Mother Shares Son’s Final Hope for Heaven

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Grace Hournbuckle Walker shares son’s final days, her personal journal in new book, ‘Now I Can Think Myself to Mars.’

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The day before author Grace Hournbuckle Walker’s 8-year-old son passed away, he shared with her his hope and anticipation for his future in heaven with Jesus. In “Now I Can Think Myself to Mars: A Son's Final Goodbye A Mother's Journal of Renewal” (published by iUniverse), Walker shares her son’s final days and her personal journal of renewal and refocus to not only endure but flourish following tragedy.

“My purpose in sharing Nathan's last conversation and my journal is not to burden parents, family and friends with additional sadness,” Walker says, “but to share one mother's journey of hope and strengthened faith in God.”

Divided into four parts, the book first takes readers through a set of poems that traverse the thoughts Nathan shared with his mother and Walker’s reflections on those thoughts. Part two brings in the writings of Nathan’s father – Walker’s husband – while part three returns to Walker’s own inspirational writings. The concluding part shares the letters Walker wrote to her son.

An excerpt from “Now I Can Think Myself to Mars”:
"Mom, Remember When... I could travel so fast on my bike with the wind whistling through my hair? Now... I Can think myself to Mars!”
Love, Nathan

“Now I Can Think Myself to Mars”
By Grace Hournbuckle Walker
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 138 pages | ISBN 9781491794111
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 138 pages | ISBN 9781491794104
E-Book | 138 pages | ISBN 9781491794128
Available at, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
After 34 years as a nurse practitioner certified in both family practice and family psychiatric and mental health, Grace Hournbuckle Walker is now retired. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of New Mexico, a master’s in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia and a post-graduate certificate from the University of Cincinnati. During her last 12 years of practice, Walker specialized in post-traumatic stress disorder. Concurrently, she served on the University of Cincinnati faculty in both family and psychiatric nurse practitioner programs. Currently, she alternates between New Mexico and Ohio to be near her daughter and son-in-law and to visit friends. This is her first book. More information can be found at:

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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