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Area author shares story of faith and healing

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We’re only as sick as our secrets. Many of us make a decision to bury our secrets, but a rare few share them with others.


Marlene Packard will tell you her secret. It’s contained within the pages of her first book, If We Are the Body, Why Are the Broken-Hearted Not Healed?
Before she could share her secret with her readers, Marlene needed to find the courage to talk about her past, to put her experience into spoken words. In time, the story of her healing would find its way onto blank sheets of paper and eventually into publication. 
Marlene was born and raised on a farm near Golden Prairie, Sask. She and her husband Garry have two children and five grandchildren. The couple live in Maple Creek.
They are involved in the community and like to volunteer with building projects in Mexico.
This desire to help others is one of the reasons Marlene wanted to write about memories from her childhood that lurked beneath the surface.
Ultimately, her message is one of hope and healing. She wishes readers will say, “She survived. So can I.”
If We Are the Body explains how Marlene overcame the pain of abuse while also telling how God and His words guided her towards healing.
In the process, this deepened Marlene’s connection with her creator.
She credits God with helping her complete the book so that it could help others in need.
“They’re his words, not mine. One hundred per cent, He gets all the credit, all the glory.” 
Before writing the book, Marlene wrote her mother’s obituary. Many commented on its eloquence.
Marlene’s former Grade 6 teacher, Sonja Herter, read it and felt compelled to express how beautiful it was. Mrs Herter, as her students still call her, encouraged Marlene to write more, but, much to her surprise, Marlene had already begun If We Are the Body.
Marlene asked her teacher to write the endorsement which appears on the back cover.
When asked how she feels to see one of her former students publishing a book, tears and tender emotion painted Mrs. Herter’s voice and she said, “I take a lot of pride in my students succeeding.”
Since the book’s publication, Marlene has received many emails and words of thanks for sharing her journey of healing and spirituality. This spring, she travelled to Phoenix, Arizona to appear on My New Day, a faith-based television program that is broadcast on the Internet.
In her own words, Marlene hopes her story will allow readers “to live the extra-ordinary life you were meant to live.”
Both paper and electronic copies are available. To get one, contact Marlene by emailing her at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(Dominique Liboiron is a speaker, author, teacher, journalist and photographer. To raise awareness about heart disease and to honour the life of one of its victims, Liboiron canoed from Saskatchewan to New Orleans. He is the first person to undertake that journey. He enjoys outdoor sports such as camping, hunting, fly fishing and canoeing. For more information about his speaking engagements, phone 306-661-8975 or visit www.canoetoneworleans.com.)

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Dominique Liboiron

Dominique Liboiron is a speaker, author, teacher, journalist and photographer. To raise awareness about heart disease and to honour the life of one of its victims, Liboiron canoed from Saskatchewan to New Orleans. He is the first person to undertake that journey. He enjoys outdoor sports such as camping, hunting, fly fishing and canoeing.