Anita Bryant was America’s sweetheart. For three consecutive years Good Housekeeping named her “The Most Admired Woman in America”; The Gallup Poll listed her among the top ten women in the world; For twelve years she was spokeswoman for the Florida Citrus Growers; For seven years she was spokeswoman for Coca-Cola; For eleven years she was co-host for the Orange Bowl Parade; and for seven years she appeared with Bob Hope’s overseas Christmas shows for the U.S. military.
Then her world caved in. As a mother concerned about the education of her four children in Dade County, Florida, she led a referendum opposing legislation which would have required that homosexuals be hired as teachers in private religios schools. Anita’s stand quickly became national news. She lost contracts, bookings, and finally her marriage of twenty years. She was caught between those who opposed her stand and those who condemned her for divorce.
A New Day is her painful, yet victorious, account of picking up the pieces and putting her life back together. It is a loving, straightforward story but more – a rich spiritual sourcebook for all who suffer alienation and misunderstanding.