Spring into Life

May 20, 2021 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Union Pavilion at Railside
2500 76th Street SW
Byron Center


Spring into Life is an evening of educating, motivating, and involving pro-life people in the local movement.

Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour, a delicious dinner, an update from Grand Rapids Right to Life, and the opportunity to hear local author, Mary Jo Thayer, launch her first novel, Close to the Soul.

Mary Jo Thayer, Keynote Speaker
With her humor, joy, and large doses of reality, Mary Jo Thayer mentors women throughout the U.S. and is always willing to share her zeal for natural and moral law. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Catholic Writers’ Guild and has contributed to several books and periodicals. Her column “Confessions of a Homeschooler” was distributed through Catholic Homeschooling in Hawaii.

Thayer has been the keynote speaker for women’s retreats, Legatus chapters, Theology of the Body conferences, and Fortnight for Freedom rallies. She is also an active and passionate board member of Grand Rapids Right to Life.

Spring into Life will include a chance to purchase a signed copy of Thayer’s book.


  • 5:30 PM – Cash Bar
  • 6:30 PM – Program + Dinner
  • 8:00 PM – Book Signing


  • This event is SOLD OUT.


  • Seating is limited.
  • No ticket sales at the door.
  • Tickets must be purchased by May 10.

Close to the Soul Synopsis
This novel features the story of Carolyn Fandel, who survives being raped by someone she knows and trusts. Carolyn uses her tragedy to help hundreds of others, some of whom she will never meet. Set in the era of the Vietnam War and new feminism, this book will have you crying and cheering for Carolyn as she navigates the challenges of life after sexual assault. This story is one of rape and redemption and all Carolyn Fandel believes.

Close to the Soul Review
“Close to the Soul is a beautifully written novel that weaves the story of redemption through every character on every page. I have spent my life grappling with the questions this novel boldly addresses.” (Pam Stenzel, Enlighten Communications)

For more information visit maryjothayer.com.

Laura A.

An awesome woman who fights daily for the prolife cause!