A State Gazette columnist for 25 years, Russell provided inspiration to the Dyer County community through her Grace Lines devotionals. The book, compiled from Russell's newspaper devotionals in Tennessee and Kentucky, is the first book in a series of daily devotionals, also titled Grace Lines. The book has been published through Weiner Media.
"Christmas has always been my favorite season," said Russell in a note from the author on Amazon.com. "Since I was a little child trying to hear Santa on the rooftop after hanging my stocking at the fireplace mantel until today, when my great-grandchildren hang theirs up on Christmas Eve, I have enjoyed the carols, lights, and secrets that are hallmarks of the season."
While Russell's book shares her favorite season, the devotionals aim to help her readers recapture a child-like faith.
"When I was a child, I believed Santa had unlimited resources, so I always asked for outlandish things," continued Russell in her author's note. "I will never forget the time I found a live pony standing on brown butcher paper tied up underneath our Christmas tree. But ever since I was a little girl, my faith in Christ, whose birthday we celebrate at this season, has been the foundation of my life and the most important gift of all."
Russell said "How to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas" encourages readers to recapture the enthusiasm and faith of their childhood Christmases and teaches them now to keep that same spirit throughout the year.
"If you don't have a memory of this type of love and spirit, it's not too late to start," said Russell. "The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of Christ Himself - it is one of kindness and love that enriches everyone it touches. May it fill your heart and overflow into the hearts of those you love as you read and remember and look forward to the special joys of this season. Looking at the world with the love that prompted God to send Jesus in the first place is a wonderful way to experience the joy of the Lord, which really is our strength."
Grace Russell is the wife of retired Methodist minister Henry E. Russell. Together, the couple created many lasting relationships while serving the Dyersburg area.
Book signings will be held at the Lifeway Christian Bookstore in Paducah, Ky., from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 10 and at Broadway United Methodist Church on Sunday, Nov. 11.