February 1, 2019

Memoir on parenting also a ‘love letter to single moms’

Joy Thomas Moore, the author of ‘The Power of Presence,’ wants readers to engage with their children

SARASOTA — Joy Thomas Moore says she isn’t a parenting guru. As a single mother who raised three children, including a son who wrote a New York Times bestseller, says it was more trial-and-error than anything.

“I didn’t want to present myself as an expert because I wasn’t,” Moore said. “I was an experimenter along the way.”

Despite her humility, the insights contained in Moore’s 2018 memoir, “The Power of Presence,” have inspired more than 800 locals to join book circles and study how to “be a voice in your child’s ear even when you’re not with them,” which is her book’s subtitle.

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