Book Talk by Donna Fado Ivery, Saturday, February 8, 2020

Donna Fado Ivery will give a book talk on her new book Sleep, Pray, Heal: A Path to Wellness and Well-Being. When a two hundred pound glass partition fell on Donna Fado Ivery’s head resulting in brain injury, disability, and chronic pain, she could no longer count on walking,speaking, or thinking. How would she care for her infant,her preschooler, her husband, and herself? How would she continue to serve as pastor? With humor and humility, this inspirational memoir speaks to Donna’s struggle through medical, social, and church prejudice with the abiding support of family and the Holy Spirit. Sleep, Pray, Heal charts the path through hard-ship and despair and offers a map—through scripture, theology, poetry, painting, and storytelling—to faith, healing, recovery .AWARD WINNING Sleep, Pray, Heal placed as a finalist in the William Wisdom—William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition in the category of Narrative Nonfiction Book, with 209 entries from six countries. The first chapter placed as a top 10 winner in the Inspirational/Spiritual category of the 2019 Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition.

Donna will be at Asbury from 10 AM – Noon on Saturday, February 8 in the Fireside Room. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and purchase her book after she shares a bit. All are welcome and encouraged to invite their friends an neighbors. Please sign up on the clipboards in the Fellowship Hall or call the church office 925-447-1950 if you plan to attend so we have enough bagels and chairs!

In addition to being a former pastor of Asbury, Donna is an artist, spiritual leader, inspirational speaker, teacher and writer. Her celebrated healing journey from a disabling head injury makes Donna a sought-after speaker on spiritual resources for living with chronic pain. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, Donna has pastored congregations in Northern California. She is married to the Reverend Dr. Hubert Ivery and they have two adult daughters.

For more information, please contact Barbara Ernst.


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