2000-08-19 / Front Page

Author Prays Her Way To Rockaway

By John C. McLoughlin

Ginger Farry came to Rockaway in what might be considered an unconventional way. She prayed her way here. That’s right. Farry, an author of several spiritual and inspirational books, prayed for a two-bedroom apartment near the beach that would permit her dog -- Joshua Riley -- to live with her. So, as Farry tells the story, her prayers were answered when an elderly Irish lady called her with the perfect match. It was not too long after that call that the former resident of Island Park packed up her belongings and headed to Rockaway.

Farry, a Spanish and religion teacher at Msgr. McClancy High School in Elmhurst, has been writing since a young age, but published her first book about 26 years ago. The inspiration for her first book, "The Divorced Woman’s Prayerbook," came from her own experiences.

"I wasn’t writing at first," said Farry, "I was praying." And it was through those prayers, guiding her through life as a single mother, that her book developed. But, the unpopular issue of divorce and single motherhood at that time presented Farry with a new challenge. No publisher was interested in taking on the book.

After 10 years, and 33 times attempting to get the book published, Farry was on the verge of giving up. Claiming that "timing is everything," Farry decided to give it one more try after seeing how the students and faculty in the school she was teaching at responded to her poetry. It was that one last push -- that extra prayer -- and the belief in her writing that resulted in the book being published.

"The Divorced Woman’s Prayerbook" is no longer in circulation, but "A Single Mother’s Prayerbook" has replaced it. Farry expanded her original book to include widows, divorcees, as well as mothers without partners.

Farry also wrote "Teacher’s Prayerbook," a book that contains prayers for and about students, as well as ones which chronicle the good and bad days, the joys and disappointments in the life of a teacher. The prayers are followed with a reflection and questions for teachers to ponder in relation to their own students.

Farry says that she "writes about what I know" and the prayers written in her book are ones she prays each time she walks into her classroom.

The cornerstone of her belief -- walking through life with God -- inspired Farry to write "Through Family Times: A Conversational Prayerbook For Today’s World." This book features poignant conversations with God, sometimes rhymed, sometimes not, about all of life’s problems. Farry touches on matters that every family can identify with -- today’s constant up-and-downs, marital tensions, financial pressures, unemployment, mutual problems between parents and children, discernment for the future, and more.

Now that Farry is in Rockaway, with the ocean, boardwalk, and nature surrounding her, there is a guarantee that she’ll be inspired to write more. She has been working on a comedic romance novel for three years and is writing another Christian book for Advent entitled "Waiting With Mary."

Although writing is her love, it is quite evident upon meeting Farry that connecting with people is up there as well. It’s that connection that has led her to organizing a mini-retreat for single mothers on Saturday, September 23, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Tabor House at St. Anthony’s in Oceanside, Long Island. Those interested in attending should contact St. Anthony’s.

Whether it’s through her writing, her teaching, her prayers, or the words she speaks, Farry hopes that she can bring people to a place where they "walk through life with God and leave knowing him more intimately."

(To order Ginger Farry’s "A Teacher’s Prayerbook" and "A Single Mother’s Prayerbook", call Twenty-Third Publications at 1-800-321-0411.)

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