Those Eternally Linked Lives 8 April 16, 2017
On the occasion of the publishing of Grace: A China Diary,
1910-16 on April 12, 2017
Last night the first orchid bloomed, and
outside green was winning again: trees,
grass, fruit trees, seedlings, and healthy
weeds. Everything reborn, and I rise from
dreams that took me somewhere else until
I forgot this world, today, and how Easter
brings blooms. I have a good life, my own.
I took risks over and over. Wherever I
went, I found people to love, and now
I’m rich in friends. My writings are coming
into print, and my friends are buying
my books. I wanted to understand
Grandmother Grace’s life, and now I do.
My friends want to understand, too. Grace’s
sorrow took her mind away and others
inherited fear, fear of losing their minds.
I had fear, too, but I stayed my course,
kept up my courage, trusted my deep Self.
My wish and my kindness opened doors
others found locked and barred. I’ve
brought Grace and Harvey back to life,
not without pain and fear, but we’re
assuaged now. My health holds. When
dreams take me away from myself, I
always return. I’m okay, now and
forever, and so is Grace.
The mothers' group (ISC) who started the Hillcrest School in Nanking for foreign children. Grace holding baby Margaret, my mother, is second from left. 1913.
GRACE: A China Diary, 1910-6 edited and annotated by Judy Hogan.
Authors: Grace and Harvey Roys. Wipf and Stock, Eugene, Oregon.
ISBN: 978-1-5326-0939-8. Paperback: $26.
–BACK COVER QUOTES
“This thoroughly annotated five-year diary, including contemporary accounts of the retreat colony Kuling and schools in Nanking, provides rich and illuminating primary documentation toward understanding the daily personal, family, social and professional lives of American educators and missionaries in early 20th century China, the native culture in which they devoted themselves, and their influence on subsequent generations. A graceful window on the lives of Westerners and Chinese alike.” J. Samuel Hammond, Duke University.
“Grace, a rich portrait of missionary life in early 20th century China, is told through diary entries, photos, narratives, and an epilogue by Judy Hogan, editor and annotator of her grandmother’s diary. Most poignant for me, as a former missionary child, is Hogan’s appreciation of Grace’s difficult transition from the China where she spent her first 32 years to the United States where her mental illness took flight.”–Nancy Henderson-James, author of Home Abroad: An American Girl in Africa
Orders to: Judy Hogan, PO Box 253, Moncure, NC 27559. $30, includes tax and postage.
Other places to buy Grace:
The publisher via their website by April 22: www.wipfandstock.com
Amazon; in two-four weeks, by May 10, 2017
Ingram: in four weeks, May 10, 2017
Kindle: 3-6 months from April 12. ISBN: 978-1-5326-0940-4
The hardback will also be available at some point: ISBN: 978-1-5326-0941-1
The Roys children in 1917 Dick, Gracie, and Margaret, Nanking, China