New Xulon Juvenile Fiction: God Designed Each Person To Be Unique

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Jeff R. Smith created Varla as a reflection of God's love – a reminder of His love for everyone


Readers should embrace who they are and remember that God loves them.

Within the pages of Jeff R. Smith’s new book, Varla's Gift, ($19.99, paperback, 9781498453400; $29.99, hardcover, 9781498453417) young readers will discover the delightful story of Varla – a happy and self-confident bird – even though she sometimes wonders about the traits that make her different from everyone else. Her story is a reminder that the very qualities that make each person feel unique can be embraced, enjoyed and shared with others. Sometimes, children don't see or understand the value of these special traits. Beautiful full color illustrations by Nessa Dee, accompany every page of this creatively inspiring story.

“Readers should embrace who they are and remember that God loves them,” states the author. “If they can hold on to this truth, then no one can make them feel unloved or unworthy.”

Jeff R. Smith lives in a suburb just north of Austin, TX with his wife and twin-boys. He is an alumnus of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the University of Southern California (USC). Jeff has worked for a local hi-tech firm for the past 16 years, but maintains a passion for writing and he has co-written a thematic series children's curriculum that is being used today in a local church. Varla's Gift is his first published book, but he plans on many others. A description would be incomplete without sharing Jeff's other passion: barbeque. His pork spare ribs and Texas beans are always in high demand from family and friends.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 15,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Varla's Gift through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,, and

Media Contact: Jeff R. Smith
Email: jsiljeff(at)aol(dot)com

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