Reliving Memories of a Grateful Grandchild

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Author’s delightful book to be featured at this year’s California Library Association Book Exhibit.

I was never rootless because my grandparents would never allow it

A story of an edifying and loving childhood under the shelter of the grandparents is sure to capture anyone’s heart as author Dr. Richard E. Blackwell releases, through Xlibris, Memories of a Grateful Grandchild.

Memories of a Grateful Grandchild chronicles Dr. Blackwell’s trip back in time to the day where it all began, when his grandparents purchased a twelve-room house at 406 Lindsay Street. Barely five years old when he first set foot into the house, Dr. Blackwell immediately felt a special air, an enticing uniqueness to the place that endeared it to him. He remembers vivid details of the house and the everyday experiences that defined his childhood in an unforgettable light.

As he relives those golden years, Blackwell recalls growing up with the love and kindness of his elders, while struggling with their flaws and his own wild antics. In this loving, yet a little bit chaotic, set-up, Blackwell experienced the gift of identity and the important lesson of accepting people as they are.

“I was never rootless because my grandparents would never allow it,” Dr. Blackwell comments in his book.

Warmth, love, and tender affection, as well as a profound upwelling of Dr. Blackwell’s gratitude for living life a whole man with the elements of love, sanity, faith, and identity, are infused within the pages of this memoir. Memories of a Grateful Grandchild celebrates the joy of childhood, the importance of grandparents, and the struggle to understand the human condition.

This book will be featured at this year’s California Library Association Book Exhibit in Sacramento, CA on November 12-15, 2010. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
Dr. Richard Blackwell is a retired American Baptist minister who served the Christian church for forty-two years. He was educated at Lenoir-Rhyne College, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Palmer Seminary. He is married, the father of two children, and the servant of a cat.

Memories of a Grateful Grandchild by Dr. Richard E. Blackwell
Publication Date: December 11, 2009                                        
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 184 pages; 978-1-4415-4666-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 184 pages; 978-1-4415-4667-8
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4500-4518-6

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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