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'Wingspan' authors hope to help single parents soar above challenges

The Single Parent Support Network is launching a book about rising above the challenges of single parenting. “Wingspan: Rising Above the Challenges of Single Parenting” is a collection of 45 stories from single parents, featuring national figures and notable Oklahomans.
BY RACHAEL CERVENKA rcervenka@opubco.com Published: July 12, 2013
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A new book chronicling the journeys of single parents as they overcome struggles and successfully raise their children soon will be available for all to read and use for encouragement in their own lives.


“Wingspan: Rising Above the Challenges of Single Parenting” is a collection of 45 inspiring stories told through authors Micah Leydorf and Christy Stewart. Story contributors include national figures such as Dr. Yvonne Pennington, mother of Extreme Home Makeover's Ty Pennington; and Mary Miller, mother of best-selling author Donald Miller; as well as several notable Oklahomans, including Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid.

Rhonda Thomas, executive director of the Single Parent Support Network, said she has long dreamed of compiling these compelling stories to motivate single parents.

“It's not an easy road,” Thomas said. “It's very doable and possible, and some of the stories in the book will show you.”

The Oklahoma City book signing and launch will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway. In addition to both authors, several of the people who contributed stories will be in attendance.

All proceeds from the book will benefit the programs of the Single Parent Support Network such as the Mother & Sons Conference, the Legacy Awards and the Queen for a Day event.

Not just singles

The Single Parent Support Network was founded in Oklahoma City in 2002 and has been working to empower single parents around the state since. Following the book launch, “Wingspan” will be sold at Full Circle Bookstore and through the Single Parent Support Network's website, Thomas said. The organization also is working with other bookstore chains and some local churches to get the book well-circulated in the community.

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