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A Star's Endless Shine Leaves No Darkness Untouched
The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine: A Young Woman's Autobiography of a 20-Year Tale of Trials & Tribulations, just released by author and poet Shirley Cheng, unveils the gripping, never before told life story of child prodigy Shirley Cheng--the blind and physically disabled victim and survivor of severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and more so of falsehood in American medical system--and her quest to triumph over tremendous adversities.
In The Revelation of a Stars Endless Shine, replete with 50 photographs, Shirley reveals her life story in a world of terrors, struggles, dreams, and triumphs. From her painful diagnosis of JRA as an infant, and the 1990 international news of her mother Juliet Cheng's victory over injustice in her custody case, to their acceptance of a harsh and devastating fate, Shirley's autobiography will inspire and reveal life's true values. Relive the past in Shirley's own words in this remarkable young woman's journey from childhood to a blossoming young woman that spans twenty years. Experience the hardships endured, the obstacles overcome, and the exquisite happiness won as she reveals her endless shine.
"A disturbing, and enlightening read. Authentic, honest, and profound. Will change reader's outlook," wrote Christina Francine for Midwest Book Review.
"It's a story of amazing courage and human strengths, for someone to achieve so much, after having being deprived of so much is an awe-inspiring feat," commented editor, teacher Angela Hooper.
Shirley Cheng was born in New York in 1983 to a single-parent, Chinese-speaking family, and received no schooling until she was eleven years old because of years of hospitalization. Having achieved grade level in all areas after about 180 days in a special education class in elementary school, she was transferred to a regular sixth grade class in middle school. Shirley quickly developed a voracious appetite for reading, at times reading as many as three books a day, and a passion for writing prose and poetry. One of her stories, Mary Miller, the Elusive Lady, was published by Poughkeepsie Journal in 1997, and her poem, The Colors of the Rainbow, was published in the anthology Celebrate! New York's Young Poets Speak Out in 1999. She lost her eyesight at the age of seventeen and received her high school equivalency diploma at 19. She took the entire GED exam, including mathematical calculations, graphs, and an essay, completely in her head and received a special recognition award for achieving a very high score. She hopes to earn science doctorates from Harvard University after a successful eye surgery.
Shirley wrote this autobiography when she was twenty years old using a screen reader, Jaws, on the computer. She is also the author of Daring Quests of Mystics (ISBN: 1-4116-5664-4), written at age twenty, and Dance with Your Heart: Tales and Poems That the Heart Tells (ISBN: 1-4116-1858-0), an anthology of inspirational and fantasy short stories (fairy tales, fables, and myths) and poems for the heart from the heart. In March of 2006, Shirley co-authored a self-improvement book with several bestselling authors and top experts, including Jack Canfield, John Gray, and Bob Proctor, entitled 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 2.
To learn more about the book and the author, read excerpts, and order autographed copies, go to
ISBN: 1-4116-1860-2 (Trade paperback, 700 pages, $27.95 from the author; higher price from some retailers)
Available from Amazon.com (and their international sites), BN.com, and other major online bookstores and through Ingram. To order autographed copies, please contact Shirley Cheng.