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Winder native pens 1st book about hope

POSTED: June 12, 2014 9:46 a.m.

“Hope” is the key word in Beth Cook Maranville’s first published book, “Closer Than Your Breath: A Book of Hope.”

Maranville, born and raised in Winder and currently residing in Denver, said the book is “100 percent to give HOPE to people in pain, whether the source be divorce, death, financial loss, crisis in faith, marriage/family/children issues, sickness, addiction or whatever.”

The daughter of the late J.D. and Zara Cook of Winder, Maranville lived in several different places before ending up in Denver, and throughout her life she has experienced a myriad of tragedies, including the death of a brother; a sister and her husband being in a serious accident; another sister dying for two and a half minutes due to pregnancy and labor complications; her mother’s cancer and death; and a divorce after 27 years of a marriage that began when Maranville was 18 years old.

It was this series of hardships which inspired Maranville’s book, which she had in mind for years but finally began writing in September 2012 and finished and released May 7 of this year.

Maranville said there have been many times when she thought the next 60 seconds of her life were too much to handle. Though she read the Psalms and some of Joel Osteen’s works, at those times she wished she had something to read to give her hope “right then,” and get her through the next 60 seconds.

Maranville said she often spells “hope” with all capital letters, or just a capital ‘H,’ because “Hope is Jesus.”

 “There is not a question in my mind,” Maranville said. “I would not have made it through, had it not been for Jesus.”

This book is to give that same hope to others going through their own pain, no matter what it is, Maranville said.

“What I have found through my own losses and my own desperation is that there are a lot of people out there who are just like me,” said Maranville, who has been spreading the word about her book on radio shows.

She doesn’t simply want the book to sell because it’s a book she wrote, she said, but rather because she believes it will benefit anyone who is suffering.

“I am passionate about giving people hope,” Maranville said. “I have two friends who have taken their own lives, and I just want to jump up and down and tell people: wherever you are in your pain, do not give up! God wants to carry you through it. That’s what He’s done with me.”

Maranville is also currently working on “1200 Words”—a compilation of her newspaper columns over the years about different things happening in her life, whether they were funny or thought provoking—and “Keepin’ House,” a novel about her divorce.

In addition, she has plans for a book called “Motherlore,” a compilation of stories about mothers. She will include stories about her own mother and is accepting contributions if anyone has “sweet” stories to share about any mother they know.

“Closer Than Your Breath” is available for purchase on Amazon, Amazon UK, Kindle and CreateSpace. The website for the book is, and Maranville, who is available as an event speaker, can be reached by email at



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