Faith, Strength Needed to Face Life’s Trials According to New Memoir

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Chris Slaughter shares story of daughter’s brave fight against rare disease in ‘Abide in Me’

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Way back in 2011, an auto-immune disease afflicted his daughter, and debut author Chris Slaughter shares the struggles he faced when his deeply rooted faith was tested by his daughter’s sufferings. “Abide in Me” (published by Xlibris) is a soulful memoir that expresses some of the author’s raw, unfiltered thoughts over the last couple of years. It highlights areas where he feels he failed as a father, husband and Christian, and tries to provide insights into what he learned during that tumultuous period.

In a collection of thoughts captured after the author’s six-year-old daughter’s affliction, with two serious diseases over the span of three years, “Abide in Me” follows a less than perfect struggle by a less than perfect believer. Stressed within the narrative are Slaughter’s periods of doubt, moments of rage and the nature of the God he thought he knew is called into question. In the end, he is torn between rejecting his faith due to his little girl’s suffering and heeding God’s call when He says, “Abide in Me.”

The author’s personal testimony gives insight as to how believers handle spiritual struggles that arise when their loved ones, especially their children, suffer major illnesses. Focusing on both spiritual and emotional aspects of a suffering father, and his family, “Abide in Me” stands out as a beacon of hope and a well of wisdom to all who seek guidance in their own struggles. Ultimately, this memoir is a story of hope with a message of perseverance, strength and joy, even in the darkest of times.

“Abide in Me”
By Chris Slaughter
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 140 pages | ISBN 9781499082968
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 140 pages | ISBN 9781499082975
E-Book | 140 pages | ISBN 9781499082982
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
With a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a master’s in Economics from Baylor University, Chris Slaughter stepped out of his comfort zone to write his first novel about his daughter’s valiant fight against both an auto-immune disease and a rare neurological disorder. He and his wife run half marathons and are active members in their church, where they have led bible studies and fitness classes that emphasize faith and strength in the midst of life’s trials.

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 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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