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Anne Davey Koomans’ Biography of Her Husband, David “Dave” M. Davey, Praised By Book Reviewers


“‘Beyond Barriers’ was a great read that I wholeheartedly recommend. I found myself rapt within this well-written, biographical tour de force, following the frustrations, stigmatisms, and triumphs of David M. Davey’s life.” Lisa Brown-Gilbert, Pacific Book Review

“David Davey’s body was ravaged by polio at a young age, but the footprints he left behind are of unquestionable value,” says Jennifer Padgett of San Francisco Review.
Anne Davey Koomans published a biography of her late husband, humanitarian and disability rights activist David “Dave” M. Davey, titled “Beyond Barriers” (ReadersMagnet; 2020).
“Beyond Barriers” tells the exemplary life and works of the selfless Dave, who was instrumental in the passage of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As a liaison for Goodwill Industries, he worked with Senator Bob Dole on the National Barrier-Free Architectural and Transportation Board. The book also tells the author’s life with Dave and their travels together.
Anne’s biography of Dave earns the praise of book reviewers from independent book review publications for its vivid portrait of Dave, the life he led, and the legacy he left behind.
“A powerful story,” says Jennifer Padgett of San Francisco Review. “Anne Davey paints a beautiful portrait of her late husband. Her writing style is simple and engaging, allowing this biographical piece to be absorbed with ease despite its length.
“Additionally, a plethora of pictures of family, friends, and colleagues are dispersed throughout the pages. They nicely complement the text and provide readers with a more intimate view of the Daveys.”
Rachel Dehning of Manhattan Review, who loves to shop at Goodwill, didn’t know much about the help that Goodwill provides for others until reading “Beyond Barriers.” He wrote in his review, “I like how this story shows that anyone and everyone has the potential to make a difference, no matter their physical strength… Overall, this is a lovely story to read and will find enjoyment by readers who like learning about influential people and their personal lives; you will be surprised at both the public and personal facts presented.”
Susan Miller of Seattle Review takes note of Dave’s legacy in her review, “Anyone who has ever had to negotiate a wheelchair on a sidewalk curb where there is no easement knows how challenging this can be. We have Dave to thank for pressing for the changes that may seem small to some but mean a world of access to others.”
In her review for Portland Review, Erin Britton wrote, “‘Beyond Barriers’ is a moving, inspirational, and informative book, and it is a marvelous tribute to Dave Davey, a truly remarkable man.
“It’s written in a very engaging and accessible style, and Anne Davey Koomans’ love for her husband shines through on every page. Davey’s story might prove particularly inspiring for people with physical disabilities and for those with a strong Christian faith, but “Beyond Barriers” would be a great read for anyone seeking to learn about a truly exceptional life well lived.”
‘Beyond Barriers’ is a biography full of lovely memories, a real diamond in the rough that with some solid editing could easily be made into a great book,” says Heather Stockard of IndieReader.
“A poignant testament to a life that exemplified unconditional love, faith, and dedicated persistence,” says Lisa Brown-Gilbert of Pacific Book Review. “Anne Davey Koomans’ ‘Beyond Barriers’ lovingly commemorates the exceptional life and times of her husband David M. Davey, a force to be reckoned with when it came to helping others, particularly the disabled.
“Altogether, moving, inspirational, and starkly truthful, this book bears important messages for us all, wheelchair-bound or not, concerning perceptions, exceeding limitations, unconditional love for self, as well as others, and having the mettle to bear it all.”
Jonah Meyer of the US Review of Books calls “Beyond Barriers” “a testament not only to Davey but also to the triumph of human accomplishment by those who, even when faced with personal difficulties, somehow always push further and further.”
Be inspired by David “Dave” M. Davey’s selflessness, sacrifice, and service to community. Order Anne Davey Koomans’ “Beyond Barriers” today on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the author’s website
Beyond Barriers
Author | Anne Davey Koomans
Publisher | ReadersMagnet
Published date | June 13, 2020
Book retail price | $14.56
Author Bio
Born in 1937, Anne Davey Koomans is a strong Christian and accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior when she was twelve. Being in God’s will for her life has always been Anne’s greatest desire. Anne has two daughters and one son and also been blessed with three granddaughters and two grandsons. Time spent with her family is the most important chapter in her life. Writing has always been in the corner of Anne’s heart but life took her in other directions. Classes, jobs, marriage, children, grandchildren, teaching and leadership roles at church, speaking at Christian retreats, and volunteering left little time for writing. She received her first copyright in 1994 for her Christian drama Witness of the Innkeeper. Anne has performed this forty-two-minute drama over 200 times in many countries, states, aboard ships, and at churches, schools, and nursing homes.

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