My First Book! Ordinary IS Extraordinary

My first book! The Beautiful Cover is by Karen Captline of Better Be Creative
My first book! The beautiful cover is by Karen Captline of Better Be Creative. Editing by Daleen Wilson of Sunday’s Child.

Today is a special day. I am sharing my first book with you! The excitement of this has been building over the last couple of months and I am over the moon about it. This weekend I will be speaking at the women’s empowerment conference in Ligonier, PA and sharing my story.

When I received the first early copies of my book, I gave one to the mother of my granddaughter Penelope. Jessica is my friend and the partner of my son John. She is the manager of the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Allegheny Valley, PA.

As luck would have it, Jessica, Penelope and I went on a little field trip yesterday. We visited another Restore and stopped for lunch afterwards. We talked about how to market my book and Jess offered to do a review for me. I took her up on the offer!

So here, without any further ado, are Jessica’s thoughts on “Ordinary IS Extraordinary.”

When I read Ordinary IS Extraordinary I was nursing my infant daughter, Penelope, and read most of it out loud to her.
We cried at different parts for different reasons…
I had tears in my eyes when Joanne shared her journey of rediscovering her faith and loving herself.  I smiled as I pictured her as an awkward young person.  Looking down at Penny while we read, I couldn’t help wondering if she would face some of the same challenges in life.
I was inspired by Joanne’s discoveries of growth, as the lens she saw both the world and herself through, changed as her experiences colored the glass.
When I closed the book..I found myself savoring so much of her insights, that I let out a huge breath I didn’t know I was holding…and with it a burden I didn’t realize was there.  As for Penelope, she always loves hearing her Nana’s adventures, even when she’s hungry.
Grab a cup of Jo, your favorite snack, and devote a morning or afternoon to walking in her footsteps.  I know you’ll enjoy the landscape.  The writing is honest and you’ll feel as though she is sitting across from you on that lounge chair, having a coffee, sharing in your delight along the way.
From Jessica Levine
John, Jess, and Penelope Katherine
John, Jess, and Penelope Katherine

Jessica, thank you so much for your beautiful words!

Click HERE to order my book on Amazon. There’s a Kindle version too! You may want to order two books ;), one for you and one for a friend.

When you read Ordinary IS Extraordinary, I’d love to hear from you! Please email me at with your thoughts. If you are a blogger that writes on spirituality, I would be happy to send you a book to review.

Thank you and God Bless!

Join me on my graceful journey.

24 Replies to “My First Book! Ordinary IS Extraordinary”

  1. So proud of you, Joanne! I still remember your angst and anxiety when you wrote your first blog…and now you’ve got a book, a beautiful blog, guest blog for OCN, are a speaker, a new nana, and an inspiration to us all. Brava! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. Congratulations Joanne! What an accomplishment. I’m in awe. Look forward to reading it, as I enjoy your blog postings.

  3. Jessica and Joanne, congratulations Joanne and thank you Jessica for the wonderful heartfelt review. I love that Penelope was part of it. I think it made your thoughts on the book “extra special”, esp since you read parts of it to her! I was very touched by that. Joanne, you are a very inspiring person, and also a very blessed Nana. I can’t wait to hear you speak over the weekend and come home and read your book. Great picture of your family, Jessica! Penelope just radiates from your arms wearing that bright pink pretty dress.

    1. Cindy, Thank you very much for your kind words. I love reading to her and look forward to when she starts reading to me!!

  4. Joanne, I’m curious…how did you ever figure out how to format your book with CreateSpace? I’ve never been able to figure it out even with all of my research. Thanks, Marianne

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