Three years ago, unable to sleep after taking Emma, our new puppy outside at two a.m., I lay on the kitchen nook couch and prayed about the upcoming family support group for family members with memory disease. Despite Emma’s snoring, the thought came clear and direct, coaxing me to write a book about my experiences with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Previously, readers who knew both of my in-laws and both of my parents suffered with either dementia or Alzheimer's, had encouraged me to write about my in-laws and parents journey, but I had ignored their suggestions.
iPad in hand I worked until eight thirty. Then printed out a proposal - full outline, title, and cover idea for an introductory booklet to help families with memory disease. I walked the mile to my mother’s residence, Aegis Senior Living and presented it to the executive director, Brian Grandbouche. His enthusiasm encouraged me to pursue the project. After a few weeks of more sleepless nights with Emma, the first draft of A Gradual Disappearance was finished.
Now, three years later, A Gradual Disappearance has been in print for two years. It has been a tough divulging my parents’ and in-laws’ personal experiences with such a cruel disease. Hopefully these true stories will help others as they start their journey of watching their loved one gradually disappear.
Book Review for Poking Holes In The Darkness
What sacrifices would you be willing to make for Jesus Christ? How about leaving behind your family, friends and the safety and comforts of life in the 20th Century? The author of Poking Holes in the Darkness, Jaki Parlier, did just that. She and her husband, Jim, obeyed God’s call to translate the Bible for the isolated Managalasi people, who live deep in the mountains of Papua New Guinea.
Though Jaki eagerly set out on their journey; was anything on earth farther away from New Jersey than what they were met with when they arrived? Face-to-face with homesickness, primitive living conditions, strange food and above all, people whose language she couldn't understand, she questioned her faith and love for God.
Jaki tells an intriguing story of God’s work among the Managalasi people that is written with love, compassion, a sense of humor and a focus on God.
Poking Holes in the Darkness is both a joyful and tearful account of what Jaki and Jim sacrificed to bring Jesus Christ and His Word to the Managalasi people. It will challenge you to consider your own faith and what sacrifices you are willing to make for Jesus Christ.
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