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Coming from a troubled home and a problematic childhood, Brian Coulombe was the last person anyone thought would achieve anything at Cavalcade High School back in 1981. After a near-death experience jolts him back to reality and he discovers his affections for one of his female teammates, he finds within himself a desire to strive higher and work harder. Beginning as a sophomore and all the way through his senior year, Brian learns how to do the most difficult event in Track and Field: the pole-vault. In his efforts to reach his goals, he learns that working inside the rules is what allows him to soar. But when his dream girl finally tells him "no," he slips back outside the rules and must work to rebuild his world. With the help of his friends and his desire to become the best, he learns that there is always a reason to try.

Tom LaLumiere was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Camp Springs, a suburb in Prince George’s County, Maryland. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and graduate of the University of Maryland, he today lives in Leesburg, Virginia with his wife and step-son.
My first Novel, "A Reason To Try" can now be ordered from PublishAmerica! Go to the following link:

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My first novel "A Reason To Try" is available now!

The offical release date is November 12, 2007. You can order it now at the PublishAmerica website:

A REASON TO TRY by Tom LaLumiere


Posted on September 15, 2007 at 12:38pm

An excerpt from my book. Feel free to tell me what you think.

This excerpt comes from about two-thirds into the novel. Now, I'm not giving anything away here. This scene is merely a build-up to the final climax and resolution. Brian is competing in the pole-vault at the Stanton Invitational Track & Field Meet at Mount St. Mary's College in Maryland. He is in a situation where if he makes this jump, he will win the event, but if he misses, it will mean second place. The bar is set at…


Posted on September 5, 2007 at 7:15pm

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At 9:12am on December 22, 2007, Pastor Sharon Billington said…
I send you greetings of peace and love from the rest of the family. They, like I, are always with you and never leave or forsake you. The angels and the rest of us want you to know how precious you are to us.

When I agreed to give up my divinity and be born in the flesh, I did so very willingly. I looked forward to the time when we, you and us, could all be together and share in everything that is. I looked forward to loving you, hugging you, comforting you and encouraging you so that, when your life gets tough, you will feel secure and supported enough to face whatever you have to face. I looked forward to being the one you could rely upon unconditionally for that strength, comfort and encouragement whenever and however you need it.

Not only that, I looked forward to sharing with you that we created you to love you, and that we so hoped and desired that you would love us back. We want you in our life, and we love it when you want us in yours. It was so exciting when I could turn to my disciples and expand our relationship to include friendship and true fellowship. I offer that friendship and fellowship to you today as well, and I look forward to your inviting me into your life in that way.

You can see there are many reasons why I came in the flesh so many years ago. There’s more! I also wanted to set you free from thoughts and behaviors that hurt you emotionally and spiritually. If you were hurt by people or experienced hard times in your life and lost things like your health, relationships, or your way of life because of disaster or unemployment, I wanted to give you the tips and tools as well as the encouragement to recover emotionally and spiritually from who or what hurt you so you could have the kind of life I want you to enjoy.

Most of you understand why I sacrificed my life for you and what an act of love that was. It is my hope that this letter will help you understand how very much more my life and ministry were to accomplish. I look forward to expanding our relationship now and forever.

Joyfully, Jesus

Copyright Encouraging Words Ministries 2007, All Rights reserved
At 2:43pm on December 11, 2007, Shelagh Watkins said…
At 2:51pm on September 29, 2007, Leeanne Marie Stephenson said…
At 12:14pm on September 19, 2007, Cheril Vendetti said…
Hey Tom,

Yes, I'd love to be your friend:) Can you do me a favor and vote for my video on
The video is Mangia or Else!

I wanna win:)
I work Va. all the time, all the clubs.


At 12:41pm on September 14, 2007, Douglas Quinn said…
Thanks for inviting me as your friend. I used to live in Leesburg, Virginia, so know it quite well. Was back there this summer and my how it changed since I left there in 1999. We lived on Davis Avenue and our children went to County.

Your book looks interesting.

Douglas Quinn
At 3:14pm on September 13, 2007, Hilda said…
Thanks! For the invite Tom :) Congrats! On the upcoming release of your new book.
At 10:18am on September 13, 2007, Charlotte McPherson said…
I visited your freewebs site. Really nice. Read about your book-A much needed inspirational story. Enjoyed what I read. Wish you well.

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