Life is a journey. It is filled with challenges and celebrations, love and loss. It can be so many different things in a short time period, that the word adventure hardly captures it. Fortunately, life brings friends.
I met a lot of new friends this year during the A to Z Blogging Challenge. One of those new friends is Linda Brendle. The first post I read at her blog, I knew I would be back. Her writing is filled with wisdom, love and compassion. These are traits that will capture my attention any day. She also has a story to tell about this journey we call life.
And that is why I am honored today to introduce you to Linda and her upcoming book:
A LONG AND WINDING ROAD:
A CAREGIVER’S TALE OF LIFE, LOVE, AND CHAOS
By Linda Brendle
Release Date: July 1, 2014
From Anaiah Press
Sometimes reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots, vascular dementia has attacked Dad, and, instead of carefree retirees, we have become caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped-up the toilet again, Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced that he was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I know this isn’t going to be the easygoing retirement we’d imagined for ourselves. Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving. Whether you’re looking for an inspirational story to help teach you how to “let go and let God,” considering becoming the caregiver for one of your own parents, or are just looking for an entertaining travel book, this story is sure to strike a tender nerve. Release Date: July 1st, 2014
After 15 years as a family caregiver, Linda began writing to encourage, inspire and amuse other caregivers. She loves to travel and since retiring has traveled mostly by motorcycle and RV. She and her husband live in a small East Texas town where she gardens, writes and attends church.
I hope you’ll visit Linda’s blog and check out her book. I know I’m looking forward to it. Oh yeah, and Anaiah Press is hosting a free giveaway. Check it out below!