Full Book Title: From the Trailer Park to the Pulpit: Reflections on the wise and wacky wisdom of Grandma Esther
Author Name: Terry Drew Karanen
Book Synopsis: I grew up in a trailer park from the time I was five months old until I was in middle school. In other words, we weren't the rich folks in our congregation. We were barely middle class; I would find out years later that I grew up in poverty according to government standards, even though we never seemed to notice it. Even before I was in elementary school my maternal grandmother, Esther, lived close to us, and for some years, next door. This was not an arrangement my father encouraged or wanted, a situation that is discussed in various sections of the book. Grandma Esther would say the most inappropriate things at the most inopportune moments. This book is full of those sayings, almost all of which both my mother and I will swear she said. There are a couple Estherisms we're not really sure of, and at least one that we know we made up, but like my mom says, If you tell someone mother said it, the saying seems to have more validity. My mother is correct. After years of quoting Estherisms to my friends, lovers, husbands, clients, and congregations, I finally wrote down all the ones I could remember. Why? It is because those sayings made sense to people in general and, personally, to me. The words of a woman who never went to high school have opened the eyes and hearts of people who never knew her. Grandma Esther's words weren't scholarly, nor were they necessarily appropriate in mixed company. But, almost without fail, her sayings could stop an argument, reveal the obvious solution to a problem, or find even the most articulate person without the words to respond. A couple Estherisms in this book may be familiar to the reader from her or his own past. Not everything Grandma Esther said was unique to her or our family. What was different was her delivery of the line, or the attitude that went along with the exclamation. The stories of what she said, and how she lived her life, have proven to heal lives, resolve conflict, and provide a clear path to success. Each of the nearly 30 Estherisms in this book is presented with a particularly life quality or challenge in mind. The story behind the sayings helps the reader to apply simple, yet universal, principle to one's life. Included at the end of each chapter are questions for the reader to ponder, a chance for non-judgmental introspection and, perhaps, healing. It is my hope that through the humor, the challenges, and even the tragedy of her life at times, Grandma Esther's perspective on life and bawdy approach to any situation will amuse, assist, and comfort you in your own life challenges.
Author Bio: Terry Drew Karanen is an award winning author, speaker, minister and licensed social worker. He currently serves as the founding director of Spirit, Mind and Body Foundation, a virtual ministry for New Thought education. He holds a doctor of divinity degree in holistic theology from the American Institute and a master of social work degree from Temple University. Terry uses his skills as a licensed social worker through counseling, consulting, mediation and conflict resolution. He has received advanced training as an employee assistance professional (EAP), advanced alternative directives mediator, and as a critical incident stress management (CISM) counselor. His writing is regularly available in Guide for Spiritual Living: Science of Mind magazine, on his website (blog.terrydrewkaranen.com) and other publications.
Publisher Name: Teiwaz Publishing