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Number of Pages: 232
Vendor: Oaktara Publishers
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KMVernonSt. LouisAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Don't miss this read!January 28, 2012KMVernonSt. LouisAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Has your life been impacted by Alzheimer's? Do you have a friend or loved one struggling with anger and depression? If so, this book is a must-read for you and your loved ones. Tying an intergenerational relationship together with Alzheimer's and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, this book is a masterful blend of God's love, forgiveness, and grace. Read, Enjoy, and Share with all you love. The message throughout this story is sure to inspire you and anyone you know who might need an extra boost from God today.
Located in: St. Charles, MO
Submitted: January 28, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a Christian, wife, mother, and teacher. Each day I enjoy time with 100 sixth-graders, teaching them more about writing and communication. My favorite activities, though, are time with my husband and daughter - games, chatting, walking, or just hanging out together. Those are precious times.
What was your motivation behind this project? My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's when she was 74 years old. I watched her suffer for 10 years; I watched my family suffer as she lost all recognition of who we were or what she knew. Then, one day years after she passed away, I met a dear woman who adopted a beautiful girl afflicted with FAS. As I learned more about the struggles that young woman faced each day because of her birth-mother's neglect, my heart broke. One morning, God began working in my heart. He had already given me a passion for writing. That morning, He gave me a story - Finding My Smile - a beautiful message tying two diseases that can paralyze families or bind them together, depending on how HE is allowed in the process. God began speaking to me; I began typing. This amazing story is the result of His complete inspiration.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? As I wrote this story, and as it now enters the market, it is my constant prayer that every person who reads it will be touched by God's amazing message of unconditional love, forgiveness, and grace. We are never so far beyond God's grace that He can't reach us. It is only in our walking away from Him that a distance occurs.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Each moment I wrote was an indescribable moment in Shekinah - the presence of God's glory. I cannot begin to put adequate words down to describe the blessing of having God tell you a story like this one - even if much of it is based on my own life. He masterfully wove it together into a message that has touched my life intensely. I pray every reader will find that same intensity and blessing as they read His message as well.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My husband has been a tremendous influence in my life. He's the one that convinced me to pursue a dream of teaching. Then, one day when I wanted to spend more time with our daughter, he agreed that working part-time would be a reality we could endure. It was through those moments that I began searching my passion for writing more and more. Our daughter is my other inspiration. She begged me to tell stories, often encouraging me to write them down. Then, one day, as I began to write this one she graciously gave me time to work. Later, she would listen as I shared ideas, offer her own brilliant suggestions, and then read the passages to give me insight from a teenager perspective. But, most of all, God is my ultimate influence and favorite author of all time. Without His inspiration and previous book (BIBLE), this story would not be in print today.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: If you or someone you love is afflicted with Alzheimer's or FAS, don't hesitate to reach out to God for his amazing grace and courage! He will never let you down. If this book inspires you as well, please let me know. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.