Dinny Lawrance is a published author, previously writing historical
surveys. A graduate of Northwestern University, Lawrance continued her
education with graduate studies at the University of Houston. She spent
41 years working in the education departments of art and history museums
and in program development with an historic preservation organization.
Before retiring, Lawrance spent 12 years applying her teaching
creed---Education With Pleasure - to the development of Florida's first
spoken history museum. Lawrance now lives in Virginia with her husband.
FLORIDA'S OLDEST WEEKLY NEWSPAPER
September 21, 2005
Deon Jaccard, founder of the Amelia Island Museum of History, has
recently completed a book, I Promised God. Few, if any, knew
that under that cheerful, dynamic veneer Jaccard bore a heartbreaking
family secret. The raison d'etre for writing this book was to connect
with and encourage those facing seemingly hopeless and isolating
problems within a family, by sharing one family's experience and the
author's discovery of faith.
Now living in Virginia and writing under the pen name of Dinny
Lawrence, her maiden name, she reveals the parallel life she lived while
immersed in the task of museum building.
The book balances its serious message with lighthearted stories of
the active family's adventures and humorous incidents while rearing
three sons. But the title of the book, I Promised God, reveals
the reason she has written this candid account.
"I don't know when anything I have read has touched me so deeply as
your book, I Promised God. I am overwhelmed by your courage,
perseverance and patience---triggered by your deep mother's love and
your new-found faith in God."
- Alice Walsh, Staff Reporter, The News-Leader