Dorothy Horne, a retired first-grade teacher, is an author, columnist, blogger and speaker in Longview, Texas. She and her late husband, Byron, have two daughters and four grandsons. They were married 41 years. Byron passed into Glory on May 29, 2018. His was a life well-lived, and his legacy continues.
Dorothy began writing columns in 2009 and submitting them to the local paper, the Longview News-Journal (and later, their online blog as well as her personal blog, DotSpot). In her initial writings, she chronicled God's provision and grace through her daughter's postpartum depression and subsequent mental illness after the birth of her first son.
Then in 2011, her husband was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. For the next seven years, Dorothy wrote about their journey through the disease - the heartache, the struggles, but most of all - God's continued grace and provision in the midst of it.
How the book came about: In late 2014, at the urging of a number of people (and with lots of help), Dorothy began compiling her writings to date into a book, "Glimpses of Grace: Walking in Hope Through Alzheimer’s and Ordinary Days." It was published in March of 2015. In addition to the columns about their journey through Alzheimer's, the contents also include a variety of reflections, humorous observations and thoughts about the quiet grace and hope one can find in ordinary days.
Dorothy continues to write, and plans to begin compiling a second collection of her columns later this year.
"Glimpses of Grace" Preface:
"Many of the essays in this book chronicle how living with Alzheimer’s has affected our family and our faith as we continue to walk this road. There are a variety of other stories, reflections and humorous observations, also. Our road weaves through light and laughter and alongside the quiet grace of ordinary days.
In these writings I choose to acknowledge but not focus on the negative aspects of living with the disease, but rather on how God is working through it as our family seeks to walk with His provision and strength. His grace is the golden thread that binds us together. Glimpses of this grace, like shooting stars, have consistently penetrated our darkness and illuminated a basic truth: all is grace.
Therefore, the overlying theme of the book is not about a disease but rather about God’s grace, hope and provision in all circumstances. The purpose of the book is to point towards God as the source of strength and light. I pray it will serve as a vehicle for giving Him the glory."
I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all Your wonders.
I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
— Psalm 9:1, 2 (NIV)