They turned out 400 strong, proud and humbled to celebrate National Cancer Survivors' Day with celebrated author Florence Littauer.
Mrs. Littauer was the guest speaker University's annual event to honor cancer survivors at the Doubletree Hotel on Perimeter Parkway. The author of the inspirational book Silver Boxes: The Gift of Encouragement, explored with the group how our words can lift and bring joy to people who need it most.
Mrs. Littauer's teaching on relationship issues and life skills has been touching hearts and inspiring people at events, conferences and business conventions for more than 30 years. Known for being entertaining, educational and encouraging, she is one of only a handful of women to have earned both the Certified Speaking Professional sertification and Council of Peers Award of Excellence from the National Speakers Association.
A a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Mrs. Littauer began her ministry by leading Bible studies in her home. Her knowledge and love of the Bible is evident in all her speaking and writing as she applies scripture to today's world. She wrote her first book in 1978 and has written at least one a year since then with a current total of more than 30. Her writing has been honored with numerous awards and many of her titles have sold over 100,000 copies. Behind the Personality is her life's story, complete with full-color photos illustrating her popular stories. Silver Linings, subtitled Breaking Through the Clouds of Depression was born out of the deep depression Mrs. Littauer faced following the death of her sons, though it offers hope to women struggling with depression in a way that is not depressing. Her newest book, released in January 2006, is Making the Blue Plate Special.
Mrs. Littauer was married for 50 years to her husband Fred, who died in 2002. She has three married children and five grandchildren. When not traveling, she divides her time between her home in the Las Vegas area and the Palm Springs area.