A Chilliwack author and motivational speaker has penned a new book about finding the positives in dark and difficult times.
In Kim Gemmell’s new book, Smile Again, she’s hoping people will find strength to overcome adversity.
“With ideas and solutions to cope in challenging times, Smile Again enlightens and provides anecdotes to prosper. It’s wonderful that no matter how old we are, we can always benefit from learning new ideas and solutions to build a brighter future,” Gemmell said.
Her book is especially relevant now, in the midst of a pandemic.
“Right now, we need to use our strengths to support each other more than ever.”
The virtual book release party takes place Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.
Smile Again comes after her first book Bravery which was released in 2013.
Bravery is about her son, Avery, who was born with transposition of the great arteries, meaning his arteries were reversed in their origins from the heart. In addition to coping with Avery’s heart condition, Gemmell’s father died one month after Avery was born and her daughter, Jesse, was diagnosed with autism.
“I always felt blessed because I got to bring Avery home. I made a promise to myself that if I could bring this little guy home, that I would be the happiest mother ever,” Gemmell said, back in 2013.
It is with that same mindset years ago when she wrote Bravery that inspired her to pen Smile Again.
“I realized I was unique in my philosophy and knew I had to write a book to help people understand how life can be wonderful, even though it may not go the way we hoped or planned.”
Locally, copies of Smile Again can be purchased at The Bookman (45939 Wellington Ave.), The Owl and the Cat Bookery (105-45655 Tamihi Way), and Save-On-Foods (Chilliwack). It can also be bought online at Amazon.ca.
Gemmell will also be donating some of the proceeds from her book sales.
“I’m very excited to share book proceeds, especially to those charities and organizations seriously affected from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
To join the virtual book launch, go to fb.me/e/172GQETnu.
“Sharing knowledge, searching for those silver linings, and even finding things to be grateful for in darker times, are crucial to overcome adversity. When we can find ways to prevail over our detriment and despairing times, we can ‘smile again.’”
For more, go to kimgemmell.com.