Modesto author uplifts, inspires families in new books on coping with illness

MODESTO, Calif. — Author Kathy Hardy enlightens and encourages families who have chronically ill family members through her inspiring new books: “Comfort: Inspirations for Parents of Chronically Ill Children,” which will be available this week, and “So Long,” which will be up for grabs on early September.

“Comfort” encounters all aspects of raising a chronically ill child and helps others to understand its day-to-day struggles and joys. This sensitive, honest and heartfelt devotional doesn’t pull any punches. It is eight weeks of reality: the good, the bad and the ugly. At the end of each week of devotions, readers will find a short chapter of Hardy’s family’s continuing story of raising their eight children — three of whom have cystic fibrosis. “Comfort” will make readers laugh, cry and feel less alone, leaving them to feel understood and to know that their journey is shared by others who experience similar emotions. They will feel comforted to know that God and others walk this difficult path too.

“So Long” chronicles every moment of the final days of David, Hardy’s son. This poignant memoir documents David’s battle against illness and his faith, bravery and humor. It is a must-read for anyone who knows someone with cystic fibrosis as well as for anyone who has a heart. This touching, inspiring, informative and true-to-life story will change something in the readers’ lives.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the books are available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

Hardy lives in Modesto, California, with her husband and eight children, including several cats, dogs, a dozen chickens and a pot-bellied pig. She enjoys photographing her children, reading, taking care of her garden, writing and performing in musicals with her children.

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