Self-Published Author Tells How She Survived Life Like a Cat

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New book inspires with a true story of chances and victory.

Certainly I was beginning to feel that the hand of God was interceding on my behalf and that He had something important for me to do in my life which was being spared.

Xlibris, a print-on-demand self-publishing services provider, announced today the release of Destined to Live Nine Lives: Turning Negatives into Positives! A memoir authored by Phyllis Duke, it chronicles how one woman survived a series of life-threatening events and continues to live a fulfilled life, with underlying spiritual guidance.

Conceived during a time when her mother was not ready for a child, the author's life before even coming out into the world was already threatened. Her mother was being encouraged to have an abortion, but after much contemplation, she aborted that idea. Yet, Duke did not have a normal childhood. Living during the Great Depression, she experienced severe cases of rheumatic fever in her childhood. Other children with the same disease either suffered mental retardation or died. As if this was not enough, she was later diagnosed with polio when she was fifteen, something she had miraculously recovered. As an adult, she had almost lost her life in a scuba diving misadventure, a typhoon in Fiji, and many other life-threatening dangers in her travels. But these misfortunes were not all she had to endure. Along with these circumstances were personal battles that she must face in dealing with her inner conflicts and the ills of society.

“If a cat is said to have nine lives, then I must already have lived more lives than that. Reflecting back on my life, I am convinced that there has been divine intervention at least nine times,” shares the author. “Certainly I was beginning to feel that the hand of God was interceding on my behalf and that He had something important for me to do in my life which was being spared.”

A carefully woven journal of hope, faith, resilience, and love for life, Destined to Live Nine Lives is a striking testimony of how God redeems and sanctifies because he has plans for every person willing to have faith in Him, making it a truly inspiring read. For more information on this book, log on to

Destined to Live Nine Lives * by Phyllis Duke
Turning Negatives into Positives!
Publication Date: October 15, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 258 pages; 978-1-4535-4822-6
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 258 pages; 978-1-4535-4823-3
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-4824-0

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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