For immediate release

November 23, 2007


Novelist Holds Launch Party at the Church that Inspired Her Book About Fractured Families

Judy Alexander, then of Orange, CA, grew up in an intact family rooted in a conservative church. When she unexpectedly went though a divorce as a young mother, she felt like she’d failed her family and her church. She needed God more than ever, but didn’t know where to look for Him.

While pushing her two-year-old son’s stroller around the neighborhood, she stumbled upon a storefront church: Orange Coast Community Church. She began attending services at this congregation which welcomed misfits. Several months later, a quirky elderly neighbor saw Judy and her young son walking by the house on a Sunday morning and asked to accompany them.

That real-life experience of trying to find a new family in tandem with a tragedy-prone older woman became the inspiration for Judy’s novel, Desert Medicine. After six years of writing and another six years of searching for a publisher, Alexander met with Kregel Publications of Grand Rapids, MI, who purchased the novel. Desert Medicine is now available in bookstores.

On Saturday, December 8 at 7 p.m., Alexander will hold a book launch party, speaking at the church that inspired Desert Medicine and that has been her home congregation for nearly 20 years. This event, open to the public, will feature a welcome message by Pastor Rick Rzeszewski, music by long-time members Meg and Wayne Brazil, conversation and book signing by Judy Alexander, and free pie and coffee. Orange Coast Community Church is located at 632 N. Eckhoff, Orange, CA, 92868, 714.974.9232.

For more information, contact Judy Alexander at 714.227.2015 or send an email to Photos and fact sheet available at

Desert Medicine, release date December 2007, Kregel Publications, 400 pp., paperback, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-2008-5