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New Children’s Book Brings Light To Children Learning
To Plant The Word Of God In Their Hearts

Lynchburg, VA – December 12, 2013  Liberty University Alumna, Michelle Marttila, releases her new children’s book, Happy Heart: Fill’er Up! Providing a resource for parents to help their children develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Receiving outstanding reviews from parents and educators for her vivid illustrations and engaging story. Marttila, takes the character of Happy, a heart searching to fill up his emptiness, and introduces children to the concepts of choice, fulfillment, and how God’s Word is planted inside our hearts.

Marttila, with a background in journalism and counseling, is passionate about children finding freedom in Jesus Christ. She has been a guest on WRVL Radio and WDBJ7 News to share this message. Best selling author of Lady in Waiting and president of Power to Grow, Inc., Jackie Kendall, stated, “Happy Heart: Fill’er Up! is a must read for every child.”

Happy Heart: Fill’er Up! is dedicated in memory of the author’s nephew, Eli Seth Matthews, who passed away in 2010 from complications related to a three-year battle with Leukemia. A nonprofit foundation was started in Eli’s name in order to carry out his wishes to find a cure. A portion of Marttila’s proceeds go to support pediatric cancer research:

If you’d like more information about Happy Heart: Fill’er Up!, or to schedule an interview or
book signing with Michelle Marttila, please send an email to
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