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Patty Wain Smith

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Winner of multiple book awards, Patty Wain Smith is a speaker with the Family Justice Center Speakers Bureau. She’s appeared on Carolina and Company Live television and WRNN radio. Patty created the family violence prevention program at her ELCA church, and has worked as a hotline counselor for Citizens Against Spouse Abuse and Parents Anonymous. Her first book, A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America, won the 2020 Illumination Book Awards Enduring Light Silver Medal, three 2019 International Book Award Finalists, and the 2019 Living Now Book Awards Bronze Medal.

Her studies in psychology and counseling at the University of South Carolina and Webster University led to her membership in the Psi Chi International Honor Society. Her other professional memberships include the South Carolina Writers Association and the Authors Guild. Patty is a domestic abuse survivor, an experienced child development specialist and educational consultant, and a lifetime advocate for children. 

2020 Illumination Book Awards Enduring Light Silver Medalist for
Christian Thought

2019 International Book Awards Finalist
Best New Non-Fiction 
Self-Help: Relationships
Health: Women’s Health

2019 Living Now Book Awards Bronze Medalist for Relationships/Marriage

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