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Nancy's Notes 11-15-07

“The Prayer Chest” by August Gold, “Beyond the Mommy Years” by Carin Rubenstein, “The Christmas Promise” by Donna VanLiere,

My first book this week is entitled “The Prayer Chest”. It is a novel about receiving life’s riches. The story centers around Joseph Hutchinson, a man who whose life has been filled with adversity. A widowed father of two, Joseph lives on a farm that is about to be taken from him.  He embarks on a journey that will bring him face-to-face with his greatest fears and ultimately with his greatest discovery-a mysterious wooden box hidden in his attic more than one hundred years earlier. The box, the Prayer Chest, contains the Three Secrets of Prayer that will change his life and the lives of everyone around him. What starts out as a journey to save his children and himself turns into a quest to discover the power to make every prayer come true.

            Thirty million mothers between forty and sixty years old are about to face childless households. These empty-nesters find the community they’ve been involved in on playgrounds and playing fields are now gone. Carin Rubenstein, a social psychologist, has written “Beyond the Mommy Years”.  For the book she interviewed more than a thousand women and found that the baby boomer women are redefining themselves. She broke down post-motherhood into three stages: grief, relief, and joy. She found that women develop a renewed sense of confidence and well-being and that life can be just as exciting and enriching as motherhood.

            It’s time to get in the holiday spirit and start reading those Christmas books. We have a new title “The Christmas Promise” written by Donna VanLiere. The story begins seven years after Gloria endures a tragedy that shook her faith. Each Christmas she places a card in an envelope on her tree, restating a promise she made to her husband before he died. Now having moved form her hometown and its painful memories she is building a life by caring for people in need. Her neighbor, Miriam, is a thorn in Gloria’s side. She constantly criticizes the good things Gloria does. When a twist of fate makes them roommates instead of neighbors, it’s the ultimate test of patience.

            Chaz has a good job as head of security at a store. He longs for a wife and family of his own but realizes that the life choices he’s made have alienated him. He befriends a young boy whose mother has fallen on hard times, giving him a chance to have a life he thought impossible. The book will bring the lives of these characters together as they learn that even as we move ahead, the past is never far behind.

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