The true life story of abolitionist
aura Smith Haviland (1808-1898)
framed in
historical fiction.

Underground Angel

Historical Fiction Novel of Laura Smith Haviland by Dr. Sheryl White

Press Release
Xulon Press. (PRNewsFoto/Xulon Press)

MAITLAND, Fla., Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Within the pages of Sheryl D. White's new book, Underground Angel: "A Slave of Love on the Railway to Freedom" ($21.49, paperback, 9781628398649; $9.99, e-book, 9781628398946) historical figure, Laura S. Haviland, is brought to life. The author emphasizes her subject's extraordinary life service during the Civil War era. According to the author, the book serves to remind all that "the greatest joys in life are in giving of ourselves to God and others."


"In our day and age of deep racial divide, we can learn from Mrs. Haviland's narrative and example of sacrificial service during the midst of the brutal Civil War," states the author. "As Christians, we must engage and live out our conviction to 'love one another' in spite of our differences. 'I was thirsty and you gave me drink,' Matthew 25:35." Laura S. Haviland's life work was that of an abolitionist and went on before, during and after the Civil War.

Dr. Sheryl White has served as the Director of Lay Ministries at the First United Methodist Church in Pratt, KS for eight years. Sheryl received her Doctorate of Ministry degree in 2004 from Houston Graduate School of Theology. The dream to create "Underground Angel" arose from her dissertation, "The Haviland Heritage Foundation: Extending the Life of Laura S. Havilandin 21st Century Haviland and Beyond" through her dissertation director, Dr. Carol Vaughn. Sheryl lived and served the community of Haviland, Kansas for twelve and a half years serving as an instructor at Barclay College and Minister of Christian Education at the Haviland Friends Church. She is a graduate from Anderson University School of Theology with two post-graduate degrees, a Master of Divinity (1989) and a Master of Arts in theology and ethics (1995).

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world's largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 8,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Underground Angel through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,, and

Media Contact: Sheryl D. White, Xulon Press, 866-381-2665,

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