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Own "GREAT LOVE: The Mary Jo Copeland Story"

In the new edition, GREAT LOVE author Michelle Peterson Hinck, gives us an update on the life and work of Mary Jo Copeland. This includes a chapter on Mary Jo's trip to Washington, D.C. to receive the Presidential Citizen's Medal from President Obama. The story also delves into the lives of many of those people who have been lifted up, and set back on their feet to lead fulfilling lives under the guidance found at the transitional shelter affectionately referred to as, ''Mary's Place.''

Mary Jo Copeland is often referred to as ''America's Mother Teresa.'' She is undoubtedly a guardian angel to the 20,000 homeless and working poor who cross her threshold at Sharing & Caring Hands each month. GREAT LOVE tells Mary Jo Copeland's story from her difficult childhood, to raising her own family of 12, to her great love for forgotten children, lonely addicts, the abused and homeless. Proceeds from the book will go directly to helping the poor and needy.

  • “Do something beautiful for God and make a difference in the lives of others.”
  • "Love and compassion are the secret to world peace."
  • "What is success? To love one another as God has loved us."
  • "Kindness is a conversion. Never forget that."
  • "Great leaders are great servants. Go serve God, serve family, serve your community."
  • "You will never fulfill the Scriptures (you read) until you are willing to live them."
  • "Your smile and an outstretched hand is the beginning of a miracle in the unspoken need of another's heart."
  • “Kindness a language in which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
  • "Hold fast, go forward... fear nothing."
  • "Evil flourishes when good people don't speak."
  • "When someone is drowning, you don't throw them a life preserver, you get into the water with them."
  • "In the evening of our lives, each one of us will be judged on one little thing... love, love, love... until it hurts."
  • "We are responsible for the effort, not the outcome."
  • "Joy is the net of love in which we catch souls."
  • "Don't pray too long, you'll get it wrong; we must go from prayer to action."
  • "We are called to be channels of God's peace, instruments of His love."
  • “Prayerful words must go into loving deeds.”