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Hope, Healing, and the Power of the Human Connection

New book by former Messenger Editor, Patte Wheat LeVan

Humans need connection, and in a digital world, meaningful connections are harder to come by. Accomplished author Patte Wheat LeVan presents a tool for recalibration. If You Know a Song, Sing It is a moving collection of essays first published in the Messenger, the national publication of the Swedenborgian Church of North America, and three memoir pieces published in the Chrysalis Reader, a yearly anthology published by the Swedenborg Foundation. Inspiring hope, healing, spiritual growth and worthwhile experiences with our family, friends and communities, LeVan’s message is both philosophical and funny, illustrating the humorous side of the human condition in all its complexity. 

If You Know a Song, Sing It is available for purchase online at  

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Meet Patte Wheat LeVan

Patte Wheat LeVan is a writer and editor and was the editor of the Messenger from 1989–2007. She is the author of Three for a Wedding, which was made into the movie Doctor, You’ve Got to Be Kidding! by MGM studios, as well as By Sanction of the Victim, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1976, and Hope for the Children, a Personal History of Parents Anonymous. Hope received the Janusz Korczak International Literary Competition Honorable Mention Award in 1980.