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What's in the Book Basket this Week? Life's Explorations
By R.P. BenDedek
May 11, 2014 - 12:30:12 AM

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R.P. BenDedek at Guangfu Suzhou April 5, 2014
"What's in the book basket this week?"
brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, one or two (OK there are 15) book titles worthy of attention but which may or may not currently be in the process of being reviewed by our reviewers and whose authors probably (but not always) have not provided us with any other material to publish. We are now also publishing the Christian Book Basket Magic City the first edition of which was published March 26, 2014

We can't do book reviews for every book, but we do assist authors to promote their books via a "No Charge - No Pay" service in which we invite authors to give us 'stand alone' articles to publish at the bottom of which we can include their bios, photographs of book covers and links to purchase pages for their books.

We are extremely grateful to those authors who do provide our readers with interesting articles to read even if they are not related to the author's new book release and we appreciate that those articles are sometimes exclusive to us or at least that we have been the first to be given the opportunity to publish them.

Articles published this week at Magic City written by various book authors include:
(Sun May 4 to Sat May 10)

  1. Who was Pontius Pilate Really? By William D. McEachern author of "Casting Lots"

Book Reviews Published This Week

Milt Gross Book review: "Between the Rows" by Ann Barnett
May 4, 2014

Between the Rows is one of the very few self-published books I'd recommend for a satisfactory adventure read -- even though it only has 180 pages, a bit shy compared to most adventures that weigh in at 250 to 300 pages.

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No. 1.

"Jed, the Forgotten Egyptian Prince"

by Jeanette Dixon

"Jed, the Forgotten Egyptian Prince" by Jeanette Dixon
Told through the perspective of a teenage boy working on an archaeological expedition in Egypt, "Jed, the Forgotten Egyptian Prince" combines the emotional struggles that young adults face, such as self esteem and trust, with the excitement and adventure of time travel and ancient history.

Australia -- How can today's teens, in particular young men, better understand and develop a healthy self-image?

Educator and author Jeanette Dixon, with more than 45 years of experience teaching, uses her expertise and an interest in ancient Egypt to create a story that not only helps address important and valuable lessons, but also works to spark a love for reading among today's young adults.

"As an experienced teacher who strongly nurtures success for all students, I was driven to write a book that would especially encourage boys to spend more time reading," Dixon said. "Reading is a past-time for which many kids lack motivation, and I hope this book triggers their desire to engage with literature."

In honor of her service to education, Jeanette Dixon was named a member of the Order of Australia (AM) and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Newcastle. She teaches in secondary schools and at university. She is married, a mother of three and a grandmother of ten, and lives on the Newcastle coast in Australia.

"Jed, The Forgotten Egyptian Prince"
By Jeanette Dixon
Paperback: $8.99
E-Book: $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-45251-278-5

No. 2.

"Nobody Knew She Was There"

By Andrew Glascoe

"Nobody Knew She Was There" By Andrew Glascoe
This is the true story of a mother who rose to the challenges of surviving the Second World War with family intact, lived an intensely passionate and deeply troubled personal life afterward, endured the perils of cultural displacement, and suffered the loss of her identity as she drifted toward an agonizingly slow death from an affliction that stole her mind.(Read More at Amazon)

TORONTO -- A wife and mother with Alzheimer's disease, Maggie Glascoe was horrified and her life made profoundly miserable by the gradual loss of her faculties and control of her environment when she had to be placed in care.

Andrew Glascoe, her son, watched both his parents' lives torn apart by his mother's illness. In "Nobody Knew She Was There", he captures not only the story of their downward spiral, but also what turns out to be a search for identity faced by the entire family.

"As a caregiver, I was forced into a search not only for my mother's identity, but as a result of this, a search for my own identity and that of my family as a whole, because in my mind they are all intimately interlaced," Glascoe said.

As a university professor of philosophy, the author's disclosure of his family's personal struggle generates philosophical messages invoked by his experience.

"Our own personal identity is far more elusive and decidedly more fragile than we think. It can be easily snatched away from us by the unforeseen circumstances of our lives," Glascoe said. Above all, "Nobody Knew She Was There" is a sad and strangely beautiful story that speaks to the human condition.

Andrew Glascoe was born in Scotland and immigrated to Toronto with his parents in the 1960s. He is a philosopher, poet, art critic, writer, and teacher. He lives with his family in Ontario, Canada.

"Nobody Knew She Was There"
By Andrew Glascoe
ISBN: 978-1-4918-5404-4
Softcover $14.50
hardcover $24.50
e-book $4.00

No. 3.

"Becoming Prince Charming"

by Stephanie Rankin

"Becoming Prince Charming" by Stephanie Rankin
Austin, TX -- Stephanie Rankin believes all parents have the ability to raise their sons to become this quintessential, exemplary vision of a man, through faith. Rooted deeply in her Christian upbringing, "Becoming Prince Charming" -- a children's book -- helps open a dialogue between parents and young children about developing character and faith. Rankin hopes it will open some parents' eyes to the importance in purposefully seeking opportunities to build character in children.

"Becoming Prince Charming" is an endearing, moving children's book series intended to inspire parents to raise their young sons to become upstanding men of God. Forever changed by parenthood, it was shortly after the birth of her son when Rankin was compelled and inspired to write a children's book.

"Several months after my son's birth, I sat in his nursery nursing him and was overcome by the gravity of the responsibility of being his mother. I remember thinking, "How will I give this precious child, this gift from the Creator of Life, everything he needs to become a man of character in a time of such depravity?" Rankin said. "I believe that if we begin to foster the importance of deliberately choosing to make good choices, to choose character, then the next generation will help to change the landscape of our culture, our country, and our world for God's glory."

Rankin hopes that "Becoming Prince Charming" will encourage other parents to teach their sons about the importance of making good choices and developing strong character, two qualities she attributes to Prince Charming. Stephanie Rankin obtained her MA in English from Texas Tech University in 2002. A native Texan, she currently resides in Austin with her husband, Prince Charming; two equally charming children; and three marvelously mischievous Chihuahuas.

"Becoming Prince Charming"
by Stephanie Rankin
Published: 9/3/2013
E-Book $4
Softcover $15
Pages: 42
ISBN:978-1-44979-667-9
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No. 4.

"The Accidental Bank Heist"

by Judith Slaughter

"The Accidental Bank Heist" by Judith Slaughter
Jeanette Pierre walks around the lake every evening planning her next day and reflecting on the events of the present one. She has never done anything dishonest in her life, well maybe a few love affairs but never stealing. But, tonight she will throw caution to the wind in monumental proportions. Read More)

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Having worked for thirty years for Bank of America in Southern, California --the bank robbery capital of the world -- Judith Slaughter has been through her share of bank robberies.

Slaughter's debut novel "The Accidental Bank Heist" follows a bank manager through the moral crisis of whether to keep the million dollars of stolen money that falls into her lap and through the repercussions of her decision.

"In our hearts we all have a Darwinian somewhat tribal morality; it explains why we watch Breaking Bad! We see a deep kindness hidden in Jeanette; she has done wrong, but you do not want her to be caught," Slaughter said.

As the author entertains her readers with the complex character, she enlightens them about economics and the reality of the banking world.

"I wanted to explain in a novel type way what really happened when the financial crisis hit. Most people have no clue -- they give the government a pass -- but the government has been involved in financial manipulation for years," Slaughter said. For more information, visit http://www.judithslaughterbooks.com

Through her thirty-year career in banking, retired Vice President of Bank of America Judith Slaughter lived through bank robberies and government financial manipulation. She was successful in the financial industry even back when women were not getting professional jobs. Now a mother and grandmother, Slaughter lives happily with her husband Norman in Southern California.

"The Accidental Bank Heist"
By Judith Slaughter
ISBN: 978-1-4772-9068-2
Available in hardcover, softcover and e-book
Prices $29, $20, and $4

No. 5.

"Paycheck Independence Day"

by Thomas P. Rood

"Paycheck Independence Day" by Thomas P. Rood
More than 75% of working Americans are under financial stress, according to the APA. Nowadays, most people work 40 or 50 years just hoping they saved up enough money to retire. But was that your goal in life?

Enter Thomas P. Rood's Paycheck Independence Day: Learn How to Use Your Paycheck to Stop Needing a Paycheck, a step-by-step manual describing everything you need to do to stop depending on a paycheck to pay your bills. This innovative money management approach shows how the average person can immediately enjoy the rewards of financial independence, without having to start a business or become the next investing wizard on Wall Street.

"People have money left over from their paycheck at the end of the month and they waste a lot of time trying to figure out what to do with it," says Rood. "They get into the wrong investments because they don't know any better. Paycheck Independence Day tells you everything you need to do. You don't have to guess anymore."

Rood introduces the Paycheck Independence Day 'Categories of Bills' and explains why the old categories, such as utilities, automobile, home, etc. are completely useless for managing your money. Eventually, each bill is eliminated one-by-one until none of your bills are being paid out of your paycheck.

"The Paycheck Independence Day money management system is simple, easy and fun," adds Rood. "It was designed for the average person who works a job to pay their bills."

Thomas P. Rood is a self-taught software engineer with over 30 years' experience. He has worked with a wide range of companies including Charles Schwab, Cisco Systems, AT&T, SBC, Pacific Bell, The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, The Mirage Hotel and Casino, US Sprint, Ricoh Silicon Valley, Ricoh Innovations and RSA Security. Rood currently resides in the San Francisco bay area with his wife, Oksana and their daughter, Tanya.

Paycheck Independence Day"
by Thomas P. Rood
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Plainview Products
ISBN-10: 0983184682
ISBN-13: 978-0983184683
Kindle $10
Paperback $20

No. 6.

"Leadership Breakthrough"

by Karen Lindsey

"Leadership Breakthrough" by Karen Lindsey
Whether you want to develop your potential to advance or address current leadership challenges, Karen Lindsey’s Leadership Breakthrough can help you get results. In Lindsey's characteristic no-nonsense style, Leadership Breakthrough provides step-by-step guidelines for growing essential leadership skills. Each section offers practical wisdom and is illustrated with real-world examples. With a clear, attainable vision, this book offers both the skills and the motivation necessary to grow in today's fast-paced world. (Read More)

"Leadership Breakthrough" is an informative, practical approach to developing leadership skills with profound results for executives, future executives and the organizations they lead. The book explores how strengthening these critical leadership skills can impact individual executives or future leaders, and explains the effect these skills have on their organizations.

The book is a business, leadership and career resource for those looking for professional development tips, providing step-by-step guidelines and real world examples for growing each leadership skill. It is also intended to act as a resource for organizations looking to aid in and foster employee growth and development.

"There are some basic yet critical leadership practices that often get forgotten, weak or underdeveloped and, once strengthened, can be the catalyst for executive and organizational growth," Lindsey said.

Karen Lindsey is the President of Lindsey Resources, has a BS in Finance, a MBA in Management & Organizational Behavior, and is a certified Organizational & Executive Coach and Personal & Life Coach from New York University. She works with companies of all types and sizes from Fortune 500's to start-ups and government agencies. She has worked with executives from The Walt Disney Company, Comcast, NBCU, Alliance Bernstein, Cushman & Wakefield, MTVN and many more. Her Website.

"Leadership Breakthrough"
by Karen Lindsey
Publisher Authorhouse.com
Published: 10/16/2013
Pages: 176
ISBN: 978-1-49181-495-6
Hardcover $23
Softcover $15
E-book $4

No. 7.

"Fate's Road"

by Jeanne Luning Prak

"Fate's Road" by Jeanne Luning Prak
Teen author Jeanne Luning Prak is pleased to announce that her first book, Fate's Road, is now available. A junior at Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland, Jeanne was inspired to begin writing her first novel during National Novel Writing Month.

Fate's Road is set in the small, broken town of Grubindy and the magnificent metropolis of Crestriver. It explores the differences between two worlds: one governed by magic and Fate, and the other by greed and technology.

The book tells the story of Sorceress Sydney Halgren who has never seen the sun. She lives in an underground town with too little food and too much smoke. Everything changes when the magic disappears and she stumbles onto a plot to destroy not only magic itself, but all the sorcerers who practice it. Sydney is forced to brave the world above her home in an attempt to free people from their underground existence.

When asked about the writing and publishing process, Jeanne said, "I have always enjoyed writing. The hardest part was revising and rewriting a number of drafts. I learned a lot when I researched the publishing industry, and decided that self-publishing was the best route for me. Now it is so exciting to finally see my book in print, and I am thrilled to be able to share it with everyone."

Jeanne is already working on her second novel. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is on the swim team. Jeanne is in the process of considering colleges and plans to major in computer science.

"Fate's Road"
by Jeanne Luning Prak
Paperback: 372 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace
April 14, 2014
ISBN-10: 1497409233
ISBN-13: 978-1497409231
Kindle $4
Paperback $8

No. 8

"Exploring the Iceberg"

by Paul R. Lamb

"Exploring the Iceberg" by Paul R. Lamb
If you ask victims of traumatic accidents, most will tell you the experience brought them to the lowest point. You can only see a small part of it, but you know it's there. You just have to find it. Exploring the Iceberg is a metaphor for life and provides motivating strategies found deep within, like the iceberg, to thrive.

"When I came out of my coma at mid-life with the functions of a six-year-old, I had no self-esteem, no confidence, no worth or value," says Paul R. Lamb. "I was lower than a snake's belly. Using the strategies and looking deeper within myself over time, my self-esteem began to emerge."

Lamb is a motivational author who shares his experiences in his new book, Exploring the Iceberg. It is an inspiring story of his transformation following his traumatic car crash that put him in a coma for several weeks, finding the strength to overcome the challenges of his incredible injury. In the course of his journey, he discovered that knowing yourself deeply is the bedrock of self-esteem.

"You live life feeling you have little value," Lamb says. "In reality, you have great value, as everyone does. You just may not know it, yet. Fortunately, emerging your self-esteem and your personal growth can start at any age." Lamb rebuilt his life after losing almost everything, including his memory and his physical abilities. Exploring the Iceberginstills in readers the ability to draw strength from past trauma to persevere, achieve and fulfill unthinkable dreams at any stage of life.

Paul R. Lamb has always strived to discover who he truly is. Life long learning is at the core of his values. Lamb taught, facilitated and consulted with staff and volunteers associated with the Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services for more than 20 years. He presented to police agencies conferencing from around the world and facilitated at an international conference with The Association of Psychological Type. He consulted at a university level in group theory. He also assisted pathologists with autopsies in both medical and forensic pathology and was a town planner. Paul is certified as a consultant and administrator in The Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Lamb is a proud husband and father.

"Exploring the Iceberg"
By Paul R. Lamb
264 pages
Retail price: $17.99
E-book, retail price: $3.99
ISBN: 9781452563145

No. 9.

"No Time To Wander"

by Paul Nourigat

"No Time To Wander" by Paul Nourigat
According to recent reports, over 1.6 million students will graduate as the college class of 2014 (via NCES). Senior wealth strategist and author of nine financial books, Paul Nourigat, has just released his newest book - that tackles all of the challenges listed above and more -- No Time To Wander: the financial compass for young Americans.

This book is the perfect guide for the soon to be graduate or any young adult about to embark on a new financial or career journey. A great graduation gift, I'd love to work with you to share this book and Paul's expertise with your readers. Please let me know if I can send you a copy or put you in touch with Paul for an interview on any or all of the above topics.

Paul Nourigat continues to take seemingly complex financial topics and make them approachable to all. A leading national consultant and senior wealth strategist, he has consulted with thousands of companies and families regarding their financial management and related matters.

Nourigat is passionate about providing young Americans with the tools they'll need to earn their financial freedom within an increasingly competitive global economy. This is his ninth book, with his earlier titles now in homes, schools and libraries throughout the United States.

Two of his titles are used in statewide college scholarship programs, encouraging youth to develop good financial habits earlier in life. No Time To Wander: the financial compass for young Americans speaks to adults who are dreaming and striving for financial independence, against a backdrop of peer pressure, difficult economics, and a gap in foundational financial knowledge. He resides in Portland, OR.

No. 10

"Opening the Aloha Mind"

by Dr. Jim Nourse

"Opening the Aloha Mind" by Dr. Jim Nourse
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Ho'oponopono (HOH-oh-POH-noh-POH-noh) is a long and strange word to non-Hawaiians. Meaning "to make right," it is an ancient Hawaiian practice with world-wide relevance, perhaps now more than ever. The practice offers an alternative to feeling powerless to effect change, whether in ourselves or in our world. It answers the question, "what can I do to help?"

In this book, Opening the Aloha Mind clinical psychologist Jim Nourse explains how and why. Nourse has been personally practicing Ho'oponopono, as well as with his clients, for the past eight years. He learned the method from Hawaiian psychologist Dr. Hew Len, who became known worldwide when its use in Hawaii State Hospital virtually eliminated violence in the high security area that housed and treated some very dangerous patients with mental illnesses. In a heartfelt way, through stories and wisdom teachings, Dr. Nourse presents his understanding of the method and philosophy, its place in history and in the Hawaiian culture. It also shows how this process has the potential to heal our troubled world.

"Ho'oponopono has the remarkable capacity to effect positive change in the world by working on oneself," Nourse said. Early in his career, Nourse aligned himself with transpersonal psychology, a school of thought that values the spiritual aspects of human experience. He became passionately interested in Hawaii through some extraordinary experiences while on the islands. "The teachings of native elders and healers have been as important to me as my doctoral education," Nourse said. "I want people to know that this simple, ancient wisdom still works and is applicable to the complex issues we face today." For more information, visit http://jamesnourse.com

Jim Nourse, Ph.D., L.Ac. has practiced clinical psychology for forty years and classical Chinese medicine for ten years. His career has been devoted to studying, practicing and integrating ancient and modern approaches to healing and problem-solving. This is Dr. Nourse's second book. His first is Simple Spirituality: Finding Your Own Way. He lives in Hendersonville, NC with his wife Judith and his cat Charlie.

"Opening the Aloha Mind"
By James Nourse, Ph.D
ISBN: 978-1-4525-9100-2
Softcover price: $13.99
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book

No. 11.

"The Red Meadows"

By Ole Juul - Translated by Neil Sogge

 

"The Red Meadows" By Ole Juul - Translated by Neil Sogge
SEATTLE -- Most people would not learn an entirely new language simply to read a book they have found in a dusty corner of their local thrift store, but that is exactly what author Neil Sogge did. "The Red Meadows," originally by the Danish author Ole Juul, was found wedged into an unremarkable shelf, but its effect on Sogge was quite impactful.

"I stumbled upon a Norwegian translation of the book and taught myself the language so I could read it," Sogge said. "I wasn't that far into it when I said to myself, 'I must translate this.' I had this strange compulsion. It became my duty."

Using Danish and Norwegian copies of the text, Sogge set to work teaching himself the languages so that English speakers could immerse themselves in the gritty and riveting World War II novel. "It was difficult," Sogge said. "Not only did I have to translate from a different language, but from a different time period as well. It may have been easier if it were a straightforward unfolding of events, but the story unfolds in an abstract way. Not even the narration is completely linear."

The novel centers on the captured Danish soldier Michael's dreams and memories about home and the events leading up to his capture. In the novel, nothing is really what it seems. In the hospital where he is held, Michael is physically and mentally tortured and degraded. His best friend is a Nazi guard, while one of his greatest threats is a priest. Through Michael's capture while bombing a Nazi factory and his isolation and torture at the hospital leading up to his escape attempt, the themes of trust and the nature of reality are put at odds with our common conceptions. Nothing is what it seems and no one is whom they say. The novel shows the war through the eyes of a Dane as he finds himself a mere player in a grand scheme. For more information, visit http://www.theredmeadows.com

Neil Sogge used his background in English and library science in order to translate this book from Norwegian and Danish into English. He currently lives in Bellingham, Wash.

"The Red Meadows"
By Ole Juul
Translated by Neil Sogge
ISBN: 978-1-4691-7055-8
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and XlibrisUS

No. 12

"Cancer...Teardrops Beneath the Kolorz of the Rainbow"

by Lisa Pettaway Whitaker and Dr. Kimberly Pettaway Willis

"Cancer...Teardrops Beneath the Kolorz of the Rainbow" by L. P. and Dr. K P Willis
RALEIGH, N.C. -- After losing her grandfathers to brain and lung cancer, her godmother to carcinoid cancer and more friends than would be reasonable to count to breast cancer, Dr. Kimberly Pettaway Willis created her current company Kolorz of Cancer presented by Cor'Rae.

"Everyone recognizes the pink ribbon for breast cancer, which is great," said Dr. Willis. "But there are so many other types of cancer that each have a unique color associated with them. I want to bring attention to the more obscure cancers that people battle everyday."

Dr. Willis' aunt Lisa Pettaway Whitaker has also been touched by loss due to various types of cancer and was inspired to begin writing support poetry. The two have collected Whitaker's poems and transformed them into a daily devotional, "Cancer...Teardrops Beneath the Kolorz of the Rainbow." This poetry devotional is meant to bring comfort and inspiration to any and all affected by cancer.

"We want the book to create awareness and inspire activism towards cures or treatments for lesser known types of cancer," said Willis. "We also want the book to bring comfort and strength to those who suffer or who have lost a loved one to any type of cancer."

Dr. Kimberly Pettaway Willis is the founder and CEO of the Cor'Rae Management Agency, LLC. and Kolorz of Cancer presented by Cor'Rae. She was awarded the National Association of Professional Women's "Woman of the Year" award twice and is currently a VIP member. Dr. Willis is married to former Seattle Seahawks player Ray Willis and a mother of two.

Lisa Pettway Whitaker is a writer for Cor'Rae Management Agency, LLC. And recently completed her first novel. She has won two contests with the National Library of Poetry and recently completed her first novel.

"Cancer...Teardrops Beneath the Kolorz of the Rainbow"
By: Lisa Pettaway Whitaker and Dr. Kimberly Pettaway Willis
SC-ISBN: 978-1-4918-2045-2
SC-Retail price: $14.95
HC-ISBN: 978-4918-2044-5
HC-Retail price: $23.99
EB-ISBN: 978-4918-2043-8
EB-Retail price: $3.99

No. 13

"Opening Doors"

by Louis Rivers

"Opening Doors" by Louis Rivers
Louis Rivers is a professor emeritus at New York City College of Technology who writes and produces plays about the African American experience. These plays have been collected and developed into a full-length book presenting societal challenges endured by minority groups.

"Opening Doors" is a compilation of four plays that have been published and professionally produced on stage. The plays are a work of social realism and seek to draw attention to the mistreatment of minority groups in America.

"The struggle for equality among minorities continues to perpetuate the misery of human existence," Rivers said. "Money and power will continue to destroy all human endeavors unless it's more effectively distributed.

Rivers believes "Opening Doors" appeals to all who take interest in theater or African American history.

During his career, Louis has served as chairman of the humanities department, coordinator of speech, theatre and performing arts programs and as a a playwright. He studied playwriting with Walter Kerr at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Elmer Rice at New York University and John Gassner at Yale. He holds an M.A. in Dramatic Arts from New York University and a PH.D from Fordham University.

"Opening Doors"
by Louis Rivers
Kindle $10
Hardcover $27
Softcover $18
Paperback: 282 pages
Publisher: Xlibris
Published November 2, 2009

No. 14

"Foothold in the Mountain"

by Constance Caruso

"Foothold in the Mountain" by Constance Caruso
In her new book, "Foothold in the Mountain," author Constance Caruso inspires and motivates readers with her personal life story that traces her challenging past to an inspiring and surprising present.

"My story is proof that most things are possible with courage and faith that indeed moves mountains and opens doors to success," Caruso said.

Caruso, a first generation American, shares her cutting-edge story from an unplanned out-of-wedlock pregnancy during an era when women were severely judged to an unexpected opportunity to host her own television show in the mid-1970s.

Caruso led the parade for women like Oprah in the TV industry with her multi-topic talk show at a time when women rarely spearheaded the news. "Frankly Female" covered political, social, healthcare and women's issues ten years prior to Oprah's show.

Best described as creative nonfiction, "Foothold in the Mountain" sends readers on an emotional roller coaster as the author maintains unwavering faith as she learns how to turn lemons into lemonade.

Constance Caruso was the television host for "Frankly Female" from 1976 to 1990. A passionate volunteer, she remains active in Women's National Book Association and Homeboy Industries, which provides hope, training and support to formerly gang-involved men and women. Caruso is of Sicilian heritage and is a first generation American. She is an avid reader, lifelong learner and advocate of "paying it forward."

"Foothold in the Mountain"
By: Constance Caruso
ISBN: 978-1-4918-0383-7
Hardcover retail price: $28.99
Paperback retail price: $19.95
E-book retail price: $3.99

No 15

"7-Step Model of Heart-Centered Grief"

by Mandy Eppley and Chris Saade

"7-Step Model of Heart-Centered Grief" by Mandy Eppley and Chris Saade
From company downsizing and school shootings, to natural disaster and illness, we live in a world of tragedy, struggle and destruction. While an unfortunate part of life, these experiences are typically accompanied by grief, a process that can be both confusing and difficult to navigate.

Enter Mandy Eppley and Chris Saade, two psychotherapy experts with a combined 50 years of experience working with clients on grief-related issues and the team behind the empowering 7-Step Model of Heart-Centered Grief.

Inspired by their work and own personal experiences with loss, Saade and Eppley created this 7-step process to guide those dealing with grief toward the special gifts that can be found in this process. Through the program, which is currently available on DVD and through streaming access on a donation-only basis, they encourage individuals through their uniquely designed series of personal coaching sessions to embrace this process as an opportunity for personal growth and exploration.

Mandy Eppley is a licensed psychotherapist, in practice for over 21 years. She has devoted herself to counseling individuals, couples, and families struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, and the effects of sexual abuse and trauma, and is considered a Grief Transformation Specialist. She is also a co-founder and Director of Services & Programs at The Respite, A Centre for Grief & Hope.

Chris Saade is the co-director of The Olive Branch Center with his wife, Jessie Thompson. Chris worked as a licensed psychotherapist in private practice specializing in grief, depression and life calling. He is now teaching and writing. He has lead over 200 psychological and spiritual retreats and also continues to serve as a spiritual Coach for individuals, couples and groups.

7-Step Model of Heart-Centered Grief"
by Mandy Eppley and Chris Saade


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