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Former Arnold cop hopes book helps develop appreciation for spiritual intuitives

| Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
Author Lillie Leonardi
Hay House
Author Lillie Leonardi
'The White Light of Grace' by Lillie Leonardi
Hay House
'The White Light of Grace' by Lillie Leonardi

Author Lillie Leonardi, a former Arnold police officer who retired from the FBI, is out with her second book about her journey to become a spiritual intuitive.

Leonardi will read excerpts and sign her new book, “The White Light of Grace: Reflections on the Life of a Spiritual Intuitive,” on Feb. 17 at Cooper-Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel.

“Guests should attend to learn more about my spiritual journey and how I came to write my second book,” says Leonardi, who first started writing poems and stories in her youth.

“ ‘The White Light of Grace' is my version of a love story,” she says. “It is my hope that others will be able to reflect on moments in their life with friends and loved ones and come to appreciate what they learned from those experiences.”

Jill McConnell, the library's executive director, says Leonardi and other local authors interest the public.

“The library supports all types of literacy, and we like to support local authors,” McConnell says. “I will be attending the book release. It is a private event, not a library event on our calendar. We encourage people to participate in local book author events.”

In her new autobiographical nonfiction book published by Hay House, Leonardi shares early memories of experiencing spiritual gifts and how she has received guidance from intuition and angelic beings. She describes her spiritual growth from childhood to motherhood and relationships across her lifespan.

“My book will appeal to mainstream audience — any individual who is seeking healing and looking to move beyond his or her own past, and those who believe that at any moment our ordinary lives can be impacted by the extraordinary,” Leonardi says.

“In writing this book, I wanted to recall and reflect on my most memorable and transformative experiences with those whom I have had a relationship,” Leonardi says. “This book has allowed me to reaffirm my gratitude for those I love and our shared legacy. In doing so, I am able to fully embrace and accept the grace of my spiritual guides as I continue to heal from post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Leonardi, whose PTSD led to her FBI retirement, released her first book in 2013 called “In the Shadow of a Badge” about her spiritual encounter at the Flight 93 crash site, where she served as a liaison between law enforcement and the families of the passengers and crew members killed in the United Airlines Flight 93 crash.

“The White Light of Grace: Reflections on the Life of a Spiritual Intuitive” is available for presale orders, and will become available online and at bookstores starting Feb. 16. Details: or

Debbie Black is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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