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Guest Editorial: Lynne Gentry - Return to Exile

For the most part, I’m not very sentimental. I don’t keep the greeting cards people send me. I am awful at organizing pictures. And I can’t remember who gave me what for my birthday. But when it comes to my family, every memory I have is a treasure...especially the memories I made with my children. I guess that’s why my books have a very strong uniting family theme.

I loved raising kids. I have a daughter and a son. 

Both are grown now and have children of their own. There is nothing better than grandkids, and I intend to make many memories with them.

If our house was on fire, and I could rush in and save one thing, it would be the journal I kept while I was raising my children.


While my children were growing up, I took great pleasure in the funny things they said. Things I thought I would remember forever. Luckily, I didn’t rely on my memory for this treasure. I kept a journal of their funny thoughts on life and every time I read it, I’m so grateful the story was written down.

I didn’t realize how treasured this book would be until many years later. We moved our family from San Antonio to Dallas when our oldest was a junior in high school. This move was especially hard on her. One rainy afternoon she was helping me unpack and came across the journal I’d kept. She had no idea I’d written about her and her brother. We made some popcorn and all of us curled up and took turns reading the funny stories. 

We laughed until we cried. Every now and then, one of my children will ask that we get the book out again. It fills my heart with joy when the laughter flows.

Raising kids is an adventure. Take time to record the joys and sorrows of the chaos, and one day those written memories will be your greatest treasure.

About the author

Lynne Gentry has written for numerous publications and is a professional acting coach, theater director and playwright with several full-length musicals and a Chicago children’s theater curriculum to her credit.

Her love for writing stories was born while growing up on a Kansas dairy farm as she longed for adventure and dreamt of traveling to exotic places. She likes to write stories that launch modern women into ancient adventures, such as Healer of Carthage (2014), which was the first in The Carthage Chronicles series. Return to Exile is the second, and Valley of Decision is expected September 22, 2015.

Gentry is also an inspirational speaker and dramatic performer who loves spending time with her family and medical therapy dog.

To keep up with Lynne Gentry, visit, become a fan on Facebook(Author-Lynne-Gentry) or follow her on Twitter(@Lynne_Gentry) and Pinterest(lynnegentry7).

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