A CRAZY-MUCH LOVE
BY JOY JORDAN-LAKE ’85
ILLUSTRATED BY SONIA SANCHEZ
This picture book is really gorgeous, inside and out. It’s a reflection of Jordan-Lake’s own experience in adopting a child from China, and we love the way family and expectation gets celebrated in its pages. Two parents recount the time they spent preparing for the arrival of their adopted child, wondering and wishing and most of all fostering the crazy-much love that will follow her from her first words through her first day of school. The cadence of the story is read-aloud heaven, and the meaning incredibly touching and true. The illustrations are vibrant and full of emotion, but it’s the way this not-like-everybody-else family just loves each other to pieces that wins us over every time. Because no matter how you come to be a parent and a child, it’s a whole lot of love (love that “would grow and grow more and spill out the windows and burst down the doors”) that holds you together. Jordan-Lake earned a B.A. in English from Furman.
DON’T FORGET ME: A LIFELINE OF HOPE FOR THOSE TOUCHED BY SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND ADDICTION
BY STEVE M. GRANT ’80
(Morgan James Publishing)*
“Don’t Forget Me” offers a survival manual and lifeline for those whose lives have been impacted by substance abuse and addiction. Grant exposes the details of his own experience as a father of two sons, Chris and Kelly, who took distinctly different paths to the same outcome: death by drug overdose. He reveals his parental victories and shortcomings by taking an honest look at the choices he made throughout his sons’ development. Grant offers time-tested, practical suggestions for family members who want to help their loved ones but are unsure of where to start. “Don’t Forget Me” seeks to help parents of those struggling with substance abuse avoid the mistakes he made and to find hope even on the darkest days. Grant hopes that his story can serve as a reference for parents, treatment providers and recovery professionals, as they work to prevent drug overdose in others. He majored in economics and business administration at Furman.
GLUTEN-FREE MAC & CHEESE
BY RACHAEL WEISINGER ’16 M ’18
(Kingdom Winds Publishing)*
Weisinger, in her debut book, “Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese,” addresses the question: Do I have permission to desire a love story? It seems like everyone has a different opinion about romance, how to get it and if anyone should want it. But who is right? And does God even care about our dating lives (or lack thereof)? Join Weisinger as she explores truth, provides counsel and shares personal stories of her own love life. In “Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese,” she brings vulnerability, laughter and refreshed hope as she explores finding grace and desire in the permission for singleness. Weisinger majored in English and earned a master’s degree in literacy from Furman in 2018.