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It was the men who ruled the night…

25 Feb

The questions were insightful and the answers were beautifully articulated… I was so proud as a mother to watch and listen as Bryant and James responded so warmly and truthfully to the questions that were asked of them. The healing of our story continues. I found myself tearing up as both of these men (my sons) answered questions about their continuing journey. They shared how they both had to forgive each other but just as important to forgive themselves for each having placed the other in an impossible situation.

Everyone in the room knew that we were sharing a special moment. I watched as the eyes were glued to my sons, the audience wasn’t moving, people were leaning forward in their chairs expectantly. Men and women both were equally moved by our story, however it was the men who ruled the night. It was the husbands, fathers, and sons that were asking these questions of my sons and my husband. It was, for me, the moment that I realized that our book really isn’t just about a mother, wife, sister, and daughter. It is a story about fathers, sons, brothers, and husbands as well.

The once a month meeting of this “small group” of married couples that break bread, and talk about something Christ centered was a turning point for me. They had picked our book The Year of the Cicadas to read together, not just the wives, but everyone. The men were engaged in the struggles of our sons, and the patience and strength of my husband, Steve. Realizing that it was he, who had negotiated and navigated some incredible family dynamics to help me bring our story to the public and still have us all speaking with each other. Not only speaking but, there as a family to teach and guide others.

Yes, the questions were insightful and the answers were beautiful…our healing as a family continues as we walk this journey. Thank you to my family for allowing me to share this incredibly personal story.


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Book Club

7 Feb

Steve and I attended our first “gathering of friends,” brought together only to discuss our book, The Year of the Cicadas last night. This all happened because of one woman. She was so inspired by our story that she bought 15 books, went out and recruited 15 readers, and brought them together for one evening to spend with us! There was so much love in the room from all the women who had read our story, brought together by one woman who had reached out to them, only to share our story.

God was working in that room last night.  By us sharing our story, several other people came forward and shared part of their story.  It was beautiful.  My readers continue to amaze me.  I never imagined someone doing something like this for me, before I wrote this book.  The journey of our family’s healing has continued since we published our story.  The gift continues.  What an amazing journey I am on….can’t wait to share our next step with you.


If you would like to purchase multiple books for your book club we are more than happy to offer you a discount and would love to meet with your group for discussion. You can order your books here or contacts us for more information on setting up a meeting for your book club.

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