Monday, August 14, 2006
Cast a Long Shadow
Wireless is down at our house (agh!), so I’ve had to run to town to post this quickly. Hope it’s back up tomorrow for a regular post.
As a conclusion to my mother’s story on Friday, I want to tell you about her book, Cast a Long Shadow. (Kristy mentioned it in her comment last Friday.) Cast a Long Shadow follows three generations in my mother’s family—her grandmother, her mother and Mom. These aren’t just sweet little stories. These women had some real drama in their lives.
Julia (grandmother), raped repeatedly as a young teenager and pregnant by her attacker (her employer).
Pearl (mother), widowed at an early age with a small child.
Ruth (my mom), born into a poor coal miner’s family in southern Illinois—and ending up halfway around the world fighting cobras and jungle cats in India.
Copies of the book can be bought from Ruth Seamands at $10, plus postage. Please email her directly.
Mom’s other books, Missionary Mama and House by the Bo Tree, about her life in India, are now out of print. Some great stories in those books. Mom has put some of them in her section of Cast a Long Shadow. Mom has a wonderful sense of humor, and through all the difficulties in India, it surfaces and pulls her through.
Many of you have met Mom at the ACFW conference. She remains the doyenne of the organization. (She turns 90 this year!) She will be at the conference again. If you’re going for the first time, make sure you meet Mom. She’s one who never saw a stranger, and absolutely is wonderful to talk to.