Review of “White Flour” by David LaMotte and Jenn Hales

Cover of White Flour by David LaMotte and Jenn Hales

Most people know David as a singer, songwriter, peacemaker, activist and author. And over the past 15+ years, I am grateful to have come to call him a friend, but David’s real mark on my life is as the soundtrack that was played during the birth of all three of my daughters. As refrains of “Hard-Earned Smile, “We’re All Each Other’s Angels” and “S.S. Bathtub” played in the background, David’s voice and music helped welcome my babies into the world. And over the past 16 years, the girls have grown up with David through his concerts, his music and his ministry.

Yep, David, has a pretty special place in the life of our family and for his ministry and gifts we are thankful.

So it is with great pleasure that I commend David’s latest project to you, his book “White Flour” available on Amazon and davidlamotte.com.

White Flour is David LaMotte’s second children’s book, with illustrations by Jenn Hales.  In Seussian rhyme, it tells the funny and inspiring story of the day that the Ku Klux Klan met the Coup Clutz Clowns, who offered a whimsical and wise retort to their racist rally. The poem that provides the text for the book was inspired by true events in Knoxville, TN in 2007.

Many folks may have heard of the 2007 Knoxville, TN march, but David has captured the event with a sense of passion and imagination that brings that day to life in amazing ways. Do not make the mistake to dismiss this simply as a children’s book, because, as so many other children’s book do, David’s words and Jenn Hale’s illustrations, challenge all people, old and young, to reflect on the nature of what it means to be community. David brings to light this event where evil and hatred are fought, not with the force of violence, but with the power of love.

Here is David reciting “White Flour”

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Again, White Flour is available on Amazon and davidlamotte.com. You can also follow David on Twitter [@davidlamotte] and find him Facebook. And if you are looking to dive into David’s music, my all-time favorite CD is Flying, Live from Grey Eagle, also available on Amazon and davidlamotte.com.

For Those Who Struggle During Christmas, You Are Not Alone

Like many people celebrating Christmas, whether as a spiritual discipline or social experience, there is no calm before the storm for me. In fact, it seems like Christmas Eve EVE might even be the storm before the calm. Every year I commit to getting everything done early, but more times that not, I’m right in the mix of the final gift buying frenzy, braving the crowded grocery store fighting over that forgotten ingredients and mentally preparing for the interaction marathon that Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and the Day After Christmas that is my family’s life.

And breathe.

In many ways, this rush is part of the experience, or at least part of what Christmas has become. Sometimes it makes me sad to see how much about Christmas is not about the hope, joy, love and peace that I understand it to be, while at other times, I am tickled by the genuine change in the tone of interactions that happens during this time of the year. From the skip in a business person’s walk, to the tough guy in a Santa hat, whether you think someone has declared war on Christmas or you are declaring your own war on those who have declared war on those who are declaring war . . . this is a pretty wonderful time of the year time of the year.

But, I know, not for everyone.

As I go into these last days, like everyone else, I try to remember the many people for whom this is not a joyous time of the year. With themes of joyous parties, happy families and generous giving surrounding us, those who struggle with depression, estranged family and/or economic survival are often forgotten.  I don’t lift this up in order to compel feelings of guilt or to cast aspersions on folks who are living large during this time, but simply as a nod and a word to those who struggle with these times to say that you are loved.

  • You are loved by this stranger.
  • You are loved by people that you might not expect.
  • You are loved by God.

And yes, I know that my words offered on a blog post will not heal your spirit, reconcile families or feed your body, but in this, I hope you know that there are many who show this love not only during the holidays or not only with words, but who are there for and with you when you need them.  I don’t know where the words and actions will come for you, but I believe there are those people for all of us: it might be your neighbor who has invited you to join them for a meal, or maybe it’s that stranger sitting at the table next to you at the cafe with whom you share a brief conversations or when it is really bad, it’s that suicide hotline that you never would have imagined that you would ever need.

So, while I wish those who are struggling all of the joy, peace, hope and love that I can muster, my greatest hope is that you know deep in your soul that you are not alone.

In fact, if you click on over to this link on my Facebook Page, feel free to say hello, share your story and I bet some folks will hang out with you for a bit.


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