About the Book
Author: Robynne Elizabeth Miller & Marilyn Siden
Genre: Narrative Nonfiction/Memoir
Release date: April 2, 2021
Because she’d had enough. Enough anger. Enough hatred. Enough division.
Marilyn Siden has lived through much: the aftermath of World War II, Korea, and the horror of Vietnam. She’s navigated good political administrations and struggling ones, a thriving economy and want. Her eight decades of experience living in the US have shown her the best America has to offer and, unfortunately, the worst. But she never thought America would become a place of vitriol and despair.
So, she decided to do something about it.
Through a series of epic journeys across America, Marilyn discovered what she was after: practical advice on how to help our nation heal.
But she found something she wasn’t expecting . . . something far more powerful.
Marilyn found our common ground.
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This is an encouraging memoir of meeting people from all walks of life and in many parts of the U.S. There were so many kind people willing to help. There were people who believed there is much more binding us together than tearing us apart. There were young people with wisdom beyond their years and old people who spoke from experience.
People seemed to think the answer lies with us, not the powers that be. It's what we individuals can do. We can listen to each other, leave the judging to God, don't be disrespectful, be kind, practice acceptance, be willing to compromise, and laugh more. My favorite was fact-checking a post before passing it on. And those are just a few of the ideas Siden received. But they all had to do with us, not the grand leaders of the country.
I was encouraged by reading this memoir. I was reminded that there are so many wonderful people in this country. People willing to be kinder, more loving, nicer. They show the great potential for this country when we individually live the values we know in our hearts. Read this book and be encouraged by the wise words it contains. There is hope for this country when we each do our part.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Authors
With dozens of articles, essays, and blog posts to her credit, as well as eight books and collaborations on several more, she’s put her B.A. from Westmont College and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction & Fiction from Ashland University to good use She’s an experienced speaker, editor, and writing coach, and teaches regularly at conferences and writer’s workshops. She currently serves as President and Director of Leadership of Inspire Christian Writers and hosts The Art of Semi-Fiction podcast, where she explores every corner of the written word.
On quieter days, Robynne can be found meandering back roads with her family, cooking up some grand adventure with her friends, singing at the top of her lungs, or making bacon from scratch.
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Hello Dear Readers!
Feeling a little discouraged about the state of our nation today? Convinced you have no hope of being part of the solution?
Not only are you ABLE to be a part of helping to heal our nation, but you are both called AND equipped to do so, right where you are. No matter your skillset or resources, you can start being a light for Jesus right now. And that light, however small you perceive it to be, WILL shine in these dark times.
Taking this journey at nearly 80 and crossing the country in search of practical solutions to start reversing the hatred and hurt blanketing our nation was challenging.
But it was worth it, too.
Not only is the book filled with stories of hope and encouragement, it’s filled with practical steps we can all take to start healing hurts, restoring our communities, building a safer future for our children, and bringing light back to our nation.
Are you ready?
We are standing on common ground!
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