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iUniverse Would Like to Announce the Release of Shine on Me by Dexter Vizinau

Bloomington, IN, March 22, 2009 --( Where is your light in the world?

Vizinau’s book shares families good times and struggles in San Francisco Bay Area.

Shine On Me (published by iUniverse) by Dexter Vizinau tells a dual story of a mother, who was born blind but used her many talents in the praise of God, and the coming-of-age story of the author himself, who finds his place in the world.

Vizinau’s inspirational book demonstrates how a person can achieve goals in this world even with tremendous challenges. Readers first learn about his mother, Margaret, who was born in rural Arkansas in 1927. Her mother, Mary, first realized that Margaret might be blind when she took her out into the brightness of the day and it had no effect on her eyes. But everyone around Margaret, who was a fast learner, bright, and intelligent, felt that she was a special child and a gift from God. Her gifted singing voice quickly overtook the church and she adopted “Shine On Me” as her theme song. Then in 1949, her family moved to California and her outreach expanded as she grew up and had children of her own, Dexter and Hank. Her wonderful singing voice would eventually lead her to record some songs as well as grow the churches in which she directed the choir.

Then readers are taken in the life of Dexter, whose life increasingly becomes one of turmoil and trouble. Margaret’s challenge was to keep her sons on a straight and narrow path and for her, the answer is prayer. In the San Francisco Bay Area, many of the boys’ role models were gang members, pimps and hustlers and Dexter becomes a dealer with Hank becomes a user.

“I was compelled to write this book because the book’s main character, Margaret Vizinau, my mother, was a woman who was well-known in San Francisco,” Dexter said. “Many people still remember the beautiful singing voice of the blind woman with the two boys. But those memories are fading!”

But the life of the Vizinau family is even more complex as time evolves. From homosexuality to a stabbing and a shooting, their lives are changed in many different ways as the boys grow up and become men. In all, it’s a book about faith and how having faith is a key to raising above the challenges in life.

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