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To Begin Again: A New Catalpa Creek Story Paperback – Mar 31 2018

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: A Child Speaks (March 31 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1775293807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1775293804
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 513 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Janet Stobie has built an inspiring beauty into this story of a Canadian teenage girl's life and tells it with a consummate poetry, spirituality and rhythm. This is a substantial narrative dealing honestly and in depth with current, complex matters of concern to us all: immigration, cultural difference, our fear of terrorism, suicide, friendship, love and redemption.

It does so by tracing and comparing lives parallel to that of the Canadian teenager. One is her great-great-grandmother who was a Barnardo child; the other, that of a contemporary refugee family. A deep understanding of both emerges.

Janet Stobie's sensitive story offers the reader clear insights into the roots for and relationships between Judaism, Christianity and Islam; into the intimate and inner feelings of an orphan teenager; a young, widowed father seeking to re-build his life; and into the diverse reactions and behaviours of their friends and the community at large. These matters are addressed under the guiding love of God.

This deeply-felt story is current, educational, and written in a brave, honest, and constructive way. I warmly recommend it for teenagers as well as adults who seek inspiration and fulfillment.

Written by Viviana Galleno, professor, Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University, U.K.

"To Begin Again" is the much anticipated, heart-warming continuation of Renee's and Steve's stories and more. Writing with sensitivity, humour and courage, Jan has interwoven themes of friendship, prejudice, grief, and romance.

Steve and Renee's belief in a loving, guiding God makes it possible for them "To Begin Again."

Storyteller Jan has gifted us with another wonderful, faith confirming, thought provoking, enjoyable read.

Written by Diane Claridge, retired teacher.

A heartfelt novel, To Begin Again chronicles the life of Steve and Renee as they continue to deal with the sudden death of their wife and mother even after three years. This book is an honest open-hearted account of a father and daughter struggling to build a new life after tragedy. Especially engaging are life's always-changing challenges. It is good to see the values of care and compassion in the midst of this troubled world. Issues addressed in the story are timely and timeless. I would highly recommend it to all who are searching for hope.

Written by Nancy Miller, long time United Church member, retired First reader for a Youth Publisher..

About the Author

REV. JANET STOBIE B.A., M.Ed., M.Div. A writer, spiritual director, and ordained minister, Janet is welcomed as an inspirational speaker at fundraisers, group meetings and Sunday morning church services. During her nineteen years in parish ministry, Janet was particularly appreciated for her storytelling and her pastoral care skills with young people and children. Janet writes a blog and has a column in a local newspaper. To Begin Again is Janet’s eighth book. Besides the novel Fireweed, the first in her Catalpa Creek series, Janet has written and published two books of short stories, three children’s picture books, and a worship resource. Janet is married to Tom and together they have five children and nine “amazing” grandchildren. When Janet is not writing, or fulfilling speaking engagements, she and her husband Tom enjoy their blended family. In between, they have fun square dancing with their friends, travelling and volunteering at their church. For more about Janet Stobie and her books, check out her website. www.janetstobie.com


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