Author Joseph Stephens Injects Optimism in Prose and Poetry to Inspire Readers

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New Book is the perfect way for readers to start their day right and on a positive note.

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Readers looking for a Christian dose of optimism to help their day along will find it as author John Stephens shares With Peace in Mind. This anthology of prose and poetry is straightforward, sharp and humorous; yet the messages shine directly to the heart and soul. The Christian messages are simple, but thought-provoking.

Driven to inspire and move others to experience and accept God’s presence, the author weaves very short, heart-warming stories, stirring poetry, and encouraging one-act plays. In the story “A Bedtime Story,” two three-year-olds of different races fight over a toy car, but end up playing together. In the poem “A Meditation in Prayer”, readers will learn to pray through the ABC to W of this prayer. In a short anecdote, readers will discover how to think of others instead of just themselves. These and so many more prose and poetry await in these pages.

With so many poems and short stories people can easily relate with, the author’s message of God’s love, kindness to others, faith, hope, and courage will surely resound in the smiles, hearts, and souls of readers.

This collection is a great way to start one’s day; reading one short story or poem every morning, and trying to live—in word and action—its important message throughout the day.

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About the Author

John Stephens was born in Hereford, England, in 1926. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1943, when he was seventeen, and served as a wireless operator aircrew, continuing until the Korean War when he retrained and was commissioned as a pilot. At the age of forty-three, he went to college for training as a teacher, a career in which he continued until retiring at the age of sixty-five. He married Flora, a German national, two years later, and they had two children, Linda and David. Sadly, Flora died of a brain tumour after nine years, when the children were seven and six years old. Two years later, he married Audrey, who had been a missionary nurse in Kenya. It was then that John’s life was turned around. With Audrey’s encouragement, including attendance at a Billy Graham meeting at Aston Villa Football Ground and attendance at many Christian conferences, he gave his life to the Lord. Audrey died of cancer in May 2000. Today, he is an active member of an Anglican church in Leicestershire.

With Peace in Mind * by John Stephens

Publication Date: April 7, 2011

Trade Paperback; £13.99; 140 pages; 978-1-4568-9169-5

Trade Hardback; £23.99; 140 pages; 978-1-4568-9170-1

eBook; £9.99; 978-1-4568-9171-8

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