Rafael Arcaya Cruzado Releases 'Maria'

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New Spanish book tells extraordinary story of friendship, faith.

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Franz Schubert's Opus 52 Ave Maria became the inspiration that put "Maria" into writing. Bearing the same title as the enlivening melody, "Maria" (published by Xlibris) explores faith in its most perplexing and mystical form, imbuing life-changing, transformative lessons.

"Maria" tells the story of two friends of a lifetime that although love each other dearly, conflict arises when it comes to religion and personal beliefs. Diana has always been a faithful believer whose greatest dream is to see the Virgin Mary during this life, only to have her best friend to make fun of it and minimize everything that she believes. But in one of those strange twists that life takes, it is his friend Manuel who receives an unexpected visit.

Written in Spanish, "Maria" presents Rafael Arcaya Cruzado's deep view on a universal subject that has been tackled by thinkers and artists alike since the dawn of civilization. It highlights the many facets of beliefs, how it affects people spiritually and mentally and inspires personal inspection of one's own state of faith.

By Rafael Arcaya Cruzado
Hardcover | 6x9in | 212 pages | ISBN 9781499029130
Softcover | 6x9in | 212 pages | ISBN 9781499029116
E-Book | 212 pages | ISBN 9781499029147
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Rafael Arcaya Cruzado was born in Mayagüez, Puerto on Rico February 28, 1945. He made his first studies at Colegio Espítitu Santo at San Juan and attended high school at Escuela Superior de la Universidad, both at San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cruzado married Awilda Santoni Cordero in November 26, 1970 and they were blessed with three wonderful children, Héctor, Sergio, Mariela. He worked for the state government from 1969 through 1988 and established his professional office in 1989. He has been working ever since. Cruzado is the author of other unpublished novels, Dimensión 111, Vivian, Mateo, Daniel y Paola and is currently working on Teófilo y Damián. He can be reached via email at arcayarafael(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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