A beloved storyteller known for her extraordinary sense of humor, Smollin includes such examples as the woman who desired to be buried with a fork in her hand. When asked why, she said to her husband that at many of the church potlucks, she was told to hold onto her fork, for the best was yet to come---dessert. 192 pages, softcover. Sorin.
Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin (1943-2014) was a beloved storyteller with an unforgettable sense of humor. In her final book, The Best Is Yet to Come, Smollin--the author of five books, a gifted motivational speaker, and a trusted counselor--warmly encourages readers to live each moment fully, to discover the sacred in the ordinary, and to remember that the best is yet to come, affirming Christian hope. In what was to be the last chapter of the book, Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin wanted to tell the story of a woman who wanted to be buried with a fork in her hand. The woman told her husband that at the many potluck church dinners she attended, she was always told to hold onto her fork after the main dish because there was still one more course--dessert. The best was yet to come! Sr. Anne possessed an uncanny gift to inject new life into familiar words and simple lessons such as "life is a precious gift," "don't take yourself too seriously," and "little things mean a lot." She reminds us in her final work that no matter how difficult some moments in life can be, the best is yet to come. In the tradition of her popular books Tickle Your Soul and Live, Laugh, and Be Blessed, Sr. Anne's down-to-earth wisdom and warm sense of humor once again break through the mundane routine of life, inviting you to wake up and take a fresh look around. Twenty-seven brief chapters will take you on a delightful tour through topics such as keeping perspective, living in the present moment, seeing the connections, and appreciating the past. The book was written just before Sr. Anne's untimely death and is being published posthumously in honor of her work and inspiration. Lifelong friend Sr. Patricia St. John, C.S.J., put the finishing touches on this manuscript. In her foreword, Sr. Patti recalls some of Sr. Anne's personal qualities--her wide-open heart to anyone in need, her delight in simple things, her ability to lovingly focus on each person she met--the same qualities she imparts as you read this book.
Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin, C.S.J. (1943-2014), was an international lecturer on wellness and spirituality. An educator and therapist, she earned a doctorate in counseling psychology from Walden University in Florida and was executive director of the Counseling for Laity center in Albany, New York. Smollin is the author of Tickle Your Soul (Sorin Books, 1999), God Knows You're Stressed (Sorin Books, 2001), and Live, Laugh, and Be Blessed (Sorin Books, 2006).
Sr. Patricia St. John, C.S.J., is the executive director of the Carondelet Music Center in Latham, New York, and serves as an adjunct professor of music and music education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she earned her doctorate in music education. St. John shared community life for thirty years with Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin, C.S.J., and called Smollin her best friend.