The Hands of God
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The Hands of God

About the Book


Could you feed yourself? Clean yourself?  What about opening a door?  How would you dress yourself, or tie your shoes?  Would everyone you ever loved consider you a freak? A monster?

Pamela Ruka knows the answers to these questions, and more.  When she was six years old, she lost her hands in the accident that claimed her mother’s life.

She is taken in by a grandfather who holds her hostage for eight years, hoping for insurance money to pay his mounting gambling debts. He hides her from the world, making her eat off the floor like a dog.

In those years when other kids are in school learning to play games, Pamela stays home alone and compensates for her lost hands by studying patterns, learning to anticipate and avoid what she cannot control. When she is fourteen, she escapes and grows into an independent young woman who transforms her handicap into a world-shaking ability.

She is offered a pair of high-tech prosthetic hands that will earn her longed-for freedom. These same hands, however, would destroy her special ability to save the lives of others. She realizes that freedom is much more than the ability to tie her own shoes.  It’s the ability to choose your fate, no matter how difficult the choices.

About the Author

Gerald M. Weinberg
Gerald Weinberg

I've always been interested in helping smart people be happy and productive. To that end, I've published books on human behavior, including Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, The Psychology of Computer Programming, Perfect Software and Other Fallacies, and an Introduction to General Systems Thinking. I've also written books on leadership including Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting (Foreword by Virginia Satir), More Secrets of Consulting, and the nine-volume Quality Software series.

I try to incorporate my knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all of my writing and consulting work (with writers, hi-tech researchers, software engineers, and people whose life-situation could require the use of a service dog). I write novels about such people, including The Aremac Project, Aremac Power, Jigglers, First Stringers, Second Stringers, The Hands of God, Freshman Murders, Where There's a Will There's a Murder, Earth's Endless Effort, and Mistress of Molecules—all about how my brilliant protagonists produce quality work and learn to be happy. My books that are not yet on Leanpub may be found as eBooks at <>; on Amazon at; and at Barnes and Noble bookstore:

Early in my career, I was the architect for the Project Mercury's space tracking network and designer of the world's first multiprogrammed operating system. I won the Warnier Prize, the Stevens Award, and the first Software Testing Professionals' Luminary Award, all for my writing on software quality. I was also elected a charter member of the Computing Hall of Fame in San Diego and chosen for the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame.

But the "award" I'm most proud of is the book, The Gift of Time (Fiona Charles, ed.) written by my student and readers for my 75th birthday. Their stories make me feel that I've been at least partially successful at helping smart people be happy.

Gerald Weinberg

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Table of Contents

  • Pamela at Home
  • He’s Your Grandfather
  • Popcorn
  • Will You Still Be My Friend?
  • Patterns? What Patterns?
  • Star Visits
  • I’m Not Allowed to Go Outside
  • What Lies Have You Been Telling?
  • Her Day in Court
  • He Poisoned the Food
  • We’ll Have To Keep Her Hidden
  • It’s My Ring, Isn’t It?
  • Dev Visits
  • New Year’s Eve
  • I’m Going To Die
  • Septicemia
  • They’ll Cut Your Arms Off Anyway
  • Like Concrete With Rebar
  • That’s Not True
  • You Feel Pain? That’s Wonderful!
  • School in Salida
  • Pinball
  • Flippers
  • Doubling The Mean Survival Time
  • The Freckle Faced Wilson Kid
  • The Finals
  • ZapMaster
  • The Cell Separator
  • What’s Her Name?
  • He Claims I Was Kidnapped
  • I Don’t Want Toys And Games
  • The Colorado Trail
  • Escape In The Rain
  • How Did They Find Me So Fast?
  • Driving!
  • On The Road Again
  • Felipe Lemos
  • Puppies
  • Negotiations
  • You Won’t Be A Prisoner
  • You Have To Learn To Deal With Him
  • The Light Of God Inside You
  • For Children Like Me
  • Postscript
  • Other Books by Jerry Weinberg
  • About the Author

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