Author Carlen Maddux will share his family’s spiritual odyssey through a 17-year crisis with Alzheimer’s. And in so doing, he will share takeaways from his experience in how you might be able to assist a friend or member of your faith community struggling with Alzheimer’s or some other serious crisis. Carlen’ wife Martha was 50 when she was diagnosed in 1997. Their three children were in high school and college. They felt as though they’d been shoved out of a plane 10,000 feet up with nothing to grab but themselves. But their story is not about the fallout from this insidious disease. It is in Carlen’s words, “The story of a path emerging during our darkest hours, a path that we neither planned nor foresaw.” Carlen was forced to slow down as he traced this path halfway around the world to Australia; retreated weekends to a nearby monastery; embraced meditation; and landed all alone in Thomas Merton’s cabin in Gethsemani.
Carlen Maddux’s book is titled “A Path Revealed: How Hope, Love, and Joy Found Us Deep in a Maze Called Alzheimer’s.” Carlen is a career journalist, speaker, and blogger living in St. Petersburg, FL, where he is a member of First Presbyterian Church.
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