MIAMI COUNTY — Christina Ryan Claypool, a Piqua Daily Call and Troy Daily News contributing columnist, has a story featured in the recently released book, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Best Mom Ever.” The true account is of her mother miraculously buying a home for a down payment of $1, along with her mom’s advice that encouraged her to become a first-time homeowner.
The freelance journalist was also published in a 2014 “Chicken Soup for the Soul” edition. “I enjoy reading Chicken Soup for the Soul stories,” said Ryan Claypool, a Miami County resident. “The impact of the positive and often faith-filled messages have always inspired me.”
The famous “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books are published by Simon and Schuster. In 2007, USA Today named “Chicken Soup for the Soul” one of the five most memorable books in the last quarter century. The “Best Mom Ever” collection is described as containing “101 heartwarming, and sometimes humorous, stories of gratitude and love for the woman who does it all.” The book is about all kinds of mother figures not just biological mothers, but grandmothers, stepmothers, and adoptive moms, too.
Ryan Claypool was excited to learn that her column, “Mom’s Dream House,” was among those selected for the anthology, which is being featured for Mother’s Day 2017.
“This story is very personal, because I wish my mom would have had the opportunity to see her lifelong dream for me to be a homeowner fulfilled in 2013,” she said. “So, it’s bittersweet, because Mom passed away very suddenly in 2010. Those who have lost their moms know how painful that grief can be. Even after years, it can hit you unexpectedly at times, especially with Mother’s Day approaching.
Ryan Claypool is a former TV reporter and producer for WTLW TV 44 in Lima with a B.A. from Bluffton University and a M.A. from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, where she served as a past adjunct instructor in the communications department. She is also a recipient of two Amy awards and an Ohio APME award.
She also is a 2016 Leadership Troy graduate completing a year-long Miami County research project, “52 Churches in 52 Weeks,” which is available in booklet form. She is married to Larry Claypool, superintendent of Hardin-Houston Local School, and has an adult son, Zach Ryan.
Ryan Claypool has authored two Christian recovery books, “Forgiven” and “Seeds of Hope for Survivors.” Her first women’s inspirational novel, “Secrets of the Pastor’s Wife,” will be released in the near future. Her website is www.christinaryanclaypool.com.