Book Promo ~ A Short Good Life

Her Father Tells Liza’s Story of Facing Death

It’s unusual to access a child’s mind during the magic years of childhood. It’s rarer when the child is facing her death. Liza, an ardent child with a deep love of cows and the color purple was diagnosed with leukemia at age four and died two years later in 1996. Liza was an unusually expressive child and her parents, both child psychiatrists, were uniquely oriented to appreciate the richness of a child’s mind. Through writing this book, Liza’s father strove to reveal the inner world of a child’s mind–and a parent’s mind–as few other books can. At its center, this is the story of a child’s psyche growing and striving to understand all she could of her experience, and of a small family coping with life’s biggest challenges. It is a story of love’s power to help a family cope and endure despite loss, and to grow, through darkness, back toward a full embrace of life. Through the process, the family emerges transformed, awed by the capacities of this child.

About the Author

Philip Lister is an adult and child psychiatrist in private practice in New York City. He is affiliated with Weill Cornell, Columbia, and Mount Sinai medical centers and teaches the art of psychotherapy with children and adolescents. In recent years he has worked as a therapist in the Phase 3 research study treating PTSD with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. For more about the book see the author’s website, ashortgoodlife.com.

A Short Good Life

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Toplight Books
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1476685576
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1476685571

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Book Promo: Dancing To The Darkest Light

Inspiring Others Who Are Navigating Challenging Times

Dancing To The Darkest Light

Soheila Adelipour

Soheila Adelipour hopes you never look at life the same way after reading her memoir of survival, Dancing to the Darkest Light. Her story begins in Iran, where her family, desperate to escape the Islamic revolution, fled to New York. Her family found solid footing in the Big Apple, living the epitome of the American dream, until one day, all they had were nightmares. In a relatively short period of time, Adelipour lost a son and two siblings. Her book offers a riveting account of her healing process, and through her example of extraordinary resilience, she hopes to inspire others who are facing tragedy and heartbreak.

Chronicling their experiences in Dancing to the Darkest LightAdelipour recounts how her only brother became a neurosurgeon while others followed different paths. But their successful relocation and the joy they felt over each triumph was soon shattered when Adelipour’s second son, Stefan, was killed in a dorm room fire before his scheduled graduation from Boston University.

Adelipour channeled her grief into the foundation she established in his name. Soon after, her older sister had to undergo five brain surgeries that left her blind and deaf before ultimately claiming her life. The same week, their only brother who was supervising her care was diagnosed with leukemia. Adelipour gave him her bone marrow and 60 percent of her liver when his liver stopped functioning. Doctors ultimately announced he was cancer-free with a perfectly functioning liver, but the week he was to come home, he died from pneumonia.

How one perseveres under the weight of all this loss is at the core of Dancing to the Darkest Light“When life plays different music, we have to be fluid and dance to the new tune,” Adelipour said.

Adelipour received her bachelor’s degree in business and her master’s degree in Art Gallery Management while her first two children were in diapers. She was involved with the World of Arts and Antiques in New York City and followed that by operating high-end gift stores.

For more information visit www.soheilaadelipour.com.

Dancing to the Darkest Light
ISBN-10: 173371264X
ISBN-13: 978-1733712644
Available from Amazon.com

Amazon Review:

5 starsA powerful message about finding happiness and fulfillment in the face of loss
A profoundly moving memoir of life’s unexpected moments and painful losses. Soheila is a remarkably strong and courageous woman who teaches us the value of cherishing our happiness and our family bonds despite the hardships we may endure. Her book is an inspiration on living our lives to the fullest and on finding meaning even in the face of tragedy. Congratulations Soheila on a beautifully written tribute to those you have lost! Nirit R

 

Book Promo: My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me

 

My Wife Said You May Want
to Marry Me: A Memoir

by Jason B.        Rosenthal

The widower who became nationally known after his wife wrote days before her death a heart-wrenching column in The New York Times shares his insight about love, loss and living again in his new memoir.

Jason Rosenthal’s book My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me shares his experience after his wife, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, wrote the column “You May Want To Marry My Husband” which The New York Times published ten days before she died. The essay illuminated her desire for Jason to move forward and find happiness after her death.

In My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me, Jason describes what came next: his commitment to respect Amy’s wish, even as he struggled with her loss. Surveying his life before, with, and after Amy, Jason ruminates on love, the pain of watching a loved one suffer and what it means to heal.

His new work is guaranteed to be far reaching to all who have suffered with grief, loss and the journey to new life, purpose and relationships through healing.

The book is available through
Amazon
and
Harper Collins

Book Promo ~ Learning to Breathe Underwater

Learning to Breathe Underwater

by Jason Elliot

Learning to Breathe Underwater is a collection of poetry that tackles anxiety, depression, heartbreak, loss and growth. In this book, you will find deep and personal thoughts and fears that is intended to resonate with you if you feel alone while experiencing different things in life.

We all share the same heart, with different stories to tell. If i can learn to breathe underwater, so can you.

An interview with Jason Elliot:

Q) Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?
A) Certain lyricists from bands that I’ve looked up to definitely have played a part in inspiring my writing. The Color Morale & Hotel Books are two main ones that I really admire as far as writing goes.

Q) Do you have plans for “the next book”?
A) I do actually, as soon as I pieced together this first book I already went ahead and starting writing material for the next one. Same concept, some different topics this time around though.

Q) When did you realize you wanted to write?
A) I can remember as far back as being in middle school and jotting down lyric or poem ideas in my notebooks. I don’t know exactly what onset my sudden desire to write, but the spark has definitely been there since I was young.

Q) Tell me about your interests and passions.
A) Aside from writing, I play guitar in a band called Call It Home. That’s my biggest passion and priority in life on top of everything. I also love unwinding with a cold beer and a good horror movie in my spare time. I’m fascinated with aliens and conspiracy theories… I’ll talk your ear off for hours talking about it, and I have an undying love for reptiles and tarantulas.

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Review of: Crossed Lines by Jessica Cross


I needed to turn the pages to know what was coming

Ms. Cross tells an intriguing tale of mistakes and losses and yet the heroine still rises from the ashes. Crossed Lines is a tale that kept me turning pages NEEDING to know what would happen next. I strongly recommend this book.
~ reviewed by Chelle Cordero, Author of Passion & Suspense

 

Crossed Lines: How Could She Have Known That What She Desired The Most Would Become Her Undoing

As she taps on the computer, using writing as part of her recovery from a debilitating stroke at age 35, Jessica Cross not only overcomes the worst thing that happened in her young life ― she finds her true calling! In her debut story, Crossed Lines: What Lies Buried Within the Heart, we meet Sandra, a woman who believes she’s living the “perfect life” until her dreams expose an unfulfilled longing. But it’s what happens after she satisfies that longing that propels her life into a downward spiral as secrets and passions collide for a cataclysmic undoing of not only Sandra’s world, but the lives of many others, in an intriguing tale of love, greed and karma.

In her new novel, Jessica Cross explores the mythical “perfect life” and how a closer examination can expose an emptiness that demands to be filled, whatever the cost. The well-paced storyline and believable characters combine to create a raw and profoundly beautiful book that readers will find hard to put down.

Some of Crossed Lines might have come straight from Cross’s own experiences. After bearing a child at the age of 17, she doggedly pursued an education that led to her own dream life: a rewarding career, a loving husband and children. But at the age of 35, she was dealt a crippling blow: a stroke that left her hospitalized for months with a paralyzed right side and an inability to work.

Two years later, still in rehabilitation and out of work, Cross began punching at a computer keyboard to restore function to her arm and hand. Having little interest in typing mindlessly, she began writing what would become Crossed Lines.

In addition to writing, Cross is a motivational speaker, an activist in education and wellness, and an advocate for women’s empowerment.

For more information, please visit http://www.Jessicarcross.com.

Crossed Lines: What Lies Buried Within the Heart
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Available at Books-A-Million, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Baker & Taylor, http://www.jessicarcross.com, and all online outlets.
ISBN-9780999822807
ISBN-978-0-9998228-2-1

Why Did She Jump? by Joan Childs

Turning Personal Tragedy Into Inspiration For
Others To Learn How To Find Healing And Peace

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported the incidence of suicide is up by 24% since 1999.

A mother of five and grandmother to nine, married and divorced four times, and a clinical social worker in private practice for nearly forty years, Joan Childs thought she had experienced or seen it all. But nothing could have prepared her for the death of her beautiful daughter, Pam.  A brilliant psychotherapist, Pam battled constantly with Bipolar Disorder until one fateful summer day in 1998 when her demons overwhelmed her, she plunged to her death from a 15th floor balcony. Even with their combined credentials and medical knowledge, Pam still could not be saved. She became the driving force behind Joan Childs’ latest book, Why Did She Jump? (HCI Books), and brings hope to anyone struggling with grief from the loss of a child or loved one to mental illness, that there is hope for better tomorrows.

Fierce and tender, Joan’s compelling storytelling gives us an insightful yet sensitive look at her daughter’s life dealing with Bipolar Disorder. Peeling back the layers of pain and despair, Joan takes readers through the dark days of grief and guilt she felt both as a mother and as a frustrated professional who doesn’t understand why more hasn’t been done about this disease. With brutal honesty, Joan recalls how the lives of her entire family became entwined with her daughter’s illness as they watched her sink deeper into a place where no one could reach her. It is a powerful story of courage, hope, acceptance, and finally, forgiveness. Now, Joan reflects on her daughter’s many accomplishments, in spite of her illness, and sees them as Pam’s legacy to the world.

In an earlier book, The Myth of the Maiden: On Being a Woman, the author looks at the evolution of women from helpless maidens to dragon-slayers. Both books are excellent resources for personal growth and development after life changes and loss. In spite of many personal losses, Joan ‘walks the talk;’ she lives life to its fullest and maintains a level of energy and passion at age 76 that would put a 40-year-old to shame! A strikingly beautiful woman and energetic and inspiring speaker, Joan ignites the passion in others to find their own path to courage, healing and hope after the heartbreak and struggle of losing a loved one/child to suicide or any other cause of death.

Joan’s television series, Solutions, was dedicated to the memory of her daughter Pamela, and offered information and resources for anyone suffering from mental and mood disorders.  She provides lectures, workshops and seminars dedicated to her profession of mental health and women’s issues and is a spokesperson for bipolar disorder and suicide.

About the Author:

Joan E. Childs, LCSW, has been in private practice since 1978. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in couples therapy, known as Encounter-Centered Couples Therapy. An expert in Codependency, Inner Child Work, Original Pain Work, and Second Stage Recovery, she is certified in many modalities including a master practitioner in NLP, (neuro-linguistic programming), a master practitioner in EMDR, (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), Supervision, Hypnosis, PAIRS, (Practical Applications for Intimate Relationship Skills), and is a Certified Grief Counselor. She was the first affiliate of the John Bradshaw Center in the United States and has made appearances on national TV shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Mark Wahlberg Show, Maury Povich, The Montel Williams Show, and many more.

For more information on this remarkable woman and her work, please visit the website:  www.joanechilds.com.

Available at all online outlets and Amazon
Why Did She Jump?
My Daughter’s Battle with Bipolar Disorder

By Joan E. Childs, LCSW
Publisher: HCI Books
ISBN-13: 978-07573-1697-5 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 07573-1697-2 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-07573-1698-2 (ePub)
ISBN-10: 07573-1698-0 (ePub)

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Excerpts from five-star reviews on Amazon.com:

“… I lost my 23 year old daughter Kaitlyn to suicide… she was just starting her 3rd year of medical school… I have come to know (Joan’s) daughter through her eyes and memories and she was a beautiful person and was so loved. Her book has truly touched my heart.”

“… A true story of how Pamela, a young, beautiful psychotherapist, lived with a chronic debilitating mental illness and how her family got caught up in the whirlwind. It is also a story of how the mental health system continually failed her in not being able to provide her with any kind of useful assistance… This is a book for anyone who is contemplating a career in the health care field to make them aware of the challenges ahead.”

“This book should be read by anyone who’s lost a loved one due to mental illness and/or suicide. As a mother, I can’t imagine the pain Joan must have felt after losing her beautiful daughter. Her strength is inspiring.”

“Readers will learn more about Bipolar I Disorder, which thankfully, not every family has to deal with, but also about the grieving process, which we do all deal with. Despite being a heart-breaking story about illness, death and grief, Joan skillfully leaves you feeling better and actually hopeful at the end.”

Campaign to Save Lives

 

Can a Documentary Save Lives?

Producer of ‘Catch Me if You Can’ and ‘I, Robot’ Hopes to Make Film in Memory of His 13-Year-Old Daughter

In April 2010, movie producer Michel Shane kissed his daughter Emily goodbye and sent her off to a slumber party.  The next afternoon, as she walked alongside the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif., to meet him at their designated pickup spot for her ride home, a speeding motorist swerved off the road and struck her, killing her.

 

Emily became yet another victim of a road nicknamed “Blood Alley.”

 

Shane, executive producer of Catch Me if You Can and I, Robot,  hopes to end the senseless loss of life – in his community and others across the country – by doing what he knows best: telling the story on film.

 

“Documentaries have created movements, and in creating the documentary, we will identify workable solutions. I’m hoping Emily’s story and the stories of other who have died on Pacific Coast Highway will establish the template for every community cursed with a deadly stretch of highway,” says Shane.

 

He has launched a Kickstarter campaign, http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1253740183/pch-probably-cause-harm,  which runs through Aug. 20, to raise the money to make the film. 

 

“I’ve tried the traditional routes to address the safety issues on the highway, and nothing has happened. Until a person experiences the excruciating pain of losing someone they love more than life, most think as I did – ‘It won’t happen to us,’ ’’ Shane says. “By sharing the story of this highway and the lives it has taken through the most powerful medium I know, we can begin to address every ‘Blood Alley’ in the country.”

 

Discussion Questions

 

  • How can documentaries and other movies lead to social movements?
  • Why are more and more filmmakers turning to Kickstarter to fund projects?
  • I understand there were some ironic events leading up to the death of your daughter. Can you tell us about them?
  • Why aren’t measures being taken to make deadly roads like Pacific Coast Highway safer?
  • How will your project benefit other communities?

 

About Michel Shane: Michel Shane is a filmmaker, producer and co-founder of Hand Picked Films. He’s best known as the executive producer of “Catch Me If You Can” and “I, Robot,” along with his business partner Anthony Romano. On April 3, 2010, Shane’s 13-year-old daughter Emily Rose was killed by an erratic, speeding motorist on Pacific Coast Highway, a road that has become notorious for motorist and pedestrian fatalities. Lined by homes on one side and ocean on the other, it serves a community of 13,000 but draws hundreds of thousands of motorists on holiday weekends. Recognizing that many communities have a deadly highway, Shane hopes to provide a “template for change” using his documentary as a catalyst.