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Release Day: Aging Gracefully with the 23rd Psalm by Dr. Sharon V. King

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Anaiah Press proudly presents
AGING GRACEFULLY WITH THE 23rd PSALM by Dr. Sharon V. King
a devotional that releases today!

 

 

Can we talk about getting older? With another Baby Boomer turning 60 every 7.5 seconds, the “age wave” has captured the attention of such diverse fields as financial planning, cosmetics, medicine, and—religion. How does aging affect our spirituality? Does it deepen our relationship with God, or have decades of life’s roller coaster rides left us “spiritually challenged?” Life after 50 can be particularly challenging for women because of the personal, social, and physical changes that naturally occur as we age. A rich spiritual life can help 50+ women gain perspective about their aging process and seek God’s guidance as they encounter the changes, challenges, and opportunities of later life.

 

Aging Gracefully with the 23rd Psalm applies some of the best-loved verses in scripture to a reflective study of ways women can grow in grace as they grow in years. The book format provides reflections on themes of aging found in each verse of Psalm 23, such as facing forks in the road; making fresh starts; resolving past conflicts; coping with social, personal, and physical changes; navigating through emotional transitions; processing loss and grief; and end-of-life planning. Illustrations of each theme follow, using biblical examples, vignettes from the author’s personal aging journey, a Takeaway Message from each psalm verse, suggestions for group discussion topics, and a journaling exercise to help the reader write a “Prayer Memo” to the Good Shepherd of the 23rd Psalm.

 

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About the Author:
Dr. Sharon V. King

Sharon is a class of ’69 Baby Boomer, a native of Pennsylvania, and now resident of Georgia. The daughter of church musicians, she first worked as a music teacher and then turned her interests to writing about and working with older adults.A recently retired gerontology professor, Sharon now writes inspirational books and articles for 50+ women.

Connect with Sharon:    Website     Twitter

 

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The 23rd Psalm for Caregivers – Guest Post by Dr. Sharon V. King

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Dr. Sharon V. King is the author of Aging Gracefully with the 23rd Psalm, a reflective study on the beloved Psalm especially for 50+ ladies. When I invited Sharon to share her thoughts with my readers, she asked if I had a special topic in mind. I said anything that fit in with my blog them of caregiving, faith, and family would be fine. I hope the thoughts she shared will be a meaningful to you as they were to me.

 First, I want to thank Linda for the opportunity to do a guest post on her blog. Caregiving is a reality for many women in their second half-century (the way I like to think about being 50 or over). My new book, Aging Gracefully with the 23rd Psalm, is a devotional offering from one 50+ lady to others of the so-called Baby Boom generation. I say so-called because Baby Boomers’ kids now have babies, so there’s yet another Baby Boom generation. Perhaps now we’ll have to refer to ourselves as “Grandbaby Boomers!”

In my book, I try to connect themes of aging to the verses of one of the best-loved of all psalms. What makes Psalm23 so universally loved is its relevance to a variety of life stages, situations, and circumstances. Caregivers certainly can find a wealth of inspiration and guidance from God’s word in Psalm 23. Although caregiving isn’t the focus of my book, I’d like to explore how some of the verses of Psalm 23 apply to caregiving.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1).The very first verse of Psalm 23 just about says it all for caregivers. “I shall not want.” Want for what? For all the mercies caregivers need: grace to live one day at time, patience with dementia-related behaviors in an aging parent, someone to help with the housekeeping. Our Good Shepherd can provide all these needs, maybe not when or how we want them, but we can trust that He knows how to provide for us.

“He restoreth my soul” (Psalm 23:3). If anyone has a soul that needs to be restored, it’s a caregiver. Burdens such as anxiety about the future; weary, sleep-interrupted nights; squeezed finances; or lack of support from other family members can make caregivers feel like their spiritual vitality has drained completely away. Sometimes not even physical rest helps. When your soul is weary, you need divine restoration—the kind only God can provide.

“Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). Comfort is a valuable commodity for caregivers. They take comfort in even the smallest offerings of support. If you have ever reached out to a caregiver with a phone call or a “thinking of you” card, you may have experienced just how thrilled the caregiver was just to know someone thought about them. Even though nothing may change in their current situation, caregivers can cling to that phone call or card as a source of tremendous comfort. You can be God’s “angel in disguise” to a caregiver, simply by stretching out your rod of comfort in the form of a friendly voice or a thoughtful greeting card.

“Thou anointest my head with oil” (Psalm 23:5). Does God have a special anointing for caregivers? I believe the words to an old hymn by Annie Johnson Flint answer that question:  “He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater. He sendeth more strength as our labors increase. To added afflictions, He addeth his mercy. To multiplied trials, He multiples peace.”

Finally, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” (Psalm 23:4). Perhaps the greatest dread for many caregivers is the knowledge that their ailing loved one may be approaching death or has already died. I recall years back when my mother was dying of cancer. The doctor phoned my father and told him we should all come to the hospital as soon as possible—to say good-bye. Although that night is an emotional blur in my mind, the one thing I recall most was the peaceful look in my mother’s eyes as her life came to a slow end. She clearly feared no evil. She knew to whom she belonged and where she was headed next. Her peacefulness brought peace to all our family, as God gently ushered us all through the valley of the shadow of death.

If you are a caregiver, or know one, use Psalm 23 as a devotional and apply its richness and beauty to your personal situation. As I urge readers of my book, try writing your own reflections about each verse of Psalm 23. Personalize it, and discover the amazing depth of grace God has provided for us in this one short but powerful piece of scripture.

You can visit me on my blog at www.yearsfullofgrace.com, and—oh yes—you’re invited to buy my book, Aging Gracefully with the 23rd Psalm. It will be released by Anaiah Press on February 17, 2015 at www.anaiahpress.com.

About the book:

Aging Gracefully coverCan we talk about getting older? With another Baby Boomer turning 60 every 7.5 seconds, the “age wave” has captured the attention of such diverse fields as financial planning, cosmetics, medicine, and—religion. How does aging affect our spirituality? Does it deepen our relationship with God, or have decades of life’s roller coaster rides left us “spiritually challenged?”  Life after 50 can be particularly challenging for women because of the personal, social, and physical changes that naturally occur as we age. A rich spiritual life can help 50+ women gain perspective about their aging process and seek God’s guidance as they encounter the changes, challenges, and opportunities of later life.

Aging Gracefully with the 23rd Psalm applies some of the best-loved verses in scripture to a reflective study of ways women can grow in grace as they grow in years. The book format provides reflections on themes of aging found in each verse of Psalm 23, such as facing forks in the road; making fresh starts; resolving past conflicts; coping with social, personal, and physical changes; navigating through emotional transitions; processing loss and grief; and end-of-life planning. Illustrations of each theme follow, using biblical examples, vignettes from the author’s personal aging journey, a Takeaway Message from each psalm verse, suggestions for group discussion topics, and a journaling exercise to help the reader write a “Prayer Memo” to the Good Shepherd of the 23rd Psalm.

About the author:

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Find Sharon on her website and on Twitter.

 

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A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos by Linda Brendle

“Sometimes, reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots; vascular dementia has attacked dad, and instead of carefree retirees, we have become caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped up the toilet again; Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced he was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I know this isn’t going to be the easygoing retirement we imagined for ourselves.” 

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving.

Winter In the Soul by Jennifer Novotney

In a world divided by power and greed, seventeen-year-old Lilika harbors an intense desire to return to Winter in the Soul, the place her family left to escape the darkness that was manifesting from a coldness of the soul.

When she meets Talon, their connection is evident right from the start, and together they travel through the Black Kingdom to recover Lilika’s stolen locket. And in search of an answer to the mystery behind Winter in the Soul.

Lilika holds the key to stopping the darkness from spreading. The fate of their world lies in her hands. Will she stop the Black Kingdom before its darkness overtakes them all, or will they succumb to the darkness that is spreading across the land?

Liberty Belle by Emily Ungar

On the same day she turns twelve years old, Savannah moves away from everything she’s known in sweet, sunny Georgia to preppy Washington D.C. Not only will she miss her best friends, Katie and Tessa, Savannah will start a new school. She soon discovers that her schoolmates love to brag — about their clothes, their parents’ governmental connections, and even who had the in with the school authorities.

Unhappy and lonely, Savannah decides if she can’t make life better, she can at least make it sound that way. Soon, she is living in the childhood home of George Washington, riding in the limo of the Vice President’s daughter, and even moving into the former Luxembourg embassy.

All is well, until she learns that her true friends from Georgia are coming for a visit. Now Savannah must create the life she’s been talking about in her letters, and fast! Will Savannah find herself, or lose her friends?

Runaway by Renee Donne

After Marianne discovers her bankrupt stepfather sold her into marriage to the highest bidder, she flees Philadelphia and heads west to start a new life. Unfortunately for her, danger follows.

First, a stage coach accident leaves her stranded in the middle of nowhere – with an injured driver. And henchmen hired by her spurned would-be husband are hot on her trail, threatening to return her to Philadelphia and the man who is determined to own her.

Just when things seem hopeless, Marianne is rescued by a handsome cowboy who offers temporary refuge. Knowing she can’t refuse, yet wary of his intentions, Marianne finds herself drawn to this quiet, enigmatic hero. But is he someone she can trust?

Pride by Rosie Somers

Seventeen-year-old Gabriella Pierce is used to taking care of herself, but she’s about to become responsible for a whole lot more. When she gets a visit from three men claiming to be defenders of fantastical rings imbued with the powers of THE CARDINAL SINS, her life is changed irrevocably.

Gabby is the steward of PRIDE.

To make matters worse, she’s falling hard for fellow steward, Grant Barnett, and he hates her guts. Now Gabby has to learn to protect the world from Pride without letting her feelings for Grant get in the way.

Operation Tree Roper: An Eye Above by Robert Polk

Twelve-year-old Declan Parker was born with only one eye, but all he seems to have trouble seeing in proper perspective is himself. All he wants is for kids to see him as normal before he starts a new school in the fall. To that end, he sets out to make money helping with his dad’s tree care business.

Unfortunately, when his dad lands in the hospital after a climbing accident, Declan’s surgery hopes are wrecked. His only hope remains in a neighbor girl and her uncle, a wounded army veteran. Can they help him save his dad’s business, or will Declan’s once-courageous drive turn into total despair?

Bound by Blood by Scott Springer

Julia has accepted the Lord and is busy returning her life to order. She is not ready for love, especially when the new site foreman at work stirs up forgotten feelings. She knows a playboy when she sees one, but to Rick Mercado the attraction between them is surprisingly real. Other girls no longer interest him, and if she wants to play hard to get that’s fine with him. Let the games begin!

What he doesn’t realize is that her dangerous secret is not a game.

Julia’s brother has returned from the street, strung out and in trouble with rival gangs. Loyalty to her brother draws Julia deeper into a world of drug deals and thugs. Rick doesn’t understand why Julia won’t simply go to the cops, especially once the bullets start flying. As Julia slips further into a world of violence, Rick realizes how easily his heart can be broken. His brain says to run, but his heart isn’t listening. It may already be too late.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping!

Blessings,

Linda

 

Quotes from A Long and Winding Road | Labor Is a Screaming Matter | by Linda Brendle

Labor is a screaming matter

In A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos, I tell not only the story of our seven-week, sixteen-state trek in a forty-foot motor home, but I also tell some of the stories of how life brought us to this point. Our travels took us to Pueblo, Colorado to visit our son Christian, and we timed it so we could help celebrate his birthday. Of course, that evoked memories of his debut into the world and of the nurse who reminded me somewhat of Nurse Ratchett in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Blessings,

Linda

To read Chapter 1 of A Long and Winding Road, CLICK HERE.

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Quotes from A Long and Winding Road – Drifting Away | by Linda Brendle

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Linda

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Guest Post by Robert A. Polk, Author of Operation Tree Roper

Today I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post by Robert A. Polk, author of Operation Tree Roper: An Eye Above. Robert’s middle grade adventure was released by Anaiah Press on October 7. When he asked me what I would like for him to write about, I said anything that would fit in with caring for others. He knocked it out of the park!

Balancing Writing Time against Family Needs 

 I love your blog and look forward to reading your book, Linda. Thank you for having me on this week!

When I think about the situations you must have endured while caring for your ailing parents, I think of the word sacrifice – and on a grand scale.

A caregiver must not only endure, but often embrace the sacrifices which the needs of others demands. I’m finding that out on with my own family circumstances. Perhaps a little grace and humility filter in along the way as one goes about caring for aging parents or growing children. One can only hope.

In my struggles of trying to raise and teach my children while also trying to squeeze in time to take care of household chores and outdoor yard and home maintenance, not everything gets done. (My yard makes all my neighbors’ yards look great.) Whether I’m running the lawn mower, taking out the trash, picking choking hazards off the floor (darn Legos), wiping marker or pencil art off the walls, or changing diapers, the temptation to sit down and write teases me. But there’s still more to do.

There’s always more to do. But that’s okay. For even if I leave the mower in the yard, stalled on a half-mowed strip, or maybe leave a few dishes in the sink overnight in order to steal a few minutes a week to write some sentences or jot down a couple of ideas, I’m moving forward.

Yes, I want to do it all (and you probably do too), but I can’t. Not the way I want to, anyway. My constant struggle lies in deciding when I can indulge in my desire to write versus doing something else. God (and every busy parent) knows that there is not enough time in the day to have the perfect home/children/life or whatever.

So, maybe I can’t write all the time I’m thinking about writing – oh, well. That idea reservoir is always filling up, whether from things the kids say or do, or my own mental wanderings. Sometimes it’s just a trickle, sometimes it’s a downpour, but ideas, scenes and dialogues are constantly filling it up. And when I find a moment to open the spillway, the words flood the pages, and I’m relieved.

But the writing will end too quickly. For I’ll soon be needed to change a blowout diaper, or move a load of laundry, or cook a meal, or, yeah, you know. That’s when I try to remember that this is the moment I have, in my life, right now to share with others. For, right now my life is filled with little children. So I consider, what should I be doing with this moment? Should I be writing in my own little world, or sharing my time with my family?

I’ve sort of figured that out – for me – for now. While I formerly wrote whenever I could sit down at my laptop, I now mostly write in small bursts during the times I wait for a child to get done with dance class or band practice. (My laptop travels with me on my shuttle duties.) But when I tried to write at home during the day, I always felt irritated or guilty when one of the kids came to me for something. It’s hard to just shut off the flow of words when you’re going good, and I didn’t want to stop. However, I also didn’t want my children and wife to think that I valued the words I typed more than their time and presence. So I gave myself a nighttime writing schedule.

It’s been nice, to slow down my daytime writing regimen, so I can be present with my wife and children more. Most of my writing (like this guest post for Linda) is done late at night, where I’ll punch out words until I fall asleep on the kkkkkkkkkkeyboard. (Oops. Sorry about that. I guess I’d better wrap it up and get some sleep. Good night.)

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