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"In Passing It On, Susan Baker sums up all that really matters in life from the lessons she has learned as a devoted wife, loving mother, friend to all, and tireless advocate for the well-being of every family. It is hard to write only a few sentences about a friend as dear to me as Susan. I always say that my husband "has no dark side," and I truly think of Susan in the same light. I enjoyed reading her encouraging autobiography that is filled with lots of love and joy, selfless giving, and ways to lead a life of faith—elements we can all pass on!" — Barbara Bush, Former First Lady and Literacy Advocate
"In this fascinating and fun memoir Susan Baker truly does 'pass it on.' She passes on wisdom of how to deal with a blended family, troubled teens, a perpetually on the go husband and a cancer diagnosis. Her spirit shines through these pages—not only the spiritual gift of faith that has allowed her to meet life's challenges but also the spiritedness that gives her the gumption to take on powerful interests on behalf of the homeless and children. Baker inspires us all to pass along whatever gifts we have to those who need them." — Cokie Roberts, news analyst and author
|Chronicling the life of the wife of politician James A. Baker III, this memoir reveals the private world of a wife and mother and how her faith in God helped her through difficult times. Raised in a Catholic family on a ranch in Texas, she married the heir of a prominent Houston family and assumed that she would live a life of happiness; but when her marriage failed, the book reveals, she turned to her faith to find a path through hardship. Inspiring and compelling, the story follows her tumultuous divorce and eventual second marriage—this time to a recently widowed man, with whom she faced the challenge of uniting eight children into one blended family. The autobiography also details Susan's loneliness, the special challenges she faced as the wife of a man at the highest levels of the Reagan and the first Bush administrations, and her sometimes-stormy relationship with God. Revealing how her strong faith, study of scripture, and belief in the power of prayer helped her rebuild her life, this spiritual journey provides hope and encouragement for the many others facing personal challenges.
SUSAN G. BAKER is the cofounder of the Parents Music Resource Center, the First Lady's Prayer Group, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness. She lives in Houston, Texas.