John Schlarbaum

John Schlarbaum - Official Site of Scanner Publishing - Since 2005

The Doctor's Bag

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The Doctor’s Bag


The Doctor’s Bag is a heartwarming sentimental journey through the many paths a family will travel together as they experience love, comfort, joy, trials, separations, and finally reconciliation.

The Doctor’s Bag tells the story of Thomas Sterling and his son, Robert, as they try to understand the other’s motives and actions through the years. From early childhood to young adulthood, each chapter deals with a significant event that will define both Robert’s and his father’s personalities.

The bond both father and son have is to the past: a doctor’s bag, which once contained the items to heal, but over the years has also been the touchstone for bitter arguments, misunderstandings, and resentment.

Seen through the eyes of both Thomas and Robert, The Doctor’s Bag is a timeless heartwarming story about a parent’s unconditional love for their child, and how an old dilapidated bag again helps to heal the lasting effects of growing pains for both a father and a son.

The Doctor’s Bag is a simple inspirational message of love, hope, and understanding. A truly original story that will touch the reader’s heart for years to come.

“I really enjoyed the book. It is honestly a tearjerker. It’s very sentimental, very heartwarming, a really nice book. It would really make an excellent gift for someone.”


I enjoyed your book. It was a fine story and the book now sits on the table in our family room.” ~ DR. BRUCE CANTELON, West Lorne, Ontario

The Doctor’s Bag is a book about life! As I walked through those pages I could relate so well to the ups and downs of ‘family’ sometimes as the child . . . other times as the parent. Well done! Thank you for your refreshing, inspirational message. Our world needs that.”

~ JACKIE McCREARY, Windsor, Ontario

“The book was very good and I enjoyed it very much. I like that it was the father teaching the son life lessons through the bag. I especially liked the letter that the son finds from the father – it was beautifully written.” ~ REBECCA PUDSEY, London, Ontario

“Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your book, The Doctor’s Bag. It was a very heartwarming, feel good story that made me laugh and cry. I will recommend it to all my family and friends.” ~ CHERE MacNEILL , Burlington, Ontario

“How delightful it was to receive your book. I have just spent a most pleasurable time reading. You have penned a good tale – there is a message there too. I liked how you brought everything together at the end. The theme is universal but how uniquely you wove the generations into the story. I was touched in the closing with the emotion that came out.”

~ GERREE BEACOM, West Lorne, Ontario

“I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your book. What a wonderful read. We look forward to your next book!”


“I have read your book and loved it. I typically read Classics and history books and truly your book brought a beautiful blend. It is an excellent book and I have passed it along to others to read.” ~ MEL WELSHMAN, Burlington, Ontario

“I found the book very hard to put down because I really did want to find out what was going to happen next. It made me think about things and events in my own life parallel to the book and is a good story that makes you feel good in the end. I did really enjoy the book and will keep telling everyone about it.” ~ JULIE LAWLEY, West Lorne, Ontario

“Wonderful story! I bought it yesterday and read it last night. Keep up the good work!”

~ DENISE NODDIN, Dutton, Ontario