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June 16, 2013

Author, 92, recounts blessings in book

DANVILLE — While she’s had her share of thunderstorms in her life, Mandy Sexton Honold sees the rainbow at the end — and a shower of blessings.

In fact, that’s the name of her book, “Showers of Blessings” — published in her 92nd year.

The small paperback details the many adventures and illnesses she’s had in her life, and weaves inspirational messages throughout her stories.

“I did this for my family,” Honold said of her book, which was published by her nephew. “It’s for the family so they know what their heritage is. I’m not trying to do something for myself.”

The book arrived a couple of weeks ago, just in time for the Sexton family reunion. About 60-70 people are expected at the reunion, which will take place at noon Saturday, June 22, at the Hideaway Shelter at Kennekuk County Park.

The reunion has been a family tradition for more than 85 years. About 180 members are still living.

The cover of Honold’s book shows a group photo from 1983, with several five-generations represented. Honold and her “baby” brother, Charles Sexton, 90, who lives in Florida, have attended almost every year. Sexton is a retired lieutenant colonel with the Air Force.

The children in that photo now have families of their own.

People who have read the book like it, Honold said, describing it as an easy read.

Sharon Rogers of Danville is one of those fans, saying, “It’s very inspiring. She’s just amazing to me, the way she keeps going.”

As a minister’s wife, Rogers said, “I believe in the Lord, and I was very blessed by the book.” Her late husband, Gary, was pastor at the First Assembly of God Church for 20-plus years.

Honold has been through several illnesses and experienced healings, and God always brought her through, Rogers said. Those stories, she said, “may inspire some people to get to know the Lord.”

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