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Overview Laurelle, a recently divorced mother, is struggling to make ends meet while sheltering her kids from the pain of their fractured family. After joining a church for the sake of her children, Laurelle offers to help Rhoda, a cancer-stricken woman who tells colorful stories of her past. Emotionally devastated yet determined to be strong, Laurelle searches for truth and healing through Rhoda's stories and her own daily life. Guaranteed fiction!
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Laurelle, a recently divorced mother with five-year-old twins, is struggling to make ends meet while sheltering her kids from the pain of their fractured family. After joining a church for the sake of her children, Laurelle offers to help Rhoda, a cancer-stricken woman who tells colorful stories of her past. Emotionally devastated yet determined to be strong, Laurelle searches for truth and healing through Rhodais stories and her own daily life, and tries to find a way to love others truly, deeply, and without restraint. Laurelle and Rhoda both learn that while life can be hard and disappointing, to hope is a decision. Guaranteed fiction "
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Studio: Kregel Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.37" Height: 1.16" Weight: 1.12 lbs.
Release Date Nov 8, 2007
Publisher Kregel Publications
ISBN 0825420083 ISBN13 9780825420085
Availability 0 units.
More About Judy Alexander
Judy Alexander holds an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Irvine, and she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in social ecology. She currently works part-time as a Web-content and newsletter writer at a mortgage services company and also teaches a public relations course as an adjunct professor at Concordia University in Irvine, California. Her essays and fiction have been published in The Community Inc. (http://www.thecommunityinc.com), Scribbling Towards Forgiveness, Creative Roadblocks, Pacific Review, Pleiades Magazine, and Concho River Review.
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Well-written Jul 24, 2008
Desert Medicine is a well-written novel that takes people into places where novels normally don't go. The novel centers around the stories of an older woman with cancer. She tells them to a new attendee of a church who is not sure she wants to have anything to do with the woman. The book weaves its way through the older woman's life with side journeys into the younger woman's experience. As the book nears the climax, you realize that the story was never really about the older woman but the younger. While the book is written from a Christian perspective, it doesn't have any central conversion scenes. There is just a subtle growing awareness of how God works in people's lives.
A touching tale from first page to last May 4, 2008
Laurelle visits a dying, homebound member of her church, as a desperate attempt to relieve her mind of the burden of her failed marriage. In "Desert Medicine", Author, freelance writer, photographer and professor Judy Alexander crafts an elaborate, touching tale where a hurt woman is healed by the tales of another and uses the strength gained to attempt to become a better mother to her children, dealing with her troublesome Ex-Husband, while considering if a relationship with another man is really possible. "Desert Medicine" is a touching tale from first page to last and is highly recommended to fiction fans everywhere and for chick lit community library shelves.
Desert Medicine Apr 7, 2008
If she would have searched her heart, Laurelle would have known that her marriage never really had a chance. She and her husband wanted different things. She wanted a family, the security of a good job and a stable family life. He wanted to live carefree, without responsibilities.
When Laurelle forced the issue and the couple started a family, things got worse. Her husband was hospitalized and couldn't (or didn't want to) work. Laurelle held down two jobs to support her twins. Then, she found out about the other woman.
Deep in denial, Laurelle became fixated on doing the right thing and being super mom. She even put the children in Sunday school. Joining the church community meant doing some volunteer work so Laurelle was encouraged to visit with a member who was homebound because of reoccurring cancer. Despite her initial concerns, Rhoda became an important part of Laurelle's life, allowing the young single mother to grieve and make peace with her new life.
couldn't put it down Mar 10, 2008
When we share of ourselves with other people, we often find ourselves. It doesn't take much to reach out and in the end the rewards are usually greater than the effort. In "Desert Medicine" by Judy Alexander, a newly single mother in transition discovers the giving and receiving of being an unselfish friend, but she also discovers herself, her truth, and her desire to trust again.
Laurelle is a mother of five year old twins. She works two jobs, is divorcing her cheating husband, and agrees to visit a homebound member of her church. Rhoda has terminal cancer, but her early life did more damage to her spirit. When Laurelle visits, Rhoda shares stories that tell of her growing up in Texas during the Depression and then in Calexico, California, as her aunt's live in babysitter. With an abusive alcoholic father, Rhoda was lucky to have the escape. Laurelle listens, at first reluctantly, but then is captivated by this woman's strength and determination to survive. She is learning about her own life though these tales as she applies certain lessons to her dealings with her children's father and her impending divorce. Her current life carries on.
Invitations to singles' events at the church, meeting a man at traffic school, a new puppy, and the holidays all put Laurelle on an emotional roller coaster of ups and downs. Realizing that she is bringing joy to Rhoda's life is a gift unto itself but Laurelle is also receiving support and love just when she needs it most. It gives her enough perspective to find these things within her own family too. Rhoda becomes an integral part of her children's lives and just when she understands how close she is to this elderly woman, Laurelle begins to doubt what she's been told. Can she ever trust again? Is there hope for love in her life?
Judy Alexander has written a captivating tale in two voices. Laurelle is someone whom many readers can identify with and her struggles are unfortunately too common. Her story is familiar and her character is likable. Rhoda's tales are sprinkled throughout the book in a different font and dialect, giving her a charm all her own. Hers too is a familiar tale of a different generation. The plot of the book runs like a gentle but fast running river, deep and green, embracing the rocks of life and passing under the bridges that connect us all. "Desert Medicine" is a book you won't want to put down but will be sorry to come to the end of. I look forward to more from this author in the future.
very enjoyable Feb 22, 2008
Laurelle, a recently divorced mother of 5-year-old twins, is struggling to make ends meet. In order to give her children some stability, she gets involved in a church and ends up visiting an sick, elderly woman. As the woman shares the stories of her life, Laurelle is drawn in and has to decide if she wants to let down her barriers and trust someone again.
Realistic characters and situations plus good writing make this a very compelling read. Though it's definitely Christian lit, it's not overly preachy and the characters are definitely not holier-than-though types - they are real people dealing trying to get through tough situations the best way they can - and in the process learn that they are not alone.