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Why Fresh Hope … Cleveland

~ In case you are exploring this blog for the first time or recently found my blog, here’s an overview of my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Have a great day !

God Bless You!


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

Here’s a special ingredient regarding my book:

Questions: Why Fresh Hope? Why this title?

Answers: In January 2009 when I started writing the text I had to have some kind of a title. I put the manuscript on my only available disk which was for my recipes. You know exactly where I’m going with this! Then, for lack of a better title, the book became Recipes for Living in Challenging Times.

However, I conducted a focus group study in August of 2009 to see if the book was really helpful. A focus group is a marketing tool. People used the book for about two weeks and then came back to answer questions about how helpful the book really was. It was one gentleman’s comment that really had the most impact on the direction and help this book offers. He said, “Nanci, with a female author and the word “recipes” in the title, I wouldn’t even pick it up!” I understood his point right away! Soon afterwards my friend and I brainstormed over lunch for a new title. I loved the word “fresh” because it really fit the text really well ~ it’s full of things that will give you a bright, new perspective. Then my friend pointed out how the book provided tons of “hope” for people in Cleveland and elsewhere – and it does. It’s been Fresh Hope … Cleveland ever since.

Take a peak at the book’s cover  above ~ look for the special touch the graphic designer provided for the concept of “HOPE.” Do you see it?

February 25, 2014 at 12:55 am Leave a comment

Highlights ~ Four Years of Blogging!

Yes, that’s right! It’s been four solid years that I have been bringing you news of my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland along with many new resources plus some fun little fufu things too!

Hi! Come on in and visit for a while. I’ll put on the tea kettle and we can just chat away! Here are a few of the highlights from the 13 months. I’ve marked them if you want to read the entire blog post. Ready?

Only 29 Days Until Spring! Hurray!

Have a great day tomorrow!

God Bless You!



 Highlights ~ Here we go!

1. Get your taxes done for free

2. Inspiration

3. Enjoy a Good Laugh!

4. Gratitude

5. The Wonder Drug

6. Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce

7. Mental Health

8. Drug Muggers

9. Headaches

10. The 5 LOVE Languages

February 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling: The 5 Love Languages ~ Part 8

~ Did you know you that each of us respond to certain love languages? It’s true! Here’s more about Dr. Gary Chapman’s ideas of being able to express love. This applies to parents and their children, your friends, and your spouse. Dr. Chapman has several versions of his book The Five Love Languages. As Valentine’s Day approaches here’s some great information for you!

Make it a great day!
Have a very Happy Valentine’s Day too!

God Bless You!



Valentine’s Day may be overrated but LOVE could never be!

Below are the 5 love languages. Each of us respond to one or perhaps two of these. That means when someone speaks our love language, you’ll most definitely will feel loved and cared about. Dr. Chapman, author of the book, The Five Love Languages, says knowing which love language your partner speaks can  transform your relationship.

The 5 Love Languages  (in no particular order):

♥ Words of Affirmation

♥ Quality Time

♥ Gifts

♥ Acts of Service

♥ Physical Touch


Q: What are some good love language suggestions to speak to my spouse this Valentine’s day?

Gary (author): On Valentine’s Day as well as any other day we should try to speak our spouse’s primary love language. What speaks most loudly to your spouse is when you speak love to him or her in a language he or she understands.  Flowers are great for some people, but will mean very little to others. Remember that there are five love languages: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch. One of these languages will speak deeper to your spouse than any of the others this Valentine’s day.

Follow this link to answer a few questions that will help you realize what your love language is.

February 11, 2014 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ Part 7

~ Here’s something similar to what you’ll find in the second part of my book, Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Today, more from the series Love is More Than Just a Feeling.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!



I saw this posted on Facebook about a week ago. and since we are talking about THE most important four-letter word ever — I thought I’d share this with you today.

If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive ~ Mother Theresa

Is there someone you need to forgive in this new year?

February 4, 2014 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment


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