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Volume 97, Number 4


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Barbara Burwell
Broadway diva learns lessons in selflessness

Welcome to the Great Mysterious by Lorna Landvik takes place in a small town in Minnesota. As the story unfolds, Broadway diva Geneva—twin sister to Ann—agrees to take an extended break from her acting career in New York City to care for her sister’s Down syndrome son, Rich. Geneva struggles to transition from her self-indulgent lifestyle to one where she must invest time and energy into the care of her nephew. In the midst of challenges and inconveniences she begins to look at life through a different lens and reflect on the real meaning of life . . . The Great Mysterious. The story is heartwarming and humorous, and the reader is drawn into the lives of the characters as they struggle with life issues. If you decide to read this book, you won’t want to put it down . . . the story is absorbing and it is a book that’s truly a “fun read.”

—Barbara Burwell is an assistant professor of health and human performance and director of academic advising.

Barbara Burwell received her B.S. from Wheaton College, M.A. from Montclair State College, and pursued further studies at Pennsylvania State University. She started teaching at Messiah College in 1985.

In particular, Burwell enjoys two aspects of teaching at Messiah: “I appreciate the freedom to share my faith through the content of my classes and within the context of life situations. Secondly, I appreciate working with the faculty in the health and human performance department because they have a passion for teaching, a genuine concern for students, and an enthusiasm for life and learning.”


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