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First Friday Author Signings

Date(s): 8/1/2014

Friday, August 1, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.

Better World Books - Goshen, 215 S. Main Street, Goshen, IN 46526
August First Friday Signings
Rachel Gerber, author of Ordinary Miracles

Where is God in the midst of temper tantrums, laundry, and accidents? In this honest, devotional memoir about mothering three busy boys, ordained Mennonite minister and blogger Rachel S. Gerber gives voice to the grit of parenting with stories of hope. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, who failed at first to recognize the Christ walking beside them, Rachel learns to discover the gifts and holy calling hidden in the events of harried family life. Overburdened parents will find encouragement in Rachel s own story of how, in her darkest hour of disorientation, in the most mundane and ordinary days of motherhood, and in moments of exhilaration, joy, and beauty, God is present.
Ordinary Miracles offers hope and a sense of purpose in the midst of the exhausting and harrowing days of parenting young children. It is an invitation to consider where God surprises us in the midst of ordinary life, awakening our inner sight to see that as we care for our children, we love and serve the God who created them.
Rachel S. Gerber is an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church USA and the proud mama of three boys. She has a masters of divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and an undergraduate degree from Goshen College. Married to Shawn for fourteen years, Gerber and her family live in Bloomington, Indiana. She is currently the Mennonite Church USA denominational minister of youth and young adults and has previously worked in ministerial positions in Mennonite congregations in Colorado and Indiana. She has also written curriculum, devotionals, and articles for a variety of publications on a range of topics from spiritual formation to dramatic skits. In her spare time between balancing work with diapers, dishes, and dinosaurs, Rachel enjoys speaking, traveling, and a really great cup of dark roast coffee.
Laurie Gray, author of The Guide to Socratic Parenting, Just Myrto and others
Learn how your children can benefit from the powerful, compassionate, and effective techniques of Socratic parenting in this guide that draws from ancient wisdom to create a new paradigm for modern parents.
Showing how to apply the Socratic method to parenting, this book focuses on developing a personal parenting philosophy and sharing that philosophy with your child through dialogues, asking open-ended questions, and modeling the behavior you want to see in your child. While traditional punishment and reward techniques may condition desired behaviors, parents who develop their own self-discipline and critical-thinking skills will naturally encourage their children to become self-disciplined, independent thinkers.

Laurie Gray earned her B.A. from Goshen College and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law. Between college and law school, she taught high school Spanish, working summers as an interpreter in Guatemala. An experienced trial attorney and child advocate, Laurie is the founder of Socratic Parenting LLC (www.SocraticParenting.com). Laurie's debut novel Summer Sanctuary received a Moonbeam Gold Medal for excellence in young adult fiction and was named a 2011 Indiana Best Book Finalist. She has two additional novels and a parenting book scheduled for publication through Luminis Books: Maybe I Will (2013), Just Myrto (2014), and A Simple Guide to Socratic Parenting (2014). In addition to writing, speaking and consulting through Socratic Parenting LLC, Laurie works as an adjunct professor of criminal sciences at Indiana Tech and as a bilingual forensic interviewer at the Dr. Bill Lewis Center for Children in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Veronica Berkey

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