New Edition of Popular Memoir Tells Inspirational Life Story

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Author David George Ball opens up about the formative moments of his life

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The dream inspired by King led me in a completely unexpected direction.

In a revised and updated edition of his memoir “A Marked Heart” (published by iUniverse), David George Ball shares some of the formative moments – including one fateful encounter with an inspirational leader – that he credits with shaping him into the successful man he is today.

“A Marked Heart” begins in the midst of rationing and bombing in wartime England and continues through Ball’s journey to America at 17-years-old to take the pastors course at Chicago’s Moody Bible Institute and eventually to Yale University. While Ball was still an immigrant and scholarship student at Yale, Martin Luther King Jr. was his guest for three days, and the encounter changed the course of Ball’s life forever.

When Ball graduated from Yale he vowed to try to help make the world a better place like King. This principle guided Ball in his work as a lawyer on Wall Street, where he became interested in helping workers who changed jobs and were unable to take their pensions with them. In 1981 he championed the first 401(k) plan.

“A Marked Heart” provides a multifaceted look at Ball’s immigration, education, family relationships and his interest in public service. Though Ball never became a minister, his story communicates how his commitment to God and prayer guided his life.

“The dream inspired by King led me in a completely unexpected direction. While assistant secretary of labor, I got out a road map for 401(k) plans, which was described in The New York Times as the ‘most significant thing to happen to the pension industry in years,’” said Ball. “Today over 70 million workers have 401(k) plans.”

“A Marked Heart” has been selected for inclusion in the iUniverse Star program, which recognizes excellence in writing and commercial success.

About the Author
David George Ball came to the United States in 1954. In 1981 as an executive at AMAX, Inc. he championed the first 401(k) plan adopted by a large company. When President George H. W. Bush nominated him as assistant secretary of labor, Ball fulfilled his dream of getting out a road map to open up the revolutionary 401(k) program.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebook on Twitter.

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