My Gift to You

by Lori Nawyn

5053599 my gift to you

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Devastated by the departure of her husband and daughter, Trish faces the challenge of a lifetime. Will Trish find the courage necessary to transcend the shadows of her past? This gripping story reminds us that forgiveness of self and others is both a difficult choice and a precious gift.

About the Author

Lori Nawyn

Lori Nawyn always dreamed of writing and illustrating books. When she was ten, a fifth-grade essay contest gave her the confidence to proceed. From there, to having her first short story published in a Ririe, Idaho high school newsletter, to simultaneously working for two local newspapers, one regional paper, and freelancing for several national periodicals, she has discovered great personal satisfaction in the craft of writing. She feels her greatest blessings, however, have come from meeting the people whose stories she's helped to tell. She has gleaned a great appreciation for people in all walks of life and learned first-hand that every soul on this earth has something of value to impart.

In her works of both fiction and non-fiction, she enjoys bringing the philosophies and ideals of those she has met and interviewed not only onto the printed page but into the hearts of her readers. The courage of Utah aviator Ralph Glasgow, the passion of railroad enthusiast Delone Bradford Glover, the determination of her own grandfather, inventor H.L. Wiese, and the faith of pioneer candy maker Annorah Coleman Boden, are great examples which have encouraged her to strive to reach her personal best. But it is her grandmother, Esther, who has inspired her the most.

'She is the most phenomenal woman I've ever known. Throughout my life she has loved and believed in me and given me the courage to be who I am. A few years ago, when I was photographing her for the book, Hearts and Hands, I told her how beautiful I thought her hands were. She studied them for a moment and then remarked that they were the result of a lifetime of 'hard work and innocence.' I hope that when I reach her age I can look at my own hands and know -- in whatever I've written, drawn, painted, or photographed, or in any of the ways I've touched the lives of others -- that I've worked hard and done all I could to be the person I was supposed to be.'

Lori's inspirational short stories are included in volumes I and II of The Magic and the Miracle of Christmas: Stories of Hope. Her award winning story, 'Til the Cows Come Home, appears in the book Hearts and Hands: Stories of Hope for Mothers. Peach 101: Recipes Your Mother Never You About is her first cookbook. The book, which includes several of her original peach recipes as well as many favorites from family and friends, has been featured in the Deseret News and Meridian Magazine as well as on the Utah ABC Channel 4 program Good Things Utah and on the KUTV Channel 2 Morning Show.

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Give THE Gift
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

My Gift To You is all about "giving THE gift"--the gift of LOVE. What a powerful story of a woman(Trish)trying to hide all the secrets of her past...trying to show the world that she is worthy of their love and understanding. Then one Christmas season her sister-in-law showed up at her door and said "I have a gift for you--my love--it's my gift to you." Hope and healing followed as Trish set out to give THE gift to others.

A Wonderful Faith-promoting Story!!!!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

My Gift To You by Lori Nawyn
Before I started reading Lori's debut novel, just by reading the back liner notes, I couldn't really tell what the novel was about or if it was a Christmas novel or not. I was in for a big surprise, as this is a great debut and is a Christmas novel as well.

Trish Ingram has been working hard to be the perfect wife, the perfect mother, while all the while feeling inferior, that she's not worth anything. Her husband, Paul, and her nineteen year old daughter, Sienna, feel distanced from her and leave her.
When Trish arrives home to find Paul gone, a mysterious envelope under the Christmas tree, she then takes a drive to a cemetery to find closure to her demons she's had for years. When both Paul and Sienna find Trish missing, they both believe she has "disappeared." When Paul sends a bunch of his biker buddies out in search for Sienna, Paul fears the worst, but Sienna just gets caught in a blizzard and attempts to stay awake until help arrives.
Trish is devastated when her sister-in-law dies from Cancer, but the gift she gives to Trish before she dies, is a life-changing moment and she begins by volunteering at a place for troubled teens. When a young teen girl she has been working with leaves a note, it sends everyone to searching for her.
With the devastation of her husband and daughter leaving her, she is faced with the challenge to have faith to move forward. And to realize she is loved for who she is, that she doesn't need to pretend to be who she isn't.
I highly recommend this debut novel, especially around the Christmas holidays.
I received this review copy from Lori.

Published by: Covenant Communications, Inc.
Date Published: October 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60861-101-0
185pp

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