By Kim Kluxen Meredith
Henri’s Home is a collaborative effort with Lisa Madenspacher, a local artist from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. After years of reading stories to my children and grandchildren, I wanted to create my own book. Because of my love of the beach and all of its creatures, I decided to tell the story of a hermit crab family. The main character, young Henri, experiences an unexpected beach adventure and seeks help from several friends of the sea along the way. This heartwarming tale about the importance of family and perseverance is brought to life by the beautiful watercolor illustrations of Lisa Madespacher (lisamadenspacher.com). Lisa interpreted my words in a magical way that only my heart could imagine. Henri’s Home is sure to be a favorite picture book for families who love the beach as much as I do.
“This is Henri. Henri loves the beach more than anything. Henri lives under an abandoned fishing pier with his father, Harold, his mother, Hilda, and his little sister, Heidi. Fishermen no longer cast their fishing lines from the crooked planks. The inlet’s saltwater keeps Henri’s gills moist so he can breathe. Nearby rocks protect Henri’s family from danger. “
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In the summer of 2017, Kim Kluxen Meredith strolled along the sandy shoreline of Ocean City, New Jersey during her extended family vacation. For forty-two mornings, she picked up a singular seashell. Each shell inspired her to write a whisper, a message from her inner voice. Ocean Whispers (June 2018) is a collection of her seashell photos and their accompanying whispers. This small hardcover book is the perfect size to tuck into a vacation tote for a quiet, reflective reading moment. It would also fit nicely on a nightstand for an evening’s inspirational moment before falling asleep. Walk along the water’s edge with Kim and enjoy her shell collection and her insightful, uplifting messages.
“My life is not perfect. There have been times when the holes have over-shadowed the solid parts.
Sometimes my life has holes; I have to remind myself to power through the void and push to the other side.“
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Listen For The Whispers
Kim Kluxen Meredith survived the loss of her beloved husband by listening to, and believing in, the little whispers that most of us choose to ignore.
After a tragic one-car accident, a young mother catapults from an idyllic life to one filled with grief and uncertainty. David Kluxen survived the accident but was paralyzed from the neck down. Now, both he and his beloved wife Kim knew that a lifetime of plans and wishes must be condensed into his remaining hours and days. By listening to the guiding whispers within her, Kim Kluxen Meredith’s journey from unfathomable heartache to a life once again filled with love and laughter is the inspiring story of hope for everyone who has experienced the loss of someone beloved to them.
Kim Kluxen Meredith superbly articulates the physical, spiritual and emotional anxieties of a wife and mother in the wake of tragedy. This work will help readers rediscover the value of their relationships-and listen for the whispers of hope in grief.
I recommend this book if you are looking for some emotional or spiritual relief from the grieving process – or, if you wish to gift to somebody else that is dealing with these issues.
More than just an account of a family’s tragedy, it is also a story of learning to overcome depression, anxiety, heartache, and the loss of a loved one to re-establish a life worth living for herself and her children. Eloquent and moving, inspired and inspiring, Listen for the Whispers is a highly recommended addition to personal reading lists and community library Self-Help collections.
What I liked and appreciated best about author Kim Meredith’s book -” Listen for the Whispers: Coping with grief and learning to love again” – was that she fully stepped beyond her own personal sadness and grieving and added some helpful material to the pages of her book. She addresses ways to cope and handle what she personally went through dealing with the loss of her husband. She does not dwell on her own loss but seems to grow from it and expands. How she deals with what happened to her life when her husband dies are in the details of her memoir – but what truly comes across is her heartfelt spirit. This book is not just a telling of her experiences but more of an X-ray of her soul as she learns many lessons about her own self and life.
I started this book late one afternoon and then felt the need to get up at four in the morning to finish reading it before I could be interrupted by phone calls and emails. I wanted to absorb her feelings without having my attention distracted by my friends or family. So it was in the quiet hours of the early dawn that I read the final pages of her book. I now feel, as a minister, I have a great working tool to give to others who may have lost a loved one. The author provides a wonderful blueprint of sorts on she handled things that seems very wide and loose enough to accommodate other people’s needs.
You cannot help but come away liking Kim – her humbleness aside – she comes across as honest and loving and as someone you would love to speed time with in conversation if you needed a real friend. She writes well and captures the moments without beating you up with her widowhood. This is not an “I feel sad and sorry for myself book” – but one about a rebirth of purpose and love. It is an easy read that is both moving and inspiring. A book that is a cut above most other books about losing husbands and loved ones. She elevates her personal story by a positive sharing – without sermons or self-pity. A good story worth sharing with friends and family. I recommend this book if you are looking for some emotional or spiritual relief from the grieving process – or if you wish to gift to somebody else that is dealing with these issues.
Thank you for sharing your story Kim!
W. H. McDonald Jr.
Founder of The Military Writers Society of America
Author, award-winning poet, international motivational speaker
minister and advocate for veteran causes.
Lost!: A Themed Anthology 2017
“Silence” by Kim Kluxen Meredith was included in the anthology as a Judge’s pick. Creative Writing Institute is pleased to present its fifth annual anthology – LOST! LOST! is a compilation of 30 short stories written in different genres using the same theme sentence, “I am completely and utterly lost.” Authors include contest winners, finalists and judge’s picks, bestselling authors, previous contest winners, the judges, and Creative Writing Institute staff. Proceeds from sales of the ebook and print book will benefit Creative Writing Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit charity that sponsors cancer patients in writing courses. The school also provides a variety of writing courses for all levels from beginner to advanced.
Kim Kluxen Meredith is a part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul writer family with four story contributions.
Not About Me
June 2021 release: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Navigating Eldercare & Dementia.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Navigating Eldercare & Dementia offers candid, practical advice and emotional support that can help family caregivers do a better job of coping with the immense challenges they face. Written by everyday people who have carried the burden of caregiving themselves, these stories of inspiration, advice and even humor will help family caregivers survive their long, noble journey.
Section 1: My Man Harry
Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog’s Life
Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog’s Life honors all the memorable ages and stages of our lovable canine’s lives. Readers will laugh, cry, nod along with these heartwarming and inspiring stories.
It’s a dog’s life. From puppyhood antics to the twilight years and saying goodbye, Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog’s Life captures the entire experience of living through the natural life cycle with our dogs, with special attention to senior dogs and grieving. All dog lovers will laugh, cry, and recognize themselves and their furry friends in these heartwarming and inspiring stories.
Section 9: A True Treasure
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas
This extra long collection of 121 Christmas stories will warm readers’ hearts and spread the wonder of the holiday season with its tales of love, joy, and awe. A great holiday gift.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas will delight readers with its stories about the joy, wonder, and blessings of the holiday season. This special collection is filled with joyful, heartwarming and merry stories about holiday traditions, family, and goodwill that the whole family will enjoy. Most of these stories originally appeared in a limited edition book called Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tales of Christmas.
Section 9: A True Treasure
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tales of Christmas
Hope and Courage: Military Writers Society of America Authors
Military Writers Society of America Preserving Military History One Story at a Time Founded by Vietnam veteran and author W. H. (Bill) McDonald, Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) focuses on three main goals: writing for healing, education, and preservation of history. Each year MWSA publishes a collection of works submitted by the membership, including essays, poetry, articles, short fiction, drawings, and photos. This year, the theme is Courage and Hope.
Kim Meredith is featured in Chapter 17, “Whispers of Hope”
All Gave Some: Military Writers Society of America Authors
Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) presents the 2014 collection of essays, short stories, and poetry, “All Gave Some.” Written by members of MWSA as an example of the professionalism and creativity of the membership, the annual anthology contains fiction and nonfiction treatment of military themes. MWSA writers range from well-known historians and novelists to first-time authors. Their interests include children’s literature, mystery, biography, poetry, and memoir. The 2014 edition is a tribute to those whose expertise, dedication, and knowledge make the military efficient and effective.
Kim Meredith is featured in Chapter 38, “Silent Service”
Our Voices: Military Writers Society of America Authors
Military Writers Society of America 4th Annual Anthology includes book excerpts, poetry, essays, photography, artwork, and short fiction. MWSA members range from unpublished writers using the medium as a way of dealing with trauma to award-winning professional authors. This is a moving look at the war through the eyes of those most closely impacted by it. It is also a study of how it molded American history.
Kim Meredith is featured in Chapter 43, “A Husband’s Voice”
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