About Gifts by Grace & Barbara Parentini

I'm a native Ohioan who fell in love with the South when I attended Warren Wilson College in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Retired from my career as a registered nurse since a life-changing accident in 2003, I devote most days writing what I love~ inspirational cards and gifts books, and Appalachian fiction. 
You'll find my stories and devotions in books such as: Amazing Faith, my miraculous story; One Year Life Verse Devotional by Tyndale House Publishers; Daily Devotions for Writers from The Writing Academy; HUGS Bible Reflections for Women by Howard/Simon and Schuster, and others.
I'm delighted to be a contributor in Life Lessons from Dads by Write Integrity Press, released June, 2012. You can view the stirring video here: http://youtu.be/89YW7VK3tYA
If you're interested in creativity, see my article "Stained Glass," published in Southern Writers Magazine Suite T online column, April 2012. www.southernwritersmagazine.com/SuiteT  
I'm excited about polishing my gift book, Love and Everyday Wisdom for Brides, and companion journal, this summer.
If you hear me talking to characters, I'm likely mining historical fiction. In the Den with Daniel is a novel set deep in the mountains of Appalachia. You'll be hearing more about this manuscript in the months to come.
In quiet moments, I love creating my inspirational card line, Soaring Hearts. You'll find some of these lovely cards on the Products page. I'll keep you posted when more locations are added this year. 
Soaring Hearts have been featured in the gracious Lady Bedford's Tea Parlour in Pinehurst; The Sand Dollar seaside boutique on Anna Maria Island, Florida; and in an adorable boutique called Heaven on Earth Emporium in Yellow Springs, Ohio. 
In February, 2011, I presented the inaugural Living Letters(R)  Seminar ~ Writing Your Keepsake Letter, a seminar and Tea hosted at the historic Carolina Inn on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Future dates for a Living Letters(R) Seminar and Tea for Brides, and an event for Caregivers will be announced when the dates are finalized.
I'm a graduate of C.L.A.S.S. (Christian Leaders, Authors, Speakers Services), a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, North Carolina Poetry Society, and founder of Light of Carolina Christian Writers. My husband and I enjoy our life in the pastoral beauty of North Carolina amidst bluebirds and hollyhocks. 
To schedule a speaking engagement, Soaring Hearts gathering, or Living Letters (R) Seminar, please email me
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