Inspirational Author: Embracing the virtues to live a happier life!

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2016 Recipient of the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

For children, it is difficult to wait for anything! Wouldn’t it be nice if your child or grandchild exhibited a little patience? Help is on the way! Adventures of Faith, Hope, and Charity–Finding Patience is a book for children ages 4-8, an age when patience seems non-existent! This book offers parents and educators a practical, yet entertaining way of introducing and reinforcing patience through the power of prayer. For it is through prayer that Faith, the oldest of three sisters, learns how God works within her, in His time, to help her grow in patience.

The book is available for sale through Createspace and Amazon.

Autographed copies of this book are available for sale, securely via PayPal, directly from Virginia Lieto, by clicking here.

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