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~More about Nanci J. Gravill’s new book “Fresh Hope … Cleveland”

~COMING IN AUGUST~ you tell me: which is the best photo for my Web site


I’ve been on Facebook for the past six weeks. I find that I really enjoy it but probably spend a little too much time there. They say there are 500 million users now. Amazing!


I saw this entry on Sunday from a young lady. She said, “God doesn’t tell you to do hard things so He can stand back and laugh and watch you struggle. He tells you to do things the things that he knows are gonna work out to your good in the end.” And she added Joyce Meyer’s comment: –look to HIM AND NOT OTHER PEOPLE FOR THAT SITUATION!!! I’ve added this: Although all things are not in themselves good, God works them together for our good– and He does! — Romans 8:28


My assistant and I heard a Webinar on using Facebook last week. As a result I added a “NOTES” page to my profile. Not many people seem to know about this option. If you’d like to promote your business, service, or add your resume here’s how to use this “Notes” option to share more information– Go to:

1. Account (far upper right)

2. Help Center

3. Facebook Applications and Features (middle of the page)

4. Select “NOTES”

On the “NOTES” page I posted a synopsis of my book “Fresh Hope … Cleveland.” Check if out. If your not on Facebook it’s below. You can also follow me on Facebook too!


Title: “Fresh Hope … Cleveland”

 Subtitle: Resources to Help You Navigate Through Unsettled Times

 In “Fresh   Hope  … Cleveland,” Nanci Gravill shares information along with successful strategies that helped her navigate through five years of difficulties. People think because I had breast cancer my book’s about cancer. “Oh, no!” I tell them astonishingly. “Fresh Hope” is all about the great things I discovered during my journey. It’s all about RESOURCES.

You’ll find shopping information and many creative ideas to help you do things a little differently. In a sense the book provides you with wisdom at a time when you may need it most. And as you wait for things to move into place in your life, learn some inventive ways to cope with your challenges that are backed up by God’s Word. Emergency numbers, prayer hotline numbers, books, and classes at local churches are all a part of the text. Find information too, on the most important resource you could ever possess, a relationship with God.

With space to record your own ideas, colorful pictures, and charming vignettes (little stories) before each entry gives the book has a very friendly feeling. A pastor/clinical social worker and Christian psychologist have endorsed the book along with several people from a focus group study the author conducted. Whether you have lost your job or you just want to live a life that’s more satisfying, “Fresh Hope … Cleveland” has some great biblical strategies for your life. 


~Coming in August~

You  Tell Me: Which is the Best Photo for My New Web site


Please Keep Me and My Staff in Prayer. Thank you so much!

Trust God to Work All Things Together in Your Life! Why? Because He loves You and He has the best plan for your life!

Have a great week!

God Bless You!


July 27, 2010 at 8:08 am Leave a comment

The Diane Sawyer Interview

~More about Nanci J. Gravill’s new book “Fresh Hope … Cleveland”

 My assistant turned the tables on me this week. In classic Diane Sawyer reporting mode she asked me these questions.


Q:  Nanci, you eat, breathe and sleep “Fresh Hope…Cleveland”; what do you do in your spare time to refresh?

A: I really don’t have too much spare time because I’m trying to finish the book and because of all the physical therapy I do for my arms. But —I love to walk in the park and I try to do that three times a week. I also love going to art shows. I went to the Boston Mills Art Show over July 4th weekend and really enjoyed speaking with the artists. One artist was so cute and funny. He reminded me of that crazy cartoon guy, Mr. Magoo. Saturday night I heard some great Christian original jazz by a guy from my church. That was awesome. There is no other music as far as I’m concerned. I used to make handmade greeting cards with beautiful papers and glitter. They were in some local galleries and a local hospital’s gift shop. I haven’t done that for a while.

Q:  You told me you’ve always wanted to write a book.  When did you first decide that you wanted to write a book?  How old where you?  What inspired you?

A:  In 1993 I started a novel about a woman who owed a public relations firm. The story was set in Maine. I was about 37 years young at that time when I wrote that. My inspiration comes from the fact that I love the process of writing and I wanted to stretch my skills and see what else I could do. The book is unfinished because maybe I lost my inspiration. But really I changed so the direction of the book would have to change too!

 Q:  What kind of book did you want to write?

 A: I’ve had a title for a book since 1998. I think that’s my next book as so many want to know how God got me though the past ten years. People want to know the story behind “Fresh Hope … Cleveland” and I’ll be happy to tell it. God is awesome and He got me through everything. I still have a little ways to come but everything has come from our Savior’s hand.

 Q: Can we look forward to finding a book like that in the near future from you?

A: Yes, there’s definitely another book coming after Fresh Hope …. Cleveland” – God willing. It will be a different type of book from “Fresh Hope – more of an inspirational story not so much a self-help book with lists of things! That will really s-t-r-e-t-c-h my writing skills! And that will be GREAT!

I thought Diane Sawyer –aka my assistant—posed some good questions. Thanks for tuning in today. I’ll see you here next week – same time, same Bat channel!

Please Keep Me and My Staff in Prayer. Pray also for healing of my shoulders (rotator cuff issue/ frozen shoulder). Thank you so much!

Have a great week!

God Bless You!


July 20, 2010 at 7:10 am Leave a comment


~More about Nanci J. Gravill’s new book “Fresh Hope … Cleveland”

Are You Generous?

A couple weeks ago I talked about planting seeds. After the seeds are planted for a long time you see no evidence that something is beginning to grow. Still, everyday you keep on watering the soil and clearing the weeds. Finally one day you see a sprout! It’s the beginning of a new strawberry plant. In a few weeks the plants are several inches high. And in another couple of months the plants are bearing beautiful red strawberries. Soon it’s time to go out and pick those juicy little berries. And so you wonder about making a delicious strawberry pie. Here’s the issue. For the pie, do you throw in a lot of strawberries to make it a truly excellent pie or do you just do what the recipe calls for? I’m hoping that perhaps you are the type that puts in a lot more strawberries. And then too, we may even find that you are the kind that gives more to everyone and everything you do. Then it wouldn’t surprise us that you’d select the finest berries and load the pie pan with tons more berries. But what I really want to know is, are you a generous person?

Channel or Reservoir?

Generosity is a cool thing. Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. It can involve the giving of your time, assets or talents to help someone. Most people aren’t that generous. Why? Two reasons really. One, because they are more concerned about their own well-being. And two, generosity requires you to step out of your own comfort zone. It also requires you to think of your talents and resources (money etc.) as a channel through which you can help someone verses being a reservoir or holding tank which enables you to acquire more and more. I also think that if you put yourself in others shoes — empathize, you’re more apt to give more and help others. But let’s face it, it’s easier to be selfish especially in our culture because then you don’t have to go out of your way – you won’t be inconvenienced. Giving can involve sacrifice and going the extra mile. Some people just don’t want to be bothered. It’s kind of like LeBron James. But let’s not go there! Cleveland’s better off in the long run I think without him. There is only one King – King of King, Lord of Lords.

Generosity in “Fresh Hope … Cleveland”

The text of ‘Fresh Hope … Cleveland’ indirectly speaks of generosity. That’s because the text came as a result of me using my time, assets, and talents. The experience of losing it all along with breast cancer caused me to be more generous. People helped me and that in turn changed me – caused me to be more generous. So ‘Fresh Hope … Cleveland’ is a gift — some sort of generosity, if you will, to the people of Cleveland.

I challenge you this week to get out of your comfort zone. Take the opportunity to help someone else. The Bible says in Luke 6: 38, “Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands –all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.”

Please Keep Me and My Staff in Prayer as we finish the last things for the book. Pray also for the healing of my frozen shoulder.

Thank you so much!

Have a great week!

God Bless You!


July 13, 2010 at 12:23 am Leave a comment

“The Blue Zones”

~More about Nanci J. Gravill’s new book “Fresh Hope … Cleveland”

If you love to travel “The Blue Zones” may just be your most interesting trip. Suitcases, cameras,  and passports are not necessary. You’ll be visiting Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; and Loma Linda, California. These areas have been labeled the Blue Zones. They are communities where common elements of lifestyle, diet, and relationships have led to an amazing quality of life with residents living to be 100 and over!

I’ve recommended this book in my book “Fresh Hope … Cleveland” because it’s a fabulous way to examine your own health practices or lack of them! “The Blue Zones” is a great resource for you! Reading it may encourage you to park your car and walk a little more. It may help you see the value in taking a moment to cultivate relationships with neighbors and others. It may also help you put aside the processed foods in favor of colorful fruits and vegetables. Then again after reading the book you may also want to start using olive oil and at least TRY some goat cheese!

All in all, “The Blue Zones” is a great way to get inspired about your own health. What do they say? You only have one body, one life! I always say, “This is the only life you get; you better make it a good one!

Make it a great week; Trust in God and exercise your faith this week. Faith is also a very important component to good health!

Please keep  me and my staff in your prayers as we replace all the 52 pieces of artwork in the book. We are heading toward the  home stretch on finishing the book!  We are hoping to send the book to the publisher by September 8.

Thank you! Keep Cool!

God Bless You!


July 6, 2010 at 7:47 am 1 comment


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