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Storytelling Straight from the Heart

In my new book, In Search of Gopher Hollow, I blended sentimentality, humor, nostalgia, and raw emotion to paint the vivid canvas that is my life story. In sharing my story with you, I hope to draw you intimately into my world, one decade at a time, by describing  pivotal events in painstaking and transparent detail.

 

As I wrote this book, I wanted the reader to feel as though they are walking right alongside me during the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond – to re-experience these periods in history. In fact, imagine you are a passenger sitting next to me on a wild roller coaster ride – whipsawing up and down, back and forth – as we zip together through each eventful chapter of my life.

 

As you read my book, you’ll learn that I have suffered many significant losses and disappointments. Somehow, I have been able to overcome adversity and carry on, as bleak as things may have seemed at times. It is my survival spirit that I hope will inspire you to reflect on your own life and the sources of strength that have pulled you through rough times.

In my case, I credit God for loving me and watching over me my entire life. I also credit my grandfather, a charismatic, larger-than-life figure, for teaching me important life lessons and equipping me with survival skills that would serve me well throughout my life. Indeed, it was at my grandparents’ home called Gopher Hollow that I found refuge at eight years of age, after having experienced so much turmoil in my early childhood years.

At that impressionable age, I just soaked up like a sponge all the sensory delights I discovered there at Gopher Hollow - the scents of gardenia and eucalyptus, the song of the mourning dove - while also forging a close bond with my grandpa. The result was a blueprint for joy that became deeply engrained in my psyche and propelled me forward over the years (hence the book’s title).

In sharing about the losses and challenges I’ve faced, I hope to become a positive example for others to emulate, and to offer readers a sense of hope when things appear utterly hopeless. In essence, In Search of Gopher Hollow is a real-life example of faith, hope, an
d joy in action.

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More Books by Theresa Anthony

HOPE SPRINGS FROM A MOTHER'S BROKEN HEART:

11 Mothers Share How They Survived
the Loss of a Child

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MY 13TH STATION:

A Mother Shares Her Son's Tragic Battle with Depression, Alcoholism, and Demons

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Journey with me as I share my personal life experiences in hopes of inspiring others who may be facing a difficult chapter or two. I am very pleased to announce my newest memoir In Search of Gopher Hollow. In it, I walk the reader through my whole life story, which is quite the roller coaster ride. But with the help of a loving God and a powerful mentor in my late grandfather, I was able to hang on and forge ahead through some very tumultuous times.

 

My last book, Hope Springs from a Mother's Broken Heart: 11 Mothers Share How They Survived the Loss of a Child, delves deeply into the unique grief journey that a mother must endure. I have learned a lot, so I decided to help newly grieving mothers by creating a guidebook. Ten other grieving mothers joined me in sharing their own courageous stories, offering the reader an important resource for tips and wisdom. Mostly, the reader will be inspired by the strength of these ladies, and the amazing ways they have chosen to honor their child's memory.

My first memoir, My 13th Station: A Mother Shares Her Son's Tragic Battle with Depression, Alcoholism, and Demons, is a transparent accounting of my son's harrowing journey during the last six years of his short life. In this book, I provide firsthand information that can truly help other parents of struggling teens or young adults.

My hope is, through writing and blogging about the a variety of real life issues, that I offer my readers constructive advice based on my personal experiences - and that I inspire them to never give up. 

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