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Prayer meal set for Jan. 7

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- Jackie Gingrich Cushman will be the guest speaker at the 2011 Newton County Legislative Prayer Breakfast, an event held annually prior to the start of the Georgia legislative session.

The breakfast, sponsored this year by the Rotary Club of Covington and the Covington Kiwanis Club, will be held Friday, Jan. 7, 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Turner Lake Recreation Complex. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to have a ticket. Tickets are available at the office of the Newton Citizen at 7121 Turner Lake Road, and at the Covington News at 1166 Usher St.

Cushman, the daughter of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, is a syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate. According to a press release, Cushman "inspires audiences to live their best life. Jackie encourages her audience to fulfill their God-given potential by being true to themselves and living their best life."

Cushman's book, "5 Principles for a Successful Life: From our Family to Yours," was co-authored with her father. The book focuses on the principles that Cushman follows in her daily life: Dream Big; Work Hard; Learn Every Day; Enjoy Life; and Be True to Yourself.

Cushman's latest book, "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches that Every American Should Read," provides the fundamental documents of our nation's history, including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Cushman is also founder of the Learning Makes a Difference Foundation, which tests innovative learning programs to help struggling students. In addition, she helped lead a $5 million capital campaign for Genesis: A New Life, a homeless shelter for newborn babies and their families.

Cushman lives in Atlanta with her husband, Jimmy Cushman Jr., and their children.