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Room For Grace


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A heartfelt story of steering one's way through the toughest times in the human experience.

This is the story of a woman who shows us how to artfully cope with life and what it gives us. In this case, the compilation of stories shares with us life lessons learned while being simultaneously a teacher, a cancer patient and a caregiver. She weaves her stories with compassion, sharing challenges, tragedies, and through it all, giving thanks for a wonderful life in the roles of a mom, wife, friend, and teacher.

This book shares the honest trials inside caring for someone with dementia. While this topic is devastating to all, she shares tidbits of stories from some of the students in her special education classes. Those little stories help dry the tears and gently remind us to live in the present. Caregiving is a labor of love, that as a cancer survivor myself, know firsthand. It is the ultimate gift, being present when all you want is to run away.

Room for Grace is uniquely written by Daniel Kenner, from the perspective of his mother, Maureen, after her colon cancer diagnosis was given. Shortly before her diagnosis, Maureen's husband, Buddy was diagnosed with dementia. This story is told with Maureen's heart: stories of her marriage, teaching and mothering, with stories that make us belly laugh and shake us to the core. It is a core reminder that we need to love, laugh, help, give and share while we can.

The lessons that Room for Grace leaves us with changes our lives. A good memoir will do that, and this one does. Be prepared to make phone calls, send letters, go visiting and more after reading this book. Extended family becomes so valuable in holding our memories and the stories we share. Our place in the world is affirmed when we reach out and love the people who loved us first.

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I am the woman my friends (and others!) come to find good books to read. I am interested in all types of books. I don't shy away from genres I am not used to reading, I try all kinds of books. I don't operate from a deficit model, instead, I look for what works in the stories I read.

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About the author

Daniel Kenner is a proud member of Actor’s Equity, SAG-AFTRA, and National Players Tour 60, a Presidential Arts Scholar at George Washington University and Scholarship recipient at the British American Drama Academy. Directed the Washington D.C. premier of Sarah Kane’s Crave. view profile

Published on October 02, 2018

Published by Silver Boot Imprints

50000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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