Resources, Unemployment

How An Author Turns Misfortune Into (Fresh) Hope

(Note from Michele: I am pleased to introduce you to local author Nanci Gravill and her book “Fresh Hope … Cleveland: Resources to Help You Navigate Through Unsettled Times.” (Link to Order Form)   We were introduced to each other by Chuck Miller, a mutual friend.  Thanks Chuck!

Enjoy this article about Nanci and her book.  There is a link to her website where you can order a signed copy.

I am reading the Kindle version, so coming tomorrow will be a post regarding my thoughts on Nanci’s book.  I will tell you this much – I wish I had this book when Joe passed.)

How An Author Turns Misfortune into Hope

Local resident Nanci J. Gravill has written her first book entitled Fresh Hope … Cleveland: Resources to Help You Navigate through Unsettled Times.

“What’s It All About…Alfi?”

In this one-of-a-kind comprehensive workbook and guide, Nanci shares information and the successful strategies that helped her navigate through five years of difficulties. People think because she had breast cancer her book’s about cancer. “Oh no!” Nanci tells them astonishingly. Fresh Hope … Cleveland is all about the great things she discovered along her journey. It’s all about RESOURCES.

“We Have Nothing To Fear”

As the summary on the back cover states, sometimes in life it’s a good thing we don’t know what’s ahead. Through a series of events, Nanci lost everyone and everything in her life. It all started with breast cancer in late 2003. As she began to recover from this Job-like experience, unable to return to her temporary teaching position, Nanci was forced to live off all of her investments and retirement money. Instead of giving into fear, she called countless community agencies and used her creativity to come up with other ways to stretch the money she had left. She also found healthy ways to deal with her emotions and cope with her circumstances. Above everything else, she put her trust in God.

“Everywhere Around The World”

While the title mentions Cleveland, Fresh Hope … Cleveland can be helpful to anyone even if you live in Australia or Idaho. That’s because the text gives a variety of ideas and points you in the right direction. These ideas will open up your mind to new opportunities and possibilities available right in your own backyard. With only a few pages of things just for Cleveland, Google any specific resource to find it in your community.Nonetheless, Fresh Hope … Cleveland offers inventive ways to manage life’s challenges along with money-saving tips, healthcare services, job and mortgage information, creative and healthy living ideas, financial boundaries, how to feel your best emotionally and much more. Nanci’s book is a “fresh” and hopeful solution to today’s poor economy and the circumstances it has created for many.  It’s simple.  Fresh Hope … Cleveland provides wisdom at a time when it’s needed most.

About Nanci

Ms. Gravill has enjoyed writing in public relations, corporate communications, marketing, as a contributing writer for Northern Ohio Live magazine, ghost writer in sales, and created/sold her own handmade greeting cards. She also enjoyed teaching language arts to middle and high school-aged students. Nanci has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Promotional Communications and three years towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Individual and Family Development (social work minor).

Get Your Signed Copy

Fresh Hope … Cleveland published by WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers, is available in both eBook ($3.99) and print versions ($19.99). While the Cuyahoga County Public Library system just purchased several copies of Fresh Hope … Cleveland, signed copies from the author can be purchased off the “Order” tab on her blog at, local book signings/classes,,, Strongsville Family Christian Bookstore, and through order at your local bookstore (ISBN-10:1449730116 and ISBN-13: 978-1449730116).

Meet & Greet Nanci In Person

Nanci will be teaching a free class from her book in Broadview Heights on Friday, September 7. She’ll also be speaking at the Gathering Place on October 25. Registration is required. To learn more about the book and upcoming book signings and events, visit Nanci’s blog at