Friday April 18, 2014

New book asks ‘What gives you hope?’

A pair of rocking chairs and two good quilts is the secret to a happy marriage.

That’s what a New Brunswick maritimer discovers in Inspiring Hope: One Story at a Time, a book designed as an antidote to stress and bad news.

Gary Doi, former school superintendent from Okanagan Skaha, created the innovative book by bringing together 42 people from different parts of the world to record honest stories focused on the eternal question: What gives you hope?

“The stories are as varied and compelling as life itself. They stir the imagination and invite reflection,” said Doi.

“They inspire hope. Hope is essential for facing any challenge that life puts before you.”

One of the contributors is South Kamloops secondary school teacher Jennifer Cacaci, who shares a story about high school art students creating images of hope, based on the belief: Art changes people.  People can change the world.

Inspiring Hope reminds me that while we all walk very different paths, people continue to overcome obstacles, enrich the lives of others, and find joy in a challenging and rapidly changing world,” says Cacaci.

“This book provides insight into the human spirit of finding hope.”

Cacaci and Doi will be at The Art We Are on Saturday at 2 p.m. for a book reading and signing.

All net proceeds from book sales will be donated to Asturias Academy Library in Xela, Guatemala — a private, non-profit school serving vulnerable students in the community.

A second book in the series (Inspiring Hope: One Image at a Time) is planned for next year. It will feature inspirational photographs, artwork and stories from around the world.

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