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Local man writes to help people find happiness

William J. Henry of Parkersburg holds his third and latest book, “Leah, a Love Story.” His previous works were “Come Out from Among Them” and “Suicide, How to Cope When Someone You Love Has Taken Their Own Life.” (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man has written a book he hopes will encourage people to find happiness.

“Leah, a Love Story” is taken from the Bible, William J. Henry said. The book is his third.

“I guess it is an opportunity to help people who feel they have to rely on other people for their happiness,” he said.

A retired teacher and principal after more than 40 years, Henry was a field representative for Bob Jones University for 14 years. He and his wife have been married for 53 years.

“Leah, a Love Story” is about a young Jewish girl who seeks, but never finds the love, respect and appreciation of her family, her friends and others closest to her. Despite the tragic circumstances, she fids personal success and contentment.

“Leah, a Love Story” is taken from the Bible and the story of Leah.

Henry said the book is her story and begins in rejection and sorrow, but ends in happiness and fulfillment. The lessons she learned applies to all ages and can help anyone follow a similar path to happiness, Henry said.

Henry also written “Come Out from Among Them” and “Suicide, How to Cope When Someone You Love Has Taken Their Own Life.” He also has written a curriculum on history that is used in private schools in West Virginia.

The book on coping with the grief from a suicide was written after his 29-year-old son committed suicide in 2014. It was published in 2016.

“Leah, a love Story” was published by Christian Faith Publishing of Meadville, Pa. It is 75 pages and $12.95, the electronic versions cheaper.

The book is available from amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and AppleiTunes. Locally, the book is available at Christian Supply Center, 1032 Garfield Astore. It was published this summer through Christian Faith Publishing of Meadville, Pa.

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