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New Book by Former Marine Highlights Strength of the Human Spirit

Dog Ear Publishing reviews a new book that shares one man’s struggles in life and experiences that leave him forever changed.

Springfield, MO, October 12, 2015 --( New Year’s Day can be a time of new beginnings, but for Springfield City Councilman Nicholas Ibarra, it would be the start of the longest 27 hours of his life. A violent altercation with his estranged wife ends with Ibarra being taken in handcuffs to the county jail and put into a room designed for those at risk of suicide, leaving him humiliated and shamed of what he had become. He details that dreadful day – and the harsh lessons that led him to learn how to change – in a new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

“Beyond the Fray: A Life Story of Triumph over Tragedy” details Ibarra’s struggles growing up, including losing a brother and his father, loved ones and others he trusts who have no faith in him, and becoming a teenage father his high school senior year. Some bright spots exist: earning the Navy and Marine Achievement Medal, having his band named Best San Diego Band by a Southern California music magazine, and winning a seat on the City Council.

Ibarra also freely describes his legal troubles, stemming from charges in the wake of a “road rage” incident to the events of Jan. 1, 2012, when he and his estranged wife become involved in an encounter that ended with Ibarra sticking a pistol in his mouth and him being arrested and charged with, among other things, unlawful use of a weapon. He would eventually serve time for those charges, and the effect of that changed Ibarra profoundly.

The author concludes the book with a message of hope and 10 principles to approach life, including seeking forgiveness, accepting the boundless capacity to love, faith, accepting the past while refusing to let it lead to self-destruction, and being willing to fight to get your life back. Continued counseling from the Veterans Administration and his renewed relationship with God helped him emerge, once more, from the fray.

Author Nicholas Ibarra is a former U.S. Marine who re-enlisted to serve in Iraq, participating in 47 convoy missions. He worked as a sales representative after his discharge and served as City Council member for Springfield, Mo. Ibarra is a peer specialist, helping others, newly remarried and a father of three. He grew up mainly in California and Missouri.

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Beyond the Fray: A Life Story of Triumph over Tragedy
Nicholas Ibarra
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-4076-9 116 pages $10.49 US

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Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Dog Ear Publishing reviews services and other book marketing services are available to connect great content with interested readers. Self-publishing services are available globally at and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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