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Book Synopsis

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

Below is a summary of the book.  There’s lots of great information for your life!

God Bless You!



Book’s TITLE:   “Fresh  Hope  … Cleveland

Subtitle:       Resources to Help You Navigate Through Unsettled Times

Author:     Nanci J. Gravill

In “Fresh   Hope … Cleveland,” Nanci Gravill shares information and the 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 along my journey. It’s all about RESOURCES.

Nanci’s book gives ideas on how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your dollars along with creative living ideas that will inspire you. In a sense the book provides wisdom at a time when you may need it most. Waiting for answers and opportunities to arrive is part of life. But how will you wait? How will you cope? Fresh Hope gives you some inventive ways to manage those challenges. All are backed up by God’s Word. Emergency contacts, prayer hotline numbers, books, classes at local churches, and many more are all a part of the text. Find information too, on the most important resource you could ever possess: a relationship with God.

If a book could give you a warm hug, this one would. Enjoy workspace areas to record your own ideas, charming vignettes (little stories) before chapter one entries, and a colorful book cover. It’s endorsed by a pastor/clinical social worker and a psychologist along with several people from a focus group study the author conducted. Fresh Hope offers something for everyone. Inside its pages you’ll discover great strategies full of power for your life.

The e-book version will be available early May. Look for the soft cover copy in late August or early September 2011.

March 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

More E-book News

~  More on Nanci J. Gravill’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland 

What’s Going On Right Now …

Right now my staff and I are working hard to finish the e-book version of Fresh Hope … Cleveland. We are in the process of proofreading the book. Our goal is to have the e-book ready for sale by May 1, 2011.  Follow my blog to get the latest updates as the May 1st date approaches.

Soon we’ll be working my web site so you can learn more about the book there and of course, purchase a copy or two of “Fresh Hope” there as well.

Why is this all taking so long? Emma, my little field mouse from the book said this: “Good things take time!” There are over 400 pieces of information within the book, everything from phone numbers, web sites, and details that had to be verified. I’ve used almost every resource in the book but a few we did have to stop by and see for ourselves. Thank you Emma! Good things do take time!

What’s an E-book?

An e-book or an electronic version of the book, allows you to view and read the entire book right off your computer.  


On my blog you can …

 1. Read a synopsis of Fresh Hope … Cleveland later on this week.

 2. Buy the e-book for $9.95 + tax = $10.72 ~ when it becomes available.


What Can You Do Now?

 1. Read the synopsis of the book on my blog later this week (Thursday or Friday).

 2. Read my past blog entries. They will tell you more about the resources contained within my book.

3.  Especially read these posts:

–May 17, 2010, post ~ “Fresh Hope … Cleveland” is full of RESOURCES

–April 27, 2010, post ~ “Why Fresh Hope”?

–March 16, 2010, post ~ Couldn’t You Use a Little Fresh Hope?

–February 24, 2010, post ~ This is No Ordinary Day!

 4. Tell your friends about the book especially those who are having difficulties and need some hope and great ideas. Direct them to my blog at: so they can read more too!

 Have a great day!

 God Bless You!


March 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

E-book News

~ More on Nanci J. Gravill’s book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Read next Tuesday’s post on March 29. I’ll explain all about the e-book version of Fresh Hope … Cleveland. It will be available for sale on my web site around May 1.

Hope to see you back here on Tuesday.

God Bless You!


March 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm Leave a comment


~ More on Nanci J. Gravill’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Integrity ~

I once had a car whose model name was “Integra.” It was the best car I ever had. You know why? I could depend on it. No matter what the weather conditions were – in the snow, the rain, bad weather, as well as in the fog. It also had great brakes to help me stop, and it had great acceleration which was so helpful when I needed to merge onto the freeway, and fog lights to help me when the clouds were low and you couldn’t see that much at all. It also had comfortable seats with built-in lumbar support to help my back and grab handles your passenger could use to get in and out easily.

What Does Integrity Mean?

My car’s name came from the word “integrity.” The word “integrity” stems from the Latin adjective integer (whole, complete). The dictionary tells us that integrity means a state of wholeness, sound moral character, and honesty. Summing it all up for us in the 21st century, integrity is about doing what you said you would do. Maybe you promised to call someone at 7p.m. or do an errand for someone. If you want to be a person of your word and have others find you dependable, you will make that call at 7 p.m. and /or do the errand.

Integrity applies to both your personal and professional life.

We all need to be people that others can depend upon and that applies to both your personal and your professional life. Ask yourself this: Can someone count me? Am I a person of my word? Someone may be counting on you to show up or come over as you said you would.

How Can You Develop Integrity?

Being a person of your word and showing integrity isn’t hard. It only takes practice ~ just like forming any other habit does.  It also requires letting go of lip-service and making your words and actions line up. It requires letting go of serving yourself and instead, serving others.

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35

Have a great day!

God Bless You!


P.S.  ~

The e-book version of Fresh Hope … Cleveland will be ready by May 1.  I’ll keep you posted on the details!

March 22, 2011 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

What Are You Reading?

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


NOTE: My book Fresh Hope … Cleveland is all about resources. Today I am talking about books ~ they are not only great treasures but they can also be a great resource for you whatever your need.  I’ve also recommended several good books in my book. Why? By their very nature books can bring enjoyment, help, healing, and ideas when you need them most.


The Advantages to Reading

Books are great friends and great teachers. They are also wonderful resources and can provide help with anything from building a home to learning how to bake a pie ~ and everything else in between! Books are also great ways to feed your mind, heart, and your soul.

So, what are you reading? This month I’m reading a variety of things. I just finished Jentezen Franklin’s audio book Believe That You Can. It’s a very inspiring book and it really was a source of encouragement to me as I finish my book. This is the first time I’ve ever read a book via an audio book. I liked it and am excited to read another audio books. My next one will be Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy.

I am also reading The Winter Blues by Dr. Norman Rosenthal. If you think the change in seasons have an effect on you, this would be a good book for you to read before next fall.

Reading makes you grow, gives you new ideas, and influences those around you to read as well. Hats off to reading ~ March is National Literacy Month! What good books are you reading?


I’d Love to Know What You Are Reading

I’d be delighted to hear what you are reading. Please leave a comment after this blog entry.

God Bless You!


March 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm 4 comments

Dental Services + More Ways to Save

~ More on Nanci J. Gravill’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

February and March are national dental months. However, if you are unemployed or without dental insurance, taking care of your teeth may be one of the last things you think about. With money being tight, here are a few local services to help you. I also feature a few more in my book which will be out in eBook version very soon.

Dental, Catering, and Construction Services are all offered by Normandy High School in Parma, Ohio.  Here are some of the details to help you save some money!

  1. Dental Services including cleaning/exam, x-rays, and fillings are provided by appointment only by calling 440-843-1383.
  2. For Catering Services call 440-885-8385.
  3. Construction Services (adding additions to your home and home building). Call 440-885-8681 for more information.

Have an awesome week!

God Bless You!


March 8, 2011 at 11:01 am 2 comments

Stress Less

~ More on Nanci J. Gravill’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Written especially for Brenna. May you feel better each day!

We lead busy, busy lives and a lot of people depend upon us for all sorts of things. We can also place a lot of demands upon ourselves. And as a result stress can be created in response to those demands. Stress  is something we all have and we all have to manage. Even planning a party or a wedding can stress you out. Those are examples of good stress – enjoyable things that come your way that can tax your emotions. Bad stress, on the other hand, can be  the pressure-cooker job situation you have to deal with every day until you find a new job.



It’s simple. Stress can affect your immune system. And if your  immune system is suppressed, yes, that could lead to illness.  So it’s important to recognize how you are feeling as well as how you are dealing with things in your life. First and foremost,  stress does not have to manage you. YOU CAN MANAGE YOUR STRESS!


If you are feeling out of sorts ~ Give these things a try:

1. Limit your sugar intake ▪ Walk  ▪ Enjoy aroma therapy ▪ Listen to relaxing music ▪ Do deep breathing 4-4-7 (breathe in for 4 counts, hold for 4 counts, and s-l-o-w-l-y breathe out for 7 counts) ▪ Pray!

2. Practice good self-talk. Self-talk is of course saying positive things to yourself. For example try saying:  This is a temporary situation ~ it will pass. I can do this. I’m doing a great job. I can do all things through Christ who strengths me!

3. Tidy up. Mentally that will give you a lift and keep you from getting overwhelmed.

4. Learn to RESPOND to your situation differently. There are a number of ways to look at a situation. Try changing the way you think about something ~ you’ll soon have a new perspective.

5. Give yourself a few minutes to do something you love — Take an art class, finish the knitting project you started last year, or play chess or tennis. What are you doing even for half an hour a week that you can look forward to and enjoy?



For more help with recognizing and treating your stress, see the Mayo Clinic’s article on stress symptoms at:

Today, get outside and walk off some of your stress  ~ Enjoy the sunshine!

God Bless You!


March 1, 2011 at 10:57 am Leave a comment


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