Domestic violence was a part of local author Catherine Wilborn-Dowd's life as a young adult until she overcame her desperation with the help of God's love.

The title of the Lexa writer's new book is “Don't Give Up...Live Life to the Fullest.” Wilborn-Dowd wants her readers to realize that their past life doesn't necessarily determine their future.

Domestic violence was a part of local author Catherine Wilborn-Dowd's life as a young adult until she overcame her desperation with the help of God's love.

The title of the Lexa writer's new book is “Don't Give Up...Live Life to the Fullest.” Wilborn-Dowd wants her readers to realize that their past life doesn't necessarily determine their future.

In her own words, Wilborn-Dowd says, “No matter what you are going through, keep pushing forward. Don't give up, keep the faith, and continue to pray even though you think there is no hope. Your breakthrough is just around the corner.”

Wilborn-Dowd describes the book as a guide for people to help find their spiritual resilience to overcome the challenges of everyday life. She wrote the book as inspirational encouragement for those facing their darkest hours to never lose their praise. She says she wants her readers to realize that setbacks are really comebacks.

“It doesn't matter what others say,” Wilborn-Dowd said, “You are listening to who God says you are.”

In a press release issued by her publishing company, Dorrance Publishing Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wilborn-Dowd is described as Christian, wife, and mother. She is a member of the Second Missionary Baptist Church of Lexa. There, she sings in the choir and serves as co-chair of the church's Program Committee. She also teaches Vacation Bible School during the summer and spends lots of time with young people.

Wilborn-Dowd loves being with her family, going to the movies and traveling. Her special interest is helping people achieve their destiny.

“If I can help one person each day, I feel I have done my job,” she stated.

Wilborn-Dowd says despite the challenges of family, environment and economic status during her youth she has learned that through faith and determination she could not only merely exist, but she also could live her life to the fullest. With “Don't Give Up...Live Life to the Fullest,” she is challenging her readers to do the same.

“Don't Give Up...Live Life to the Fullest,” is a 38-page paperback. For more information please go to Dorrance Publishing Company's online bookstore at www.dorrancebookstore.com.