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Author Event: Lori Prentice & Mercedes the Pony

  • Branches Books & Gifts 40044 HWY 49, Suite B-1 Okahurst, CA 93644 (map)

Please join us on Monday, December 18th for a book signing and pony visit event with local author Lori Prentice! Lori will be here to share her story of love, hope and healing, as well as bringing her sweet pony Mercedes to visit! This is a FREE event - books will be available for purchase during the event. Please call (559) 641-2019 with any questions.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lori Prentice is a local author who published a family picture book, “The Best Dinner I Never Ate- A True Story of Hope, Love and Healing.” Lori has been in education for nineteen years and has worked as a teacher, Director of Education in charge of over 30 teachers, and magazine publisher, but her most notable work comes from her homeless outreach, where she brings families who are homeless into the spare room of her home. Her book was inspired one night after reading her journal entry to a woman who was staying at the Prentice home, and the woman convinced Lori to publish her story. Lori’s aim with her book has been to dispel rumors about the homeless, and to help gain compassion and understanding for their plight. However, Lori maintains the most important part of the book is the idea of learning a lesson from Christmas and inspiring action with an interactive part at the end of the book.

 The fast-paced Prentice family takes an unexpected turn one Thanksgiving. A call from God leads Lori to donate her family’s turkey dinner to a family that is homeless. Jay and Lori start bringing people who are homeless into their own home. Fast forward three years, and the Prentices have an unofficial homeless ministry in their small town. But what will the Prentices do when it snows and many people need the one room available?  In The Best Dinner I Never Ate, the Prentice Family stumbles into helping people climb out of crisis. This healing story addresses stereotypes surrounding people who are homeless, and grows empathy towards those experiencing tough times in a memorable, compassionate way. And in the end, the Prentices discover the hidden lesson of “Christmastime.”

The fast-paced Prentice family takes an unexpected turn one Thanksgiving. A call from God leads Lori to donate her family’s turkey dinner to a family that is homeless. Jay and Lori start bringing people who are homeless into their own home. Fast forward three years, and the Prentices have an unofficial homeless ministry in their small town. But what will the Prentices do when it snows and many people need the one room available?

In The Best Dinner I Never Ate, the Prentice Family stumbles into helping people climb out of crisis. This healing story addresses stereotypes surrounding people who are homeless, and grows empathy towards those experiencing tough times in a memorable, compassionate way. And in the end, the Prentices discover the hidden lesson of “Christmastime.”

The Prentices have shared their home with dozens of people who had been sleeping outside during the wintertime, and expanded their efforts to reach out on Christmas Day. Early in the holiday season, Lori reassures parents struggling financially. They don’t have to worry about not having money for presents, as she holds free backyard pony rides at her home on Christmas Day for any child. The community has come together in support of the Prentice family’s unique efforts to reach out to those most in need, and hundreds have offered support for their ministry over the years. Lori sums up her book by saying, “As a person who read the Christmas story and totally missed the lesson, I hope sharing my growth and stumbles helps forge a path for others who want to live out the meaning of ‘Love Your Neighbor.’”
Lori has been featured in TV, Radio, was front page news in the Madera Tribune and was the top video on The Good News Network.

 TV, newspapers, online media and radio hosts have been featuring the uplifting story of The Best Dinner I Never Ate. Click below to see what makes this such an enticing story:   Fresno Bee:   Oakhurst Woman Raises Awareness for Homeless  (1/3/14)   Sierra Star article:   True Story on Helping the Homeless is a Family Affair  (12/23/13)   Sierra News article:   The Other Best Dinner I Never Ate  (12/12/13)   Sierra Star article:   Hope for the Homeless  (3/20/13)   Sierra News article:   What Would You be Willing to Do?  (3/19/13)   Madera County Board of Supervisors  (video clip of Lori speaking) Select the video from April 23rd (2013), go to item 6 in the video.   The BridgeMaker  (blog)  This is only a portion of those that shared our story and helped carry the torch.

TV, newspapers, online media and radio hosts have been featuring the uplifting story of The Best Dinner I Never Ate. Click below to see what makes this such an enticing story:

Fresno Bee: Oakhurst Woman Raises Awareness for Homeless (1/3/14)

Sierra Star article: True Story on Helping the Homeless is a Family Affair (12/23/13)

Sierra News article: The Other Best Dinner I Never Ate (12/12/13)

Sierra Star article: Hope for the Homeless (3/20/13)

Sierra News article: What Would You be Willing to Do? (3/19/13)

Madera County Board of Supervisors (video clip of Lori speaking) Select the video from April 23rd (2013), go to item 6 in the video.

The BridgeMaker (blog)

This is only a portion of those that shared our story and helped carry the torch.