Ellen lives alone with her nearly bed-ridden uncle. She struggles in day to day living, as well as in her faith. Though she is struggling, she is not giving up-not on her uncle-not on herself-not on her God. She is a caregiver and also a mourner, caring for her uncle and mourning for her aunt, the couple who raised her. The journal reads like a devotional. Ellen's one rule in writing her journal: she can say anything she wants, as long as she ends each entry on a positive note. Ellen is a fictitious caregiver. The author, Sally Hull, wrote the first draft of Ellen's story during the days when she herself was her parents' caregiver. The words are from the trenches. Ellen's Journal is designed to help caregivers and those who love them. To the caregivers, there is hope, from one who understands and cares about what they are going through. To those who know and love the caregivers, Ellen's story will help them understand what a caregiver goes through. Ellen's Journal is written through diary entries which are excerpts from Ellen's Tears. Ellen explores various topics, such as loneliness, anger, sorrow, etc. and endeavors to think it through in all of its aspects. Ellen's Journal is put together under various topics rather than in chronological order. It is also in sort segments, enabling the reader to get something to hang onto after only a few minutes of reading. Here is practical help for the caregiver and mourner.
About the Author
Sally Demaray Hull wrote her first novel at age seventeen: The Trail Beyond. She set the manuscript aside when she left her home in Gladwin Michigan for college in Canada at Toronto Baptist Seminary and Bible College. Following this three year course, she attended Mid Michigan Community College and Central Michigan University, studying to be a teacher. After college, she pulled out the manuscript of The Trail Beyond and rewrote it. Over the years she has rewritten it a dozen times. Shortly after the first re-write, she wrote a sequel. The next thing she knew, she was writing fulltime. Over the years she became her parents' caregiver, a teacher in a Christian school and a substitute teacher in the public schools. She also taught TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in China for two years and earned her TESOL certificate from the Canadian National Institute. Though she has had various occupations, writing has always been present in her life. Most of her book covers are from the photos her husband Charlie has taken, being a photographer and a writer himself. Sally's desire is that her books help people to know God better.