Recent Notes From Friends:

  • Ann Sadowski
  • Wilmington, DE.
  • written on 7/31/2010

I just finished reading tender grace. I could not put the book down. What a wonderful story of a woman working through her grief . The people who God brought into her life her tender graces. Thank you so much for this fantastic book. Looking forward to now reading THINGS worth remembering. God bless you and your family.

  • Ruth Ann Skelton
  • Independence, Missouri
  • written on 7/21/2010

Just randomly picked up Tender Grace in the library.  Couldn’t put it down.  Do you know Jan Walker in Carl Junction?  She is my cousin.  I graduated from Missouri Southern, grew up near Carthage.

  • Gretchen Lovelady Philliips
  • Fresno, CA
  • written on 7/13/2010

Throughout the years I have often wondered where you were and what you were doing.  I had no idea that you had become such an excellent author.  You must be so proud.  Sad you haven’t been able to make it to any of the reunions.  It has been fun seeing old classmates and remembering old times.  I just found out today that you have written these books.  I’m headed out now to buy them.  Again, so glad to know that you have had great success in life.  Are you still as thin as you always were in school?  Well, I’m not.  Hope to hear from you.

  • Tammy Benson
  • Joplin, MO
  • written on 6/1/2010

Good morning Jackina,
Life has been fast since we last talked, but I’ve finally found time to read tender grace….Audrey just met Pearl and Ruby.  I’m having a great time reading and again I’m finding it hard to put the book down.  Our youngest just graduated and went off for the summer, so I’ve had some change, not as drastic as Audrey, but nevertheless a little unbalancing.  Audrey is helping me regain my equalibrium.  Thanks for sharing your gift of writing with us.  PLEASE keep up the good work!
God bless you!

  • Joan Custer
  • Willow Spring, NC
  • written on 5/23/2010

Dear Mrs. Stark,

I have been at a loss lately.  Concerned about depression and my ability to bounce back into life.  It started last year with my Mom, 89, who lived with me 7 years.  She got colon cancer.  As her only caretaker in NC, I went through five months of caring alone for her, hosptialization, rehab after a colostomy, and returning her home.  At this same time, our son, who has been married 16 years to his high school sweetheart, has had what we all thought was a perfect life.  I have “grands” 13, 12 and 8.  All have attended Christian School.  They’ve had a strong circle of Christian friends.  But my daughter-in-law left her family last year.  Our entire family is devastated, including her own.  On top of that, my husband got colon cancer and was operated on and THANKFULLY didn’t need chemo or radiation.  I had to move my Mom back to NY to my sister’s as her care was overwhelming and there is more of a network of support there.  Mom lived in NY in the same place 82 years and spent 7 with me. So she has returned to her home and her memories.  Her dementia was accelerated after her surgery and recovery.  So giving you this background: I’ve suffered the loss of my Mom physically and to dementia, our precious son and “grands” are suffering, and our daughter-in-law seems to have “died;” and the anguish is unbearable.  The Lord has been faithful to carry us through, and we are people of the scriptures.  But lately I feel “dead” and unenergetic, and everything is a push.  Then I found your book, “Tender Grace,” yesterday at the the library.  I will be purchasing it as there is so much I want to underline.  I’m only halfway through but have been ministered to already.  I just wanted to thank you for listening to the Lord’s leading and writing this story.  You just can’t know how much it has ministered to a sister-in-Christ.  I’m not ok, but I know I will be.  I know my path is in His hands, as well as my emotional health.  I think your story ministers to, not only widows, but anyone who has suffered loss and is trying to find their “new normal.”  Thank you for letting Him hug me through you and reminding me of His tender grace EVERY DAY.  Sincerely, Joan

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