Author Sue Hamby, PhD’s newly released “Turning Your Scars Into Stars” shares the story of one mother’s grief journey as she learns to cope with her son’s death.

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“Turning Your Scars Into Stars” from Christian Faith Publishing author Sue Hamby, PhD is her personal struggle to cope with the murder of her son. Only with God was she able to chart a course through her grief journey and turn her scars into stars for God.

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“Turning Your Scars Into Stars”: a personal story about learning to live with traumatizing grief and loss. “Turning Your Scars Into Stars” is the creation of published author, Sue Hamby, PhD. Hamby received her PhD from Texas A & M. She loves being a Texan and an Aggie. She enjoys traveling internationally, working with the homeless, and volunteering with Neema House/Village, a rescue center in Arusha, Tanzania, for orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk infants. Since losing her son, Russ, she has developed a newfound resilience and learned to lean on her faith. She is especially interested in helping bereaved parents who are struggling to make sense of the suffering in their lives and has a website, To that end, she has started a local support group through Compassionate Friends. She has coauthored two other books, “Road to Success” and “Globetrotting 101: How to Travel for Half-Price.” She lives in Temple, Texas with her two dogs.

“March 21, 2013, started off as any other ordinary sunny day. Little did I know when I woke up that morning, it was going to turn into the darkest day of my life and start me on a grief journey, a journey I will never forget. It was my 9/11 day, so I know exactly how the families of those who lost loved ones in the Twin Towers tragedy must have felt. In looking back, it is almost frightening to think about how a normal day can turn into a nightmare and how in just one moment your life can be changed forever. As I woke up that morning, I thought about all the things I needed to do that day, and now I realize none of them mattered.” --Sue Hamby, PhD

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Sue Hamby, PhD’s new book is a story about learning to live with the grief of a lost child.

“’Turning Your Scars into Stars’ is spiritually inspiring and full of truth. It is very well written in such a manner that will not only appeal to multiple victims of tragedies but a wide generational audience. --Michael K. Sweeney, Director of Investigations and Law Enforcement Development INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION (IJM)

The death of a child, at any age, will shatter a parent’s heart. It instills a complicated grief that never goes away. Dr. Sue Hamby found the murdered body of her only child, Russ, on March 21, 2013. That tragedy started her on a difficult and painful grief journey. She realized she could never overcome the death of her child. To carry on, she had to learn how to absorb the loss into her life until it became a part of who she was.

Because of her faith in God, her mourning was eventually transformed into joy and her scars became stars. In “Turning Your Scars into Stars”, Sue Hamby, PhD shares the journey of her traumatic grief. She reveals how her painful scars, bitterness, and brokenness were, ultimately, turned into stars for God’s glory. Her story offers hope and healing to those who are struggling with grief and learning how to navigate the grief journey using God as their GPS.

“I have read Dr. Sue Hamby’s ‘Turning Your Scars into Stars’ in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading the book. This semi-autobiographical narration by Dr. Hamby is a must read for all people, especially people who think that they are alone, depressed, hopeless and helpless.” --Girija S. Chintapalli, MD, Retired Psychiatrist

“Her story of how the LORD changed her life through that God-breathed message is a must read for anyone who has lost a loved one.” --Dan Kirkley, President Hope for the Hungry

View a synopsis of “Turning Your Scars Into Stars” on YouTube.

Consumers can purchase “Turning Your Scars Into Stars” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at, Apple iTunes store, Kobo or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries about “Turning Your Scars Into Stars”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

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