A Month of Sundays, the Power to Heal

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Lecturer, poet, Sandra Leader, uses Sabbath to find joy in the midst of sorrow in new book

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My reflections during Sabbath, along with the stories I wrote, allowed me to have a sense of humor in a world that too often feels cruel and frightening.

In less than two weeks, Paula Hartman lost her mother to Lou Gehrig’s disease and her father to a massive heart attack. She found her way through the sadness by using the Sabbath for rest and spiritual health.

Instead of allowing herself to crumble from the awful pain, Hartman chose to find comfort in writing and the rest and worship of the Sabbath. She spent ten years after her parents’ deaths creating short stories that helped her maintain her sanity and restore joy in her life. A Month of Sundays is a compilation of these stories.

“Losing both of my parents in such a short time was one of the most difficult things I have ever had to go through,” Hartman said. “During this time I learned just how important true Sabbath rest is to your spiritual well-being.”

Although always a writer, Hartman worked as a medical technologist in the lab of a large hospital in Akron, Ohio while raising her children. She, like many other working wives and mothers, knew the stress of trying to find the right balance. The Sabbath offered a day in her hectic week to take a step back and remind herself of what was important.

“It is easy to get lost in the chaos of juggling a fulltime career and a family,” Hartman said. “My reflections during Sabbath, along with the stories I wrote, allowed me to have a sense of humor in a world that too often feels cruel and frightening.”    

Hartman has since left her career in the medical industry to become a fulltime writer. She hopes to teach others about the importance of cherishing what they have instead of constantly striving for more. Even in the midst of profound sorrow, she feels, there can still be hope and joy.

For more information, visit pauladeanhartman.com.

A Month of Sundays
By Paula Hartman
ISBN: 978151273068
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Westbow Press

About the author
Paula Hartman is a graduate of the University of Toledo and the daughter of a United Methodist
minister. She has written for her church and community for 25 years. Her works include Real Life Stories and Dear Humankind. She is the mother of three children and the grandmother
of seven grandchildren. She understands the complexity of balancing work and home and the need for true Sabbath rest. She lives in Seville, Ohio.

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