Local physician and author shares tips

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WAYNESBORO–David and Joyce Leaman recently shared effective encouragement concepts based on their book, “Giving Encouragement from the Deserts of Life,” with the Rotary Club of Waynesboro.

The book is based on the premise that everyone has difficult “desert” moments in their lives when they feel hopeless and helpless and need help. Based on a Biblical story of an emotionally burned-out leader and a compassionate relative, the book provides components of encouragement designed to help during desert times.

Dave Leaman shared three of 10 effective encouragement steps: Listen first; affirm the positive before addressing the negative; and observe carefully while withholding judgment. Leaman is a clinical psychologist based in Waynesboro.

The Rotary Club of Waynesboro meets Tuesdays at the Waynesboro Country Club.