Single Mother Shares Life Story About Raising Four Children Alone

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Says parents have "one shot" to do their best and give it their all in new book.

Left to raise four young children under the age of twelve all by herself in the wake of a surprising divorce, Xulon Press author Geniene Dotson Gary was thrust into single parenthood without so much as a warning. Within the pages of her new release, Divorce (Death) and the Birthing (New Life) of a Single Parent ($10.99, paperback, 978-1-61579-145-3), she shares some of her labor pains and her labor of love as a single mother. She openly discusses her early thoughts of suicide and shares what she calls the second worst pain a parent could experience--her oldest son sentenced to life in prison--and the peace of God that helps her to bear the never-ending pain. Readers will be touched by her faith in God, love for her children, support from her family and friends, and the determination that gave her the strength to push through the pain, focus on her children, and embrace her new life as a single mother.

"What parents instill in their children has a lasting effect, whether positive or negative, and will ultimately shape their children's future," the author explains. "There are no 'time-outs' or 'do-overs' in parenting. We have one shot to do our best and give it our all. We, as parents, forget that we are shaping and molding future generations."

Gary, who has been employed with the Los Angeles County Probation Department for almost 20 years, credits her life experiences with her children--as well as her desire to educate other single parents--as a the impetus for writing this book. All of the wisdom contained within this book has been culled from these experiences and distilled into a simple, easy to read format. "I am not writing a book on a subject that I have no knowledge or experience in," she says. "I am sharing my life story as a single parent."

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 Divorce (Death) and the Birthing (New Life) of a Single Parent through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Divorce (Death) and the Birthing (New Life) of a Single Parent is available online through,, and


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