Thursday, June 25, 2015

Book Signing at Calvary Church for Island Girl: A Triumph of the Spirit by Norma Joyce Dougherty

For Immediate Release:
June 25, 2015

Charlotte, NC - Island Girl: A Triumph of the Spirit, a memoir of how in 1970, God led a poor, young farm girl from Prince Edward Island, Canada to live out a real-life fairy tale on the world stage.

"This former beauty queen writes honestly about how the Lord destroys the ugliness of sin through His redemption and makes life worth living." From Donna Lee Toney, a colleague of Franklin Graham’s for over 30 years and part of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

"I became a world traveler and overnight success as Miss Dominion of Canada and contestant in the Miss World, Miss Universe, Queen of the Pacific and semi-finalist in Miss International. I found fame and fortune,” she explains, “but I lost my home, myself and a sense of belonging."

Author Norma Joyce Dougherty will be signing her new memoir at Calvary Church in Charlotte NC on Sunday, June 28, 2015 between 9 AM – 1 PM. If you are unable to make the book signing, but would still like a copy, you may purchase the book directly from the author on her website at Further Availability: for both paperback and e-book, The Word Room, Calvary Church (after June 28th) and Ruth’s Attic at The Billy Graham Library (after July 6th) both located in Charlotte, NC.

“Every young woman seeks approval, validation, and meaning for her life. Tragically many search in the wrong places such as physical beauty and 'worldly success'. Here is an authentic, delightful testimony of the grace of God in the midst of a difficult beginning followed by a fairytale dream come true which in turn was followed by a deep emptiness. Through many struggles Norma finally realized fulfillment is found in a living personal relationship with Jesus Christ who alone fills our empty hearts.”

About the Book

Norma Joyce recounts her story in a lively “fairy-tale” theme as she shares her long journey from a world where lies and deception prevail to one where the truth of Jesus Christ is her power source, her light, her radiance, her beauty, her peace, her joy and her triumph. Women of every age, stage and face will relate with her “identity crisis” ~ a crisis that is all too common in this post-modern era as women search for authentic validation. Teen girls will be particularly inspired by Norma’s struggle to live by the motto: “Beauty is as beauty does.”

About the Author

Norma Joyce Dougherty is a motivational speaker, a conference planner, and a leader of women's Bible study groups. She is a former District Consulting Coordinator and former member of the National Board of Directors for Stonecroft Ministries, Inc. She is currently working with non-profits to bring awareness and prevention of sex trafficking to at-risk young girls within her community of Charlotte, NC where she has lived with her husband and family for the past 24 years.

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