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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Oaktara Publishers
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 04/30/15.
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5very moving bookOctober 2, 2012Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5God certainly has a plan in what He has me read. I am 50 years old and feeling very lonesome, sad, and useless in my "empty nest". This book arrived a good while ago and it got pushed far underneath a piece of furniture and I discovered it last week. As I began reading, I thought to myself....wow! A lot of what Mave is experiencing is quite similar to my life right now.
Mave is grieving the years when her two children were home, and she is urged to do something to "get a life" by her friend, Trish. She happens upon Second Chance Ministries and discovers her calling when she teaches Creative Writing to troubled teens. She has issues with her own father, who is in a nursing home due to his Alzheimer's. Dareece helps her and her husband, Jerry, as much as she helps him.
Trish leads a Bible study in her home on Song of Solomon and Mave attends. Trish encourages the ladies to accept The 21-Day Romance Challenge to improve their marriages. This "Challenge" is included in the book at the conclusion as well as the Song of Solomon Bible study.
This book truly moved me. I think that is because it touched so "close to home" for me at this point in my life. There is encouragement to minister in some way as well. You don't have to be in your "Empty Nest Years" to enjoy this book. I am already planning to share it with my 79 year old mother as I think she will thoroughly enjoy it too!
Located in: Roanoke, VA
Submitted: April 11, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a Christ-follower, wife, mom, and grandmother to six. When not writing, I enjoy reading, playing with my grandkids, and visiting with my grown children. One of my favorite pastimes in this season of life is dancing with my hubby.
What was your motivation behind this project? In part, this story was my way of processing the empty nest. Finding purpose in the second half of life is a theme in Second Chance, so I wanted my central character Mave to find new meaning in this season of her life. Through her volunteer work with a Christian inner city teen ministry, I hope to spotlight the efforts these organizations make to reach out to lost and hurting teenagers with the gospel of Jesus Christ. My special focus is on Straight Street where my daughter and son-in-law serve full time. In fact, a portion of book proceeds supports Straight Street.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My hope for those who read Second Chance is that they will find a mix of laughter and tears as they process transitions in life. Like Mave, may they discover a purpose much bigger than themselves.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? As I said, Second Chance helped me work through my feelings as I moved into the empty nest. The project also spurred greater passion and compassion for inner city teens as I researched drugs and gang life.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Angela Hunt and Francine Rivers are my all-time favorite authors. They have moved me, guided me, and inspired me with their words.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Be on the lookout for my next two releases: 1) Wit & Wisdom from the Wee Ones, a kids quip book inspired by (you guessed it), my six grandkids and 2) Laughing with Lily, my fifth novel. Teaser: An unexpected encounter with a person from her past launches a special education teacher on a quest for answers.
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