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A Review of “Not My Time” by Gary Pacelli

“Not My Time” by Gary Pacelli takes readers on a captivating journey through the life of a man determined to comeback after a horrific accident. This autobiographical account offers a heartfelt and inspiring narrative that resonates with readers on a deeply personal level.

The book follows the author’s life from his years as a police officer to his experiences as a United States Marine, facing numerous challenges and triumphs. Pacelli’s storytelling is both candid and poignant, allowing readers to connect with his emotions and experiences. His writing style allows you to “hear his voice telling the story” making it easy to immerse yourself in his world.

One of the standout aspects of “Not My Time” is the author’s ability to convey a sense of resilience and determination. Despite facing insurmountable obstacles, Pacelli’s unwavering spirit shines through in his words. He tackles difficult subjects with honesty and vulnerability, such as personal loss, health issues, and career setbacks. This authenticity makes the narrative relatable and encourages readers to reflect on their own lives.

Furthermore, the book offers valuable insights and life lessons throughout. Pacelli’s reflections on personal growth, self-discovery, and the importance of cherishing every moment are thought-provoking. Readers will find themselves contemplating their own lives and reevaluating how they approach challenges and opportunities.

The pacing of the book is generally well-maintained, allowing the narrative to flow smoothly. However, there are a few instances where certain events could have been further expanded upon to provide additional context and depth.

In terms of writing style, Pacelli’s prose is straightforward and accessible. It is evident that he writes from the heart, making the narrative easy to comprehend and connect with. The author’s voice comes across as genuine, allowing readers to forge a personal connection with him and his experiences.

“Not My Time” also benefits from the inclusion of personal photographs from various time periods in his life, which add a visual dimension to the story. These images provide a glimpse into the author’s life, further enhancing the reading experience and bringing his memories to life.

In conclusion, “Not My Time” by Gary Pacelli is a remarkable memoir that invites readers to embark on a profound journey of self-discovery and resilience. Pacelli’s ability to share his experiences with authenticity and introspection creates a powerful narrative that will leave a lasting impression. Whether readers are seeking inspiration, a relatable story, or a reminder to seize every moment, this book is sure to captivate and resonate with a wide range of audiences.

Review by Shauna A Finley


Testimonial by Brian Germain

Life is about resilience, and Gary’s story demonstrates this skill in many powerful ways. He is the unstoppable man, not only due to his courage, but because of the force of his will. This exceptional book will inspire you to get back up and keep going even when you find yourself in the darkest of places. Sometimes we need to look directly at the darkness to see the light.

Brain Germain, author of Transcending Fear

You can order ‘Not My Time’ on Amazon here

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Meet: Shauna Finley

Shauna A. Finley is a remarkable individual who has fearlessly pursued various paths in her life, leaving an indelible mark in each endeavor. With an impressive background as a NJ State trooper, skydiving instructor, US Marine, USPA (United States Parachute Association) Board member, master rigger, and now the newly named DZO (Drop Zone Operator) of Skydive Shenandoah, her journey is one of courage, leadership, and unyielding passion.
During her tenure as a NJ State trooper, Finley exemplified unwavering dedication and commitment to public service.
However, her pursuit of adventure did not end with her service as a state trooper. Shauna A. Finley embarked on a thrilling career as a skydiving instructor, where she shared her love for the skies with countless individuals. Her expertise and knowledge as an instructor not only made her a trusted guide but also inspired her students to push beyond their limits and experience the exhilaration of freefall.
Prior to her skydiving career, Finley served as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, a testament to her unwavering spirit and commitment to serving her country. During her time in the Marines, she honed her leadership skills, discipline, and determination, shaping her into the exceptional individual she is today.
Shauna A. Finley has also contributed significantly to the skydiving community as a member of the USPA Board. Her invaluable insights and expertise have helped shape and enhance the safety and regulations within the sport, ensuring that skydiving remains a thrilling yet secure pursuit for all enthusiasts.
Moreover, Finley's passion for skydiving led her to become a master rigger, a highly skilled profession that involves inspecting, repairing, and packing parachutes. As a master rigger, she combines her technical expertise and meticulous attention to detail to ensure the safety and reliability of parachutes, supporting the skydiving community
Now, as the newly named DZO of Skydive Shenandoah, Finley embarks on a new chapter of her journey. In this leadership role, she brings her experience, knowledge, and passion to create an unparalleled skydiving experience for thrill-seekers. Her vision, combined with her exceptional leadership skills, will undoubtedly elevate Skydive Shenandoah to new heights, making it a premier destination for skydiving enthusiasts.

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