I Am Strong! I Am Smart! By Fay A. Klingler, With Illustrations By Briana S Hawcroft, Is A Powerful, Heartwarming Story About How 11-year-old "Lu" And Her Grandmother Help Each Other Gain Confidence And Increase Their Feelings Of Self-worth As They Face Personal Challenges.  Courtesy Fay A. Klingler

Arizona Native Publishes Two Books that Celebrate Women and Link the Generations

I Am Strong! I Am Smart! by Fay A. Klingler, with illustrations by Briana S Hawcroft, is a powerful, heartwarming story about how 11-year-old "Lu" and her grandmother help each other gain confidence and increase their feelings of self-worth as they face personal challenges.  Courtesy Fay A. Klingler

I Am Strong! I Am Smart! by Fay A. Klingler, with illustrations by Briana S Hawcroft, is a powerful, heartwarming story about how 11-year-old “Lu” and her grandmother help each other gain confidence and increase their feelings of self-worth as they face personal challenges. Courtesy Fay A. Klingler

By Cecily Markland Two new books, written and published by award-winning author and Arizona native, Fay A. Klinger, are different in format and intended audience; yet, quite similar in their message and purpose. “Both books revolve around the influence and strength of women, especially how one generation influences another,” Sister Klingler says. I Am Strong! I Am Smart!, written by Fay Klingler and illustrated by Briana Shawcroft is a story about 11-year-old Luisa May, or “Lu.” When Lu faces challenges, including being bullied at school and experiencing self-doubt, her grandmother uses a special puzzle to teach Lu about self-worth. In turn, when her grandmother needs help after a hospital stay, Lu reminds the older woman of her value and purpose. Written for children ages 8 to 12, Fay says, “Reviewers say it also is wonderful for younger children, adults, and especially grandparents,” calling the book “a beautiful parallel for young and old alike,” with a “heartfelt message that unites and bonds generations.” Fay’s second new release has been called a “perfect gift for Mothers’ Day.” A nonfiction book, We Are Strong!: Mothers and Daughters Stand Together, is a guidebook for “Fearlessly living the Young Women Values.” The second book evolved as Sister Klingler worked on her children’s book. “When I sent it to my publisher, she said they didn’t produce children’s books, but she loved my idea and asked me to write a nonfiction book,” Fay says. Wanting to “help bring Heavenly Father’s daughters home” and knowing “great strength can come as girls learn to live and apply the Young Women’s values,” she used those values as the outline. “As I wrote, I realized it wasn’t to be written just for young women,” she says. “It was to teach all women how important their examples are and that living the Young Women values is eternal.” Fay includes examples and commentary, along with compelling real-life stories from women of all ages “to show how and why women must continue to live and teach these values.” “Almost miraculously, stories came in that fit each chapter, each value, perfectly. Even after it was in the final edit, the editor called and said she would like to contribute her story. Honestly, it fit perfectly and was vital to that chapter.” Through the process, she was reminded, “These values were inspired, just like the Proclamation to the Family. Heavenly Father has given us these inspired documents to work from, to teach us, and to lift us. The principles are eternal and pertain to us no matter how old we are.” Sister Klingler, who grew up in Arizona and now resides in Draper, Utah, is an artist and illustrator as well as a creative and technical writer and sought-after motivational speaker. She says, while she started writing in junior high, life lessons have focused her interests, so she now writes mostly about women and the family. Her previous publications include A Woman’s Power: Threads that Bind Us to God; Shattered: Six Steps from Betrayal to Recovery; The LDS Grandparents’ Idea Book; My Magnificent Mountain; The Complete Guide to Woman’s Time and A Mother’s Journal. Of her latest books, she says, “I am hoping these books have a tremendous impact. Grandmothers will teach with more compassion. Granddaughters will welcome and appreciate opportunities to interact with grandparents. Mothers, grandmothers, and women of influence will give their hearts, their very lives, to preaching truth and living that truth.” Learn more about Fay Klingler on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FayKlingler) or on her website (www.fayklingler.com). Books are available from her site, on Amazon.com at Changing Hands Bookstore or Seagull Bookstore.

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