Released in the UK July 2023
Released in the US July 2023
Large trade paperback | 216 Pages
9781527110021 • £11.99 $15.99
BISAC – REL012170
With nearly 10 million new cases diagnosed every year, dementia is something many people face. Karen Martin’s story about her friend Kathleen, however, is overwhelmingly one of love and persistence. Their genuine friendship and faith, despite their half–century age difference, is at the heart of this story. Charting highs and lows from pre–diagnosis to Kathleen’s eventual passing, this moving tale highlights the difficulties and joys of facing dementia, through the lens of friendship.
Karen began writing in earnest after winning the Henley Literary Festival prize for a short story whose central character was living with Alzheimer’s. She went on to achieve a distinction in her Writing MA at Warwick University where the seeds of this book were sown. Karen has recently returned to her roots in the Cotswolds following thirty–years in Maidenhead.
Are we more than our memories? Karen Martin shares her journey to focus on a person, not a disease; a loved one living with memory loss, not a dementia victim; and a friend’s present and future, not just her fading memories. This book will be a fount of wisdom for anyone who cares for a friend with dementia.
Senior Research Fellow, the International Disability Center; Catalyst for Disability Concerns, the Lausanne Movement; co–author, ‘Disability in Mission: The Church’s Hidden Treasure’
This book is poignant, insightful and hopeful. It will equip and edify in equal measure.
Immanuel Church Nashville; author, ‘What God Has To Say About Our Bodies’
… I couldn’t help thinking as I read that what Karen and Kathleen experienced was a gift from God to them both but also to all who can eavesdrop through Karen’s account. … a profound meditation on memory and personhood, human identity and Christian discipleship. I’m delighted to see that this book has finally made it into print.
European Associate Director, Langham Preaching, London