Monday, September 26, 2022

Nautilus Publishing Company to Sell Inspirational Autobiography “Sandpiper”


On July 15, Oxford-based Nautilus Publishing Company will release Sandpiper, an autobiography written by Karen Brown on how she lived her life after slowly losing her eyesight.

Karen Brown
Karen Brown

The book can be pre-ordered on

When Karen Brown learned in her mid-twenties that she would completely lose her eyesight at 30 years old, she was not deterred from pursuing a full life by establishing an impressive career from working as an English teacher to retiring as the director of a rehabilitation center for blind adults, raising a son, Paul Brown, and ultimately following God’s call into spiritual guidance training.

Brown grew up in a family that lived in South Carolina, North Carolina and Louisiana before moving to Mississippi, the state she herself returned to in 1975 after moving to Louisiana for college, getting married in Germany to Don Brown and living the married life in Florida and Illinois.

Karen Brown with one of her three guide dogs at Addie McBryde Center.
Karen Brown with one of her three guide dogs at Addie McBryde Center.

Nautilus Publishing Company shares an excerpt from Brown’s autobiography:

“I have learned many ways to cope with blindness, but I know and value the gift of sight. As I live into the different experiences of darkness and light, I seek to listen to the music that calls me out of chaos into a place of peace. It guides my steps. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6 NRSV) Balance is not easy to find or maintain. The little sandpiper continues to dance to and fro, seeking the center and the balance between the two worlds on her journey with sight and blindness.”

Praises poured in for Brown’s autobiography.

Karen Brown with her beloved dogs.
Karen Brown with her beloved dogs.

Award-winning author Jane R. Wood wrote, “Karen Brown’s book is inspiring and insightful—no pun intended. She ‘sees’ things from a unique perspective, sharing the many challenges she has faced with determination and forthright honesty. Her positive attitude and strong faith are an inspiration for all who read her book.”

Lead pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson, Dr. Bob Rambo, wrote, “In Sandpiper, Karen Brown bravely shares her journey from the sighted world to the blind world. We discover amidst her fears and uncertainties the heart of a risk-taker who refuses to remain handicapped by the loss of sight. She writes from an inner spring of grace and awareness that gives light to all who read her story.”

Thus far, Nautilus Publishing Company has 29 books in its store and Karen Brown’s Sandpiper will be amongst them on July 15.

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