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Born into a seemingly typical suburban middle class family, educated at prestigious schools, and provided with array of cultural opportunities, the author shares the secrets of a childhood marred by physical and emotional abuse. This memoir tells how she found that even early success as a professional actress failed to fill the emptiness of a life lived without purpose and hope. The author tells of her journey from darkness and disappointment into the light of God's love and mercy. She invites readers to face their own inner demons, knowing that they do not have to struggle through this life alone.
Joyce Putnam Eblen graduated as valedictorian of her class at The Stevens School in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has a bachelor's degree in theatre arts and speech from Mount Holyoke College. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from Lexington (Kentucky) Theological Seminary and her Ph.D. from the Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio. Her varied career path has included stints not only as an actress, but also a waitress, hotel maid, switchboard operator, minister, adoption worker, and Latin teacher.
Currently, she maintains an active speaking and writing ministry from her home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She is the author of several newspaper and magazine articles as well as the book, Christmas in the Imperfect Tense. Married for over 40 years and the mother of two grown sons, she recently reinvented herself as a stand-up comic, playing to audiences at churches, community centers, restaurants, and even a bowling alley!

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5.5x8.5, Paperback - Perfect Laminate Gloss, White Matte (50#), b&w interior, 120 pages