Mother of Special Needs Child Pens Book on God's Faithfulness

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A 17-year period of caring for her son inspired her to grow spiritually

As Christian believers, Bob and Carlene Crum never expected to face the steep mountain climb of rearing a brain-damaged child. As author Carlene recounts in her new release from Christian self-publisher Xulon Press, Something of Value ($13.99, paperback, 978-1-60647-192-0), she and her husband experienced incredible spiritual growth and development while facing a multitude of challenges with the rearing of their son, Benjamin. It was during the 17-year period of caring for him that they determined God's faithfulness is real, as evidenced by Hebrews 13:5: "…I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support…"

Says the author, "Many have said to me, 'Oh, you're writing a book about Ben.' My response is, 'No, it's about God and who He was to me while our special needs child, Benjamin, was with us.' My life experience with our brain-damaged son qualifies me to pen that testimony. My personal, interactive relationship with the Lord for thirty-plus years has taught me how to trust Him, when to know His voice, and to learn that His Word speaks to all of life's matters."

After Benjamin's death, Crum channeled her grief into writing her book so that other believers would realize the greatness and reality of a loving relationship with God--no matter how steep their life challenge. As for the one thing she hopes readers take away from the reading of her story, it's that "God still responds when we call," she says. "His heart hasn't stopped its desire to be an integral part of our lives."

Carlene Crum and her husband, Bob, reside in Brownsburg, Indiana.

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 Something of Value through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Salem Communications is the country's leading Christian communications company with interests in radio, Internet, and magazine publishing.

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