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Local author publishes fourth book

By Kelly Freeman
Around the Town Editor

Lisa Huggins Oxendine brings a lighthearted insight to breast cancer victims and survivors by counseling them to hand God their worries in her newest book, “The Pink Begonia Sister’s Caribbean Retreat.”

Lisa Huggins Oxendine shows her painting that portrays one of the characters in her novel, and is also the front cover of her book.

Photo By Kelly Freeman
Lisa Huggins Oxendine shows her painting that portrays one of the characters in her novel, and is also the front cover of her book.

She was the featured speaker of a Friends of the Library event, Jan. 25 at the Robeson County Public Library.      

Her novel is based on a biblical sense and a fictional approach to Jeremiah 29:11. Jeremiah 29:11 pledges, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

           

“Strength is not a weakness when it comes to women,” Oxendine said. “We all have a voice inside us, sounds of voices who taught us how to be men and women.”            
Oxendine said that she enjoys the “opportunity to share our language with others.”

The language she refers to is the southern drawl. The word ya’ll is often found in her books.

“Lisa was able to draw on a potent and credible combination of skills in crafting this novel, as she is a health professional (a physician’s assistant) as well as an experienced author,” said Dr. Elinor Foster, dean of the Sampson-Livermore Library.            
           
Oxendine tries to incorporate romance into her novels. “I’ve come to see that I am involved in one of the greatest romances in the century,” she said. She paints on the side when she isn’t writing. She thinks of herself as a writer that paints, and not as an artist. One may disagree once they see her paintings.            
           
Oxendine also has written and published three other books entitled: God’s Breath, Writing to God While Quitting Tobacco, and Christian Fitness: An Approach to Mind, Body and Spirit.            

Her books are available at the UNCP-Bookstore.            
           
On March 6, there will be the “Pink Begonia Sister’s Spa Night.” For reservations call 910-843-8575.   

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