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Local author hopes book helps others heal

| May 12, 2014

COSHOCTON – Journaling and writing songs has helped Renee Corbett heal, and now she hopes her words will do the same for others.

Corbett shares her story of dealing with addiction in her book called, “Families in Bottles.”

“Originally I wrote it for a contest,” Corbett said. “I felt like God wanted me to write it, but I didn’t win.”

A publishing company contacted her after the contest, but it cost money to work with them and Corbett dropped the idea of seeing her book in print.

“I just thought if the Lord wanted me to publish this he would find a way,” Corbett said.

That way came to her when she was talking to another parent while watching her daughter cheer at a ballgame. Corbett ended up working with America Star Books and this spring her 61 page book was released.

“I’ve written lots and lots of things over the years and to see something published is really nice,” she said. “My grandmother passed poems and things she’s written down to me and it will be nice to be able to pass this along to my family. I also hope other people read it and it will be helpful to them.”

Corbett has already seen the book make a difference with the jail ministry program she is part of.

“I have not nearly been through what others have, but I gave this book to the girls at the jail and it’s helped them open up to me,” she said.

Corbett also hopes the book helps people establish a relationship with Jesus, because doing this was the turning point in her life.

“I believe Jesus is the answer for everything,” she said. “He won’t leave us or disappoint us like humans do. Humans make mistakes and sometimes we expect too much out of people, but Jesus will always be there for you.”

“Families in Bottles” is available at www.publishamerica.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and www.amazon.com. Prices vary,  but if you message Corbett on Facebook she can get the book for a discounted price.

“The money I have gotten for them, I’ve put back to use for the jail ministry,” she said. “I’ve learned so much from the women there. I do it with Cindy Carroll and the Women of Witness. We’d like to start a transitional home for them so they have a place to go that is Christian based and can help provide them with their needs.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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