Erica Stuck wrote a book about some of the hardest times in her life.
The words didn’t start out as a book. In fact, they were just thoughts she believed she needed to put on paper. But through God’s will, she found the words took shape into a story about her. And that story became a book.
And that book, “Whispers of the Heart: Learning to Listen to God,” has been published by Tate Publishing.
“It’s kind of surreal,” Stuck said. “I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing down my thoughts.
Stuck is a fifth-grade teacher at Horace Mann Elementary.
“I didn’t start out writing the book. It felt like God was talking to me. I felt like I had to write it down.”
Stuck wrote down what she needed to relay in words. And each time she was struck by inspiration, or the will of God, she had to write it down immediately to avoid losing the thought.
The book touches on things that have shaped her into the person and the Christian she is. It revisits her struggles with miscarriages, moving across the country and her husband’s deployment to Iraq.
“Even knowing the reason behind it, it was still difficult,” Stuck said about her struggles. “They’re stories where God has spoken or work in my life.”
After Stuck’s words became a book, her sister-in-law encouraged her to get it published. She researched some publishing companies before settling on Tate to submit her book.
Her book passed the company’s qualifications to be printed, and Stuck was offered a contract.
Even though she liked the idea of sharing the goodness of God with others, she wasn’t sure if she wanted to share her story, to put her life on display in such a way. She almost turned down the contract.
“I felt God pushing me to do it,” Stuck said. “It has reached people, encouraged them. I go in the way God wants me to.”
Aside from the times when inspiration struck her, Stuck used free time in the summer to get much of her writing completed.
On Saturday, May 18, Stuck will get an opportunity to share her story with even more people. Stuck will have a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. at Prairie Rose Gift and Boutique.
Saturday’s engagement isn’t the only affair Stuck has to look forward to as far as her book is concerned. On June 8, she will make an appearance at the Lawton Library.
Although the book won’t officially be released until June 4, the book is available through Tate Publishing or through Stuck.
Stuck isn’t concerned about how well the book does. She said it was never about selling numerous copies. Instead, it was about reaching others.
“It will do as well as God wants it to,” Stuck said.
Erica Stuck wrote a book about some of the hardest times in her life.
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Duncan students set on inclement weather time
So far, Duncan students won’t have to make up any school days missed because of inclement weather.
For several years, the Duncan School District has based its calendar on an hourly schedule instead of a set number of days. This means the school district has to have 1,080 hours of instructional time, as opposed to make sure students are in class 175 days each school year.
“We go more than 1,080 hours,” Labyer said. “As long as we have 1,080 hours, the schools don’t have to make those days up.”
Duncan area Realtors honored at luncheon
Duncan Association of Realtors celebrated those who have made 2013 Christmas Luncheon, including a father and son duo.
Grant Perkins had the pleasure of passing the presidential gavel to his father Keith Perkins this year. Both men also received prestigious awards during the annual event Wednesday afternoon at First Christian Church.
Grant was named the 2013 Realtor of the Year. A Duncan native, Grant is the third generation of Perkins to work for Perkins Insurance and Realty.
Velma’s holiday activities rescheduled
When a winter storm blew in last week it caused several area events to be canceled and rescheduled, including Velma’s Christmas Parade.
After City of Velma officials met Tuesday, they decided to reschedule most of the town’s holiday activities. The Christmas Parade will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 on Main Street, with lineup beginning at 10 a.m. at the east of town near the E&S Feed Store.
DMS to establish sixth-grade athletics program
In an effort to instill more school spirit in its sixth-graders, Duncan Middle School is working to establish a sixth-grade athletics program.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Duncan Board of Education, Rodney Calhoun, Duncan Public Schools assistant superintendent, talked to board members about the program and the goals associated with sixth-grade athletics. Calhoun said the biggest expense schools accrue while establishing a sixth-grade program is the cost of equipment. He said the Duncan Middle School has plenty of excess equipment to be used for the sixth-grade program.
“Last week, Ponca City launched a sixth-grade program,” Calhoun said. “They spent $200,000 on equipment.”
Deadline Friday for Santa letters
The deadline for getting letters in Santa’s Mailbox, a partnership between the Jolly ‘ol Man and The Duncan Banner, is 5 p.m. Friday.
Saturday to offer plenty of holiday celebrations
If you are still recovering from cabin fever, Saturday is the perfect cure with several events to keep your family busy all day long.
Starting the day off right is Boy Scout Troop 4434’s annual Pancake Breakfast from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Freshly made pancakes, bacon, sausage and refreshments are all part of what a ticket will get you at this tasty event.
City tackles winter weather
Throughout the recent cold front and accompanying precipitation, the City of Duncan has worked to make streets driveable and to repair leaking water mains.
Scott Vaughn, Duncan Public Works director, said Street and Water departments have been busy throughout the city as a result of colder temperatures, and recent snowfall and freezing rain.
School board discusses DHS safe room project
Duncan Public Schools is considering a bond issue for as early as 2014, to construct a safe room/ art building on the Duncan High School campus.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting, members of the Duncan Board of Education approved hiring PBK Architect for design and development, and CMS Willowbrook as construction manager for the project, pending passage of a bond issue next year.
Reception honors Hospice patients
More than 100 spots on the Tree of Remembrance had been purchased by Tuesday night, when the annual reception for the fundraiser was held.
Proceeds go to help pay for care terminal patients and their families receive from Chisholm Trail Hospice.
Daddy Daughter Dance set for Friday
There are only a few days left to purchase tickets for the 3rd annual Daddy Daughter Dance.
Tickets are limited to only 100 couples and 25 additional daughters to avoid overcrowding for the event, which is sponsored by the Simmons Center. The dance is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Simmons Center.
“We’ve sold 75 couples and 16 additional daughters,” said Stephanie Sullivan, event coordinator, on Tuesday morning.
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