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Nationally-respected speaker to give special presentation on

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By Kelley M. Arnold

Director of News and Public Information

Shari Rusch Furnstahl
Shari Rusch Furnstahl, M.Ed. (Photo provided)

MOUNT VERNON–Nationally-respected speaker and author on children with special needs and development issues, Shari Rusch Furnstahl, M.Ed., will present an hour-long program Tuesday, Sept. 11 on Brewton-Parker College’s main campus.


A book-signing/meet the author reception will be held in the Phillips Student Center at 6:45 p.m. and precedes the 7:30 p.m. presentation in Gilder Recital Hall. The event is sponsored in part by the college’s Division of Education.

“Attending Shari Rusch’s presentation will help BPC students and local community members have a new understanding of how people can overcome the challenges of learning disabilities, separation, divorce, blended families, economic challenges, and even the loss of a loved one,” said Dr. David W. Moffett, chair of BPC’s division of education.


Furnstahl’s book, “From Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones: Help and Hope for Special Needs Kids”, tells her life story – of being born with a number of handicaps including learning disabilities. She was assessed in the first grade as not expected to learn beyond the fifth or sixth grade as an adult. She defied all odds to graduate fourth in her class of 450 with a 3.98 GPA, and is now a certified teacher with a master’s degree, specializing in “at risk” children.

From Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones book cover
The cover of Shari Rusch Furnstahl’s book, to be released Sept. 1: “From Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones: Help and Hope for Special Needs Kids”

Her book, published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., is a Focus on the Family collection book, endorsed by Dr. James Dobson.


According to Tyndale House Publishers, Furnstahl began sharing her inspirational story at the age of 18, speaking to special-needs students as well as parent groups and educational organizations. She coordinated the education program for Special Delivery, a nonprofit ministry to pregnant and parenting women, and founded Positive Program Services, Inc., which trains students from diverse backgrounds in innovative drug, alcohol and violence prevention programs.


Today she speaks at in-services for teachers; at conferences for educators, administrators and student groups; and at church conferences and women’s retreats. She has touched close to one million people in the United States and Canada with her words of instruction and encouragement. She is married to David Furnstahl and is also the busy mother of four children.


Books will be available for sale through BPC’s campus store during the book signing, or they can be pre-ordered through the publisher. Please contact Campus Store Manager Lynn Addison for more information, 912-583-3285.



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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM