Mary Settle Breaks Stereotypes About Disability in Poetry Book

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Mary Settle marks her publishing debut with the release of “Rolling Through Teens” (published by AuthorHouse in October 2017), a poetry collection revolving around a Christian teenager in a wheelchair.

Born with cerebral palsy, writing poetry became Settle’s way of “blowing off steam.” In this book, she shares her experiences and shows that “living in a wheelchair can be both fulfilling and be used to glorify God.”

“Rolling Through Teens” is separated into three categories: Cries of a Young Girl’s Heart, which includes poems about Jesus; Siblings, poems about Settle’s brothers and sisters, both biological and through Christ; and Livin’ the Good Life, poems about how great a life with a disability can be. The poems not only inspire people to develop a closer walk with God, but they also put into question many of today’s stereotypes about disability.     

“In almost all other books (and movies and TV shows and society in general), a wheelchair is something that invokes pity. It’s something that is ‘wrong’ with you. In this book, my wheelchair is neither good nor bad. It just is,” Settle emphasizes. “The goal of this book is to show that being in a wheelchair is no different than having blue eyes instead of brown.”

A snippet from “A Piece of Home”:

They are like water in August, / Ice cream in July, /A roaring fire in the midst of snowing winter, / Lights in the dark.

They are a quiet place in a society / That tries to define the meaning of you, / Who you should be, what you’re not. / They are a little piece of home.

“Rolling Through Teens”

By Mary Settle

Softcover | 5 x 8in | 68 pages | ISBN 9781524684594

E-Book | 68 pages | ISBN 9781524684587

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Mary Settle was born with cerebral palsy. She graduated high school, attended college and has worked at a church daycare. Settle is a wife and mother of three. She enjoys writing, knitting, swimming, weight lifting and bowling.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit authorhouse.com or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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