Corydon author shares ‘Life’s Crooked Path’
Writing a book had never crossed Terri Karnes’ mind; she was busy being a wife, mother and employee.
But in August of 2000 she felt “called” to tell her story.
“Writing was a piece of cake,” said the Corydon woman. “Editing and all the other things that go into it was a nightmare.”
Karnes, 45, finished the book, “Life’s Crooked Path,” in November 2001. She used the pen name Lena Goldman.
“Lena is my dad’s mom’s name and Goldman is my mom’s maiden name,” she said.
The reason for the pen name was to give her family some privacy. The book talks about rearing a handicapped child. Karnes said she wrote it “to give hope and encouragement to those who face similar situations.”
She and her husband, Keith, had their first child, Joshua, in 1977. Complications during delivery reduced oxygen to his brain. As a result Joshua, now 25, has cerebral palsy.
In the 111-page book, Karnes writes about Joshua’s determination to accomplish tasks most children take for granted, like riding a bike and participating in sports. She also describes how Joshua was able to attend his senior prom and participate in high school graduation.
“Little things that you take for granted for ‘normal’ children are a very great accomplishment for someone” like Joshua, Karnes said.
The Karnes have two other sons, Noah, 20, who attends Indiana University Southeast, where he is majoring in education, and Matthew, 14, who is an eighth grader at Corydon Central Junior High School.
“We have to work harder than most families to keep our family from becoming dysfunctional,” Karnes said. “Many times adverse situations and difficult circumstances pull families apart. In our case, it has drawn us closer together.”
Terri and Keith, a bookkeeper for LifeSpan Resources in New Albany, recently celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary. Terri Karnes has been a full-time minister for the past 10 years, working as an administrator and the head of children’s ministries at Glad Tidings Christian Center in Brandenburg. She’s been teaching parenting classes in Meade County, Ky., about seven years.
Karnes shares with the reader the responsibilities of being a parent.
“Many people today lack commitment,” she said. “When you have a child you are committing 18 years of your life to raising this child.
“When you have a child with special needs and disabilities, you are committed for the rest of your life.”
Joshua works on a farm near his family’s home during the week; he’s always wanted to be farmer. On Saturdays he can be found at the Corydon Jay C Food Store, where he’s worked the past five years.
Besides ministering to others, Terri Karnes also teaches a basic financial class. The next session starts Sept. 4 and will be held on four Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30. Cost is $10 and interested persons can pre-register by calling 1-270-422-2020.
Anyone wanting more information about the book can call the same number.
“It is my desire that this book encourages each one who reads it,” Karnes said. “I hope that sharing my experience will help you to know that you are not alone. There are many of us on this path, although each path takes different turns along the way … It is my hope that each of us can grow in strength and character as we walk down life’s crooked path.”
Karnes said she is pleased with the response she has received to her first book. She is considering writing other books, possibly about financial management and parenting.
Copies of Life’s Crooked Path are also available at the gift shop at Harrison County Hospital in Corydon.
Karnes will have a second book signing at the Corydon Jay C Food Store this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Harrison County Public Library is also planning a book signing. Another book signing will take place at Anna Jane’s Gifts Shop in Corydon on Sept. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.