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Local writes new book

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Local author, Marjorie Hopkins, writes about the funeral business and understanding death in her new book, "Dying to Meet Him-Wit and Wisdom from a Funeral Director's Wife."

Hopkins, who grew up in Clay County, said writing has long been her passion.

"I've wanted to write for as long as I can remember," Hopkins said. "I grew up in Clay County, and I went to DePauw University in Greencastle and majored in English composition."

Hopkins said after graduating she held various freelance writing jobs, which included positions with local publications like the Terre Haute Tribune Star and the Terre Haute Living Magazine.

Hopkins said the book, which she had been working on for a number of years, is designed to help people cope with and understand death.

"This is a Christian book designed to be a home group, study guide or Bible study guide for individual use," Hopkins said. "I always say it's for anyone who fears death, so I think it includes those using it for those other reasons and then those who fear death. I think it includes a majority of people."

Hopkins said she has firsthand experience in dealing with death because her husband was a funeral director, which provided her with the insight to write her book.

"I've always wanted to write a book, and I wanted it to be something important that would make a difference in peoples' lives because there are so many books out there ...I just really wanted this to be special and to make a difference," Hopkins said. "I think its very humorous that I felt God led me to marry a funeral director, so I was around death everyday, face-to-face with it all the time, and I learned a lot."

Hopkins said she learned a lot of life lessons and death lessons being around the funeral home, which she included in her book.

"Most of the chapters start out with a humorous story from the funeral home and they're very tastefully done," Hopkins said. "Then it goes into a deep spiritual reflection on that topic, and then there are questions at the end (of the chapter) to think about."

Hopkins said that while her book is short in pages, she hopes the lessons learned will have a lasting impact on readers.

Hopkins will be appearing for book signings locally at Goodies Galore Thursday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m.-noon.

She will also be signing books at Baesler's Market in Terre Haute Saturday Nov. 26, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

"Dying to Meet Him," is available for purchase online at www.dyingtomeethim.com, in print format or as an e-reader, and locally at Lynn's pharmacy.

The book will be nationally released in December.

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