March 24, 2004
In her book "The Last First Time," Susan Reynolds writes about things we have all experienced feeling unappreciated and overwhelmed, and lacking self-confidence.
The episode featured Bob Greene, Oprah's personal trainer, who was speaking about weight loss. When the question was asked, "What is it that would make you happy?," Reynolds said she realized she needed something else in her life.
Reynolds said her first step was to write "a little book," one that she never expected to be published.
In the book, Reynolds' character Whitney Jameson is desperately searching for somewhere and someone to belong to.
In her first 14 years on this Earth, Jameson had been to more states and lived in more places than most people see in a lifetime. Each move involved a new school, a new home, a new set of friends, and the relentlessly nagging feeling that she was hopelessly out of place.
Reynolds bases much of this part of the book on her on childhood.
In all of these things, Jameson struggles to find the best in herself during the very worst of times. She discovers the answers she has tried so desperately to find are in the one place she had never dared to look within herself.
A native of Farmington, Mo., Reynolds moved to Mississippi after her father retired. After graduating form Northeast Lauderdale High School in 1990, she met her husband, and is now a homeschooling mother of two. She lives in Scooba.
Book: "The Last First Time"
Publisher: Virtual Bookworm.com
How to order: Visit www.virtualbookworm.com
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