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New Book Offers Solutions for Overcoming Adversity

Shares with readers that as image bearers of or Heavenly Father, we can discover our identity through Him


MAITLAND, FL— J. P. Smith’s new book The Image of My Father ($15.99, paperback, 9781498484091; $7.99, eBook, 9781498484107) shares stories of how God is able to take someone broken and through His grace, create a champion. He believes the stories and examples within the book will inspire people to live their godly purpose and share their unique perspective in the World. He challenges individuals to become a champion by living in their full potential. When we see ourselves through His image, we realize that there are no limits to what God can and will do in our lives; we truly can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.


Smith says, “It is my hope that this book will encourage those individuals who feel they have been dealt a tough hand in life and they are living life wondering if there is "more to life than this." I hope each story, example, leadership nugget, and discussion question will inspire you to embrace your true God-given distinctiveness, value your reflection through the eyes of God, and awaken the champion within you. The Image of My Father is more than a personal call to represent the Creator effectively as His image bearer. It also challenges individuals to reflect that image and empower others to allow God to reveal Himself to them. Those who inspire others today will leave a life-long legacy.”


Dr. J. P. Smith is a motivational speaker and Army chaplain who has traveled the world sharing leadership lessons to organizations, churches, and leadership teams looking to build cohesion, a winning team, and healthy, effective organization. Dr. Smith was raised in the absence of his biological father, lost his mother early in life, and was told he would never amount to anything. He now holds two Master's degrees, one in Divinity, and the other in Theological Studies. He also earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PH.D) in Organizational Leadership. He has earned the Bronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal.


Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order The Image of My Father through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,, and