I recently finished the book, A Single Bead by Stephanie Engleman.
I received this book as a gift A Single Bead during theCatholic Writers Guild Live Conference in 2016. I’m grateful to have the chance to read this unique coming of age book. I think it’s a good read for young people and plan to donate this book to a local Catholic high school.
I thought Stephanie captured the thought processes of a young girl. I liked how the adults in the main character’s life helped her work her way through the difficulties in her life, to understand the events that happened around her, and through that process, she deepened her faith. I wish every young person had such people to turn to during their times of confusion.
Published by Virginia Pillars, author
I'm a daughter, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a sister-in-law, an aunt, an author, a part-time volunteer guitar player, a retired businesswoman, a part-time gardener who loves to talk with people. I have a passion for my faith, my family, and my friends. I love to learn and share what I discovered.
In 2004, we discovered our daughter suffered from a debilitating disease - Paranoid Schizophrenia. I knew nothing about mental illness, but we didn't have the luxury of learning at a pace we could absorb. We had to dive in and hope we learned to swim as we came up for air. Our daughter is now in recovery and I work as a volunteer for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to support others who battle mental illness.
I wrote my journey in the book: Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope Through a Child's Mental Illness. Ask for it by name at your favorite bookstore or purchase it directly from the publisher, Familius.com, from the Amazon, or Barnes and Noble website.
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