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by Jill DobbeAt sunrise each morning, I peeled my eyes open the second I heard the call to prayer resound through the air. At 7:00 A.M., I walked out to a rare quiet Cairo street and waited for the van to pick me up. Climbing onto the van, I found a seat alongside other Muslim and foreign teachers, where I was one of only a few not wearing hijab. It was Sunday morning and another Islamic week of disciplining rich, apathetic students, was about to begin. Traveling across the globe to work in an internation... more
by Jill DobbeTravel along with two international educators who take the leap and move to Gurgaon, India, to become principals at an Indian/International school. Excited by the opulent marble hallways and the grandness of the school, they quickly learn it lacks even the most basic supplies, like chalkboard erasers. The couple, however, make a go of it and ultimately adjust to the dizzying day-to-day life of Indian society where sacred cows stop for red lights, women wear glittery saris while planting rice, an... more
Journey To A Dream: A voyage of discovery from England's industrial north to Spain's rural interior (The Journey Book 1)by Craig BriggsSell up, move abroad, and live the good life. How difficult could it be? Craig Briggs dreamt of a new life, free from the stresses and strains of modern living. Unlike most of us, he decided to follow his dream. In May 2002, Craig, his wife Melanie and their dog Jazz packed all their worldly belongings into their ageing executive saloon and headed off to Spain. Not for them the tourist-packed Costas of the Mediterranean or the whitewashed villages of Andalucia. They chose Galicia, an unspo... more
by Vivek GumasteWas Great Britain of the 1980’s a welcoming place for a young man hailing from its former colony? How did the National Health Service exploit the vulnerable physicians from a newly independent and struggling India to fulfill its needs? What were the flaming hoops that a foreign physician had to jump through to further his professional career in the UK en route to a final destination in the United States? Read about all this in a gripping, event filled narrative- VQE- an acronym for the dreaded V... more
by Alison T SmithAlison felt that her life was perfect. She had an amazing husband, had been able to step back from her stockbroking job in the City of London after twelve fulfilling but tiring years of commuting, and was extremely excited about her new role as a mother. Just 16 months later, all her hopes and dreams came crashing down around her when her husband became seriously ill. Overnight, her life went from being one of joy to one of fear, uncertainty and not knowing what each new day would bring. ... more
by Stephanie Benjamin
7:01 am: They just handed me a pager. Now what?
10:14 am: Things you don't want to hear in the OR: "Is this the right end?"
2:55 pm: Today I learned that my inside white coat pocket comfortably fits an entire bagel. Score.
6:08 pm: It took me a moment to place it, but I’m fairly certain my white coat now smells faintly of vagina.
11:14 pm: The naked paraplegic was found and returned safely to t... more
by Travis C. YatesNobody Told me My Legs Don't Work is an incredible story of a dog's will to walk again after a stroke and the determination of a couple that did everything they could to make it happen. It chronicles the dog's journey from paralysis to triumphantly walking again and the progression of her owners that grew from childhood sweethearts to parents.
by Caroline Hanna GuirgisThe Beginning Starts at the End chronicles the true story of a man who came to the end of himself and found God. It narrates how John Hanna, the author's brother, overcame cocaine and heroine addiction through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a recovering addict, John became a Pastor and boldly proclaimed the power of the gospel. He was an ordinary man who became extraordinary through his tremulous journey. The book is about how the grace of God redeemed John from the darkness of addiction and res... more
by Brigid P. GallagherLong time sufferer of fibromyalgia, Brigid Gallagher set out on a journey between Egypt, India, Rome, Lourdes, Carcassonne and Bali. In this beautiful travel writing memoir on healing, spirituality and alternative medicine, Brigid shares her travel memories and the importance of slowing down.
by Nathan Rich
Inspirational true story of a boy escaping the clutches of a cult, homelessness, emotional decimation, and rampant drug abuse.
The story of surviving on the streets, completely without family, friends or hope. The story of how to overcome against all odds; of will to carry on.
Born into Scientology, Nathan resisted indoctrination from the start. Eventually he was sent to the cult’s infamously abusive Mace-Kingsley Ranch, at age eight. He was sent again to the ranch at age fou... more
by Alexander WatsonTwo men launch across the American Heartland from Texas to Ohio in a vintage motor yacht. The America they find is one few know exists.
by Dawn EzelleIn her own memoir, Dawn Ezelle is transparent sharing her second Holy Spirit encounter that occurs in 2001 nestled deep within the Blue Ridge Mountains. Travel with Dawn as she embarks on her quest and solitude with God. Her photo album walks you thru 3 different mountaintop encounters. Are you looking for a greater relationship or intimacy with God? Dawn’s particular encounter will help you identify yours. Her battle with pain and unbelief seemed like an eternity. She found out that GOD is real... more
by Nya BNya B, born and raised on the south side of Chicago, recalls her life from 6-18 years of age. Nya shares her struggles with surviving a mom who is an alcoholic and being a teen mother, all while trying to finish high school. Nya eventually finds her strength by maintaining a strong support system and utilizing her strengths. With her 2 year old by her side, Nya eventually leaves Chicago for college but finds herself trying to adjust all over again.
by April KirkwoodFor rural Ohio beauty queen April Kirkwood, her #MeToo moment came way before the term was coined. She lost her virginity to the middle-aged Frankie Valli at 16, after a decade pursuing a childhood fantasy to be the crooner’s wife. The affair would go on (and off, and on) for decades. But Frankie Valli is just a central character in April’s complex story of her struggle to break the generational cycle of abused and dependent women. Indeed, the strong women in Working My Way Back to Me are fill... more
by Kathi KollWhen her husband, Don, called on his way to the hospital, Kathi Koll had no idea how dramatically their lives would change--or how her loving heart and indomitable spirit would fight it. From childhood, Kathi Koll's life seemed idyllic: growing up among children of celebrities and future TV stars and a beloved big brother engaged to one of Hollywood's leading ladies. But in reality her role as a caregiver began early with a mother dying of cancer, a father battling alcoholism, and both of her ol... more
by Jan RisherJan Risher took the long way to get from Mississippi to Louisiana with stops in between in Slovakia, Mexico, China, Burkina Faso, and more than forty other countries. Since moving to Lafayette in 2001, she has been a Sunday columnist for The Daily Advertiser and has written a column every single week since March 2002. Looking to the Stars from Old Algiers and Other Long Stories Short is the collection of these columns written over fifteen years. Arranged in chronological order, the collectio... more