Robin Roberts makes Pass Christian the first stop in her autograph tour

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PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss (WLOX) – If Robin Roberts feels at home in Pass Christian, it’s because she is.

That’s why the Good Morning America star chose the coast as the first stop in her nationwide autograph tour of her new publication “Brighter by the Day: Waking Up to New Hopes and Dreams.”

“My book isn’t officially out yet, but I’m here in the Pass. This is my first signing for this book and it meant so much to me. It’s my hometown, and there’s no place like home. So it’s very important to me that this is the first.”

Pass Christian Books owner Scott Naugle was happy to host his old friend.

“She’s sincere, she’s honest and she’s direct,” he said. “And what you see every morning is exactly as she is when she’s sitting next to you in the living room talking.”

The first in the long line to have a bit of one-on-one time with her were longtime friend Judy Demarest and her neighbor Amy Pfeiffer.

“I love Robin,” Demarest said. “I love her not only as a fan, but also as a bit of family, as I am the organist and choir director of her family church, and I have been good friends with her sisters Dorothy and Sally Ann for quite some time.”

She is also a fan of Roberts’ writing.

“I know everything she’s written has inspired me,” Demarest said. “Sometimes I feel like I’m reading a devotional.”

That is exactly why Roberts wrote this book, inspired by people and experiences in her own life.

“There’s been a lot of darkness in the last few years,” Roberts said. “And I really wanted to shine a little light.”

She said the book was written for those who survived the pandemic but need a roadmap to find a new way of life.

“It was a big reset button,” she said. “It was a great opportunity to see what is most important to me; who do I want to spend time with, and so this book kind of came out of that and just help those who want to wake up with new dreams and new hopes and new ways.

The official book release will be this Tuesday and copies will be available from Pass Christian Books.

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