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Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Author shares personal message

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Shirley Coleman
SIKESTON -- Learning from her past and hoping to help others move forward, self-proclaimed country girl and Miner native Shirley Coleman used personal life lessons to pen her first book.

"You can't always go back, but you can always think of the good and think of the present," Coleman said. "Life is a journey, and we've got to enjoy it."

That's the main message Coleman aims to share in her newly released book, "You Can't Go Back" The book is a compilation of 35 short stories depicting Coleman's trials and tribulations from childhood to adulthood.

"I want to to inspire those who are still trying to make those right decisions and to always know that a bend in the road is not the end of the road -- as long as you remember to make the turn," said Coleman, 61.

The 11th child of 12 siblings, Coleman is a school counselor and teacher, preacher's wife, mother of four and grandmother of eight.

A reception in Coleman's honor is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Kelly Middle School gym in Benton. Coleman will speak and sign copies of her new book beginning at 7 p.m.

Coleman said she will speak on life's journey, meaning, fulfillment and importance of enjoying the time you have here with your family and friends.

"I hope everybody can read it and somehow it will help them to have a better path in life," Coleman said of her book. "Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed every day."

For more on the story see the Aug. 28 Standard Democrat