FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—May 15, 2023
Cynthia Smith is thrilled to announce the release of her debut book Kyra: A Life of Simple Surrender.
This book honors the life and faith of young missionary, Kyra Karr, who while home on a summer furlough, was tragically killed in a car accident in Georgia. Through this book filled with stories from Kyra’s life, readers will get an insight into her strength of character. The book includes vignettes from her faith journey, devotions, testimonials from her celebration of life, and even favorite recipes that reflect the joy she brought to everyone around her.
Kyra Karr was an ordinary young woman with an extraordinary faith. She left behind a husband and three daughters to navigate life without her. With this book Cynthia hopes to honor Kyra and her family by providing a window into Kyra’s own words about her faith journey. Readers will learn how she responded to the highs and lows that came along with being a missionary wife and mother.
Kyra: A Life of Simple Surrender is an inspiring tribute to the life of an amazing woman whose legacy will continue on through those who knew and loved her, and even countless ones who did not know her, but have been deeply impacted by her life of simple surrender. Her story exemplifies how trusting in God through every moment can bring peace during difficult times; it encourages readers to embrace their own journey with courage while living simply surrendered lives full of joy, friendship, faith, and love.
As an ongoing way to honor Kyra’s legacy and her family all proceeds of the book go to the KyraKarrFoundation.com.
Cynthia Smith’s book, Kyra: A Life of Simple Surrender will be available to download for free for five days through May 20, 2023. Kyra: A Life of Simple Surrender has launched with rave reviews. Here’s what just a couple reviewers have said:
5 Stars – So Good!
“I LOVE the format of this book! It includes personal stories of Kyra’s life–from her childhood to her tragic death as a young wife and mother of three. It tells the story of God’s faithfulness in Kyra’s life, both in the stories collected from friends and family as well Kyra’s own journals. It also includes a devotional section based on Kyra’s journal excerpts and Italian recipes! You will feel like you know Kyra once you finish reading this even if you never got the chance such a fun-loving and Godly person who this easy but soulful read describes.”
5 Stars – What a life well lived!
“Best book I’ve read in a while. I laughed. I cried. After the last page, I closed the book feeling humbled and encouraged to live a life worthy of my call. I want my “dash” to be lived well for the glory of God.”
For More Information
For more information or to schedule an interview about this press release, please contact Cynthia Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author
With a master’s in pastoral counseling, Cynthia Smith has served in church ministry positions, and at Bartow Family Resources, a pregnancy care center that touches over a thousand individuals each year. Retired, she volunteers as a women’s ministry leader at LifePoint Church in Cartersville, a court-appointed special advocate, and encourages courageous people to tell their stories through her YouTube channel Cartersville Conversations. She and her husband, Ray, have three grown sons, one daughter-in-love, and one granddaughter. Cindy and Ray live in the country outside Atlanta, Georgia, surrounded by their neighbor’s cows.
Connect with Cindy:
Facebook: The Kyra Karr Foundation
YouTube: Cartersville Conversations
Suggested Interview Questions
- How did you come to write about Kyra’s life?
- What was the biggest challenge of writing Kyra’s story?
- Including recipes in the book was extremely creative. Tell us what prompted you to include them.
- What are you hoping readers will learn about loss after seeing the response to Kyra’s sudden death?
- What is the most profound thing you learned from Kyra Karr’s life?
- Tell us about the impact that Kyra made in Rome, Italy.
- What is Reid Karr doing now?
- What is your greatest hope for Kyra: A Life of Simple Surrender?
- This is your first book. What have you learned from completing this project? And do you have plans to write another one?