answers have come, and most likely, more will present themselves in the days ahead. Synchronicities, feeling the energy, “Celestine Prophecy” which I live by. Love, Care and Share is such a profound legacy. That’s just a tiny tad of why your story was so overwhelming. Dawn
When I came across this book Love, Care and Share I didn’t know if it would be my kind of thing, but as soon as I starting reading it I got hooked. I found it very touching. The writer has a welcoming style as if he’s talking to me directly. His mother seems to have been quite a strong and loving woman who left such a big impression on friends and family. Neil
I write this in honour of Margie Herstad. Margie had a gift of seeing the butterfly in a caterpillar. Waieed
I read it and loved it. This book touched my heart. Anne Zdunic
This Book Love, Care, and Share is such an Empowering book, I really encourage everyone to read this book. It will touch your life in some way or another. It is a very Humbling true life story. What an amazing woman Margie was; she makes me want to strive harder and be greater in this life. This book touched my heart, and filled me with such Joy, it had me laughing and crying, and wanting to know more about Margie. Thank you Tom for writing such an extraordinary book. Christina
Please read Love, Care and Share as it will make a difference in how you feel. A great “pick me up”. I LOVED it! Thanks to the author and write on for us who love to read. Sandra Beck
Tom, the reading of Love, Care and Share brought many memories back to me of how it felt to have Margie in our lives. The house on Tannery was a home that was so welcoming. Margie made you feel like you belonged there, at any time. From Day 1, my boys and I were always made to feel like family. Reading these pages made me feel that strong love, loyalty and compassion, that was Margie. I am also happy you shared Warren’s story, he will never be forgotten and we were so lucky to make wonderful memories with him in this life. Keep up the awesome work you are doing. You too, have always made a difference. Kim Scanlan
Inspiring in a time of hate and disorder when no one is taught to care for their fellow man. Love, Care and Share is a lift of spirit to all. Needed when you are hurting and lonely and need to remember you are not alone so smile and give another a lift in life. Sandy
This book is so inspirational. I enjoyed reading and was touched by your writing. It was an amazing story about Margie. She spread Love, Care and Share. On several pages I got emotional as this book reminded me of my Mother. I love the poem you wrote to your Mom.
Thank you for writing this book. Love from Indonesia, Fitri
Margie was someone special, someone unbelievable. And she had her own problems in life. She was a miracle. I really liked the book about her life, her teachings, her Love, Care and Share. I feel like I have know her now as she spread her energy through this book to her son and onto me. Such a selflessness is unbelievable especially now days when everyone cares for himself/herself only. I wish more people could be like her — I want to more like her, share her love and care. Gabor H
I received Love, Care and Share through a Goodreads Giveaway and believe it was a Godincidence. Marco
Love, Care and Share is an inspirational read about a remarkable woman, mother and mentor, a joy to read! Thank you Tom for sharing your beautiful stories and insights and the gift of your book! Renata
I wanted to let you know I just finished the book. I have to share with you my experience of reading your book while it’s still fresh.
First off, I have to tell that I have carried your book with me everywhere I went since you gave it to me. I would read it whenever I could, even if it was half a page while I waited in line at the store. I have not felt this way about a book in a very long time. My purse quickly became its home, as it followed me everywhere I went.
I could feel the essence of your mom throughout every letter in the page. I wanted to continue feeling her, to continue getting to know her, to continue feeling inspired by her. I felt a certain comfort and warmth as I read each page. I began to feel like I couldn’t wait to ‘meet with her again’ every evening in anticipation of reading her story.
Despite not knowing Margie, I feel I felt her through your words. She sounds, and feels like an incredible woman, whose presence profoundly impacted everyone she encountered by just being herself.
I wanted to thank you from the center of my heart for speaking with me at the end of my mom’s driveway and giving me a copy of your book that day. I have experienced many shifts within as a result of reading Love, Care and Share. I have been able to find the courage to let go of some heaviness I have been carrying around for a very long time. I feel as if I’m starting a brand new chapter of my life with fresh eyes, and a lighter heart after finishing the book.
Thank you so much again Tom! I have no doubt meeting you at the my mom’s that day was a Godincidence your mom also helped facilitate. Brittney
Margie made kindness her lifestyle. Beautiful, generous and strong. Her life is a lesson for all of us. I thank you for sharing her story. Anna Zappa
“Hi Tom, We met at Chapters on Saturday Aug 12th. You had approached me I then bought a signed copy of your new book, Love Care and Share. I want to Thank You for that. I read your book yesterday. I Loved it. It’s inspiring. I will be giving another copy to my 91 year old mother. My better half wants to read my copy. Once again Thanks.” George Dykstra, Energy Management Consultant
A memoir written by a son of his late mother…this book is a cut above in quality of writing and storytelling to what commonly might be written as a memoir of an extraordinary parent. For me it is always interesting to be taken into the real world experiences of other people…to hear their voices and to see their insights through their eyes.
Tom Herstad grew up in Canada, played ice hockey, and developed a love for fishing and the outdoors. I grew up in Southern California, surfed, and am a city-kid at heart. While Tom knows the ins-and-outs of the outdoors in North America…I know the ins-and-outs of the beaches for surfing up and down the California coast. So in this sense the book was an interesting read.
But the book is about his mother…and it does a very good job of painting the portrait of a very giving and caring person…having an open and inviting house where the neighborhood kids could gather and feel accepted and welcome…but also having a worldview that had the moral structure of reaching out to help others according to the title of the book…Love, Care and Share…which is a good rule to live by for anyone.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it highly. Bart Jahn
“Your writing is enlightening and beautiful. I especially enjoyed the rays of sunshine you captured in the fun family memories, among the poignant stories you have shared so openly in Love, Care and Share. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.” Yvonne Finn, Your Relationship Whisperer
I started reading Love, Care and Share just after 7 pm and it’s now 9:20 pm. I was deeply drawn into it and it was like being with Margie again, only through your eyes and words. For these past few hours she “Lived” again. Thank you for that. Darleen
It was an emotional rollercoaster, I didn’t expect to cry so much – and yet I did.
It’s a beautiful book, a heartfelt declaration of love and gratitude from a son to his mother – an extraordinary woman who changed so many lives with her caring and selflessness, even though she had her losses and her problems too. Margie was definitely a great woman.
Love, Care and Share is the portrait of a family, with all the qualities and flaws and the good and the bad that come with it and it’s also inspirational: I felt that love myself and when I look at my parents – especially my mom – I understand what they’ve done for me and what they still do. I’m lucky.
The raw emotion expressed comes through vividly, about a Son’s Love for his Mother bringing her life into meaningful events and wanting her to be remembered as someone many of us Loved. I have often said to others that we go through life never really seeing others and ourselves but for our outer shells/bodies, instead of seeing the real entity that we are; which is the Soul. Margie saw the Soul and therefore was able to love as she did. Chris Price
“I sat with my father during his last days on earth, and just picking up your book, Love, Care and Share and reading your inspiring, uplifting writing, helped me with the journey we both had to go through.” Austin Freedman, Psychotherapist, Life Coach
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed reading about your Mom in Love, Care and Share. It was amazing and the stories just made me sorry I didn’t know her myself. She must have had the biggest, kindest heart. Her willingness to give her time and her home and anything else which was needed made her very special indeed. You must miss her terribly. Your writing was lovely and by the end, I felt as though I knew all of you in a way I hadn’t before. Thank you for sharing it with me, my friend. Love, Sherry
This book Love, Care and Share book is an amazing story about an amazing woman and family. Must read! And I wish I could be half the woman she was. Kelliann
I want to say one thing now that I have read Love, Care and Share. I too, love Margie!! Pamela
As I’m writing this to you I am blubbering.
I don’t know if you remember me. I’m Wendy, who used to work at Justinos, who you were kind enough to give me your book and sign it. You and Jules were two people that from the instant on meeting you, had a profound impact on me. Both of you with your kindness and warmth has never left me. Well I’m writing to tell you that today July 1st 2017 the 150th anniversary of Confederation, everybody sing together!!!!
I made the decision to read your book, Love, Care and Share today. Front to back. I know it took me a long time to get to it, considering you gave it to me last fall, but I really believe I picked it up to read it now for a reason.
Tom, I don’t know where to begin. What a beautiful loving heartfelt and healing gift you have given the world !!!!!
There are sooo many relatable pieces to my life and yours, that I was almost convulsing with emotion.
I wish I had had the opportunity to talk to you about your book.
You, Tom, ARE your mother’s Angel, gifted to everyone you touch. With how I’ve been feeling this past year, you actually, and your mother, have helped me to feel a little bit loved. I thank you from my heart. With HUGE HUGS, And HUGE LOVE, Wendy xoxo
How I wish I’d had the pleasure of meeting your mother in my lifetime. The overwhelming Love, Care and Share is how I live my life. The similarities of the anecdotes you share about your life and your mother’s and my own are insanely similar. A few examples apart from the obvious, my home is where all my children’s friends come to feel peace, sleep or eat and get advice with absolutely no judgment. Whatever I can give, I will try. My grandmother lost her leg to gangrene when my children were young, and my connection and my mother and hers to me, were overwhelmingly similar to your mom’s and yours. My daughter was visited by white butterflies, as I was, shortly after my grandmother’s death various times, and we felt her and heard her in my mother’s home after her passing.
We also dance in our home and live by your mother’s creed almost daily. I agree with everything she believed in and only hope to continue my own path in her footsteps. With this book, I no longer feel alone. I always felt like I was being soft or “too good” as people often tell me, I do the things I do because we are all out here by God for a purpose. And mine is much like your mother’s as my grandmother’s before me and my mother’s, too.
I cried through the whole reading of this book and felt such joy and calm. Thank you above all, Tom, we were meant to have that conversation on my porch that day. Your mother led you to me because it was the right thing for me. Even never having met her, she made her presence known to me; she’s truly an angel and still touching lives even after she is gone from this earth. I will continue to be true to myself and live by your mother’s philosophy. Her story solidifies my values and my heart. Thank you most of all for ‘sharing’ her with the world. What a lovely gift you have given me, to us all. Laura Paletta
Not just a lovely and loving testament to a woman who was your mother, and a love of so many others who crossed her path. This is a beautiful collection of stories that over and over soften and opened my heart, moving me deeply. To hear of how one woman kept prioritizing holding people in love, again and agian….and of some of the profound ripples it created in the lives of others – yours, Tom & so many others. It left me soft-hearted and hopeful with each story that I choose to read in one or 2 story bites at a time to saviour the whole collection over more than a month. Thanks for choosing to share Love, Care and Share for oh, so many reasons. Shelley Hannah
Finished this book in one sitting, cover to cover. Once I started I could not put it down. Well written and a wonderful tribute to your mom. I am sure she is very proud of you. Laurie Shead
Wow! What a lady. Just imagine if every family had one. Thank you so much to the author for sharing this book. Rob Sloan
This homage from a son to his mother is very touching, revealing and yet uplifting. It reminded me of Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes and in a more poignant way Elisabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. It’s a quick read and you’ll feel inspired to look at your life and appreciate it and help others around you, too. Gloria Silk
Thank you for letting me in on such a personal journey. My mother, too, became a widow at 38, when my father passed away at 42. I felt the pain your family went through, and you, especially, because we were the same age. I have learned many things from this book in order to heal – be better, do better, love more. Your family is an inspiration, your mother epitomizes the true meaning of empathy and compassion. This book is one of those gems, reminding us we are never alone. Paulo Coehlo said “Tears are words that need to be written” Thank you Tom, for bringing this book to life! Teresa Rodreguis
Tom Herstad’s book Love, Care and Share is one of the more authentic writings I’ve encountered, filled with real-life stories of family struggles and victories, while highlighting the role of a mother who’s compassion and integrity was the true core of the family. I had a hard time putting it down, and you will too. An uplifting and encouraging read! Tamra Nashman Richardt, CEO Extra-OrdinaryImage.co
My partner handed me Love, Care and Share and said, “reminds me of your mother”. I couldn’t put it down. Thank you for writing about your mother and reminding me that we need to talk about the wonderful women in our lives (past and present). They give so much to the world that should be acknowledged. R Brousseau
This book Love, Care and Share came home with me from the National Home Show. Just goes to show things you need will find you in the strangest spots. I suspect this delightful book will touch many, many lives in positive ways at just the right moment. If you are hesitating to read this book, stop and listen to the voice telling you it has something to say to you, it probably does. Sherry LB Johnson
The author shares his mother with us in the stories of this book Love, Care and Share. He continues her legacy and what she taught all of us. RH
All I can say is OMG!! I finally read the book here on vacation in Jamaica and am blown away. If I did not well up a half dozen times throughout reading it call me numb and dumb. Good thing I was sweating that helped hide wiping my tears. I wish I had the honour of meeting your mother. I feel reading the book she has touched my life. God bless for writing such a testimony to the wonderful woman and inspiration your mother was to so many people and what an inspiration she still is today in spirit. Michael P
The book Love, Care and Share is more than a tribute. The layers of memories and testimonials are like a tapestry. Lots of moments reminding us to look up from our phones, make eye contact and help others. Margie was and is an angel touching every soul who reads this book. JH
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Love, Care and Share is a heartfelt book about a truly exceptional woman!! Margie was my aunt and she was truly an amazing, loving, giving woman. There was always room, always a place for you in her home and heart and this included her family as well. Tom is a wonderful son and loving soul. Tom writes from the his heart and it is truly an inspiring book that makes you believe in people and possibilities!! I am so proud of you Tom and I am sure your Mom is too. She is watching from above and has guided you to where you are today!! Keep looking for the signs….. Brenda MacGillivray
Who doesn’t know that feeling of loss and starting to appreciate our short life here on earth? I enjoyed the upbeat and thought provoking stories in Love, Care and Share about how Tom Herstad learned to make every day count.
This beautifully written book Love, Care and Share is a treasure to all who read it. Margie’s generous and loving spirit is what brings life to all the experiences shared by the author and his family. May we all strive to be as loving as Margie and may her life lessons touch our hearts to do good always. Thank you Tom, for a memorable and enlightening book!
This book is worth its weight in gold.
Thank you for sharing Margie’s life. She blessed the world with her love and empathy and showed us that kind words and small gestures are all that is needed to change a person’s life. The book Love, Care and Share is full of hardship, love, kindness, and a passion for life. You will get caught up in her life from the first page and by the last page you will be working to change how you see the world and the people around you. Well worth the read.
We imagine that there is a predictable path in life, yet there is no such thing. The author takes us through a devastating moment in time and we watch a family cope through loss. Many of the stories are poignant and are delivered with heartfelt passion. The author is most effective as he narrates his own story.
There are Angles among us!
This book Love, Care and Share truly inspires the spirit. I believe there are angels that have been put on this earth to help the rest of us… Margie Herstad was one of those chosen souls. This is a wonderful tribute to her selfless and generous life and the people she helped and inspired. A great read for those who are soul-searching. Tony Fallicone
The world needs more books like this one!
Tom Herstad’s Love, Care and Share is packed full of real life stories about his mother Margie, which will truly stir your heart and bring you to new levels of awareness. Every page teaches us how to love others, and ultimately will bring more love into your own life. For only through “Love, Care and Sharing” will we be able to eliminate war, famine and environmental destruction.
I would recommend this book to all ages!
This book had many different layers. From start to finish I felt very engaged , this book brought me many different emotions from laughing to crying , I would highly recommend this book to all ages . While reading Love, Care and Share I felt I gained an understanding of who the authors Mom truly was. I felt the connection the author had with his mother and you could tell she was an inspirational women.
Love, Care and Share is a great read on the real meaning of life. It takes us back to what’s important and missing in today’s world. Stories that should inspire how we all have it in us to help do a little more for others. A very giving life.
Love, Care and Share is a very insightful, inspirational and up lifting book. It gives hope and meaning to life’s everyday trials and tribulations. It reminds us to love, respect and listen to everyone, as we all have something to offer. Well written and truly engaging. Great job. Rosalyn
Thank you for passing your book to me through the Tim Horton’s Drive-Thru window. I agree 99.9% with what you have written in your book. A very nice tribute to you mother. May we all be flowers in the garden to attract the butterflies of this world. God’s light does shine bright even when we are not looking. Shine on and God bless. In Christ, Heather
I grew up with this family… an amazing account through the tragic loss of his father and loving strength of his mother… Inspirational…Tom Bowman
A beautifully written story about a well lived life of a strong woman. Inspiring message. Thanks for sharing her story with the world.
Your book brought back memories of your Mom and the hours we spent together. For these hours I was reading this book she lived again. It was written with lots of heart. Thank you so much. Darlene J Morris
Bought this for my wife; her and my daughter rescue dogs and loved the stories…well done. Randy Pilon
When you’re in a bookclub, your reading time is not your own. But I have at last finished Love, Care and Share. Your mother was a remarkable presence. I envy you. No, I wouldn’t have traded my mother for anyone. But I knew her only as that, my/our mother – not as someone’s sweetheart, someone’s friend, sister, aunt, co-worker, as you have uncovered in this journey of yours. I was describing parts of the book to Paul which led to asking ourselves what clear advice did we get from our mothers? I could only come up with one: “Don’t get too familiar with the neighbors or they will be dropping by for tea at all hours and you’ll never get anything done.” I don’t remember this being a live threat growing up, so it must have originated with my Scottish grandmother. As an adult, I can admit to the downside on this one, but as a child, I thought: That makes sense. Just as my daughter did when I told her: “We can’t have a cat; it’ll lick the butter.” Thanks for presenting the opportunity to think about mothers and their messages. Diane McDermott
This book can change your life!
This book had a profound effect on me. So powerfully written, I found myself on a roller coaster of emotion. I could not put it down. Thomas S
Thank you so much for sharing your life with us, Tom. I have a couple copies of Love, Care and Share that are targeted for some important people in my life. Neil Pipher
Love, Care and Share is about just that! It is a lovingly written tribute/memoir by a son who learned to love, care and share by the impossible to miss life principles of his mother. For even though Margie Herstad, who inspired this story , did not always have the easiest life she did not allow those troublesome experiences to alter who she was at heart. She remained caring, always seeking and finding the good in everyone. She was an authentic encourager who believed in second chances for all! Acknowledging often that we are all works in progress. The writing is enlightening, inspiring and beautiful. I especially enjoyed the rays of sunshine that captures and portrays the fun family memories. The recurring butterfly them is awesome and one that so effectively demonstrates one of Margie’s “Godincidences”. Thank you for a truly heart – connection read and so openly sharing this poignant story! Yvonne Finn, Your Relationship Whisperer
A book to read and reflect on over and over again! Thomas DH
An incredible emotional journey. Love, Care and Share is captivating story telling with a deep love & respect for life. The author shares with us the stories of an amazing woman, Margie Herstad, as well as revealing his personal vulnerabilities & spiritual growth. I loved it & will recommend it to everyone I know. Annie Bort
I cried and felt like I knew your Mom personally when reading this book! She has touched my life through your writing. Nikki
Tom, Thank you so much for this book, I couldn’t put it down, I laughed, I cried and felt like I knew your Mom personally when reading this book. You brought back so many memories of my childhood and memories of my past good and bad that I reflected on. Dragonflies are my creatures that remind me of people that have passed and since living in the city I never saw dragon flies but in the last two weeks I’ve seen six! Thank you! I can’t wait for the next book. Nicole
Love this book!! Hard to put down!! Full of wisdom and a reminder that we’re put on this earth to LOVE each other! Thank you Tom for sharing such intimate stories about your family and your own personal growth process! What a legacy Margie left! The book is truly inspirational!! A MUST read and of course, share!!! Mary Hill
Tom Herstad’s loving memoir of his Mom, Margie is heartfelt and genuine. By the time you turn the last page, you will intimately know Margie, her heart and the Strength which sustains her. Her Manifesto, towards the end of the book is marvelous, deeply profound and transforming. We all need a “Margie” in our lives. Now, thanks to this book we can all embrace her! Mindy Chernoff CEO – The Resonant Horse
Excellent Read! Read from start to finish. Could not put it down.
Two thumbs up for Love, Care and Share by Tom Herstad. A must read, it’s about family and secret touch of unconditional LOVE, and WISDOM by a guardian angel. Very touching and inspirational.
Loved it. Maha Mcharafie
Tom, I received your book Love, Care and Share a few days ago and just finished reading it cover to cover. It has touched me deeply on so many levels. Thank you for writing it. It comes at a challenging time in my journey and I am most greatful to you & your Mom. I felt her energy throughout this read. What a beautiful soul who lives on wonderfully touching lives. The movie will profoundly change lives. I write this with tears streaming down my face – thank you for the Love, Care and Share. Will talk soon!! The book is outstanding – I could not put it down! Joan Jefferson
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