A strong woman embraces life on her own terms.
Berthella Stevens is shaped by childhood adversity in an impoverished, fatherless home during the Great Depression. As an unconventional adult ahead of her time, she’s inspired by natural living, flower gardening, writing and raising her family. But when she dares to be herself in her rural Indiana community, she endures ostracism and loneliness, finding solace in her faith.
Berthella’s story is expressed through the seasons of her life, rooted in Kerry Stevens’ childhood in the 1960s. He shares an intimate portrait of his mother in a fusion of her poetry and prose with his story of their relationship. While revealing the joys of living life to the fullest, Kerry discovers her pain and a new admiration for his maverick mom.
Forever Herself will warm your heart, challenge your mind, and renew your spirit.
|Publisher:||Six Points Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.82(d)|
About the Author
Kerry's literary journey began in third grade with an illustrated book of flying saucers written on thick, manila paper bound together with white paste. Since writing that first book and growing up in Indiana farm country, Kerry has written dozens of essays for his family magazine, completed creative writing classes with the Writers' League of Texas, and serves on the board of the San Gabriel Writers League.
To nourish his heart, mind and soul, Kerry has helped lead two non-profits, taught youth Sunday school for twenty years, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, and currently leads church ministries focused on poverty, race relations, and environmental stewardship.
He is retired and lives near Austin Texas, with his wife of more than thirty years. They have a grown daughter.
More info available at www.KerryLStevens.com
Berthella Stevens is the contributing author of Forever Herself: A Son's Memoir of a Remarkable Woman. Her son, Kerry L Stevens, the lead author, fuses Berthella's prose and poetry with his memories of their unique relationship to tell the endearing tale of his maverick mom.
Berthella began writing in middle school with a poem imagining what a blind person "saw." Her unique perspective on the world brought a lifetime of challenges, but writing provided a lifetime of joy. She wrote poetry for many decades, plus children's, middle grade, and adult fiction, along with narrative non-fiction essays and a weekly human interest column in the local newspaper of her Indiana farming community. Several pieces were internally published in professional organizations to which she belonged.
Overcoming the adversity of the Great Depression and a fatherless home, Berthella embraced the world beyond the gender expectations of her day. With an insatiable curiosity, she was inspired by the beauty of nature, flower gardening, natural living, music, and her faith.
She was married to Kerry's father for sixty-five years and raised six children. Berthella died in 2011.
More info available at www.KerryLStevens.com
Table of Contents
Spring Prelude: The Dawn of Promise
Chapter 1: A Leap for Love
Chapter 2: Stolen Dreams
Chapter 3: Broken Promises
Chapter 4: Heaven’s Borderland
Chapter 5: In the Beginning
Chapter 6: New Adventures
Summer Prelude: Fullness of Life
Chapter 7: Freedom Unlocked
Chapter 8: A Love Affair with Flowers
Chapter 9: Kitchen Connection
Chapter 10: Labor of Love
Chapter 11: More Than an Emotion
Chapter 12: D is for Didactic
Chapter 13: Baby
Chapter 14: Crazy for Life
Chapter 15: Crisis and Credibility
Chapter 16: Au Naturel
Chapter 17: Gifts of the Sky
Chapter 18: Feathers of Love
Chapter 19: A Greater Love
Fall Prelude: The Harvest
Chapter 20: Riding Through the Rainbow
Chapter 21: Sounds of Silence
Chapter 22: Spreading Wings
Chapter 23: Belt of Truth
Chapter 24: Mirror of Prejudice
Chapter 25: Three Loves
Chapter 26: Greed to Grace
Chapter 27: Love Letters
Chapter 28: Matters of the Heart
Chapter 29: Music of the Years Gone By
Chapter 30: Lonely Heart
Chapter 31: The Space Between Us
Winter Prelude: Season of Loss
Chapter 32: As Time Goes By
Chapter 33: Saying Goodbye
Chapter 34: Legacy of Jewels
Chapter 35: Spring Awaits
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a memoir about the author’s mother, Berthella. Stevens brings life memories of his beloved mother and how life used to be living under her care. The connection between the two, his mother’s life as a bright minded woman and everything she believed in, is retold, creating an exciting remembrance of her life. I particularly enjoyed the honest portrayal of how Berthella was ahead of her time and was not willing to confine herself to the way everyone else thought and lived. The literature was descriptive and filled with an expression of emotions. It did reflect religious thoughts and triumphs that lead to faith. The memoir is from the 1960s, the time of the great depression and how Stevens is fatherless, rose by his mother. Kerry expresses his feelings beautifully as he draws us a picture of how fun his life was growing up. It was very easy to virtually sense the connection, bond, and love between a mother and son. Berthella is a remarkable woman and the author spends a great deal of care and love making sure each word and sentence pays a tribute to his mother. I admired everything about this book and recommend it to people that enjoy memoirs and picturesque life stories.
A great look into a life This story was written by Stevens about his mother, and but she was also an integral part of the story telling. Stevens told me she was a contributing author but she passed away, sadly, in 2011. It's a remarkable story and it not only shows the life of Berthella Stevens, but it shows the love of a son. The words paint a magnificent picture of the ups and downs, and pursuit of life. It's a fabulous memoir that is heartfelt and dramatic. A great story, and well worth the peek into the life of Stevens. I look forward to reading more by this new author.