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Stepping Stones Celebrates 20 Years in Business with Author Events | News, Sports, Jobs

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TR PHOTO BY ANDREW UBBEN – Author Laura Sohl-Cryer visits the Stepping Stones Christian Bookstore in Marshalltown for a book signing for her first book, ‘Remembering the Home Place: Sonnets and Stories From Our Family Farm.’

As Stepping Stones Christian Bookstore celebrated its 20th anniversary last week at Grinnell and Marshalltown stores, author Laura Sohl-Cryer held a book signing at the Marshalltown location on Friday to promote her debut, Remembering the Home Place. : Sonnets and Stories From Our Family Growing.

Sohl-Cryer grew up in northwest Iowa on her family’s Century Farm established by her great-grandfather between Boyden and Hull. For the past 24 years, she has lived in Cedar Falls, teaching at Hawkeye Community College and a few online classes for DMACC. Sohl-Cryer has written intermittently since graduate school and is also a noted member of the Iowa Poetry Association, from which she has won several recognition awards.

The new book stems from a place of sadness when Sohl-Cryer’s mother passed away last October, leaving her to make the difficult decision to take the semester away from teaching and return to the family farm to deal with inheritance issues. and his grieving process. In the midst of dealing with the estate paperwork, she had free time to grieve, but given that she’s a farmer at heart, Sohl-Cryer didn’t want to just sit on her hands.

According to Sohl-Cryer, God began waking her up every morning around 4:45 a.m., when chores usually began on the farm, reminding her of his presence as a child. Remembering her childhood there, she wanted to be on the farm during this difficult time to ride the waves of grief and make something productive and positive out of it.

“Writing this, Remembering the Place of Origin, helped me know that it has been there throughout my life,” Sohl-Cryer said. “He came out of a heartbreak and gave me a lot of hope.”

Grief isn’t the book’s only theme, as there are humorous tales of growing up on a farm and multiple tales of levity. The book also serves as a catalyst for people to share their own stories, and Sohl-Cryer encourages them to do so because, as she says, many of these stories of small family farms are a generation or two away from being forgotten. a long time unless they are shared.

To celebrate 20 years in business at Grinnell and 12 years at Marshalltown, Stepping Stones has held a week-long sale offering customers 20% off a regular price, a prime in-stock item at Marshalltown as well as sale prices. Daily attendance and refreshments at both stores. .

“It’s just our way of saying thank you to all of our loyal customers over the years. Special thanks to all of our past and current team members and all of the volunteers over the years,” said Bookstores owner Mindy Uitermarkt. “We just want to say thank you to everyone.”

In addition to Sohl-Cryer, the bookstore also held book signings featuring Rosa Clark and Jocelyn Green throughout the week. Stepping Stones Christian Bookstore encourages everyone to check out the sidewalk sales this coming weekend for Ridiculous Day on Saturday, July 23 at Grinnell. For more information about Stepping Stones Christian Bookstores, follow them on Facebook at Stepping Stone Christain Bookstores or call store owner Mindy Uitermarkt at 641-990-1381.

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Contact Andrew Ubben at 641-753-6611 or [email protected]



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