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Christian Book a Finalist in Nautilus Book Award

Author inspires those who grieve with journey of loss and healing

Contact: Lynn Wiese Sneyd, Russell Public Communications, 520-575-8302, lwiesesneyd@russellpublic.com

Phoenix, May 17 /Christian Newswire/ -- After several rounds of intense judging, and competition from thousands of books, Sharon Knutson-Felix's story about how Christian faith helped her forgive and heal after the deaths of her child and husband has been declared a Finalist in the prestigious Nautilus Book Awards.

The competition recognizes books that are "changing the world, one book at a time."

After her six-year-old son and police officer husband were killed in separate car accidents, Ms. Knutson-Felix, a pastor's daughter, had to find the strength to survive and continue raising her other two children. In "Gifts My Father Gave Me: Finding Joy After Tragedy," she writes about how God helped her discover love and joy again. The book comforts anyone who has lost a loved one.

"This is a riveting account of hope in times of despair, of perseverance in times of trial, of joy in times of sadness. A must read for anyone who dares to risk loving someone else." -- Cal Jernigan, Senior Pastor, Central Christian Church of the East Valley

Sharon Knutson-Felix (www.SharonKFelix.com) is the Executive Director of the 100 Club of Arizona, an organization that supports law enforcement and firefighter families in times of need. In 2002, she received a special award from the New York City Police Commissioner for her unselfish support in assisting families in the aftermath of 9/11. Ms. Knutson-Felix regularly speaks to community organizations, women's groups, churches and schools about victims' rights, law enforcement families, and the grief and healing process.

"Through her handling of her own tragic losses, Sharon proves that we are not powerless in the face of adversity. She shows us how the cruelest life experiences may bring us bountiful gifts--grace, courage, hope and a strengthened spiritual life." –Sarah J. Hallett, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

"Gifts My Father Gave Me" includes a Grieving and Healing Guide that helps people move through the grieving process. (Holbrook Street Press, 288 pages, trade paperback, $16.95, ISBN 978-0-09668501-1-6).

For more information, please contact Lynn Wiese Sneyd, Russell Public Communications, 520-575-8302, lwiesesneyd@russellpublic.com.