Part prose, part poetry, “Piece of Planet or Planet of Peace” invites the reader on a poignant, deeply personal journey of letting go of the past. Spanning over ten years, it chronicles Lara De Ann’s trauma and heartbreak over the tragic death of her soul mate Ted, and her experiences to “let go of pieces” of herself and heal her past to eventually attain a profound sense of inner peace and spiritual awakening. Lara was utterly devastated by grief when her beloved Ted, in a fit of depression, committed suicide at the young age of twenty-four. Ted was a victim of adult-onset bipolar disorder. “A part of me died when he died,” says Lara; “I felt like a lone palm tree on a desolate beach on an undiscovered, uninhabited, often brutal island.” Desperately seeking distraction, she went traveling. “I pretended to be doing something that held meaning,” she says; “I hung on for things to improve, believing they really would one day, despite my descent into years of a dark night of the soul.” Starting from Agoura, in California, Lara journeyed through Guatemala, Texas, Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, England, Wales, and finally Ireland – Ted’s “genealogical roots.” Traveling provided her an opportunity to meet new people and hear their experiences. Her personal tragedy seemed to pale in comparison to their stories of survival- “I often thought, how could I feel like life’s victim when I heard the disasters of so many people that sat next to me.” Throughout her journeys, as part of her “letting go” ritual, Lara let go of various articles, including clothes, shoes, cards, books, sleeping bag, tent, Ted’s bicycle – anything that held memories. She even had her hair cut off as a “symbolic gesture in letting go of my past, in letting go of grief.” “Traveling on faith and prayer,” with barely any money to meet her basic needs, Lara often hitchhiked and depended on the kindness and generosity of strangers. “Every experience was a stitch in an intricate tapestry,” she says. Sometimes, she managed to earn money by reading tarot cards, faith healing, and massaging, but “Very seldom did I get enough money or food to last me for a longer time period. It was usually just the moment that was taken care of. There would be a major victory, a miracle, followed by another lesson in trust.” Thus, she learned to surrender unconditionally to the Universe. However, Lara does not “recommend this kind of traveling to anyone. I had to do it in order to experience trust. I had to feel what it was like to have nothing in order to realize how much I had.” The over one hundred and fifty poems written by Lara are emotionally charged and just as compelling as her personal story. The anguish and intense sorrow that pervade poems of loss and heartache are palpable. For example, in the poem “He Never Came Home,” Lara laments, “I rotted away in my cave-tavern /…Quietly in my despair / Loudly in my denial of my despair / Waiting, looking out the window for his return. /…He never came home, / I died knowing that.” There are also inspiring poems in this collection that bespeak of letting go, trusting God, and achieving peace. “Phoenix” is a stirring verse about overcoming grief and rising from the ashes to rebuild life-“I ripped my life up by shredding papers / I said goodbye by lighting it on fire / I watched, as what I thought was me / Went ablaze symbolically.”
High school sweethearts Lisa and Reid Barker take you on their journey of desperation and hope through the beauty of organ donation. Shortly after celebrating a year and a half of marriage, they would be suddenly challenged to live out their wedding vows—in sickness and in health— much sooner than expected. Through their personal transplant story, Team Barker offers touching insight into both sides of organ donation and how God orchestrated a miracle in their lives. Lisa and Reid hope that by sharing their story—and the story of their hero, Lisa’s donor, Courtney—more lives will be touched and saved through organ donation.
Criminals, innocent victims, perpetrators–all without a voice, driven by their demons to suffer a lifetime of serious mental illness-share their innermost secrets with the author, a clinical and forensic psychologist. Enter the dialogue: open to the first page. You won’t stop reading!
Like many of us Craig Briggs dreamt of living a different life, free from the stresses and strains of modern living. But unlike most of us, he decided to pursue his dream.
In May 2002 Craig, his wife Melanie and their dog Jazz, left their hometown of Huddersfield in England’s industrial north and set off for Galicia, a remote and little known region in the northwest corner of Spain.
So began their Journey To A Dream.
With help from the locals, they quickly settle in to their new relaxed lifestyle but the search for a new home soon changes that. They encounter a freelance estate agent of dubious character and after several failed attempts to buy a house are forced to reassess their goals.
Worse follows: a brush with the law, a builder who refuses to work, a swimming pool that floats, and the mysterious disappearance of their life savings. The spectre of a penniless return to England with their dream in tatters hovers over them.
Join Craig, Melanie and Jazz along a colourful, bumpy, and sometimes dangerous journey and immerse your senses in the sights, sounds, and tastes along the way.
Choices and consequences
John Fear was born into a religious sect known as the Exclusive Brethren. This sheltered him from the outside world as he grew up, but could not hide him from its influences. A struggle began in his mind that led him to leave the Brethren, along with his young family.
Rather than reacting as many do and totally abandoning any belief system, John remained true to his convictions and continued a strongly religious way of life. Still serving God he worked in many places throughout the world, rubbing shoulders with famous people such as Billy Graham, Mother Teresa and Cliff Richard.
The writing style of this book is dynamic and engaging. John’s personality shines through and he paints an insightful account of his personal life and surrounding historical events. This account is not a sensationalized expose of the Exclusive Brethren. Instead, it follows one man’s life journey and is brought to life through his diary entries and family letters.
This beautifully edited book is more than a memoir. It is a delightful mix of history, social customs, travel and belief. An honest, personal and emotive account of how religion can touch and shape a person’s life – forever.
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Fascinating time capsule from the 80’s
Have you ever wanted to read someone else’s diary?
Would you like to experience travelling in Asia without leaving home?
Then this book is for you. Fred’s Diary 1981 is a fascinating insight into a young man’s travels around Asia in the early 1980’s. This is a unique opportunity to delve into Fred’s daily diary, which details the 158 days he spent travelling around Asia. Follow Fred throughout his extensive travels to Hong Kong, Thailand, India and Nepal.
Appreciate the many friendships formed along the way with fellow-travelers.
Relive the highs and lows that he experienced during this fascinating journey.
Recognize the huge differences in technology, particularly communications.
Become immersed in the different cultures, peoples and surroundings of Asia in the early 1980’s.
Understand more about the drug culture of the 1980’s, especially in Thailand and Nepal.
Learn from Fred’s youthful mistakes, especially if your dream of travelling to Asia becomes a reality.
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FINALIST IN THE TRAVEL CATEGORY, INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS, MAY 2018
This is not a travel guide. Why? Because you can’t read a travel guide from cover to cover. But you can read Mary Jane’s memoir of her outdoor and urban adventures in New Zealand, from North to South. In a flowing narrative that comes with more than 600 photos and maps, Mary Jane will make you feel like you have already arrived. And perhaps even that you have known her and her country for years.
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Sparrow Spaulding was born into the perfect family. Two loving parents, a beautiful home, and grandparents that doted on her. Life was a dream until the day that changed everything. Sparrow’s perfect life was ripped away at age three in one tragic moment that would forever change her. Follow her on her journey as she tells the story of her traumatic childhood and how she fought hard to stay strong despite her dreadful circumstances.
In Riding Standing Up, Spaulding’s gift for storytelling will have you on the edge of your seat. Get ready to laugh out loud and cry more tears than you’d like as you embark on this memoir that reads like a novel, never knowing what’s around the corner.
Brutally honest and unfiltered, Sparrow Spaulding is an unsung antiheroine…until now. She shows us we don’t have to be perfect to be worthy and that there’s power in being real.
My legacy is important to me. I want to leave a legacy that my children and grandchildren could be proud of. A legacy that would be a blueprint for future generations to tweak and make better.
I write this book for future generations to learn, grow, and inspire to be a better you. This book is the story of my life and based on true events. It’s about a young lady that struggled through her identity crisis and was raised in unstable environments and poverty.
A story about a life of tragedy, trepidation, but triumph. I never accepted the ideology of a victim. Instead, I embraced strength, resilience, and a warrior’s philosophy. I fit the perfect description of Tupac Shakur’s meaning of the saying, a rose that grew from the concrete. When the odds were stacked against me, I continued to grow mentally, physically, and spiritually.
I believe that you are only a victim when you have no choice; otherwise, you are an enabler. I had no choice being born into poverty, but I had a choice on whether to rise above my circumstances.
My desire was to break the mental and physical chains plagued in our communities and instill new ones for me and my children.
My story goes out to all the people that suffered and survived, The Ghetto Blues.
I hope to transform and inspire you to never give up on you.
Malice Intent: Is Love Worth Dying For? is a book about one woman’s descent into hell – a hell so pervasive that her very survival was threatened. It is an inspirational story of her strength, will to survive and love of family – pushing her to overcome great obstacles and emerge from the depths of abject poverty, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, and self-sabotage. Born in 1960 in a small village in Spain, author Alba Castillo became a pioneer in her family. At a young age, Castillo knew she needed more than small town life could offer. She left for England to learn English and explore a new life in a different country and culture. Before long, she found herself in the United States – the place where her downward spiral would begin.
“HE’S THE WORST CHILD I’VE SEEN IN 20 YEARS OF TEACHING.”
When Lois Letchford learns her son has been diagnosed with a low IQ at the end of grade one, she refuses to give up on his future. Testing showed Nicholas had no spatial awareness, limited concentration, and could only read ten words; he is labeled “learning disabled,” a designation considered more derogatory than “dyslexia.” The world of education is quick to cast him aside. Lois begins working with him one-on-one. What happens next is a journey–spanning three continents, unique teaching experiments, never-ending battles with the school system, a mother’s discovery of her own learning blocks, and a bond fueled by the desire to rid Nicholas of the “disabled” label. “Reversed” is a memoir of profound determination that follows the highs and lows of overcoming impossible odds, turning one woman into a passionate teacher for children who have been left behind. Nothing is impossible when one digs deep, and looks at students through a new lens.
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Finally! A male survivor speaks out about male childhood sexual abuse. Randy offers survivors and their families answers to their questions of why victims act out the way they do, and strategies to start living with greater purpose and happiness.
Unlike books based on academic theories and abstract philosophies, Randy Boyd talks candidly about what it takes for men, women and their families to heal from the pain of childhood sexual abuse. Randy tells his story in a way that the lay-person can absolutely relate to. He talks candidly about the effects of male sexual abuse such as low self-esteem, low self-worth, self-doubt, sexual problems, un-forgiveness, anger and rage. He talks about the direct correlation between sexual abuse and drug and alcohol addiction, as well as his drive to be successful in life at all cost as a way of proofing his worth as a man. With contributions from Jerry Moe, Dan Griffin, Dr. Allen Berger, John Lee and Dr. Mic Hunter, Healing the Man Within is a well balanced book between an autobiography and a self-help book.
After performing on The Julie Andrews Hour and the television series Switch, James made his Broadway debut in A Chorus Line. He went on to dance extensively throughout the US and around the world in several ballet companies gathering years of backstage anecdotes. Based on his extensive career in the performing arts, Journey Through The Stars is a series of star-studded vignettes expressed through his biting prose and wicked sense of humor. Inside the book you will find fascinating stories about many great entertainers.
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This is the inspiring true story of Robert Crown’s amazing journey out of the darkness of his childhood and into a world brightly illuminated by the power of positive understanding and purposeful thought. It’s the story of rejecting the victimhood he once embraced and finding the answers that allowed him to embrace the power to create a new life using universal spiritual laws.
How does a child’s life change when his mother tries to murder him? It’s one of the most profound betrayals imaginable, and it can follow the victim into adulthood, into all he does with his life, tainting his sense of self and his relationships with others. How does a man’s life change when he discovers that with his thoughts, his imagination, and his ability to listen to his higher self, he has the power to overcome the devastating events of his past and build a new life and a family?
A street musician’s tale and a record of his experiences as he played music on the streets of several European cities. A real story that describes the process from feeling trapped, to revealing one’s true path through exploration and art.
Angelos Kyprianos looks back to his early days when he first decided to travel the world with his guitar, hoping to survive, inspire and be inspired. He points out the mistakes that he made and how to avoid them, so that the next adventurer can benefit from his own experiences. An inspiring, eye-opening, real and touching story that evolves through unexpected events, obstacles, muses, trains, thoughts and fears.
This book does not solely connect with music lovers, it’s a map for the soul, it describes the circumstances that lead to radical change and the benefits that occur from it, through a short, but intense, personal story!
For Bruce, alcohol was the solution to every problem. From stress and anxiety to real loss, booze was his magic elixir that made it all disappear. But the constant blackout nights brought with them even more trouble. Despite the perpetual cycle of drunken mistakes and continued escalation in drinking, he found new ways to rationalize his self-destructive behavior. Drinking was a part of who he was. And an existence without it seemed inconceivable.
He takes you through a life where nights with missing pieces of time were the norm. And how there was a haze that overshadowed everything, even his happiest memories. He shares how far he fell before finally willing to change. And the long road back in recovery that required him to completely shift his perceptive in order to remain sober. He also explains what he discovered about the many reasons he drank so much for so long. And how he was ultimately able to come out better on the other side.
This is a memoir about overcoming the grip alcohol can have on us. About learning to live life again after the bottle and facing the world with sober eyes. And finally discovering one’s true self. This is a story that will resonate with anyone who has struggled with addiction. And will give hope to those looking to change their lives for the better.
“A provocative, enlightening, humorous, and impressively executed guide to Amsterdam’s twilight world.” — Kirkus Reviews
Amsterdam Exposed tells the true one-of-a-kind story of an innocent exchange student who moves to Amsterdam hoping to write a book about the red light district and everything that follows. It’s an American abroad story, and also a love story; it’s an uplifting tragedy, full of humor from beginning to end; it’s an Amsterdam survival guide; a sympathetic look at a societal problem; a little piece of policy; a sweet farewell to a world just about gone; and, ultimately, as close as you can come to a free trip to Amsterdam without leaving your couch.
In sum, Amsterdam Exposed takes readers deep into the district on a journey never before possible, forever reshaping their understanding of one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, and the women who work there. If you’ve ever spent time in Amsterdam, or dreamed of doing so, this book’s for you.
Jeff Phillips, aka The Psychic Postman is a comical psychic medium bringing laughter and fun into his demonstrations in spiritualist churches and centres around the U.K. Everyone thinks Jeff is a hilarious, friendly and outgoing guy who believes that working with spirit should be enjoyable and entertaining. But Jeff hasn’t always felt this way. This is the story of despair to happiness. How one man found a reason to live, and in doing so, brought comfort, love and upliftment to everyone who needed the evidence of eternal life.
Have you ever asked yourself if our ideas about success are all they’re made out to be? Do you ever wonder if work and pursuit of money and material possessions are ALL THERE IS to life? For twenty years, Michael Blue, an accountant trapped on the corporate treadmill, contemplated these questions.
Now he lives in a bus in the dense jungles of Northern Sumatra. This is his idea of freedom. He is a fugitive of an unusual kind, an escapee from the work-consume-die hamster wheel. He has a simple existence without much use for work or money.
This is the story of how he got there. Michael takes us along for the ride as he reflects on four previous failed escape attempts. It is amongst these stories, his meetings with Shamans in the Amazon, the lessons from a sex-crazed marsupial, and his revelations during lonely rides in frozen chicken trucks, that we discover the hard-learned secrets of a successful escape artist.
Amongst his adventures, he dismantles commonly held beliefs about success, work, money, and ownership. And then, from the remains, with an uncomplicated perspective on health, wealth, and happiness, he reconstructs what it means to live a good life.
The result is at once a travel story and a firsthand experiential blueprint, guide or perhaps anatomy of escape.
This is the true story of Veteran CIA officer Duane Evans’s unexpected journey from the pristine halls of Langley to the badlands of southern Afghanistan. Within hours after he watched the horrors of 9/11 unfold during a chance visit to FBI Headquarters, Evans begins a personal and relentless quest to become part of the U.S. response against al-Qa’ida. This memoir tracks his efforts to join one of CIA’s elite teams bound for Afghanistan, a journey that eventually takes him to the front lines in Pakistan, first as part of the advanced element of CIA’s Echo team supporting Hamid Karzai, and finally as leader of the under-resourced and often overlooked Foxtrot team. Evans’s very personal adventure that unfolds within the pages of Foxtrot in Kandahar: A Memoir of a CIA Officer in Afghanistan at the Inception of America’s Longest War, which concludes with an analysis of opportunities lost in the years since his time in Afghanistan, should be required reading for everyone interested in modern warfare.