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Blessed Forgetfulness: New Novel Presents One Christian's Response to Alzheimer's

Contact: Abigail Davidson, Publicist, WinePress Publishing Group, 360-802-9758, abigail@winepressgroup.com


MEDIA ADVISORY, June 15 /Christian Newswire/ -- This June 18th issue of Newsweek magazine states: "Alzheimer's currently afflicts more than 5 million Americans and 70 percent of them live at home, where they are cared for by many millions of daughters, sons and spouses. Caregivers can be younger or older, but demographic reality means that the weight of work is falling largely on those born between 1946 and 1964. As they watch their parents' inevitable decline, boomers can't help but see a disturbing glimpse of their own potential future."


Jessica Shaver Renshaw, best-selling author of 'Gianna: Aborted and Lived to Tell About It,' (Focus on the Family 1995) has released a new inspirational fiction story that deals directly with this subject. 'New Every Morning', (Pleasant Word, 2006), cleverly and compassionately connects the newness of God's morning mercies to the daily frustration and pain of not remembering yesterday. Renshaw also weaves within her story the very real-life possibility that some adult children will be taking care of formerly abusive parents and encourages readers, through the relationship between her characters, that forgiveness and ultimately reconciliation is possible.


About the story: Filled with resentment and anger, Elise doesn't want any responsibility for caring for her elderly father who is fighting dementia. She resents him for what he did to her when she was young and for divorcing her mother to marry a girl Elise's age. Elise feels angry at her father, Wendell, for abandoning and neglecting her. Now he is at her mercy, does he deserve the kindness he refused to show her?


In an isolated and dilapidated cabin among the redwoods of northern California, Elise finds her emotional wall beginning to crumble as she helps care for her father and sees in him the man she used to love. Will love, frustrated and almost extinguished over decades, rekindle in spite of a painful past? Can she ever expect resolution and closure between them? How can dementia become the best thing that ever happened to their relationship?


Douglas Susu-Mago, a nationally known voice teacher and author, calls the book "extraordinary," and "a story of almost unbearable immediacy and poignancy," while citing the author's "purity of voice, lyricism of writing, clarity of perception, and eye for detail."


For review copies or to schedule interviews, please contact Abigail Davidson by phone at 360-802-9758 or by email at abigail@winepressgroup.com.