How I Learned to Like My Mom: Forgive Those You Love … Before It’s Too Late by Dorenda Doyle
Set in Southwest Oklahoma, this is the story of a beautiful, talented woman who drank too much, parented too little, and married SEVEN times. She just happened to be my mother, whom I loved, but decidedly did not like. Miles and years later, after being required to prepare her eulogy, I began to unravel my mother’s complicated life. The more I uncovered, the more I realized I had not known my mother well enough to like her. So, this is MY story as well–how I learned to like this mom I loved, how I came to realize that forgiveness is one of our greatest gifts, and ultimately, realizing that Mom, despite her many faults, taught me a most important lesson–to pull myself up by my bootstraps! This book is for anyone who had a difficult or traumatic childhood because of alcohol, abuse, divorce, neglect or poverty; most especially, it is for someone who needs forgiveness in their life. GREAT MOTHERS DAY GIFT!
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Dorenda is a retired educator of thirty years, having taught business and computers at the high school and college levels, writing curriculum for two State Departments of Education, and serving in administrative roles. (M.Ed., Secondary Education; B.S., Business Management). She was even a Zoo Docent (volunteer educator) for a few years at the Birmingham Zoo. Since retirement, her zeal for education has been replaced with a passion for grandkids, animals, and travel. With three rescues of her own, she supports and advocates for animal rescue in her spare time. Her hobby of photography almost always includes pictures of grandkids as well as animals, usually together. Biking and hiking take up the rest of her free time, with week-long bicycling trips being a yearly indulgence. Her bucket list includes visiting all 63 National Parks, and biking a “century” (100 miles in one day; so far, 77 is her best.) She and her husband Jimmy travel as much as possible with the entire extended family of sixteen, including her 91-year-young mom-in-law. It’s these adventures on which she will base her next books, a children’s series, Adventures with Grandma. Contact: dorenda@PullUpYourBootstraps.org