Prime of Life  -     By: P.D. Bekendam
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Worthy Publishing / 2014 / Paperback

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Is a simple life too much to ask for?

Ben thinks the retirement home where he works should be called "Heaven Can Wait a Little Longer While I Golf" instead of Heritage Gardens. But who asked him? He's just the janitor, after all. Of course, his inept boss, the cantankerous residents, and even his attractive podiatrist friend don't know one important thing about him: he was recently a cardiothoracic surgeon, not a broom-pushing custodian.

Ben is in search of a stress-free life with a little freedom from the past thrown in. But will it be that simple to escape who he used to be - and all he used to fear?

An inspiring, quirky story from an award-winning author, Prime of Life reminds us that new life can find us in the most unexpected places.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Worthy Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1617952273
ISBN-13: 9781617952272

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Ben used to be a cardiothoracic surgeon before he suddenly abandoned his career and became a janitor at a retirement facility. Now, other than dealing with minor problems such as an unhealthy obsession with prime numbers, an inept boss, and a feud between two cantankerous retirees, he lives a relatively stress-free life. There is even hope for romance when an attractive podiatrist shows an interest in him. But it is not long before his past catches up with him and his carefully protected world begins to unravel. Filled with humor and quirky characters, Prime of Life delivers a satisfying and entertaining read.

Author Bio

Author and practicing eye surgeon, Dr. Bekendam is happily married and the proud father of two boys. Proceeds from his writing go to help fund his activites in developing countries as he works to bring cataract surgery to the needlessly blind. Prime of Life is his debut novel.

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  1. TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting, Emotional, Smart, & Well Written
    February 25, 2014
    randomamb
    TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you told me one of my favorite books of the year would take place in a nursing home, I probably wouldn't believe you. And I'd be wrong.

    Prime of Life is the story of Ben-a retirement home janitor and former heart surgeon. It's P.D. Bekendam's debut novel and winner of Worthy Publishing's Operation First Novel 2013 Contest. I honestly didn't know how much I would like Prime of Life, but I'm SO glad I read it! My mom actually picked it up first when it arrived, and she tore through it. [She even wrote her own review, which I've included in this post!] She couldn't stop talking about it, but I was still a bit skeptical. When I finally picked up the book, I read until I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore. I finished it the next morning, and I've been recommending it to people left and right.

    The story is told from Ben's point of view. We're introduced to several residents of the retirement home who become major characters in Ben's life. The title, Pr1me of Life, is two-fold in describing the story. Ben is in the prime of his life, but he also has some neuroses, including an affinity for prime numbers. I was especially intrigued with Ben's quirks and anxieties, and they are numerous! I felt the book was very believable. I was worried at one point that everything was going to be resolved too easily, but Bekendam stuck to the story and gave us a completely realistic conclusion. Prime of Life shows how one incident, or your feelings about it, can derail your entire life. One of my favorite things about the story actually drove me crazy when I was reading it! I had to keep myself from flipping to the end to see how things turned out. Bekendam ends the story abruptly and picks up years later in the epilogue. You're left wondering about something for awhile, but the story ends (in my opinion) in the perfect way. I know this review is a bit vague, but I'm trying really hard to avoid giving spoilers! I want you to read this book. Prime of Life is interesting, emotional, smart, believable, and well written. I look forward to Bekendam's future work!
  2. Tampa, FL
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Strange Ending
    February 19, 2014
    Sally
    Tampa, FL
    This novel is told in the first person voice of Ben, a handyman for Heritage Gardens, a retirement home. Ben lives a wacky life as the retirement home's obsessive compulsive janitor. He hates the number four and avoids making left-hand turns. He loves prime numbers and mind games. I enjoyed learning how Ben's mind works.

    In his previous life as a surgeon, Ben experienced a traumatic event which caused him to become a doctor-in-hiding and to turn against God. However, one of the home's senior citizens discovers Ben's former occupation and threatens to tell.

    Marvin and Frank, two residents, have known each other since childhood, and they still behave quite childlike with their constant bickering and competition. Their personalities bring a good deal of humor into the tale.

    Throughout the first half, the pace of the book is good. Then, the author speeds up and leaves out bunches; I longed for details! When I finished reading the hasty conclusion with its magical allusions, I actually found myself blinking.

    Thank you to Leeanna Case at Worthy Publishing for my copy.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome Debut
    February 16, 2014
    Beth
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Pr1me of Life is P.D. Bekendam's debut book and it is a HIT! Ben works at Heritage Gardens as a janitor. Ben has worked there for 3 years and has gotten to know the residents very well. Everyone who interacts with Ben likes him. What they don't know is three years ago Ben was a Cardiothoracic surgeon. Ben leaves his home and practice to find a stress free life and that is what brings him to Heritage Gardens. Ben finds himself in the middle of some interesting things that makes his normally ordered life crazy.

    I loved Pr1me of Life. As P.D. Bekendam's debut novel it is fantastic. P.D. Bekendam writes with authority on geriatric and cardiothoracic medicine, retirement home life, and OCD. I loved all the characters he has written. They are hilarious and loveable. As I read the book I felt like I knew them all. From the start this book grabbed my attention and kept it throughout, couldn't put it down! I found myself laughing out loud in parts and crying in others. I really felt a connection with this book and enjoyed it. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction, you will not be disappointed. I look forward to reading what P.D. Bekendam writes next! Definitely a must read author for me. I give this book 5 STARS.
  4. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Characters, Healing Of The Past and Romance
    February 15, 2014
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    P. D. Bekendam in his new book, "Pr1me Of Life" published by Worthy Publishing brings us into the life of Ben.

    From the back cover: Is a simple life too much to ask for?

    Ben thinks the retirement home where he works should be called "Heaven Can Wait a Little Longer While I Golf" instead of Heritage Gardens. But who asked him? He's just the janitor, after all. Of course, his inept boss, the cantankerous residents, and even his attractive podiatrist friend don't know one important thing about him: he was recently a cardiothoracic surgeon, not a broom-pushing custodian.

    Ben is in search of a stress-free life with a little freedom from the past thrown in. But will it be that simple to escape who he used to be—and all he used to fear?

    An inspiring, quirky story from an award-winning author, Pr1me of Life reminds us that new life can find us in the most unexpected places.

    Welcome to Heritage Gardens, a retirement home for seniors. Here we meet the most amazing characters that you just want to hang out with and Ben, the custodian, who seems to be the one who takes care of them all. Mr. Bekendam has giving a story that will make you laugh and, more importantly, make you think. This is a story about a past that needs to be resolved and the only One who can do that is God but Ben won't let Him. This is a sweet romance. "Pr1me Of Life" is a lot of fun and you will not want it to end. Mr. Bekendam has given us a terrific story that you might want to read again to see what you missed the first time.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    February 15, 2014
    Fitzysmom
    The opening paragraph of Prime of Life caught my attention and the ensuing story kept compelling me to turn just one more page until I came to the final word. Let me share with you that opening paragraph so you'll understand.

    "I clean rooms in a retirement home. Four years of college, four of medical school, four more in residency, and another four training in cardiothoracic surgery, and now i spend my days scrubbing toilets and mopping floors."

    See what I mean? How in the world do you spend all of that time training to be a heart surgeon and then become a janitor. I definitely had to keep reading to find out. Fairly soon we find out that a horrific event has caused Ben to completely walk away from his old life and assume a new one that is stress free.

    Ben is employed at Heritage Gardens which is a retirement community. The characters that reside there are what adds that extra pop to this novel. You can't help but being amused by their antics. They are continually getting into some fix and expecting Ben to bail them out.

    All seems to be going well for Ben until one day it isn't. His carefully controlled environment begins to come unraveled when his true identity is discovered and a person from his past unexpectedly shows up. What ensues is a beautifully written story about a life out of control and the Power that can set it right again.

    This is Dr. Bekendam's first novel but I am hoping it won't be his last. I loved the story and I'm still smiling over the people that populate the novel. If you like a story that meshes funny and serious I think you'll get a kick out of this one.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
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Author: P. D. Bekendam
Submitted: August 29, 2014

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am a practicing ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), but I also enjoy writing and blogging when I'm not playing legos with my boys or lost in a book.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I wrote Prime of Life when I was in the midst of my residency training. I was working 60 or 70 hours a week in the hospital when late one night I happened across a custodian mopping the floor. I wondered what it would be like if a doctor suddenly quit medicine and started cleaning for a living. The next day I started writing Prime of Life.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope they will get lost in the story and be entertained. I hope the story will reveal or underscore some deeper truths about life and God.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  This work is special to me because it is my debut novel.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Proceeds from my writing go to help fund my efforts to bring sight-restoring cataract surgery to the needlessly blind in developing countries.

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