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Bootheel woman writes book on finding her faith

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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PORTAGEVILLE -- Zadora Covington chose to write about what she and far too many other children know -- life without a father. However, Covington also writes about finding her faith and making God the father in her life.

The Portageville resident described her second book, "A Fatherless Generation," an opportunity to let others know they are not alone and what they can find with faith.

Covington explained her father was an alcoholic and her mother left him, moving their family from Chicago to Missouri. While she knew and understood why her mother had left her father, Covington said, she had a hard time dealing with the situation and still needed a father.

"Children who don't have their father often feel rejected," she said. "They feel condemned and unwanted."

Covington said she carried that pain within her for many years. However, she points out she had many strong influences in her life who provided guidance, especially after she placed her faith in God.

Her book came about after researching on the Internet the impact of absentee fathers on children in the United States. She said it is a problem which crosses boundaries of race and religion.

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