New Memoir Depicts American Family’s Struggles during Hard Times

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Ronald James Newton’s ‘Light of Her Children’ shows shining virtues of cooperation, perils of selfishness

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Ronald James Newton’s new memoir revisits crucial periods of the past, hard times that tested the will of the people and family bonds, adversities that had to be endured through strength, grit and cooperation. The “Light of Her Children” (published by Xlibris) shows the path taken by his family just as countless other Americans made their way through those difficult but defining moments.

It follows the Newton family of 20 siblings, the author’s early life, and his coming of age in rural Northeastern Colorado through the Great Depression, World War II and the ‘50s. The narrative unfolds in a small town lodged within a rich agricultural landscape by the Rocky Mountains and covers several generations of the family, revealing their everyday lives, their dependence upon one another, and their strong work ethic and religious values, all of which ensured their survival. Readers will see them live through harsh days while being shaped by their interactions with one another and with individuals and institutions in their community. The author also tells his own story as well as that of his brothers as they strive for emotional maturity and sports success. This brief look into an important time in the history of Colorado and the nation presents an inspiring snapshot of a pioneering matriarch guiding and nurturing her children while reminding them of the peril of self-centeredness and the virtue of cooperation.

The Newton family’s story remains relevant as it addresses the issue of government welfare support for the poor. The author defies negative stereotypes about those facing hardships by humanizing them, showing their diligent efforts to attain the American Dream as well as the necessity for compassion and cooperation to enable people to actualize their potential and, in turn, give back to their family, community and society. With this, he inspires his readers by showing the feats of a large family that rises from poverty through hard work while at the same time receiving the helping hands of government and members of a caring community.

“Light of Her Children”
By Ronald James Newton
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 448 pages | ISBN 9781514412558
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 448 pages | ISBN 9781514412565
E-Book | 448 pages | ISBN 9781514412572
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Ronald James Newton has served as a science educator in public schools and universities for 40 years. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado (BA, biology, 1961), the University of Utah (MS, science education, 1966), and Texas A&M University (PhD, botany, 1972). He is retired from academic life and now lives with his wife, Mary, in Greenville. They have a son and a daughter and four grandchildren.

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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