Author Encourages Readers to Pursue Passion in Face of Insurmountable Circumstances

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Steven Bentley chronicles life of poverty and abuse on the way to becoming successful doctor.

Today, Steven Bentley travels the world with his loving wife. Having retired from his life-long passion of emergency medicine, he now enjoys the fruit of 33 years of a grueling but loving labor. Yet, his life did not always appear this picturesque.

The life of love and security he now possesses is a stark contrast to the environment he grew up in. A survivor of extreme poverty, abuse and a rare congenital disorder, Bentley shares his ability to endure some of life’s most horrific experiences and still find happiness in his memoir “Poor No More: An American Story.”

“Poor No More” outlines the series of unfortunate events that followed Bentley on his way to becoming a thriving doctor in emergency medicine. With frank detail, Bentley recounts his traumatic family life, financial struggles, rare medical condition and sexual abuse. He also shares his deep love of medicine, which acted as the catalyst behind his assentation out of a troubled youth.

“I’ve had just about every bad thing that can happen to a person, happen to me,” Bentley said. “Yet, I was still able to find and achieve satisfaction. I credit that to following my love of emergency medicine. The message with Poor No More is to show that despite a seemingly hopeless fate, there is still a chance to succeed if you are fiercely determined to pursue success.”

He recounts a series of stories from his personal and professional life, detailing the rewards and attainment that follow trials and tribulations. His story is one of perseverance, demonstrating how a tragic upbringing does not have to determine one’s future.

“Bentley’s narrative is honest, while at times brutal to read. He doesn’t sugar coat the awfulness that took place from the adults which confronted him in his youth. Nor does he shy away from the detailing the very poor choices he made along the way,” A reviewer at Pacific Book Review said.

“Poor No More: An American Story”
By Steven Bentley
ISBN: 9781532011610 (softcover), 9781532011603 (e-book)
Available at Amazon,Barnes and Noble and iUniverse

About the author
Steven Bentley, MD, is a retired emergency physician who is married and lives in the North Carolina mountains. He travels extensively with his wife and enjoys beekeeping, gardening, flowers, and everything about the natural world. “Poor No More: An American Story” is his second book.

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