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Sask. author coming to Maple Creek June 30

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Award-winning Saskatchewan journalist Christalee Froese will be in Maple Creek on the long weekend in July to share her journey to joy.

The Maple Creek News columnist says some of her greatest support has come from southwest Saskatchewan.
“It’s been really heartwarming to get book orders, emails and calls as a result of my Rural Roots column in the Maple Creek News and because of the time I spent at the Shaunavon Standard many years ago,” said Froese. “It’s always surprising, and humbling, when I come across someone who connects with the words I’ve written.”
In Froese’s first book, Journey to Joy, she vividly brings to life her recovery from depression, chronicling the two years she spent restoring the joy she’d lost. This bold, heart-wrenching memoir will make readers laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time.
“I basically made up my own joy project, taking on a topic of happiness every month,” said Froese. “By month twenty-four—after immersion in subjects like creativity, food, fitness, photography, faith, love and gratitude for 21 straight days each month—a whole new me emerged, one who was finally joyful.”
Both heartbreaking and humorous, Journey to Joy offers insight into the stumbles and falls of recovery, and the persistence required to get back up time and again. The raw storytelling in Journey to Joy will change how you view depression and anxiety…and will permanently alter your own approach to joy.
Froese’s journey also takes her through the trials of adoption and eventually to a Chinese orphanage where she finds courage, strength and her true purpose. Journey to Joy will restore your faith in miracles and the underlying goodness of mankind.
Froese will be reading from her book and sharing her journey at Grotto Gardens Country Market on Saturday, June 30 at 1:30 p.m.
“I am so thankful to Dana and Dan and their family for so open-heartedly welcoming me into their great market and for carrying the book so that readers in southwest Saskatchewan have a place to buy Journey to Joy,” added Froese.
“What I’m finding as the book reaches more people is that everyone suffers through some kind of difficulty at some time in their lives and the more aware we are of that, the more compassionate and supportive we can be of every single person we come in contact with.”

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