I have two new books. One is fiction—I Am Strong! I Am Smart! The second is non-fiction—We Are Strong! Mothers and Daughters Stand Together. Both of these books revolve around the influence one generation has on another—grandmothers/grandchildren, mothers/daughters.
I Am Strong! I Am Smart! for ages 8 to 12 is fully illustrated (Christian, national). It is the product of my wonderful mother’s example. As a child, my mother taught me 100 ways to play Solitaire and Double Solitaire. She is still the life of the party when we play cards, whether there are two, four, or up to eight or so playing at once on each others’ cards. In this book I wanted to show how, no matter our age, we not only can learn from each other, but we can build each other up and help through the crises that come our way.
To my delight, I Am Strong! I Am Smart! received 23 endorsements before it even went to press. I hope mothers, grandmothers, and granddaughters, in particular, feel the “warmth” of this book and gain from it.
We Are Strong! Mothers and Daughters Stand Together started out as a non-fiction way to teach the same principles as I Am Strong! I Am Smart! But the book grew with amazing real-life stories and a clear mission to teach all women how important it is to truly live the Young Women values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This book not only teaches, it brings hope and encouragement and reminds us what an honor it is to be a woman.
I’m told by some reviewers that We Are Strong! Mothers and Daughters Stand Together is their first pick for Mother’s Day gift giving. I’m happy about that. But this book is meant for much more than that. The principles in this book are meant to be absorbed, committed to, and lived every day of our lives, forever.
Using compelling real-life stories from women of all ages, award-winning author Fay A. Klingler clearly defines how and why we must continue to live and teach the Young Women values.
We Are Strong! beautifully illustrates how powerful a faithful woman’s example can be.
Luisa May, known to her family and friends as Lu, loves to play games with her grandma. When she’s bullied at school, Grandma has a special puzzle for Lu to help her see how valuable she is—no matter what others say, or how much doubt she feels within herself. Soon after, Grandma has to go to the hospital, and Lu finds out Grandma needs help recovering. Then it’s Lu’s turn to help Grandma see how valuable she is—no matter how much doubt she feels within herself. It’s a beautiful parallel for young and old alike, as each age learns from the other.
Written and illustrated with loving hands, this delightful children’s story offers a heartfelt message that unites and bonds generations. From the award-winning pen of Fay A. Klingler, I Am Strong! I Am Smart! provides to women of all ages a reminder of the tremendous gift of “girl power.”
About the author
Fay A. Klingler, author and illustrator, is an award-winning creative and technical writer, as well as a sought-after motivational speaker for women’s groups. Her expertise includes successful patterns for life, betrayal recovery, and effective grandparenting. Her previous publications include A Woman’s Power: Threads that Bind Us to God; Shattered: Six Steps from Betrayal to Recovery; Daughters of God, You Have What It Takes; The LDS Grandparents’ Idea Book; My Magnificent Mountain; The Complete Guide to Woman’s Time; Our New Baby; and A Mother’s Journal.
The Klinglers have twelve children and thirty-five grandchildren in their blended family. They reside in Draper, Utah.