Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Portage Library to host local authors Todd and Kristen Neva TONIGHT, March 25

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to join local authors Todd and Kristin Neva for an evening of conversation on suffering, holding on to faith, and discovering joy in the midst of sorrow.

The Nevas will present "HEAVY: Finding Meaning after a Terminal Diagnosis/A Young Family’s First Year with ALS" from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. TONIGHT, Tuesday, March 25.

Participants will be encouraged as the Nevas read excerpts from their book HEAVY and discuss questions like these: How should we respond to suffering? Is there a purpose to suffering? How can we prepare our children to face adversity?

Shortly after the birth of his son in 2009, Todd Neva, then 39, experienced weakness in his left arm. His condition steadily worsened. In June, 2010, upon referral, a neurologist diagnosed Todd with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to total paralysis and death, usually in 3 to 5 years.

There will be a book signing and selling after the presentation. You can read more about the Neva’s story at www.facebook.com/NevaALSStory and at www.NevaStory.com.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit www.pldl.org.

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