In Memory of My Dad * Praise GOD…We Did It! 2020

A Life Driven by Purpose 📚 1,067 Library Holdings, 3 Works, 14 Publications Worldwide. 🌎 Meet the award-winning American Advocate Carolyn A. Brent And, Discover…What’s In It for YOU?  💥New Audiobook

2020🥇Second Edition of Why Wait? The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially, and Legally for…

🥇Narrated by Ken Kamlet…
🥇Written by Carolyn A. Brent, MBA
🥇Cover Design by Jen Huppert
🥇Photography of the white American pelican:©️Ron Boily

Estimated Length: 3.2 hours

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The Story

My dad and I were very close. As a single parent, he raised me from the age of twelve to nineteen, the age at which I left home. That year I moved from Denver to Los Angeles to explore what the world had to offer me. Dad remarried and we remained close. Over the years, I’d look forward to his visits to Los Angeles to celebrate his birthday with me each March. We would catch up and talk about a wide range of subjects during these visits. Since Dad was a church pastor, among other things he used our special time together to share the word of God with me.

Carolyn age 20, her dad at age 50

As long as I live, I’ll never forget one of his birthday visits. I decided to take Dad to Redondo Beach on a Wednesday afternoon. Hardly any people were around, and the day was beautiful. The ocean was misty and the Moon had risen and was hanging above us in the sky. Dad and I walked along the beach for a while until we found a comfortable spot to sit in the sand. Then, as we sat gazing at the water and listening to the calls of the seagulls and pelicans that were gracefully flying by us, he began to talk to me about God’s love for humanity.

Pointing to one pelican slowly soaring high in the sky silhouetted against the Moon, Dad said, “Carolyn, do you see that pelican? Imagine if that beautiful bird had only one responsibility in life. What if it had to fly to the Moon and drop off a single grain of sand that it was carrying in its pouch, and then it had to repeat this task until all of the sand was removed from the face of the Earth?” Looking directly at me, he asked, “How long do you think it would take?”

“It would take forever,” I answered.

“The love of God and my love for you are eternal,” he said. “Even after I’ve gone to Glory, for as long as it would take a pelican to remove the sand from the Earth a grain at a time, that’s how long my love will be with you.”

That was the first time I can recall Dad speaking with me about the prospect of his death. Of course, I didn’t really want to discuss it and, in fact, I think I changed the subject. Being in my twenties, death seemed far off. On some level, I felt that Dad would live forever and nothing bad could ever happen to him. But I also made a vow to God on that day that I’d always be there to take care of Dad if he needed me. He was my best friend, my hero, and my adviser, and I hoped and prayed he’d be with me forever. Later on, I did my best to honor this promise.

The good times I had with my dad continued for the next thirty-three years, and there were many opportunities for us to discuss his end-of-life wishes. We did the best we could to prepare. But when I became his caregiver, I discovered that knowing someone’s wishes is not enough. Even doing paperwork is not always enough to protect an elderly parent and a family caregiver, particularly if other family members disagree with the arrangements that have been made. Even if you try to do the right things and do your best to prepare for every possible scenario that might arise, the chronic illness of a parent and the costs associated with it are challenging to manage.

The Spiritual Vision Behind Grandpa’s Dream

Dr. William L. Brent is the inspiration for Grandpa’s Dream. This is a tribute to him, to his life-long ministry, and to his compassion for all people, to help the sick and the needy.

In Memory of My Dad

Dad age 81, Carolyn age 51 – the year 2007

Pastor, William L. Brent, Th.D
March 08, 1926 – August 09, 2012


 

About Pastor, William L. Brent Th.D.

(9th book coming—Spring 2020)

Pastor William L. Brent, Th.D., is the inspiration behind the vision, mission, and purpose of the creation of Caregiver’s Story Incorporated & Grandpa’s Dream. An organization with educational base content for spiritual growth, health, wellness, love, and restoration.

 Grandpa’s Dream provides vital knowledge for the care and welfare of sick and disabled people and supports the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of caregivers. 

 Pastor William L. Brent earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Langston University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and certified in divinity from Victory Bible College, Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned a master’s and a doctorate in theology from International Seminary, Plymouth, Florida; and Senior Pastor of the New Life Christian Center, Lamar, Colorado.

 Pastor Brent lived a life of love for humanity as he ministered the Word of God to people of all ages and backgrounds worldwide. He declares, “God is The God of A Second Chance.” Moreover, we ought to “Love thy neighbor as thy self.” (Leviticus 19:18).

His ministry teaches, “God has created us in his own image” (Genesis 1:27), and he understands everything about us. God knows what is in our hearts, mind, and what is deeply rooted in our souls. He knows our needs, fears, insecurities, worries, and vulnerabilities. Likewise, God knows the desires of our hearts.

In this book, Amazing Grace, Pastor Brent explains how God ministers to us— through his unchanging Word. This book guides the reader step-by-step on how to apply the Word of God in every area of life—every day, with the complete understanding that God gave us his Word— not only to reveal Himself to us but also to care for us.

Pastor Brent had a special anointing with the spiritual gift of “healing”—by the “laying on of hands” ( Acts 8:14–19) to the sick, elderly, disabled; and he was the voice to the voiceless and comfort to all that knew him.

Today, his vision and teachings continue, as he passed on the gauntlet to his daughter, Carolyn A. Brent, an American writer, elder care & caregiver advocate. Through Pastor Brent’s teachings— together, their written work is located in the Library of Congress, the libraries of Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and numerous other medical centers, universities, and retail outlets worldwide.

9th book written by American Award-winning writer, Carolyn A. Brent, MBA
Cover Design by Jen Huppert
Photography of the white American pelican:©️Ron Boily

Learn more about Pastor, Brent’s ministry: https://www.carolynabrent.com/about-us/second-chances/

Catalog: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005T5TB7Y

The award-winning and best-selling The Caregiver’s Companion: Caring for Your Loved One Medically, Financially and Emotionally While Caring for Yourself is in the Library of Congress, Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins Medical Research Library, and numerous other medical centers and universities. Designated as an Editor’s Choice, she received the review of “excellent” by the Library Journal.

 

About Carolyn Brent

Dr. Carolyn A. Brent, is an award-winning bestselling author and a National Physique Committee (NPC) Masters Women's Figure Champion at age 60. She is an expert on both self-care and caregiving; she is the founder of Across All Ages and two nonprofit organizations, CareGiverStory Inc. and Grandpa's Dream. Carolyn's research and extensive collection of published works have made her a notable figure in her field. For seventeen years, she worked for some of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies and has worked as a volunteer at various assisted-living facilities. Her award-winning books include The Caregiver's Companion: Caring for Your Loved One Medically, Financially and Emotionally While Caring for Yourself and The Caregiver's Legal Survival Guide: Navigating through the Legal System.

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