John H. Cox III’s newly released “The Valley of the Shadow of Death: Psalm 23:4” narrates the author’s faith-driven life during a grave and trying time

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“The Valley of the Shadow of Death: Psalm 23:4” from Christian Faith Publishing author John H. Cox III is an evoking memoir that tells of the author’s struggle with a heart condition and how the words of verse 4 of this most quoted psalm strengthened his belief in God and guided him through the difficulties of a serious surgery and a challenging recovery.

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“The Valley of the Shadow of Death: Psalm 23:4”: a heartwarming autobiography that shares the author’s journey through a heart ailment and how his faith in the Lord was tested and proven.

The author relates, “In 2003 Cox was leading a normal life and experiencing no health problems. He had a successful law practice, was actively involved in sports such as tennis and golf, and was an avid outdoorsman. He and his wife were empty nesters and now had time to travel. As he was undergoing his annual physical checkup, he noticed the doctor listening more intently to his heartbeat. After several tests, the doctor delivered a shocking diagnosis: “You have a serious heart murmur caused by a defective valve that can only be treated through open-heart surgery.”

“During the next several weeks as he prepared for his surgery, his faith was challenged, and his prayer life shifted into a higher gear.

“Days after his surgery, Cox awoke in his dimly lit hospital room, not knowing where he was or why he was in the hospital. As his wife explained to him his situation and condition, he lay back into his bed; and as tears filled his eyes, he thanked God for answered prayers and drifted off to sleep reciting Psalm 23. This experience brought to life verse 4 of the most quoted psalm and ushered the author safely through his ‘valley of the shadow of death,’ which in his case was a serious illness. In his linguistic analysis of of verse 4, the author attempts to give context by reflecting on what may have been a very difficult time in the life of David who was living under a death warrant and being pursed by King Saul. Additional scriptural references are included to encourage the reader, in times of trouble, to place his or her trust and faith securely in God's hands.

“All human beings will face and endure the difficulties of many sorts and proportions. Ultimately, we will all face physical death. The Christian, by virtue of his or her faith, will not go through these trials alone. God is near and will walk with us through whatever ‘valley’ we may find ourselves in. It is when we are face to face with the ‘shadow of death’ that we must deepen our trust in God and find comfort in his presence.”

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, John H. Cox III’s new book bears inspiration from the renowned Psalm 23 and relates it to the author’s life of staying steadfast in God during tribulations.

Readers are sure to be invigorated to remain in deep devotion to the Lord as they witness Cox's triumph over fears caused by a serious illness and the comfort and peace felt through the knowledge of God's presence in the author's personal walk through his " valley of the shadow of death".

View the synopsis of “The Valley of the Shadow of Death: Psalm 23:4” on YouTube.

Consumers can purchase “The Valley of the Shadow of Death: Psalm 23:4” at traditional brick-and-mortar bookstores or online at, Apple iTunes store, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries about “The Valley of the Shadow of Death: Psalm 23:4,” contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

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