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Lauren Rodriguez

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

Email: littlegloriasfaith24@yahoo.com

MSN: LittleGloriaFaith24@hotmail.com

My name is Lauren Rodriguez and I'm twenty-four years old. I was born premature and there fore, my retinas were destroyed, leaving me visually impaired. I don't let it get me down though. The way I look at it is, I have ROP, it doesn't have me. I'm no different from anyone else. I just do things differently. I think of my disability as a blessing. I thank God for it every day. I see with my heart and thatís the best source of sight God could have given me.

I've been writing since I was eleven years old and in 2005, I got my first book published. The book is called Finding Her Courage. It can be bought either on Amazon.com or at Borders.

I enjoy writing and I believe it takes you places just as easily as reading can. I want kids and teenagers alike to read my books and find hope within them. i also hope that when people read my books, they will be inspired and find their own courage to follow their own dreams.

I also hope that when people read the latest book my friend, Alex and I are currently writing, that they will find their own faith in God and let him help them live the life he wants for them. I, myself, accepted Jesus Christ into my life on May 18, and my life has never been more peaceful. I still have struggles, but I know God is there to help me and he has a plan for me. I want kids and young adults to realize that for themselves when they read our book.

Iíve always been influenced by prayer throughout my life. Iíve always prayed and I know that God hears me. He helped me through a lot of difficult times and all I had to do was pray and hand it all over to him. Once I did that, it was time to have faith and let the Father handle the rest. And I know he will in his own time. Prayer can change lives. Iíve seen it first hand and I want Him to do the same for others as well. I know God loves me, just as He loves all of us. He has a plan for us and if we have faith and trust Him, we will never fall.

Interests: Writing, taking care of children, horseback riding, swimming, watching Touched by an Angel, playing the piano.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No