Crestview author shares 7 decades of wisdom to overcome virtually anything

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 at 09:54 AM.

CRESTVIEW — In "Born Again Free as a Butterfly," author Mary C. Bridges offers testimony of how God has orchestrated the past 70 years of trials, tribulations and celebrations for her good.

The author’s birth defects, cleft lip and cleft palate, required 20 surgeries, and participation in Crestview's Senior Circle was a major factor in overcoming problems with grief and depression, she said. The group's warm reception was “just what the doctor ordered," she said.

 In "Born Again...", “I offer the reader the knowledge and wisdom of how to survive life’s ordeals, based on what I  learned  from the Bible, friends and some health professionals,”  Bridges said.

Bridges tells readers how God delights in using ordinary people to perform extraordinary things. His orchestrated blessings helped her overcome cleft lip and palate, bipolar disorder, generational alcoholism, grief over her alcoholic husband’s death, divorcing a drug dealer who allegedly planned to take her life for the inheritance, coping with her mother’s Alzheimer’s Disease and much more.

“What the caterpillar’s cocoon calls the end, God calls it the butterfly!” Bridges said, explaining the book's title.

"Born Again..." is available on

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