June 11, 2003
Deb Anne Flynt is a wife, mother and freelance writer who lives in Columbia.
She has recently co-authored "Seeds of Faith: An Inspirational Almanac," a collection of personal essays, tips, recipes and poetry chronicling the personal experiences of four women.
The stories about addiction, parenting issues, relationships, infertility and joy are meant to inspire others to "plant their own seeds of faith."
Flynt's best friends and co-authors Angie Ledbetter of Baton Rouge, La., Alaine Benard of Baton Rouge and Carol Schwartz of Boise, Idaho, have experienced a multitude of benefits from the time they have spent together.
What began as a correspondence through a writer's group over the Internet developed into a deep friendship that has withstood the tests of time and distance.
Although they are very different women from somewhat different backgrounds, Angie, Alaine, Carol and Deb have found a common bond through their faith, their families and their love for writing.
A landmark study from the University of California-Los Angeles suggests that friendships between women may do more than scientists had thought. According to Dr. Laura Klein, women respond to stress with a torrent of brain chemicals that cause them to make and maintain friendships with other women which, in turn, soothe their tumultuous inner worlds, fill emotional gaps and help them remember who they are.
They deal with issues like coping with a child with Attention-Deficit-Hyperative-Disorder, loving your reflection in the mirror and recipes for the best homemade cleaning products. The women hope that this book will inspire others to love themselves for who they are and take a little time to enjoy the ride.
Book: "Seeds of Faith: An Inspirational Almanac."
How to order: Available online or in stores.
Publisher: TurnKey Press
The price: $17.95
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