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In Honor of Women’s History Month

Coming March 12, 2018 from 1-3 pm

Centerville Library, 111 W. Spring Valley Road, 45459


Photo by Rick Guidotti of Positive Exposure

Linda A. Marshall, M.Div., is a contemplative writer who is passionate about sharing the  lessons she learns and the wisdom she gains from persevering through life’s challenges. In her memoir, A Long Awakening to Grace, she imparts hope, strength, courage, and healing to her readers as she vulnerably discloses the trials she faced dealing with a rare genetic disease that went undiagnosed in her family for decades.












Writer Pens a Compelling Medical-Mystery Memoir

A Long Awakening to Grace: a memoir of loss and discovery by Linda A. Marshall, M.Div. has been published by Emergings Press of Dayton, Ohio. Marshall’s deeply moving memoir was introduced at the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation conference In San Francisco in September 2017. Professionals, myotonic carriers, and caregivers praised Marshall for naming the most devastating central nervous system effects experienced by her family. Written like a reader-friendly medical mystery, the memoir provides in-depth information vital to researchers pursuing a cure and inspires hope and courage to those struggling with the weight of undiagnosed genetic riddles.

Marshall’s book is filled with poignant life lessons, describing her growth in wisdom and strength as she tenaciously searched for twenty-two years to understand the cause of her children’s puzzling behavior while at the same time dealing with stifling gender roles and biases experienced by women coming of age in the 1960s. Readers who love stories of triumph over adversity find A Long Awakening to Grace hard to put down.

Marshall donated 100% of the proceeds from the September conference sale of her memoir and continues to donate a portion of the proceeds from ongoing sales to the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation. She is available for interviews, book club discussions, and presentations focusing on the power of perseverance while facing insurmountable obstacles, giving an inside look at a family struggling to deal with tragic situations that defied understanding.

Advanced Praise for A Long Awakening to Grace

A Long Awakening to Grace shows the transformative power of an open heart and questing spirit. Faith buoys Linda Marshall through decades of family pain and tragedy caused by a mysterious genetic condition. Over the course of this inspiring journey, love opens the way for profound healing.”

~Susan J. Tweit, author of Walking Nature Home: A Life’s Journey

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“One of my physician colleagues, when asked how he dealt with ‘such depressing neuromuscular diseases,’ replied, ‘I have the greatest job in the world because I get to work with heroes every day.’ This remarkable memoir chronicles one such hero’s quest to find an answer to a genetic riddle that had severely impacted her family for decades. The story is moving, meaningful, and inspiring, and reading it has made me a better doctor. It is a tremendous resource for other families in similar situations.”

~John T. Kissel, M.D.; Chair, OSU Department of Neurology


Reader’s Comments via Amazon Reviews:

“When I first heard that this was a story about women with disabled children, I assumed I’d read the equivalent story in many forms. I was wrong. This one is about the narrator’s struggle as she integrates her spiritual life and personal journey with the needs of two children, both suffering from a rare form of muscular dystrophy. I came away with a new understanding of grace and great appreciation for the narrator.
If you are a parent, teacher, medical professional, or a human being concerned with those who experience the world differently, you need to read this book. It’s accessible, detailed, and unique.”

~B. Lynn Goodwin, author of Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62, writing coach, and managing editor of Writer’s Advice

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“Out of her desire to accomplish God’s purpose for her life, Linda Marshall courageously shares the pain and shame that held her captive for years. You will be challenged by her journey that took her from a silent position of fear to a vocal position of vulnerability and freedom.”

~Helen LaKelly Hunt, author of And the Spirit Moved Them: The Lost Radical History of America’s First Feminists

Click Here for Book Description and Excerpts from A Long Awakening to Grace.

Centerville Library’s 2nd Monday Authors Event to honor Women’s History Month

March 12, 2018 from 1-3 pm — 111. W. Spring Valley Road

December 14, 2017: Kirkus Review Received

“A mother strengthens her faith over a lifetime of heartache in this spiritual account of recovery and acceptance. … An unflinching portrait of one family’s struggles and a mother’s boundaries that should appeal to memoir lovers.” ~Kirkus Review

November 27, 2017: Nominated for Reader’s Choice Book Award:







November 18, 2017 Author Event: Springboro Historical Museum










November 10, 2017 Book Signing: Epic Book Shop; Yellow Springs









Marshall’s entry on the topic of difference, The Wisdom of Sharing our Experience, to be included in Story Circle Network‘s 2017 online anthology, Real Women Write: Sharing Our Stories, Sharing Our Lives.

Marshall’s May 12 blog post “Atonement” was included in Story Circle Network‘s 2016 anthology, Real Women Write: Sharing Our Stories, Sharing Our lives.

Marshall’s entry on the topic of failure, Perfect Failure, tied for Third Place in Story Circle Network 2015 LifeWriting Contest, August 10, 2015. Click here to read all the winning entries.