Blind Author Alice Crespo Encourages Readers Through Life Story


New York (PRWEB) April 27, 2015

Author Alice Crespo was born premature. She was placed in an incubator so she could fully develop, but she was given too much oxygen and lost her sense of sight. Having lived her entire life with a disability, she penned her book Never Be Discouraged: With God, All Things Are Possible (published by Inspiring Voices) to motivate readers to never give up, regardless of their struggles. Crespo is refreshing the marketing for her book in 2015 to bring it to a wider audience.

Crespos family was very poor and not compensated for what happened to her as a newborn. But she was still able to break the cycle of poverty, despite her blindness. She is now a Spanish interpreter and runs a nonprofit organization, Helping Hands for the Disabled of NYC, for helping other disabled people.

I grew up with nothing, but through Gods love and mercy and my own hard work, I broke the poverty cycle, Crespo says. I know that you can do the same, no matter what the struggle is. God is on our side; he wants us to win.

Never Be Discouraged offers readers messages of hope and encouragement, interspersed with details from Crespos life. Crespo hopes to reach a wider audience with the story of her life to encourage more readers to never give up on their dreams.

Never Be Discouraged

By Alice Crespo

Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 194 pages | ISBN 9781462407828

E-Book | 194 pages | ISBN 9781462407835

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Alice Crespo was born in 1952 in New York City, raised in Brooklyn and grew up totally blind. She had to learn many things and she realized that, with Gods help, there was nothing she couldnt do; the sky was the limit. She is now 60 years old and she wants to share her experiences and her life lessons with readers. Never Be Discouraged is her first book.

Inspiring Voices, a service of Guideposts, is dedicated to helping authors share their words of hope, faith and inspiration with the world. A strategic publishing partnership with indie book publishing leader, Author Solutions, LLC; Inspiring Voices allows authors to publish inspirational and spiritual books without respect to their specific doctrine, denomination or political point-of-view. Authors published through Inspiring Voices benefit from access to exclusive Guideposts marketing services, with select titles appearing in a special collection at Guideposts.org. For more information on publishing with Inspiring Voices, log on to inspiringvoices.com or call 866-697-5313.

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