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|Author||: Amy Daws|
|Editor||: Lulu Press, Inc|
At 33 weeks pregnant, Amy is certain something bad will soon happen, it had too many times before. Deep down she fears it’s only a matter of time before the baby she’s carrying will die. Despite the fact that Amy had been repeatedly slapped in the face with multiple miscarriages, she still can’t seem to quiet that tiny voice in the back of her head that’s screaming at her to not give up hope. Follow Amy’s true story as she stumbles through her journey with humor and warmth, all while dealing with the neuroses that came along with getting her hopes shattered time and time again. All she has to do is close her eyes and she’s lurched back to the memories of her losses; on the floor in her bathroom, in the hospital, and even at her place of work. No one knows what the internal mind of a woman who’d lost five babies and suffered so many let downs goes through. Can Hope ever truly survive memories such as these?
|Author||: Aaron Osborne|
After the tragic death of her beloved parents, Clair Johnson relocated to the small historic town of Abingdon, Virginia. As a means of coping with the haunting memories of the "accident," she turns to the sport of running. As time passes, it would seem the hurt would begin to dull. However, time only further fills her heart with bitterness and resentment aimed at the God she once trusted as a small child. While struggling to hold to this fading relationship, a heart-wrenching diagnosis brought a seeming end to all hope. Clair threw herself into her new-found sport. From there, she decided to tackle a task few would dare. She would run a marathon. Fighting for both physical and spiritual peace in her life, Clair's story unleashes inspiration to all those who have ever felt as if hope had abandoned them. Can she find the strength to forgive?Will she ever trust God again?Will she complete the challenge before her?Will Clair be able to catch Hope?
|Author||: Richard M. Cohen|
After more than four decades living with multiple sclerosis, New York Times bestselling author Richard M. Cohen finds a flicker of hope in a groundbreaking medical procedure. Richard Cohen struggles with failing limbs and is legally blind. He has survived two bouts of colon cancer and a life-threatening blood clot in his lungs. After enduring decades of harsh treatments and invasive therapies, Cohen decided to trade in his life as a patient. In 2012, Cohen and his wife, Meredith Vieira, were invited to host and chair an adult stem cell conference at the Vatican. Scientists would be gathering in Rome to discuss stem cell therapy for autoimmune diseases, including MS. A believer in the power of denial and determination over faith and hope, Cohen was caught off guard by what he learned. Medical technology had advanced further and more quickly than Cohen had known. Could there be a chance his health could improve? Could MS be cured? As Cohen took part in a pioneering stem cell protocol, he opened himself to the possibility of hope for the first time in his adult life. Cohen's deep dive into the cutting-edge world of stem cell research and his journalistic investigation of hope includes interviews with doctors, scientists, and religious leaders, as well as conversations with others living with chronic conditions, all with the goal of understanding a hope that is both elusive and alluring. As drily funny as it is emotionally vulnerable, Chasing Hope navigates the fascinating and ever-changing intersection between illness and hope.
|Author||: Nancy Stopper|
|Editor||: Anderby Lane Publishing|
How far would you go to save your marriage? Once upon a time, Justin Harper dreamed of marrying the girl he loved and having a house full of kids. But that dream died the day he moved out, too angry and bitter to try a second longer with a wife who’d turned into someone else. If only he could force himself to stop loving her… Maddie Harper needs are simple - she wants a family after growing up without one. When her marriage with Justin collapses, she blames herself, torn between the soul-deep ache for another baby and her husband. She doesn’t want to have to choose one or the other. Justin can’t give up. Maddie fears she has to. Will they find a way to compromise on their absolutes or has their dream marriage truly vanished? “Man, keep tissues handy...” ~ Gigi Reads
|Author||: Pranavi Khandekar|
|Editor||: Blue Rose Publishers|
Life has been hard, but I have learned a lot from it. I may not have it all together, but I’m working on myself. To be honest, i did like to stay in a continuous state of improvement. Because that’s my idea of My Perfect Journey."-Pranavi Khandekar
|Author||: Ashish Modi|
When a group of angry foreign birds demand that Maya and her friends participate in their evil plots of revenge and destruction against humans by exploiting their weaknesses, Maya and her friends quickly realize that if they don't think of an alternative plan, the entire world will be destroyed. Maya and her friends utilize their lifelong experiences to come up with an alternative plan by learning from human's strength and ingenuity. With that, they not only convince foreign birds but also the entire animal kingdom to participate in their new vision. Thus, together they not only save their forest, but also the world. This is a hopeful and inspirational tale of a group of birds and animals who- despite all the odds against them- overcome their agony and sorrow. They not only save their forest and habitat, but also assist humans in their struggles to protect the environment and save the planet from more destruction. This novel is a metaphor that discusses our past, present and future in an easy to understand language as seen through birds' perspective. If you enjoyed The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho or Life of Pi by Yann Martel, you will certainly love this book. If you cherished The Lion King or Finding Nemo, you will love this book as well.
|Author||: Jess Ekstrom|
|Editor||: Thomas Nelson|
One flicker of hope. That’s all it takes to catapult yourself into the life you’ve always imagined. Success is not born out of skill, school, where we’re from, who we know, or what we scored on the SAT. None of us were born ready. None of us started life knowing how to fly a plane or launch a company or knit a sweater for our dog. But we are born with something more important than skills. We’re born with optimism—the initial seed for success. Optimism fuels the belief that you can be the one to create the good the world needs. But you’ve got to hone it. And practice it. And determine to live from it. In Chasing the Bright Side, Jess Ekstrom shares her own inspirational story of how optimism helped her overcome multiple challenges, and the dynamic ways her mind-set propelled her as a young entrepreneur, international speaker, and philanthropist. Do you have dreams for yourself and the world that are tucked away in your box of somedays? What would happen if today was the day you opened the box? And what if that box was the key to a better tomorrow? Jess’s journey will inspire you embrace the power of optimism in your own life, and help you reimagine your purpose so you create good in the world while fulfilling your own dreams—right where you are.
|Author||: Elaina M. Avalos|
|Editor||: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform|
Dr. Ava Cooper has it all. Scratch that - she had it all. Leaving behind the wreckage of her old life, she moves to the coast of North Carolina, without any fight left in her. As she settles into small town life, she meets a baby in the foster care system that could change everything. Will Ava be able to let hope in long enough to get back the life she so desperately longs for?
|Author||: Harlow James|
Can a whirlwind romance survive the challenges of living in a small town?TylerI needed a fresh start, somewhere new where no one knows about my past. That's how I ended up in Hopetown, Nebraska. I was focused on starting over and then I met Hayley. Sparks. Fire. Need. All of these things hit me like a ton of bricks, and I can't stay away from her. But small towns aren't keen to new faces, especially when a bar fight with her ex-boyfriend leads to even more trouble, and my past threatens to destroy our future. Hope is what pushed me to fight for us, but it is enough?HayleyI've lived in Hopetown my whole life. Privacy in a small town is a privilege, one that goes out the window when I meet Tyler. Everyone has an opinion about him and our relationship. And he has secrets, secrets I'm not sure I can handle. My past comes back to threaten us too as our feelings grow. The question is, do I have enough hope that we can face the obstacles ahead?
|Author||: Richard M. Cohen|
|Editor||: Harper Collins|
The bestselling author of Blindsided, Richard M. Cohen spent three years chronicling the lives of five diverse "citizens of sickness": Denise, who suffers from ALS; Buzz, whose Christian faith helps him deal with his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; Sarah, a determined young woman with Crohn's disease; Ben, a college student with muscular dystrophy; and Larry, whose bipolar disorder is hidden within. Differing in age and gender, race and economic status, all five are determined to live life on their own terms. In Strong at the Broken Places, Cohen shares these inspirational and revealing stories, which offer lessons for us all—–on self-determination, on courage in the face of adversity and public ignorance, on keeping hope alive. We are all strong at the broken places—stronger than we think.
|Author||: Jamal Rezahi|
|Editor||: Xulon Press|
This work tells the gripping tale of an incredible journey which begins in Kabul, Afghanistan, and pauses in Europe before miraculously entering the Rpromised landS of America. Relive the compelling story of an Afghan boy sent away from his Muslim family in search of freedom. All along the way, Jamal senses the presence of RSomeoneS helping him, which gives him hope and leads to a greater discovery of love.
|Author||: Tonya M. Borah|
"I need you." words that will forever be burned in Hank's brain. With them a life was changed and a series of events was set into motion. Hank will have to find his inner strength to face those events. He will have to learn how to carry on without the person who means the to him in the world. He vows that if it takes him the rest of his life he will get her back. he knows he can do it all he has to do is keep the faith and never stop chasing Hope. Along the way he learns when you set out on a path it may lead where you least expect.
|Author||: Dana Wayne|
Can one precocious seven-year-old be the catalyst to heal a wounded warrior's soul and bring joy back to her mother's heart? Or will ashes of the past bury hope once and for all?
|Author||: Jenny Walker|
Sarah Munro, a partner in a growing public relations firm, enjoys a quiet life in New Hampshire. Few know the lengths she's gone to in pursuit of her goals. Believing she's escaped her past, Sarah longs for the one thing that's eluded her, but a long-buried secret haunts her dreams of love. Mark Hamilton, a little-known U.S. senator, believes America needs a change. His friends, recognizing that his strength of character and principled ethics are just what their country needs, have persuaded him to seek his party's nomination for president. Now they fear he won't be able to rise above inhibitions born out of past personal tragedy. As their lives intersect and entwine in the heat of a national political campaign, Mark and Sarah reach out to each other. Mark wonders if Sarah is the one who might release him from his past hurts. Sarah faces the possibility that to realize her greatest hope, she may need to confront her deepest fear.
|Author||: Kathryn Cushman|
|Editor||: Bethany House Publishers|
A Personal Drama of Shattered Dreams and Second Chances A talented runner fully committed to Olympic dreams, Sabrina Rice's future was shattered by a devastating diagnosis. One forfeited scholarship and several years later, she has new goals and dreams that have nothing to do with running--something that's become far too painful to think on. Until the day she sees Brandy Philip running across the community college campus, easily outpacing security. Sabrina immediately recognizes world-class speed, and it's all the more painful that it belongs to a teenage graffiti artist. When a chance encounter brings the two young women together, Sabrina becomes Brandy's best hope for staying out of juvenile hall. Soon, Sabrina begins to feel an uncomfortable nudge that her new life is just about to be toppled...that God may be calling her to minister to this talented but troubled girl.
|Author||: Deborah McCollum|
Hope Phillips is an attractive, shy, na�ve 17 year-old girl seeking to begin a new, drama free life in college where she can be herself without drowning in a sea of peer pressure, boys who only want one thing, and backstabbing friends.However, she soon discovers that no such place exists.Pushing the hurt of her parents' recent divorce aside and learning to live with her party-craving, unpredictable roommate, Hope must keep herself occupied with homework and projects to numb the sting of her lingering bad decisions that once ended up in her arrest during high school. As her new college life begins to take off, trouble stirs once again in Hope's heart when Jace Giovanni, a charming sophomore, flatters her with attention and sweet words. However, she soon finds herself in a familiar situation from her high school partying days, one that she tried so hard to avoid since swearing off boys. Low and behold, when Hope meets Aiden Williamson, a tall, dark, and handsome classmate, her feelings become even more conflicted and her heart even more confused. To top it all off, her troubled roommate soon reveals shocking news that brings Hope head-to-head with a painful secret from her past.Didn't Hope select a college away from home to leave the drama behind and obtain a fresh start? Will she be forced to stare her past in the eye and ask God for forgiveness? Surrounded by a whirlwind of betrayal, resentment, and ultimately learning how to let go and forgive, Hope must also learn to stop running in the dark from her broken road and learn to walk in the light by faith.
|Author||: Holly Nicole Epley|
|Editor||: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform|
Life has always had a way of bringing Lydia down. From her sparse upbringing, to her meager job and apartment, she doesn't truly know happiness, apart from one person. Jake has always hidden his feelings for Lydia. Figuring they were too broken to be any good for each other, he shies away from anything more than friendship. Through every turn, they find themselves thrown back to each other and their unspoken feelings. Distance and time knows no boundaries when it comes to matters of the heart. Each must make a decision as to whether their past will control their future, or if they are strong enough to hope and strive for happiness once thought unattainable.
|Author||: Christine Walker|
Christine Walker's son was just four years old when he was diagnosed with ADHD, bipolar disorder, and autism. In 2004, knowledge of and resources for childhood mental illness were scarce and Christine was thrust into a lonely maze of figuring out which treatments, therapies, and medications could help her child. In the decade since his diagnosis, Christine often wished for a manual, a guide that would pass on "real deal" mom-to-mom information and tips she needed to sometimes just get through the day and ultimately to help her family navigate this maze with knowledge, grace, humor, and love. For those at the beginning of the journey, this is that manual. "Chasing Hope is a GPS for any family raising a child with special needs. Written by a parent on the journey, Christine Walker gives not only hope to parents, but simple, effective, and meaningful steps to be part of policy solutions." -Former Congressman John Edward Porter Founder of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus Former chairman of PBS and Trustee Emeritus, JFK Center for the Performing Arts "Christine Walker's Chasing Hope presents a candid portrayal of an ongoing journey. The trip chronicles her emotion-filled experiences related to seeking answers and solutions for her son who has significant disabilities. Chasing Hope honestly addresses the sadness, disappointment, frustration, and anger. It also captures the hope and happiness associated with her son. This book, which highlights extensive and exhaustive searching, offers tremendous insights to families with children with significant needs. Chasing Hope should be read by all parents, educators, and physicians." -Dr. Tim Thomas Northern Suburban Special Education District Superintendent "The Zen philosopher Alan Watts echoed the wisdom I've gleaned from the lake. 'The only way to make sense out of change, ' he said, 'is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.'" -Phil Jackson (quoting Alan Watts) 11-time NBA championship and Hall of Fame coach "Chasing Hope is not only a resource for families with children with autism and mental illness, but for policy makers as well. Schuyler's story illustrates a serious policy failure. Mrs. Walker's willingness to share her family's story in such an authentic manner is exceptional, and exemplifies the fearlessness she has shown throughout Schuyler's journey. The resolution of policy failures is only possible when brave families, like the Walkers, give voice to the issues. That Mrs. Walker had to become an expert in Schuyler's condition and the policy options available is heartbreaking, but her commitment to sharing the knowledge she acquired will undeniably help countless families." -Dr. Angela Fontes Northwestern University "As a health professional and parent of a child with ASD I found myself reliving many of the emotions and feelings that were evoked by this book. The struggle to get the right diagnosis and treatment will strike a cord with parents. Some of the writing was so true to life that it raised the hairs on the back of my neck; reading about how driven a parent can become in this situation was fantastic. The lack of help for these children is an international problem and it is important for health professionals, policy makers, and other parents to hear such stories so that further action can be taken to improve help for future generations. I would encourage everyone who has an interest in this area to read this account and to reflect on the issues raised." -Dr. Khalid Karim Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow, University of Leicester, England Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Leicestershire Partnership Trust, Leicester, England