Memoir recounts family’s struggles, triumphs ‘With God’s Blessing’

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Irving and Jane Smith’s new book chronicles resiliency of African-Americans during hard times.

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The Smith family has a tradition on Sundays where they sit around the dining room table as the parents talk about old times. Irving and Jane Smith were African-Americans born in Staunton, Virginia, in 1916 and 1918, during hard times. Despite society’s prejudices, as well as the Great Depression and the Second World War, they endured and persevered “With God’s Blessing” (published by Xlibris). This is their story, a chronicle to inspire readers and to remind them of the lives of their forebears, their achievements, sacrifices, trials and tribulations.

“With God’s Blessing” reveals the life story of Irving and Jane Smith. Living through the period of American history where African-Americans suffer an unjust treatment in society, they proved to be resilient people who braved the storms of life. With this narrative, readers will discover how they thrived in the 20th century and experienced their inspiring journey – moments of laughter, tears and sheer disbelief at what they went through in an unfair and unjust society. The inequality prompted them to resort to mesmerizing and amazing maneuvers just to get by, all while maintaining their dignity no matter how bad the challenges and obstacles got. These stories bring meaning to the book’s title, showing how they succeeded “With God’s Blessing.”

“These life lessons we want our children's children to read and learn. We are also sure that each reader can appreciate and learn something from their life stories,” the authors say. Though there are many celebrated books and articles about the lifestyle of African-Americans during the 20th Century, the story of Irving and Jane Smith is interesting and compelling – in its forthrightness and sincerity, it becomes a treasured heirloom, a jewel of remembrance that shines on even as the years go by.

“With God’s Blessing”
By Irving and Jane Smith
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 398 pages | ISBN 9781503526525
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 398 pages | ISBN 9781503526532
E-Book | 398 pages | ISBN 9781503526518
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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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