New Xulon Fiction Tells Inspiring Story Of Finding God’s Purpose Despite Physical Challenges

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Toya Lorraine Gooden’s desire is to encourage readers to realize that God has purpose for their lives and to put their faith in Him

Lyric's Lenses

My philosophy is: If I can do it, so can you. Just trust God

Toya Lorraine Gooden’s new book, Lyric's Lenses, ($9.99, paperback, 9781498440615; $4.99, e-book, 9781498440622) follows Lyric, a fourth grader, who wants to make friends, but this is difficult because she walks differently. God intervenes and gives Lyric a set of lenses to see that He is taking care of her. Her lenses show her to pray for her classmates. It’s a meaningful portrayal of a courageous girl who hasn't let what life has thrown at her, in the form of spastic cerebral palsy, stop her from achieving dreams, making friends, and looking at the blessings in life. Her strong faith in God influences her to see that God chose this condition in her life to push her to seek more of life than ever before. The metaphor of Lyric's Lenses from God will show readers of all ages that when a person looks at the world from a different perspective, he or she will see more than meets the eye. As Lyric shows by seeing possibility in her life through God's lenses, readers will see the same if they view life through the same lenses.

“I hope readers with physical challenges can be encouraged by God's faithfulness and that God has a purpose and a plan for everyone's life because He created us all,” states the author. “My philosophy is: If I can do it, so can you. Just trust God.”

Toya Lorraine Gooden received a BA Degree in Communications from Mid America Nazarene University. She has been a columnist for local newspapers and a motivational speaker with the Jackson County Family Court where she speaks to troubled teens. Toya has received numerous awards for her volunteerism including the Volunteer of the Year Award from Jackson County Family Court and the Don D. Sewing Prestigious Service Award for outstanding commitment and service to Friends of Yates, Inc. She brings first hand experience to the writing of this book. Toya has had spastic cerebral palsy from birth. When she reflects over her life beginning at childhood, her experiences were real with a little imagination to broaden the imagination as well as insight in others. Her first book, Beneath My Perceptions was published in 2007. Presently, she is pursuing certification in drug addiction counseling as she continues her writing career.

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 Lyric's Lenses through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,, and

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