"If a story is in you, it has got to come out." - William Faulkner
Available now on Amazon.com "An inspiring and powerful book that provides helpful resources for those who have experienced trauma to proceed with their own healing and self-care." - Jinny Tesik, M.A., C.C., Grief & Life Transitions Counseling
A survivor of childhood abuse uses her own story to shed light upon the far-reaching effects of traumatic experiences and abuse. Pain Power Purpose includes up-to-date research into how a child's developing brain is affected by trauma and presents it in an easy-to-understand fashion.
Available on Amazon.com "By weaving in expert opinions... the author gives a more nuanced picture of the bereavement process than is conveyed by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's now-discredited five stages... Throughout the book she uses the effective metaphor of grief as a country. A personal, relatable study of grief." - Kirkus Reviews
A widow decides to become her own "grief expert." Grief Country intersperses personal poems and essays with an overview of the major (and often conflicting) grief theories that have been proposed since Sigmund Freud first introduced the idea of "grief work" a century ago.
"A weighty, captivating look at a caregiver who deals with death, mental illness, and the struggles of refugees in America... the author manages to perfectly capture both the joys and the immense psychological toll of constantly helping others, becoming an inspiring survivor herself in the process." - Kirkus Reviews
Displaced: A Memoir weaves the story of the author's friendship with a community of refugees into her own compelling personal narrative. After finally achieving the happiness she had longed for all her life, she is confronted by unexpected challenges and learns the true meaning of family, friendship, and, most of all, love.
"This is the true story." - Dadiri Nuro, Community Advocate for Bantu refugees, Boise, Idaho
Resettled provides a glimpse into the refugee resettlement process through the eyes of a volunteer who befriends a community of recently arrived refugees from Africa.
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Introduction to Chizigula is a small English-Chizigula phrasebook that codifies basic words, phrases, and situational dialogues in an endangered African Bantu language. Author Stephanie Larkin met her co-author, Dadiri Nuro, in 2005, when she befriended a community of refugees (see Resettled) and began learning their language. The book is intended to strengthen the English language skills of Chizigula speakers while also helping to preserve the ancestral language of these new U.S. citizens.