WAKE FOREST -- A dozen women have authored a book, chronicling their path from tragedy to triumph -- not skipping any stumbles in between.
Four of them can trace their paths to Franklinton, as Letha Young, Antoinette McCormick, Melanie Caronna and Yulanda Henderson all contributed to the book -- "I Am Created To Win" -- which will be part of a launch and book signing on Saturday.
Young said it's never too late for anything and that's the message she wanted to add with her chapter of the book.
"... People are led to believe that after a certain age, it's too late for their dream of homeownership -- or anything else, really -- to come true," Young said. "But, I can stand and say, 'That's not true.'
"... I've learned that no matter what anyone says, as long as there is breath in your body, it's never too late," Young said. "Where there's a will, there is a way.
"Go after your dreams. Live your life to the fullest," she said. "Be that example for others!"
She encourages people to write down their visions, Young said. She did that and included it as part of the book.
Caronna said she was inspired by the chance to share her experience with 11 other writers and, ultimately, with everyone else.
"My hope and prayer for this book is that every reader will find themselves somewhere within this book," said Caronna.
"What I love so much about pairing up with 11 others, is the fact that it gives the reader 11 other stories.
"My hope and prayer for this book is that people find freedom in our stories; that they know that they are not alone.
"Our struggles are not meant to be kept in secret, they are meant to be shared because it is in our testimonies where not only do we help others but it helps us as well," she said. "In writing this story, it brought back lots of pain and tears that I thought were gone forever, however if I can help one person going through this same struggle, it will be worth it."
Henderson said she hopes her chapter of the book speaks to someone who needs to hear a message of faith.
"... I felt like it was important to include my story because words are important and what some one speaks to you or about you can affect you at any stage in life," Henderson said.
"I want people to take away that God truly does use everything in our lives for our good, even when it does not seem like it."
While tickets are no longer being sold for the book launch and signing on Saturday at Living Word Family Church, the book is available through Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions.
For more information, call (252) 767-0991 or (919) 332-7911.