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72-pages; soft cover
“Beads of Change,” by Maryland author Carol Joyce, is an inspirational book for young adults and their families. Its engaging main character, Melissa Rose, doesn’t like change, but faces a number of them within her family at the same time she is entering middle school.
Melissa’s favorite time of year, summer is coming to an end at the Southern Shores. Her older sister is leaving for college and her mom decides to go back to work. As Melissa wrestles with the changes, she discovers the keys to getting through are “beads” that she writes about in her journal—and the chain that links these “beads” together.
Carol Joyce writes about Melissa’s growing faith: “His forever strength is the only kind of chain that would be strong enough to provide me with unconditional love, a supportive family that keeps family traditions alive, a heart for serving others, the need for prayer, meaningful friendships and a hope that His plan for me is perfect in every way.”
The story, filled with humor, insight, and meaningful characters, empowers young people to care about others, live in a way as to serve people and maintain a faith that stands strong regardless of what comes their way during the teen years.
Joyce retired from a teaching career in order to pursue her passion for writing inspirational novels. The author enthusiastically shares her faith and the importance of having a serving heart in this story written from a young person’s perspective concerning family dynamics.
Carol Joyce’s dedication to helping children is demonstrated in the work she does with Compassion International. This organization enables children around the world to rise above their economic and spiritual poverty and helps them become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.