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The something I have to share is the new back cover copy for my new book, “Take a Seat  on this Park Bench.” Still much to do on the book. It will probably be ready this May — I’m hoping! The text is below.

Make it a great weekend!

God Bless You!



Hanging out with friends, that’s cool. Yet in this busy and chaotic world another much more trusted friend is calling you. You may have forgotten Him. But He has not forgotten you. Now is the time friend to learn about God and experience Him in a real and authentic way.

Have you ever wanted to have just a few quality minutes to sit by yourself and reflect on your day or things that you’re passionate about? Well, here’s a way to get your wish and more. Nanci’s new book Take a Seat on This Park Bench is a unique devotional book which shares a collection of essays. The book is divided into four different sections sharing messages of strength, encouragement, well-being, and personal development. Devotional pages for reflection appear after each essay and in the back of the book. They provide you with ways to nourish your soul through reading, writing, meditating on scripture, and praying. Through the pages of the book, hang out with this trustworthy friend — God. You’ll not only learn about Him, but you’ll find He’s a God who loves you and longs for you to draw near to Him.

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8a – English Standard Version (ESV)



February 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

A Little More About My Devotional Book: Take A Seat On This Park Bench

Hi! Happy Tuesday to You! Thanks for coming by today!

Today I’m sharing what you’ll see on the back cover of my new book. It will give you an idea what the book’s about.

Back Cover Copy

 Take a Seat on This Park Bench: Essays for Strength, Encouragement, and Healthy Living with Devotional Pages to Help You Grow Closer to God

One night I heard a Christian psychiatrist being interviewed on TV. He was asked if more people today are depressed and go for counseling than say 40 – 50 years ago. Without blinking an eye the doctor answered “yes” to both parts of the question. He went on to say that one of the reasons for the depression and the increased need for counseling was that we no longer take time to reflect on our lives. The word reflect grabbed my attention. As a result, I was inspired to combine contemporary informative topics into a new book that also presents spiritual truths to help you grow closer to God.

In Take a Seat on This Park Bench you’ll be encouraged to explore your faith through a series of essays and descriptive devotionals. Each devotional is written just as if you were sitting on a park bench. I chose a park bench because the outdoors and a bench are great places to relax and enjoy God’s creations. They’re also fabulous places to get away from the busyness of life and reflect on the goodness of God in your life.  Here you can listen closely for God’s voice. Why? That’s because only God has the answers that you need.

Take a Seat on This Park Bench and you’ll be refreshed mentally and spiritually while you sit, read, and reflect. And without a doubt you’ll learn more about God’s character and His great love for you. Each essay and devotional share messages of strength, encouragement, and healthy living ideas. Take a Seat on This Park Bench and gain some new perspectives for your life from these and other essays including:

Things Happen For You, Waiting, Mental Tenacity, Even in the Storm, On Your Knees, Gratitude, Take a Drink of Great Happiness, Right Thinking, Wholeness ▪ Healing, Happy Habits, It’s What’s in Your Heart, Get Wisdom, Kindness, On Love and the Five Love Languages, Purpose, The Green Bean Club, and more!

̶ Nanci J. Gravill

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!


September 4, 2018 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

5 Great Things to Know About My New Book


Before I share some of the great things about my new book, I think it would be fitting to share the title and subtitle with you.

Title: Take A Seat On This Park Bench

Subtitle: Essays for Strength, Encouragement, and Healthy Living with Devotional Pages to Help You Grow Closer to God

Tomorrow (we are Tuesday people, remember?) I’ll share what’s going to be on the back cover of the book. But for now, here are a few things you should know about this book:

  1. Yes, Take A Seat On This Park Bench is a special devotional book.
  2. All the essays are grouped together for strength, encouragement, well-being, and personal growth.
  3. My book offers some interesting essays on a variety of subjects that will inform and educate you the reader.
  4. The book has a few areas for you to write or respond to scripture. However, I do recommend that everyone who reads or studies this book use a journal. That will make what you learn even more powerful.
  5. Here’s the most important point that you should know. You’ll find the book shares how to know Christ as your Savior. I believe this will be a great book for those who have a belief in God — but don’t yet have a personal relationship with Jesus.

See you tomorrow when I post the back cover copy of the book!

Make the last minutes of your Labor Day great!

God Bless You!


September 3, 2018 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

New Title for My New Book



Last month I learned a lot from talking with folks from the two focus group studies that I had. A focus group study simply means the folks read my book and we came together to talk about what I had written. As a result, I did some soul-searching after comments  were made. And therefore the name of my new book has been changed.

The new title is:  Take a Seat On This Park Bench: A Collection of Essays on Courage, Wisdom, Gratitude + More With Devotional Pages to Encourage and Help You Grow Closer to God. 

I know the subtitle is long but it really tells you about the book. And that’s what it’s suppose to do!

I’m hoping the new book will be out in early spring.

Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!



December 17, 2017 at 12:47 pm 1 comment

Blue Skies and a Park Bench



The words blue skies and a park bench sound wonderful — maybe even relaxing. That’s the title of my new book.  I don’t know if you’ll be able to relax  on those park benches but you certainly will be able to reflect on how things are going in your life. That’s the purpose of the book besides bringing information to you.

Book Update:

Next week I’m conducting two focus group studies. We’ll discuss the book as it is thus far and recommend any changes. We’ll probably discuss the title and subtitle as well. Today I Googled the title and found it wasn’t taken so that’s a relief.  And since the book is a collection of essays, I do have a few more to write! After that it’s onward to discuss the book’s cover, editor, and publisher.  I’ll keep you all in the loop.

Hope your are enjoying blue skies where you are today. We have our first snow fall coming later on. Oh Joy!

Make it  a great day!

God Bless You!


November 9, 2017 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

Jesus Calling: A Powerful Thought for Today


While the new devotional book that I’m writing now is different from author Sarah Young’s devotional Jesus Calling : Enjoying Peace in His Presence, read the entry below and think about your present concerns. And as you do, I hope you’ll be lifted up into high places with Him.

Make it a great day!

God bless you!



WHEN YOU ARE PLAGUED by a persistent problem—one that goes on and on—view it as a rich opportunity. An ongoing problem is like a tutor who is always by your side. The learning possibilities are limited  only to your willingness to be teachable. In faith, thank Me for your problem. Ask me to open your eyes and your heart to all that I am accomplishing through this difficulty. Once you have become grateful for a problem, it loses its power to drag you down. On the contrary, your thankful attitude will lift you up into heavenly places with Me. From this perspective, your difficulty can be seen as a slight, temporary distress that is producing for you a transcendent Glory never to crease! – Isaiah 30:20-21, 2 Corinthians 4:17 (AMP)

 – Sarah Young, Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence, December 18 entry.


September 23, 2017 at 11:43 am 1 comment

Nanci Gives Insight into Her Writing

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I’ve always loved words. I think it’s because I’ve always recognized their ability to bring about change, give hope, and inspire. My strength and versatility as a writer comes from a combination of elements. These elements include: my creativity, life experiences, variety of job opportunities held in management and otherwise, my interests, and my God-given talent. Having a sensitive yet outgoing personality has also helped my writing to be fresh, funny, tender, and informative when it needed to be. I’m a creative person by nature and I’ve also been blessed with training for my creative abilities in both music and design.

What has helped me to enjoy my craft and be a really good writer? Studying hard and earning my degree in Promotional Communications gave me a great foundation in writing.  My education helped me to be detail-oriented, ask questions, and make sure my facts were accurate. However, this is the most important thing I’ve learned: The secret to being a great writer is to be as concise as possible. Make each word really count. That’s what I strive to do.

Writing my first book “Fresh Hope … Cleveland”  and this blog, have been my greatest accomplishments to date. Currently I’m working on my second manuscript, a devotional book entitled “Blue Skies and a Park Bench.” I’ll be sharing more about this new book in future posts.

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful day!

God Bless You!


September 13, 2017 at 10:55 am 4 comments

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