The public is invited to the Northwest Association of Church Libraries meeting in Forest Grove Jan. 20.

COURTESY PHOTO - Christina Tarabochia and Sherrie Ashcraft founded Ashberry Lane Publishing, a small Christian press, in Gaston five years ago.A woman recently had a miscarriage. A couple lost their son. A man is going through a divorce. A young person has just been laid off.

Forest Grove resident Royce Hostetler has a book for each of these scenarios and more in the Forest Grove United Church of Christ library.

There are self-help books, numerous Bible study guides, fiction, nonfiction, books for children, inspiring biographies and more. In addition, each FGUCC sermon is recorded and available for check out.

"We have the resources for specific problems for parishioners," Hostetler said. "Our library holds books relevant to our Christian point of view that are not all available in the public library."

FGUCC's books are available for parishioners to check out and "guide them on their walk with God," Hostetler said.

The FGUCC will host the every-other-month meeting of the Pacific Northwest Association of Church Libraries Saturday, Jan. 20. The meeting will run 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A light lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. The public is invited to attend but an RSVP to 971-713-9437 is required.

The meeting's guest speaker will be Christina Tarabochia, publisher of Ashberry Lane Publishing, a small company located in Gaston.

Tarabochia and her mother, Sherrie Ashcraft, started Ashberry Lane in 2013 with their co-written novel, "On the Threshold." The mother and daughter worked on their book for seven years before deciding to publish.

"When we started writing we made a pledge that we wouldn't get offended and we would always be honest," Tarabochia said. "In the end, there's nothing in there we aren't both proud of — sometimes we can't remember who wrote what."

That kicked off a business that eventually published nine other authors in addition to their own work: Sara Davidson, Camille Eide, Sam Hall, Lindsay Harrel, Bonnie Leon, Susan Maas, Dianne Price, CM Shelton and Angela Ruth Strong.

One of the first works they publish was released posthumously. The series of short stories was written by a woman who died of cancer a week after the book was published.

"She really gave us the whole idea to do this," Tarabochia said. "Our company is about making other peoples' dreams come true."

Tarabochia published "The Familiar Stranger" in 2009 with Moody Publishers — under her former name, Christina Berry — which was a 2010 Christy Award finalist and Carol Award winner. The book follows a cheating husband who suffers from amnesia after an accident and explores forgiveness.

Ashberry Lane Publishing focuses on Christian literature.

"Everyone writes with a world view, and Christianity permeates our life," Tarabochia said. "Every choice we make, we want Jesus to lead."

The Ashberry Lane books explore "healing themes," Tarabochia said, including forgiveness, and combatting greed, racism and bullying, to name a few.

"We want every book we publish to feel like our favorite," she said. "We want authors that make you think later about what you've read."

By Stephanie Haugen
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times
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