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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2010
Availability: In Stock
A simple story of friendship, and so much more, this poignant, beautifully written book explores the relationship between two women, years apart, who are drawn together by a love for writing and road trips. The younger woman is an on-the-go mother/author/speaker, while the older is a free-spirited world traveler who was far ahead of her time.
This gentle memoir captures the tough and tender moments of their friendship through a series of vividly crafted stories sure to ring true to anyone who’s had a friend. The friendship that developed took both women on a journey of the heart—a journey that led one all the way to her forever home and the other to lessons she never thought to learn.
As you read the story of Mary Jenson and Nancy Bayless’s kinship, you’ll find your own heart opening to—and searching for—friendship of the richest kind.
Jenson's writing talents shine in her descriptive and heartfelt telling of how an unlikely companion taught her about life. Through shared stories and selected excerpts of Bayless writings, Jenson marvelously conveys what we so often try to explain but cannotthe value of friendship and the core, deeply-rooted value of a single friend. She details each event down to the very thought that ran through her mind. Jenson frequently discloses her internal struggles and how Bayless helped her become who God made her to be. This honesty engulfs the reader with such intensity that it wraps swiftly around them like two arms giving a long-awaited hug. When Jenson writes, you can imagine her sitting across the table from you, her voice passing "over salad and hot bread," like an old friend.
As the story begins, Mary and Nancy invite us as readers into their world. It's a world full of twists and turns, of words and sentences, and of God and miracles. We walk with them from the very hotel room it all began. Two women, neither knowing anything about the other, come together despite the years between them. Their friendship grows through travel, and while traveling they become true companions. Mary and Nancy's companionship was based upon more than mere friendship, it was based on God. Nancy often spoke words of wisdom and encouragement, of trusting God and His will. These words influenced many, including Mary, to think beyond themselves. With Nancy's prompting, Mary learned to train negative thoughts to be positive ones, allowing her to properly utilize the gifts God gave her. In the end, after walking beside them throughout their journey, the friendship they created becomes the readers also.
Jenson truly captures the beauty of friendship in this honest and heartfelt book. She thoroughly depicts every aspect of her relationship with Bayless in such a way that we feel as if we have experienced it, too. Her fluid descriptions, flagrant honesty, and fluorescent storytelling will entrance all readers-- friends, students, and teachers alike. Life, love, friendship, and growth, Over Salad and Hot Bread reveals it all. This book will melt your heart and touch your soul. Heather Nash, Christian Book Previews.com