The Grove Senior Center is honored to have local author Judith David to speak about her book, Set Me Adrift in the Sea of Faith, on Thursday, November 20 at 10:45. A drawing for door prizes will follow at 11:15.
Judith is a retired high school English teacher and has taught at both Jay High School and Miami High School. She lives with her husband Arley, and her main focus is on family, friends, and church. The book is the story of a mother's seven-year struggle with Alzheimer's disease, difficulties encountered, emotional and spiritual coping, and a return to faith.
The author makes the following observations about her book:
"Set Me Adrift in the Sea of Faith shows the emotional and spiritual impact of anyone dealing with any situation over which they have no control. Although Alzheimer's is a very serious disease, I wrote the book with humor and hope. My mother was a funny, warm, and loving person, and I wanted the book to reflect that."
Judith was the featured author at the Alzheimer's Association annual conference in Tulsa in June of 2007. Michael Reagan was the keynote speaker, and she was pleased to be able to get a copy of her book to him since it was dedicated to his sister, the late Maureen Reagan. Because of the former president and his battle with AD, Maureen was a tireless advocate, striving to educate the public about AD and encouraging research to help find a cure. Judith is currently on the speaker's list at the Oklahoma/Arkansas chapter of the Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Series and has given presentations on how the stress of care giving impacts the body, mind, and spirit.
Judith has had the honor of doing book signings for Barnes and Noble, Borders, as well as Silver Dollar City in Branson. She has made herself available for talks at church and civic groups. Set Me Adrift in the Sea of Faith is mentioned in an online magazine by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. The e-magazine, care ADvantage, is published free online for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses. A discussion of Judith's book concludes an article called "Help That's Heaven Sent" by Pat Olsen.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, an estimated 5.1 million people in the United States today are afflicted with Alzheimer's and other related disorders. In addition, each person diagnosed with AD impacts the lives of at least two or three other people. As the population continues to age, the number will grow even larger in future years.
Set Me Adrift in the Sea of Faith, also sold online as an audio book, is available for purchase at www.tatepublishing.com, barnesandnoble.com,and borders.com. Look for the book locally at Sissy's Place, Fishers of Men, and the Integris Grove General Hospital Gift Shop.