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Stories Around the Table

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Stories Around the Table
by More than 40 Military Family Writers and Terry Barnes
Elva Resa Publishing
Retail Price $14.95
Amazon Price: $12.59

Book Description: 

Conversations are the heart of a gathering among friends. In Stories Around the Table, military spouses, parents, children, and service members gather together to laugh, cry, lend perspective, and share personal stories from their military life experience. From poignant to practical, tragic to humorous, these candid conversations shed heartfelt insight on many aspects of military life: friendship, depression, romance in military marriage, caring for children with special needs in a mobile lifestyle, renewing relationships after deployment, career challenges for spouses, changing schools, post-traumatic stress, faith, grief, and so much more.Menu

Let’s Do Lunch! ~ Military Friendship
“Write in Pen” ~ Diana Hartman
“Dot to Dot, Friend to Friend” ~ Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman
“Something’s Rank” ~ Amy Bushatz
“The ‘Ain’t It Awful?’ Club” ~ Holly Scherer
“Better With Battle Buddies” ~ Tara Crooks
“Stick Your Neck Out There” ~ Lori Hensic

A Moveable Feast Is No Picnic ~ Transitions
“First, You’re Gonna Hate It” ~ Terri Barnes
“Challenging My Normal” ~ Starlett Henderson
“The Perfect Move” ~ Brenda Pace
“Drawn and Quartered” ~ Janine Boldrin
“Why I’m Off Base” ~ Chris Pape
“Seven Things on the Table” ~ Starlett Henderson

Health & Soul Food ~ Mind, Body, Spirit
“Alive Day” ~ Kristin Henderson
“Taking My Medicine” ~ Sarah Smiley
“Where My Strength Comes From” ~ Sara Horn
“Growing Our Family” ~ Samantha Andrew
“Loving My Sister” ~ Briley Rossiter
“Rules of the Road Less Traveled” ~ Jeremy L. Hilton
“Coping With Serious Illness” ~ Janine Boldrin
“The Day Before the Wedding” ~ Anna Alexander

Bread of Sorrows ~ Grief
“Secondary Losses” ~ Artis Henderson
“Living for Griffin” ~ Kristine Schellhaas
“Star Light, Star Bright” ~ Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

A Piece of (Wedding) Cake ~ Military Marriage
“Marriage Pig Latin” ~ Lori Volkman
“Moving the Lighthouse” ~ Thomas Litchford
“Smokin’ Hot Romance” ~ Jacey Eckhart
“Locations: Yours, Mine, and Ours” ~ Sarah Smiley
“Speaking the Same Language” ~ Jocelyn Green
“Love’s Tide Stronger Flows” ~ Chris Stricklin

Eat It. It’s Good for You! ~ Military Parenting
“Strength of a Little Warrior” ~ Jacqueline Goodrich
“Our Hearts Are Big Enough” ~ Julia Gibbs
“Ready-Made Family” ~ Sarah Holtzmann
“School Choices and Changes” ~ Amanda Trimillos
“Home, Sweet Homeschool” ~ Benita Koeman
“My Son’s Battle” ~ Judy Davis
“Military Kids in a Civilian World” ~ Randi S. Cairns
“Manners Still Matter” ~ Marna Ashburn
“Our Roots: Not Deep but Far and Wide” ~ Susan A. Phalen

Orders to Go ~ Deployment
“Don t Forget the Kids” ~ Julie LaBelle
“Tale of the Meat Man” ~ Mollie Gross
“My Oxygen Mask” ~ Alison Buckholtz
“Buy More Underwear” ~ Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito
“What Strength Looks Like” ~ Angela Caban
“Friends in Need, Friends in Deed” ~ Benita Koeman

Check, Please ~ Careers & Finances
“Secrets of My Success” ~ Lisa Smith Molinari
“Having It All” ~ Tanya Biank
“Smart Money” ~ Adrianna Domingos-Lupher
“Dare to Dream” ~ Kathie Hightower
“What’s Missing?” ~ Janet I. Farley
“With a Little Help From My Friends” ~ Sue Hoppin

Coffee & Dessert ~ Sweets for the Journey
Always Time for Coffee, Always Room for Dessert



This was a very interesting book that is basically a collections of personal stories from military families describing what it is like to live in that culture..  Since each essay is written by someone different, you get a well-rounded look into the lives of those who serve our country at home and abroad and their families.  Your emotions will run the gamut as you find your self laughing and crying intermittently.  While some stories were lighthearted, others stayed with me for days and some I still think about.  The book was heartwarming and touching and it really did feel like you were gathered around the table with these families sharing their lives.  I found the book very appealing.

~Reviewed by Shari K.


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