Book Documents Family's Five-Year Attempt to Redeem a Soul

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Author reaches out in love to the youth discarded by narcissistic world

Before he was five years old, Cody experienced extreme physical, verbal, and sexual abuse. As a witness to his mother's sexual immorality and drug abuse, his life was affected adversely, sending him into a pattern of fear, hopelessness, rebellion, and rage that would take him into a world of darkness he could not escape. His behavior was easily interpreted as malicious and devious, but those were just symptoms of a wounded spirit, a crushed heart, and a lonely little boy who desperately longed to be loved. Come walk through a five-year attempt to change a heart and redeem a soul in Xulon Press author Madeline A. Spencer's A Shattered Life an Amazing God: When Fear Collides with Love ($20.99, paperback, 978-1-61579-259-7), a book that tells the gripping true story about a family that reached out to an emotionally and spiritually wounded young man, adopting him into the family and giving him son-ship.

Says Spencer, "I pray that readers will realize that everyone on this earth is valuable to God, and therefore should have value to us. We need to reach out in love and grace to those around us, and trust God for restoration. No one is ever hopeless."

A native of Syracuse, New York, Spencer says she has been "given the gift to see the wounded through the eyes of God." Ever since she first began to teach high school in 1971, she never stopped being involved with youth in any capacity. As she watched this nation slowly push its children aside in exchange for jobs, position, and belongings, she was inspired to write this book in order to encourage others to reach out in love to the lost young people who have been discarded by a narcissistic world.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 7,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order A Shattered Life an Amazing God through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. A Shattered Life an Amazing God is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

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