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Calling All Control Freaks: I’ve got an Rx for ya… (with help from Jennifer Dukes Lee) Plus, Don’t forget Ann Gabhart is coming next week to Book Club!

Friends!  This Tuesday, 9/18, a new book hits bookstores and bookshelves everywhere.  It’s an invaluable resource:  I call it my “current traveling handbook.” You’ll tote it with you to check and recheck, believe me.

The book?  It’s All Under Control:  A Journey of Letting Go, Hanging On and Finding a Peace You Almost Forgot Was Possible by Jennifer Dukes Lee.

I first met Jennifer at a She Speaks Conference in Charlotte, NC in July of 2017.  Of all the class offerings, Jennifer’s jumped out at me: “How a small-time blogger can get a book published.”  I was there with my second draft of my book, praying to take as many classes and meet as many mentors as humanly possible.

I found Jennifer to be sincere, honest, funny, and tremendously encouraging.  She also gave us her email address should we have further questions, saying, “I have soooo been there!  Don’t despair!  God’s got this!” I exited the class a few inches taller.

Fast forward to this year and I’ve been blessed to be on the Launch Team for this book.  I’ve highlighted and dog-eared many a page, also tagging numerous resources in the back of the book.

Thanks to Jennifer’s confessions of things I think but wouldn’t utter, take-home value is at a premium.  Three of many favorite chapters include:

1 – Her prayer to the Holy Spirit (Chapter 8 – “Clueless: What to do when God’s To-Do List Makes Zero Sense) is not to be missed!

2 – Her three important words we must force ourselves to use:  “I need help!” (Chapter 10), not to mention discovering a killer great quote:

“Asking for help requires a heart-unzipped intimacy with God, who saw your need in the first place.” and

3 – Getting the chance to learn if you’re a “Driver,” a “Devoter,” or a “Darling,” (Chapter 4 – “Superpowers:  Uncovering Your Strengths, Your Kryptonite, and That Line We All Tend to Cross), plus you’ll find a much more detailed explanation in the back of the book.

Each chapter ends with a “Crack the Control Code” section, giving you concrete, helpful solutions to relinquish that control we think we have, but never really had.  Anyone? (I also loved the chapters on waiting and rest, but was determined to only give you three.  Smile.)

Three additional resources in the back of the book can be used over and over. I’m beyond certain you and I will do exactly that:

1 – The Control Code Continuum.  I pray you won’t find yourself in the Danger Zone! (Can’t get the song  Highway to the Danger Zone outta my head.  Thanks so very much, Tom Cruise.) Confession:  I discovered I’ve been in an Unhealthy Zone, only one notch up from the Danger Zone.  Good news:  Jennifer offers a manageable, doable “response” to getteth thee outteth of that zone!

2 – The Decision Tree – “Should I hang on or let go?” This is a great filtering tool which will quickly allow you to stop spinning in circles.

3 – Do, Delegate, or Dismiss – “Task of _____________.”

I’m telling you, I wish I’d had this book thirty-plus years ago when we began raising our boys.  If you have young moms in your life, march out immediately and grab a copy for them!  They will love you for this! (My daughters-in-love will be getting this book in their stockings.  Shhhhh, don’t tell.)

Now you know what I’m going to say, “RUN, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and grab this book for yourself and for any of your friends you know could benefit from this book!’’

Finally, don’t forget to join us and bring a boatload of your friends, if you’re anywhere near Louisville, KY, next Monday Night, September 24th, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for Branches Book Club at Middletown United Methodist Church.  Author Ann Gabhart is coming and will be talking about These Healing Hills and we’ll also get to hear about her newest novel, River to Redemption. Click here for additional information. 

‘Til next time!

 

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Come Meet Author Ann Gabhart and Hear Her Talk About Her Novel, These Healing Hills, September 24th!

Friends!  Mark your calendars to join us next month for what promises to be a superb first-of-the-season Branches Book Club meeting on Monday, September 24thBonus:  Author Ann Gabhart is coming to be with us to talk about her page-turner of a book, These Healing Hills.

The girls at Branches Book Club at Middletown United Methodist Church invite you to come and bring some friends! The more the merrier! We’ll be meeting from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

11902 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243 http://www.middletownumc.org

These Healing Hills is the winner of the Grace Award in the Action/Adventure/Western/Epic Fiction category and is also a finalist in the Faith, Hope, Love Reader’s Choice Awards in Women’s Fiction.  Bravo, Ann!

Allow me to give you a petite teaser on These Healing Hills…

One of many aspects I love about this novel is it’s about the frontier nurses in Appalachia.  These were and are very brave souls who attend nursing school with the intention of traveling the hills of Kentucky and caring for the sick.  Delivering babies, a la nurse-midwives, is their specialty.

Ann clearly did her homework, researching these nurses’ education, mode of transportation, culture, etc. These Healing Hills opens in 1945, just after the war ended. We quickly meet Francine Howard. She has come from the big city of Cincinnati to the very tiny town of Hyden, in Leslie County, Kentucky to become a frontier nurse. (Please see a real frontier nurse below!)

 

Fran arrives with two built-in challenges before she ever begins work at the clinic. The first challenge could perhaps be the reason for Fran leaving Cincinnati and joining the Frontier Nurses.

Fran had had a close relationship with a young man who had been at war.  His homecoming surely meant their future wedding.  Unfortunately, he met and married a gal in England. Fran learned he was bringing this new wife home.

The second challenge involves Fran’s mother, who’s still in Cincinnati. She is completely against Fran moving to the mountains and pokes fun of the “hillbillies and their ways.”  While we readers fall in love with Fran, we easily get upset over her mother who speaks her mind mercilessly.

While Fran catches on quickly to nursing, as well as traveling on horseback, she doesn’t catch on so quickly to the mountain’s trails and becomes lost. More than once.

Enter one handsome young man, Ben Locke, who’s also just returned from the war.  They have several chance meetings and are obviously attracted to one another.

Fran befriends Ben’s whole family as she takes care of his brother, Woody, as well as his sister, Sadie, and delivers a baby of another one of his sisters, Becca. (This is only the beginning of several plot twists.)

In my research of the frontier nurses, I happened upon this picture.  This is one of the real nurses who called on families.  Thanks to Ann’s writing, this is exactly how I pictured them. (Note the dog and lots of children.)

Ann weaves the importance of prayer and reliance upon the Lord throughout her novel as well as tucking in Scripture verses and a song here and there.  She also writes so visually you feel as if you’re right there with Nurse Howard (Fran) and her patients.

I happen to know Ann’s a dog lover, and she doesn’t disappoint by including a loyal, super smart dog in the story as well as some puppies who we readers become endeared to.

Here’s a favorite quote:

Not without frightful occurrences, including an encounter with a rattle snake, and a mysterious shooting, Ann keeps us guessing while rapidly turning the pages of These Healing Hills.

Will Fran stay? Will she and Ben give in to their attraction to one another? Will her former boyfriend meddle in the middle? Ah, my friend, you must read this book to find out! And read it before our September 24th meeting!

It was a sad day for me when I finished the book. I didn’t want it to end. It begs for a sequel, and that’s going to be my first question for Ann when she comes to book club!

Run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and grab These Healing Hills. You have plenty of time to read it before we all get to meet, greet, and hear from the author herself, Ann Gabhart.  Be thinking of questions to ask her! You do not want to miss this opportunity!

Mark your calendar:  Monday, September 24th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Middletown United Methodist Church.  Please RSVP to Nancy Tinnell at (502)245-8839. (Because of the ongoing remodeling, we will be meeting in the sanctuary.)

One final fun fact: Since we chose Ann’s book in the spring, she’s had yet another book release, River to Redemption, this past July. I’m sure we can ask her questions about it too! (It’s next on my nightstand.)

 

‘Til next time!

 

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