'It is healing:' Fargo woman reads books to Facebook audience daily

‘It is healing:’ Fargo woman reads books to Facebook audience daily

Some viewers are grandparents who take care of children. Others, like Erin Baertsch of Fargo, scroll through Facebook daily to find the book read and The Wave from Grant.

“I said (to Grant) that I feel, ‘By your presence every day, no matter what happens, and even when it’s really hard, you give us permission to show up, to be real, honest and just.”

Grant started doing this at the beginning of the pandemic, and has continued to do so ever since.

Grant is in sales as her primary job, so she reads from everywhere she is on the job, and she has been blessed by her employer.

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“Whenever I travel for work, I just use the dash of my car and read from there,” Grant said.

For her, the readings became therapeutic.

“Quite frankly, I know it brings joy to others, but it really brings me joy, especially on tough days,” Grant said.

In the past few months she has lost both her pets and her family – her sister Kirsten.

“The Nordic Queen was blonde-haired and blue-eyed,” Grant said of her sister.

Grant is still reading to her audience on the day of the funeral. Reading to others became meaningful.

She has such a following on Facebook Live, people are now downloading and sending her children’s books to keep the videos coming.

Spreading cheer is always a good thing, Grant said.

With so many books available, Grant is looking forward to a long winter of reading ahead.

“Not only is it different for others, it really made a difference for me,” Grant said. “I’m looking forward to the second hour.”

Visit Amanda Grant’s Facebook page to see more videos of her story.

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