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Christmas Gift Ideas – Gift Idea #1 of 4- This is For Your Friends Who are Grandmothers

Friends! Four weeks from this Wednesday, November 27th, is CHRISTMAS DAY!!! So for the next four weeks, I’ll be giving you some Christmas gift ideas. That’ll give you time to find these items if you like these ideas, and time to wrap them before Christmas.

You’ll be stunned to hear these ideas are all books. Sorry, I just can’t help myself…

On Saturday, November 16th, I had the enormous pleasure and honor of participating in the 38th Kentucky Book Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park. It was an all day affair featuring 150 authors. We learned over three thousand people visited, shopped, and met many of these authors, having them autograph the books as well.

My row of 10 tables turned out to be extra fun. My “neighbor” to my right was Joe Robinson. We discovered we have many mutual friends, including my cousins Bonnie and Steve Johnson who also were in the very same row, as well as a gal who was on my list to meet: Teresa Kindred. When I’d perused the catalog of who all would be at the Book Festival, I earmarked four-for-sure authors I wanted to meet and buy their book.

I couldn’t believe it when Teresa was right next to Bonnie! I showed her my post where I’d listed her book, The Faith-Filled Grandmother: Promises, Prayers and Practical Advice for Today. She was most gracious and bought my book too. She then read my book in two days and put a review up on her website under the “Reading” tab. Checkout www.nanahood.com

The format of Teresa’s book is excellent. Each chapter includes info on the chapter’s topic, lots of beautiful and pertinent Scripture, a section on God’s promises, a Grandmother’s Prayer, and advice from other grandmothers! Thru’ her Facebook page, Teresa was able to reach over 18,000 women with hundreds of them responding to her questions. We readers get to hear some of their ideas and responses in each chapter.

Teresa’s sweet, conversational style of writing makes you feel like you’re sitting at her kitchen table having coffee with her. She’s very real and honest.

The topics of the ten chapters cover everything you could think of. I believe you’ll think of your friends who need this book given these topics, such as:

My comments on these chapters are in parentheses….

Grandparent Building Blocks (This is one of many of my favorite chapters. It includes “Fruits of the Spirit for Grandmothers.”)

The Long-Distance Grandparent (PTL for FaceTime!)

The Grandmother Who Spoils (Oh dear…busted…ahem!!!)

Keeping Children Spiritually Focused in a Material World (This chapter has great reminders for all of us.)

Grandmothers Who Worry (Now she’s messin’ with us—ouch again!!! Oh, but this is a very helpful chapter.)

Grandmothers Who Raise Their Grandchildren

Grandmothers Who Aren’t Allowed to See Their Grandchildren (This is heartbreaking, however Teresa gives readers ideas on how to cope should we wind up in this scenario…)

Grandmothers Who Grieve

The Physical Challenges of Being a Grandmother (Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up…)

Multigenerational Families under the Same Roof (Those that do this will have MANY jewels in their crowns.)

Allow me to share some advice from a grandmother in the chapter on worry. Carol says,

“If I’m feeling anxious, I always read Philippians 4:6-7. I dissect it and try to apply each part of that verse, because the peace that comes is conditional upon the beginning of the verse.

I believe we cannot ask God for anything if we haven’t been thankful before we make our requests known.

Also, the peace that God promises is like a sentinel keeping watch over our mind.

That’s why it says it will guard your hearts and minds. When I think about God’s peace guarding my thoughts, it brings me much comfort.”

Here’s the verse Carol is talking about:

Checkout Teresa’s website, http://www.nanahood.com. I learned her website is in the top 10 websites on grand parenting!

Teresa tells us that about ten years ago, she started a blog named NanaHood. She said, “I chose that name because I believe NanaHood is the second half of the motherhood journey….Today NanaHood’s Facebook page has a following of close to 50,000 grandmothers from all over the world!”

Here’s a pic of Teresa from the Kentucky Book Festival:

Now you know what I’m going to say, RUN, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and grab The Faith-Filled Grandmother! Think of all your friends who will love this! This is a resource you’ll return to time and time again.

I pray you and your family have a most blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

‘Til next time!

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Come to the Kentucky Book Festival this SATURDAY, November 16th!!! Located in the Alltech Arena in the Kentucky Horse Park – Lexington, Kentucky: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friends! When was the last time you had the unfathomable opportunity to meet over 150 (That’s right:  ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY) authors in the same place, featuring their books, offering to sign them personally, just for YOU?!!!

I’ve been blessed twice before to attend this event, as an attendee, never as an author, which makes this year doubly exciting and a double blessing and honor and privilege for yours truly…

The Kentucky Book Festival is at the Kentucky Horse Park, in their lovely-n-large Alltech Arena.  It’s all day long this coming Saturday, November 16th, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Admission and parking is FREE!!!!

 

You do NOT want to miss this opportunity!  I call it heaven on earth, being the I-can’t-help-myself-bibliophile that I am.

My first book festival I attended was with Nancy-the-hugging-evangelist (Her name is explained in Chapter 4 of my book) Aguiar.  We not only got to attend the book festival, we also got to have lunch with Paula Deen and 1,498 others—Dare to ask us the story…

That year, I met the darling and engaging Jan Watson. I bought one of her books, immediately falling in love with her wit and wisdom, later inviting her to come and speak at one of our book club meetings.

Here are a couple of her excellent novels:

Jan then introduced me to Ann Gabhart, which led to us inviting Ann to come and speak at one of our book club meetings…

Can you see where I’m going with this?!!!

This year will be the 38th annual Kentucky Book Fair.  It’s in partnership with Joseph Beth Booksellers, one of my favorite all-time bookstores in Lexington.

You can go to Kentucky Humanities’ website to see who all will be at the book fair and strategize your mission upon arrival.  (I’ve got quite a shopping list. You can see a few I’ll be hunting for at the end of this post…)

Go to:  www.kyhumanities.org

There are so many authors, that many of us will be three to a table, shoulder to shoulder.  I cannot wait to meet these folks!  (Hot tip:  Be sure to get a good dose of caffeine before you come.)

Think Christmas gifts GALORE!!!

Just a few of the many notables include:  Wendell Berry and his wife, Tonya, Scott Pelley from CBS News and 60 Minutes, and Joe B. Hall (for all of you UK fans:  CATS! CATS! CATS!)

Fun sidebar:  I grew up around the corner from Joe B. Hall.  His son, Steve, and I went to Glendover Elementary School, and yes, we walked or rode our bikes to school.  (But not in the snow….)

This week I’m happy to report many of these authors have been visiting lots of classrooms in lots of schools.  Over 2,000 books were distributed to schoolchildren in an effort supported by the Kentucky Colonels, the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation and Kosair Charities. Bravo!

Books at the fair will be positioned by genre:  Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s, and Poetry.  Books for ALL ages will be plentiful.

Kentucky Monthly magazine says it so well:

Load up your car and COME TO THE KENTUCKY BOOK FAIR!

We’re ALL excited to meet you…

‘Til next time!

P.S. These are just a few books on my radar for Saturday (The book descriptions were found in the Kentucky Book Festival catalog.).

Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter’s Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times
by Scott Pelley

Scott Pelley introduces us to unforgettable people who discovered the meaning of their lives in the historic events of our times. Truth Worth Telling is for readers who believe values matter, and truth is worth telling. Pelley, known for his work on 60 Minutes and the CBS Evening News, is a reporter and photographer whose work has been recognized with numerous honors, including 37 Emmy Awards. Sponsored by Campbellsville University.

 

A Prairie Girl’s Faith
by Stephen W. Hines

Although the faith of the Ingalls’ family pervades books in the Little House series, the more specific details of Laura’s faith have never been fully explored until now. Hines, a recognized authority on Laura Ingalls Wilder, has authored or compiled several best-selling volumes on her life.

 

The Faith-Filled Grandmother: Promises, Prayers, and Practical Advice for Today
by Teresa Kindred

Written with the help of grandmothers from across the world, this book provides a blueprint to mitigate the impact of a transient society, fragmented families, and strained relationships while sustaining Christian traditions. For 13 years, Kindred wrote a column for Kentucky Living magazine. Her blog, NanaHood, has been chosen as one of the Top Ten Grandparent blogs in the world.

 

Coach Hall: My Life On and Off the Court
by Joe B. Hall & Marianne Walker

Joe B. Hall was the head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky from 1972 to 1985. In this riveting memoir, Hall presents details about his life on and off the court. His record at UK was 297-100, and 373-156 over his career. Walker is a retired professor of English and philosophy.

 

 

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