Author Debuts Book of God-Inspired Poems That Are All Heart

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New release aims to put smile on readers' faces that lasts for eternity

From the hardest moments of letting go of something truly loved to the gentlest times of exceeding joy, Xulon author Melissa Leigh Chandler's new release, Truth and Life ($10.99, paperback, 978-1-60477-801-4; $18.99, hardcover, 978-1-60477-802-1), is an inspirational book of poems that will bring readers to grips with life's many circumstances and seasons as well as shed some light on life's darkest moments. The simple message this book seeks to uphold is that no matter what the situation, there is comfort in the spirit of truth.

Says Chandler, a first-time author, "This book covers not only the course of seven years of my life, but is also a reflection of what each person faces at one point or another, whether that is the loss of a loved one, the best friend moving away, growing up, falling in love, or reflecting on what can be learned in nature. I hope that people who read this book will have a better understanding that there is always hope in any situation, that with every storm there comes a rainbow and a moment of calm celebration. I want people to see that God is the one who helps us recapture joy."

In her life, Chandler has faced many challenges, changes, and fears. These experiences have helped mold her into the person she is today--one who seeks to share with others what she has learned thus far about God. "When I was young, it was my goal in life to entertain people, make them smile," she says. "I no longer seek to entertain. I only seek to show the world what God can and has done; I want to give people a smile that lasts longer than an episode, a smile that lasts for eternity. There is comfort and joy in Jesus Christ!"

Xulon Press, a part of Salem Communications Corporation, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 5,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Truth and Life through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors.

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