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Dolores, Like the River

The life-altering influence of a mentor

by Laura L. Padgett



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/11/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 132
ISBN : 9781490814384
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 132
ISBN : 9781490814377
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 132
ISBN : 9781490814391

About the Book

In a time when the world appears to worship all things youthful, sometimes aging is seen as synonymous with diminished value and purpose. Because of this cultural posture, as older adults, we can be reluctant to accept God’s call to share His truth and wisdom from the lens of an authentic life lived in His care. But accept that call is what Dolores did when she took an assignment to mentor, nurture, and mother a broken young woman who was running from abuse and dysfunction while heading down a road presenting self-destructive choices.

Dolores was sixty-five years old, had raised two children, taught hundreds, and was enjoying peaceful retirement years, with her life’s partner, in a sleepy mountain town in western Colorado. Then she met Laura, who was in her mid-twenties. God had a purpose for bringing these two women together. Dolores recognized God’s plans and committed herself to being Christ’s hands, feet, and heart on the road to turning a hurting, frightened, and angry spiritual refugee into a woman of God, wife, mother, artist, and scholar.

As you follow the narrative of their thirty-five-year relationship, it may change the way you see beauty and purpose in aging. And it may convince you of or reinforce your belief in the God who spares no effort when reaching out to the broken and lost. The blessings to both women are too many to be counted. It is likely that the blessings to the reader will also be too many to be counted.

About the Author

Laura is an award-winning new author. Her short piece, “Mama’s Ring,” won second place in a writing contest held by Xulon Press in the summer of 2012. In “Mama’s Ring,” she tells the story of God’s grace in offering her reconciliation with her alcoholic mother, after her mother’s death. She has presented this story in the forms of writing, oral storytelling, and dance at various venues around Colorado. She has been a speaker/presenter at women’s retreats, workshops, and dance festivals for over ten years. Her presentations and workshops focus on teaching others how to tell their stories and how to dance in praise, prayer, and worship to the Lord Jesus Christ. She writes a blog called Livin’ What You’re Given and offers stories of encouragement, recovery, and inspiration through the lenses of experience, faith, and humor. Laura earned her Master of Arts degree from Regis University in Denver in May 2009. Her MA is in “Storytelling through Creative Movement.” Laura’s Master’s work produced the book Moving into the Holy, an instructional guide that teaches dancers and non-dancers the value of sacred dance as storytelling, praise, prayer and worship. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society, and she is former president of the ASN Alumni Club in Denver. Laura has performed, competed in, and taught Irish step dance. She also has performed and taught Messianic dance, African healing dance, and interpretive liturgical dance. Her students have included all ages from preschoolers to adults. She is a competitive dancer with several gold and silver medals to her credit. She believes that dance is another way to tell our stories. And she finds inspiration for choreography and her stories by traveling the world, as well as by spending time in the Rocky Mountains, especially on the Western Slope of her home state, Colorado. She lives in Montrose, Colorado with her husband Keith. She has one son (Gabriel), two stepchildren (Laurie and Orin), and three grandchildren (Tom, Katie, and Sophia).