Press Release 2018-02-14T13:17:22+00:00

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Surviving and Succeeding by Faith

One country’s battle for Christianity


LONGWOOD, FL " Musa Dagh Girl: Daughter of Armenian Genocide Survivors by Virginia Matosian Apelian describes how the 1915 Armenian Genocide in Turkey impacted her family and Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. Events on the mountain of Musa Dagh become symbolic of many struggles in life. The book supplies a historical perspective for Armenia’s adoption of Christianity in 301 A.D. and its fierce determination to observe its religion despite being attacked. No matter what tribulations are encountered in life, may they be of historical magnitude or personal ones, Apelian believes trusting Almighty God will provide the needed guidance. Musa Dagh Girl demonstrates that a strong faith in God and a focus on personal challenges can bring success. Readers will be inspired by over 300 photos and stories that show that hard work and respect sustain hope to continue life’s journey, no matter how harsh daily circumstances may be.

Emigrating from Lebanon to Paterson, N.J. at the age of 12, already a U.S. citizen, the author experienced the hope and challenges of a new country. Apelian highly values human rights, understanding that one group of people inflicting violence upon another is not acceptable behavior. She was inspired by her parents’ courage and respects Armenian traditions.
Musa Dagh Girl encourages future generations to learn how to survive by faith"by being fearless of an enemy, people emerge victorious. Apelian wants to inspire people to do their best in the eyes of God and to be good examples in actions, not just words.   


Virginia Apelian views her story and that of the Armenian people as a celebration of life. She has been a psychologist/educator and experienced assertiveness trainer and lecturer for 26 years in New Jersey. For her, being a public servant is a great honor, having served as the first woman council president. Apelian is listed in various professional encyclopedias for her outstanding works and has received many local, state, national and international accolades.


Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian publisher, with more than 8,000 titles published to date. Musa Dagh Girl ($26.99, paperback, 9781612155517; $38.99, hardcover, 9781612155524) is available online through,, and other major outlets.

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