Since it was first published in 2005, my book To the
Wilderness and Back has sold to people from Alaska
to Texas, North America to the UK, it's even been auctioned
off on ebay. Almost everyone who bought a copy was touched
in some way by the Move. Some had been involved themselves,
a few still are, some had parents or other loved ones who were,
others wanted to know more about these communities that had
sprung up near their towns. Many have shared their experiences
of concern, confusion, and even escape.
When I wrote To the Wilderness and Back some
called me brave to put myself out there. At the time, I didn't
see it that way, only that I was writing about the Move. Since
then, many readers have asked me questions like, "What happened
to you next?" and "When are you going to write a sequel?" Others
wanted to delve deeper into some ideas only lightly touched on
in the book, like the trials of single parenting.
Although at this point a sequel is not in the works (I am currently
writing a mystery novel), I do wish to provide a forum for the
many issues this book and the Move as a whole have brought up.
Periodically I will post new essays on topics people have asked
me about or those I didn't get to explore fully in the book. I
will provide some links to other good resources, not just on the
Move but on sound theological doctrine. I also want to provide
a place for others to share their stories.
You will also find out more about me here. Some personal essays,
poems and songs I have written, even some hints about my next major
writing project - a series of.....ah, you'll have to look a little
further for that hint. You'll get to see my most cherished blessings--my
three children and five grandchildren. They inspire me, love me,
and make me feel more blessed than I deserve. Getting more than
we deserve, that is called grace. I believe in grace.
I have spent more than thirty years as a registered nurse, working
most of that time in obstetrics, the place of new beginnings. Maybe
that's why I have loved it so much; I have seen my share of them,
so I believe in new beginnings.