Planting the Seed of Hope
Elaine’s first and award-winning book
Strong families communicate, connect, and celebrate with their community. This inspirational book compiles Elaine’s first 10 years of writing in Grainews. This book is ideal for people who want to give the gift of hope and encouragement to folks who want to be intentional about making their farm family life more meaningful.
Winner of the 2006 IPPY Award for Best Regional Non-fiction and the 2006 Word Guild Canada Book Award.
Be intentional about planting the seed of hope. Do you want to encourage your family to learn how to connect, communicate and celebrate? Do you want some common sense tools to help you get unstuck? This book is a harvest of encouragement from a farm woman who has experienced the beauty, the bounty and the challenges of life on the prairies.
This book is for:
- Families looking for tools to “discuss the undiscussabull”
- People who want to be intentional about making their life more meaningful
- Business teams needing encouragement to let go and move forward with change
- People who want to give the gift of hope and encouragement to friends and family
Here’s the Table of Contents:
- Releasing Your Stress
- Talk Kindly to Yourself
- The Upside of Depression
- Asking to Get Unstuck
- BSE Anxiety in the Neutral Zone
- Get Bitter or Get Better!
- Giving with Positive Uncertainty
- Work Styles
- Who Put My Life on Fast Forward
- Facing the Fall
- The Love of Work
- Family Issues
- Fast Times…Slow Food
- Meno-positive Changes
- Get to Know your Money , Honey
- Empowering Teenage Girls
- Discussing the Undiscussabull
- How to Deal with Conflict
- Ten Tools for Talking About Tough Issues
- Who Wants the Farm?
- Is the Farm Terminally Ill?
- What Makes Strong Farm Teams?
- Meet to Make Things Happen
- Diary of a Workaholic
- Dad, let go !
- Goodbye Home Farm, Hello New Memories
- Planning for Change
- Hold On, Take On, or Move On ?
- Ready, Set, Goals ?
- Stretching Out of Your Comfort Zone at 50
- When Push Comes to Shove
- The Vintage Advantage: What to Do at 62, 72, 82, and 92!
- Daughter-in-law Harmony
- How Do We Treat the Grils?
- What Does Fairness Look Like to You?
- What Do We Owe Our Kids?
- Write a Love Letter Today
- Matchmaker : Hiring a Love Consultant
- Five Easy Ways to Say “I LOVE YOU”
- Date Your Mate on Valentine’s Day
- Looking for Love in all the Right Places
- Spring and Easter
- Planting the Seed of Hope
- Bringing Others Hope
- Why Easter Gives Me Hope
- Your Deepest Needs
- Splashes of Joy for Mom
- Thanks for Life !
- Communicate the Big Four
- The Gift of Touch
- Father Care Strategies
- Building the Father-Daughter Bond
- Blessing Grandchildren
- Saying Goodbye
- Helping Children Deal with Loss and Grief
- Graduates: Bundles of Potential
- Roots and Wings
- Beer, Being There and Boundaries
- Filling Harvest’s Emotional Tank
- Life is Like a Combine
- Tips to Make Harvest Happier
- Gains in the Rain
- How to Cultivate a Grateful Heart
- Put More Than Turkey on the Menu
- Tears with the Turkey
- Creative Hospitality
- The Gift of Encouragement
- The Gift of a Visit
- The Gift of Laughter
- The Gift of Simplicity
- The Gift of your Presence
- The Gift of Peace
- The Gift of Silence
- The Gift of Next Year
- The Gift of Contentment
- The Gift of Interruption
Here’s what readers say…
“This book is a true gift to rural families. Elaine Froese has the genuine capacity to address the real issues of farm life today in a comforting, compassionate way. These vignettes of wisdom and inspiration will touch your heart and boost your spirit.”
David Irvine, author of Simple Living in a Complex World: A Guide to Balancing Life’s Achievements and Becoming Real: Journey to Authenticity
“Elaine Froese writes with intelligence, spirituality, and on-the-ground experience. This is sane, lucid writing that comes from a writer who drives a combine, goes for parts, and invites the neighbours over; a prairie woman who writes from the heart and reflects thoughtfully on the complexities of Canadian family life.”
Maxine Hancock, Ph.D., author of Living on Less and Liking it More and Gold from the Fire: Postcards from a Prairie Pilgrimage
“Elaine has a special gift of writing and caring for others, and reaching the farm population in a unique and meaningful way. There are two ways to use this book: put it in your library or put it in your life. Elaine’s practical approach will help you in your farming operation and personal life. A ‘must read’ for everyone in agriculture; it will change the way you think. As a farmer, consultant and motivational speaker, I found the book inspirational and useful.”
Gary Gregor, Specialist in Winning Corporate Coach
Fixing Your Time Stress Mess
Workaholics will discover helpful strategies for managing their time stress. Gain understanding for the tensions of your age and stage on the farm. Learn why some problems are not solvable, but just need to be managed as polarities. Self-renewing people are joyful and productive producers.