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My Sunday Best: Pearls of Wisdom, Wit, Grace, and Style

My Sunday Best: Pearls of Wisdom, Wit, Grace, and Style

by La Verne Ford Wimberly
My Sunday Best: Pearls of Wisdom, Wit, Grace, and Style

My Sunday Best: Pearls of Wisdom, Wit, Grace, and Style

by La Verne Ford Wimberly


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Encouragement is often hard to come by but Dr. LaVerne Ford Wimberly is here to help! While some of us were wearing sweats and pajamas, she got all dressed up for weekly virtual church services during the pandemic (hat included!) and offers inspiring words to go along with pictures of her great 'fits. Celebrate a life well-lived and maybe even share it with someone you know who could use her words of wisdom.

After posting selfies in her Sunday best for fifty-two consecutive weeks during the pandemic, octogenarian Dr. La Verne Ford Wimberly became a viral sensation during Easter 2021, appearing everywhere from the Washington Post to CNN to Fox News.

"People from all over the world have said my Sunday selfies and words of encouragement have blessed and inspired them. Who would have thought photos of an eighty-two-year-old church lady in a hat and Bible verses could do such a thing?"

On March 29, 2020, when her church switched to online services because of coronavirus, Dr. La Verne Ford Wimberly couldn't imagine watching the service in her robe. So, she did what she's always done; she put on a beautiful outfit, matching hat, and accessories and got ready for church. Dr. Wimberly, a self-declared social media junkie, thought "it would be fun to snap a selfie and post it on Facebook with a scripture verse and an inspirational message. I'd let folks know I was ready for worship and encourage them to do the same. This was my way to brighten their spirits—and mine—and stay connected during a time of sudden isolation and despair for many people."

Underneath her "crown" and church finery is a wise, warm, and witty octogenarian who's still committed to the same values she learned in childhood:

  • faith in God and country,
  • devotion to family,
  • keeping a positive attitude,
  • a life of service,
  • thinking before you act,
  • living life to the fullest, and
  • the golden rule.

As a career educator who faithfully and lovingly served students, their families, and her community for decades, encouraging and uplifting others is part of Dr. Wimberly's DNA. In My Sunday Best, you'll be cheered by the stories and lessons from a life well-lived and find yourself asking, How can I inspire someone today and encourage myself too?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400237746
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/21/2023
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 31,178
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr. La Verne Ford Wimberly is a retired career educator who played a role in desegregating the Tulsa school system. She later became the first interim African American female superintendent and has a trail of honors in her wake. Dr. Wimberly was most recently the chairperson of the Greenwood Cultural Center Board of Directors and the chair of the Board of Trustees at her beloved Metropolitan Baptist Church. The library at her alma mater, Booker T. Washington High School, is named after Dr. Wimberly and there are murals of her in schools throughout Tulsa. Plus, there are two days in the year that Tulsa declared “Dr. La Verne Ford Wimberly Day”; and that was all before she posted her first Sunday Best selfie! Dr. Wimberly lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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