Abbey Press' CareNotes booklets celebrate 25 years
October 11, 2013
"Take one - and take heart. Give one - and give
hope." That tagline has graced the front of every CareNotes booklet
for the last 25 years.
The eight-page inspirational - and informational - booklets have
been published by Abbey Press in St. Meinrad, IN, since 1988.
Tackling tough topics such as depression, losing a child, facing
cancer and others, CareNotes booklets have sold more than 122
million copies since then.
Some of the original titles became best sellers and are still
being published. Titles like Losing Someone Close,
Doing Your Best as a Single Parent and When Your
Prayers Go Unanswered remain popular 25 years after their
first appearance. Since the idea for CareNotes was conceived, more
than 680 titles have been published.
Linus Mundy, Abbey Press' publications editor at the time, came
up with the idea of CareNotes after struggling to find God during a
difficult time in his life. He wanted to publish a booklet that
would be short and easy to read, as he believed that people dealing
with drug addiction, sickness, divorce or other issues often
couldn't focus on lengthy, dense material.
However, he knew that those who were hurting didn't want
platitudes or clichés. They needed the wise words of experts and
those who had been through difficult times, yet they also needed
words that were practical, hopeful and reassuring.
As times have changed, the topics for CareNotes stayed up to
date. Among the 238 titles available today are When Someone You
Love Is Gay, Dealing with Autism as a Family and
When Alzheimer's "Steals" the Loved One You Knew.
More than 50,000 institutions and organizations worldwide have
used CareNotes in their work. Hospital chaplains, hospice workers,
palliative care professionals, social workers, bereavement
coordinators, pastoral care ministers and funeral directors provide
the booklets to those they counsel.
For more information about CareNotes booklets, visit www.onecaringplace.com.