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by Alex CountsSome people are dreamers. They choose a career shaped by dreams of making the world a better place—caring for kids, lifting up the poor, protecting the planet. When your dreams are that powerful, it’s easy to neglect yourself. Both lives and dreams can suffer the consequences. If you’re one of the dreamers, this is the book for you. CHANGING THE WORLD WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND is a down-to-earth guide to mission-driven leadership. Drawing on his decades of experience as an acclaimed nonprofit ... more
by P. A. AikenWho Are You Talking To? is a collection of personal, powerful experiences author P.A. Aiken wishes to share with her daughters. Throughout her life, Aiken has felt connections beyond the physical realm. She has had experiences with seeing apparitions as if they are living, breathing people among us. Her experiences are enlightening and powerful, and we may all learn a little from them.
by Carol Weis
New York Times and Washington Post freelance writer, Carol Weis bares herself (sometimes literally) in her debut memoir, STUMBLING HOME: Life Before and After That Last Drink, where she unveils her two lives in alternating chapters. In those chapters, you’ll meet a desperate woman-child riddled with anger and fear from childhood trauma and an equally desperate sober, single mom struggling to push those feelings aside to care for her young daughter.
Like many who abuse alcohol, the... more
by Sabrina NashSurvival PLANS (PLANS being the acronym for Poems, Letters, Art and Noteworthy Sayings) is an anthology and community memoir about life and what it's like to grow, survive, and thrive TODAY. Better than chicken soup for the soul, Survival PLANS is more than a healing anthology. It's a complete literary experience that brings community, culture and creativity together.
by William JohnsonOn a beautiful July day in Atlanta, Bill Johnson was walking to the subway station with two colleagues when a lone gunman jumped out of the shadows and shot all three of them. Bill was the lucky one. The bullet that struck him entered one temple and exited the other, destroying his optic nerve. The other two men were killed. Now profoundly blind, Bill had to learn to navigate this new, dark world. And he wanted to do it as a fully independent man, just as he had before. For Bill, it was a cha... more
by Stephanie LapeIn Beckoned, Lutheran pastor and comparative religions teacher Stephanie Lape documents her lifelong spiritual journey. Beginning with a heritage of shame-based religion, she winds her way into, and often out of, five Christian denominations with ever increasing knowledge, trust, peace, and joy. Drawn to every destination by God, in each place she leans in and learns, in each situation she receives deep benefit, and for each experience she retains some of its gifts. Beckoned is a travelogue of o... more
by Stephanie BattaglinoFor Stephanie Battaglino, her lifelong journey of self-discovery closely paralleled her daily grind of trudging up the corporate ladder. Her ongoing struggle to come to terms with her authentic self was intertwined with her drive to have a successful career. While she longed to be recognized for her work, she hid from her true self for decades lost in a maze of shame, guilt, and denial. Amidst the successes and failures of working as a male in the corporate world, Stephanie finally realized t... more
by Christine JacobsenIn the winter of 2016, after sending her DNA to Ancestry.com to be tested, Christine Jacobsen confirmed the secret her mother had half-revealed fifty years earlier: The White man who had raised her was not her biological father. Christine was not of full Danish descent after all. Instead, she discovered that a quarter of the blood flowing through her veins is West African. Her sense of self immediately crumbled. Who was she? Who was her biological father? Did the father who raised her, now decea... more
by Carl BuccellatoEach man who journeys through life must travel through its season and ultimate lessons. For some, the journey is brief, and their life's light is fleeting. They are like rockets that flare to the heavens, glowing brightly only to go black in the next instant. Still others travel what seem to be an abbreviated journey, missing some of life's seasons, never knowing the agony or the ecstasy of what they have missed. But some live each season, taste each tear, relish each sunrise, and brace themselv... more
by Robert DanninEdward “Tony” Gawron died in his fifty-seventh year but not before leaving a chronicle of his eventful, yet tortured, life. He poured his own experiences, mixed with a stunning imagination, into Trigger, a twisting tale of survival and revenge set during sixty years of turbulent European history. The central character, Tadeusz Szczepanski, escapes the Warsaw Ghetto and plunges into a life of resistance, deception, and violence, anchoring his morality in the fictional roles portrayed by Humphr... more
by Sara GelbardTHE SOUND OF HER VOICE is Sara's exploration of what it was like to live in an unfeeling world as a child, the healing in writing, what her three homes are to her, how marriage healed her, and, ultimately, how she came to understand and forgive how her mother could, in her way, give her away. Sara sprinkles her book with haikus that go to the heart of such a journey. She has written her book for all who need to find that voice within them in order to heal. Sara Gelbard is a woman of three hom... more
by Roland Chesters
If you were given just two weeks to live how would you feel? What would you do? How do you prepare for the end? Who would you tell and how? It was this terrible position Roland Chesters found himself in in the late summer of 2006. He knew he was seriously ill but had no idea that he had both HIV and AIDS. Luckily Roland did not die. Expert medical help and his own determination not to give in saw him through. His life though, had changed for ever.
‘Ripples from the Edge of Life&rs... more
by Pam Saylor
After retiring early, in 2017 my husband and I boarded a one-way flight to Rome with only four suitcases and a beer cooler full of insulin to begin our dream trip--a year of living in Europe. The dream was to live like locals, find out-of-the-way restaurants, and watch the seasons change. But behind every dream, there is the reality.
Our journey began with the twin challenges of reconnecting our post-retirement lives and finding affordable insulin to manage my T... more
by Chitra Ramaswami
When I discovered a stray cat in need of help, I never thought we’d wind up saving each other. Struggling to come to terms with an unexpected diagnosis, I returned home to Oman seeking a sense of familiarity. What I discovered instead was a very special cat who changed my life. But First, Rumi is the story of how, day by day, Rumi and I got to know one another, and as I learned to love the little stray, I began to see life lessons and truths about myself, my family, my home country and ... more
by Anne B. ThomasHalf a world away from home in 1976, eighteen-year old Anne B. Thomas awakens on the side of a two-lane road paralyzed from the chest down. Fast forward through a rigorous year of physical therapy to when her doctor gives her an ominous warning: “You will live a long time and be a burden on your family for the rest of your life unless you check yourself into a nursing home”. Anne spends the rest of her life proving that doctor wrong. This brutally honest memoir follows Anne’s journey ... more
by James R OdrowskiIn World War II, the U.S. Army’s 44th General Hospital found themselves at ground-zero of the Japanese counterattack on the island of Leyte. As Japanese infantry infiltrated and enemy paratroopers dropped around them, the 44th’s officers faced a life-or-death decision. With over 200 patients, the Japanese surrounding them, and no option to retreat, they had to act fast. Should they uphold their oath to “do no harm”? Or do they arm the medical staff and defend themselves and their patients? Do th... more