Pasadena Author Publishes Inspirational Book

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This book uses biblical quotations and personal experiences to encourage young people to overcome obstacles and negative circumstances

In Learning to Encourage Yourself, Pasadena author Hephzibah draws on her own experiences with getting through rough times in an effort to help others in difficult situations.

After being teased as a child, Hephzibah had to learn not to rely on others and to encourage herself. In this book, she outlines some of the obstacles that all teenagers face, emphasizing the need to stay strong and move past those negative phases rather than dwelling on bad circumstances.

A main source of inspiration for Hephzibah is the Bible, and she includes many pertinent quotations to underscore her message of encouragement to all. She advises the reader to open themselves up to God as a way of enhancing life and gaining strength, because "nothing will happen that is out of His control."

Native to New Jersey, Hephzibah now lives in California, where she works as a writer. She holds a bachelor of arts in journalism from New York University. An active member of her church community since 1996, she has been involved in multiple outreach groups, including True Love Waits and Christian Women in Action. For her service, Hephzibah received the Allstate Good Hands Award in 1999.

Learning to Encourage Yourself is a 24-page paperback with a retail price of $8.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4349-0347-1. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information or to request a review copy, please visit our virtual pressroom at http://www.dorrancepressroom.com or our online bookstore at http://www.dorrancebookstore.com.

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