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Christmas is a great day to give back to your dad. Here are 12 books to give any man in your life, brother, son, uncle or anyone special for any occasion. Buy Early!
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#1 Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have provided counseling for hundreds of fathers. Most of the men I have counseled don’t particularly like to read but I can name a handful of men, fathers, that couldn’t put this book down. The book has a lot of references, stories, analogies, and metaphors from nature and the outdoors.

This book addresses deep issues of men to help them recover their masculine heart. The book addresses wounds that have been caused by our own father and brings healing to those areas so that we can be the father and positive male model to our children. It moves men from passivity into reclaiming passion and taking action to serve, love, and protect the ones we love. The book gets at the heart of the matter and inspires change.

It is particularly aimed at Christian men so it would be a good book for Christian fathers.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Casey Lee from Rooted Hearts Counseling LLC
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#2 The Boy Crisis by Warren Farrell PhD

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As the founder of a non–profit organization dedicated to the healthy development of young men, *The Boy Crisis, *written by Drs. Warren Farrell and John Gray*,* serves as a valuable resource for our mentors to better understand the issues that teen boys are experiencing. And, as a parent educator who teaches parents how to raise happy and responsible teen sons, I use *The Boy Crisis* as the main textbook because its filled with solutions that help parents have much better relationships with their sons.

I strongly recommend this book to any parent, mentor, therapist or sports coach so that they have the facts and solutions they need to be more effective in loving, coaching and supporting young men.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Liz Dowling from Dowling & Dennis PR
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#3 Saving Washington by Chris Formant

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Acclaimed author Chris Formant tells the forgotten story of how a group of citizen soldiers from Maryland fought a heroic battle against elite British forces to preserve the Continental Army and save the life of General George Washington. In this epic adventure based on scholarly research, two young aspiring Baltimore merchants, one white and one black, march to Brooklyn as part of the Maryland militia. Under-trained and under-equipped, they would soon be on the front lines of one of the most decisive battles for American independence.

Formant immerses us in their dedication and their sacrifice as he weaves an epic tale, which includes actual historical figures. These all but forgotten men who hold back the British made it possible for Washington to evacuate hundreds of soldiers to Manhattan and create a new military strategy that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Noelle Brown from Meryl Moss Media
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#4 RED Hotel by Ed Fuller and Gary Grossman

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The authors draw on their real-life international experience to weave a cinematic tale of high-stakes roulette, that takes readers on a heart-pounding adventure around the world. Dan Reilly, a former Army intelligence officer turned international hotel executive, is thrust into the role of detective after his hotel is bombed in Tokyo. As Reilly scrambles to install high-security measures at his company’s hotels, the clock winds down to a climatic event in Brussels that threatens NATO and the security of member nations.

RED HOTEL is a thriller that reflects today’s headlines and dares to take readers behind the front desk into the inner workings of the world’s most glamorous hotels.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Noelle Brown from Meryl Moss Media
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#5 Why a Daughter Needs a Dad by Gregory Lang

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This book is a fantastic little coffee table or bedside table book. It is filled with sweet sentiments about why a daughter needs a dad in her life, all of the things dad have the honor of teaching their daughters, and just how valuable that relationship is between a dad and his daughter. It is a sweet reminder of all the reasons (100 in total) men are so important in a daughter’s life.

One of the reasons listed is; A daughter needs a dad to help her take risks that will build her with confidence. My father was my hero and he embodied this book. He kept it on his nightstand up until he passed away. I would highly recommend!

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Susan Youngsteadt from Momma Suz
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#6 Bigger Than This by Fabian Geyrhalter

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In his latest book “*Bigger Than This: How To Turn Any Venture Into An Admired Brand*”, Fabian Geyrhalter challenges companies to discover their spark and connect with today’s consumers on a deeper level. Geyrhalter was inspired to write “Bigger Than This” after studying commodity brands that people go crazy for in today’s age of innovation. He was fascinated to realize that companies offering commodities — products that people don’t necessarily need more of in the marketplace, and that see no innovation in functionality or design — were flourishing. All of these companies had only two things in common that created their success: fantastic brand thinking and a truly authentic story to tell.

Geyrhalter felt there was a lot to learn from these brands, even for an established brand that may have lost its authenticity along the way. His book focuses on the traits he saw in these companies and how they can be re-infused into any brand that wants to connect more deeply with its audience.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Krista Loew from Orca Communications
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#7 The True Heart of a Man by Hanalei Vierra

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I wrote this book that gives adult men a 7-step “road map” to get out of an antiquated definition of masculinity that has brainwashed them to mistrust their emotional experiences and toward a healthier, more mature version of masculine identity that is needed in a 21st-century world.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Hanalei Vierra from Hanalei Vierra
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#8 A World War II Flight Surgeon’s Story by S. Carlisle May

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This book that I wrote is a true account of a Flight Surgeon’s experience working to keep pilots flying from Africa to Normandy to central Germany. The book is derived from personal interviews, letters home and pictures which include the historic meeting between Gens. Clark, Patton and Eisenhower and the visit from President Roosevelt. It also offers insight into medicine at that time.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Susan Carlisle May from Author Susan May
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#9 A Spiritual Renewal: A Journey to Medjugorje by Alberta Sequeira

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It might sound too spiritual and girly for men but this book is a heartfelt, moving memoir of the author’s father and her journey to find inner peace and renewal of life. It’s a story about her life with her father, Brigadier General, Albert L. Gramm. She shows how we can wait too long to learn about the lives of the men and women in the service after coming home from wars or life in general.

Brigadier, Albert L. Gramm, died on November 19, 1990, from cancer. It was then that Alberta realized while she stayed at his bedside during his illness that she never took the time to get to know this great man or his life fighting during WWII fighting in some of the famous battles; Metz, Lorraine, and The Battle of the Bulge. He had been one of the commanding officers of the 26th Yankee Division. He was about to take those achievements with him. Testimonies by other soldiers have included in the book with their experiences with war.

His devotion to saying the rosary every day while he faced his enemies during the war stayed with him on the return home. He had promised The Blessed Mother that if she got him home safely to his family, he would say the blessed prayer until his death.

It’s at this time, when Mr. Gramm struggled to say his rosary in his deathbed and losing concentration on it, that Alberta turns back to her faith. She learns the rosary and understand’s each decade is about the life of Mary and Jesus. She realized after fifteen years away from the Church that she not only needed God back in her life but wanted Him.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Purchase at: www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira

Contributor: Alberta Sequeira Blog
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#10 The Complete Book of Pontiac GTO by Tom Glatch

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The book gives you a year-by-year, model-by-model exploration of the world’s first muscle car, all in full-color photography, most of which have never been published. At 176 pages, with 250 color photos, it’s the definitive coffee table book, on the definitive muscle car.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Steve Roth from The Quarto Group
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#11 Supercar Revolution: The Fastest Cars of All Time by John Lamm

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The book charts the evolution of the fastest, most-lusted after and influential sportscars of all-time. Featuring Porsches, Ferraris, McLarens, Corvettes, Lamborghini and more, these are cars that can go 150 mph and beyond. With profiles of the designers and engineers who developed these cars and truly gorgeous photography, fans of these cars will love this book.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Steve Roth from The Quarto Group
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#12 Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1:64 Scale by Kris Palmer

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This book shares the history of the die-cast vehicles that started out as a new twist on toy cars and became a worldwide phenomenon. Officially licensed with Mattel, this in-depth retrospective reveals what makes these cars unique, how the models are designed, and all the work that goes into the play to ensure Hot Wheels™ maintain their position as the greatest toy cars ever made. Features photos from the Mattel archives and comes in a replica Hot Wheels™ carrying case. You’d be hard-pressed to find a dad who didn’t love their Hot Wheels!

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Steve Roth from The Quarto Group

 

 

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Christmas is a great day to give back to your dad. Here are 14 books to give any man in your life, brother, son, uncle or anyone special for any occasion.  Buy Early! 

#1 Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have provided counseling for hundreds of fathers. Most of the men I have counseled don’t particularly like to read but I can name a handful of men, fathers, that couldn’t put this book down. The book has a lot of references, stories, analogies, and metaphors from nature and the outdoors.

This book addresses deep issues of men to help them recover their masculine heart. The book addresses wounds that have been caused by our own father and brings healing to those areas so that we can be the father and positive male model to our children. It moves men from passivity into reclaiming passion and taking action to serve, love, and protect the ones we love. The book gets at the heart of the matter and inspires change.

It is particularly aimed at Christian men so it would be a good book for Christian fathers.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Casey Lee from Rooted Hearts Counseling LLC

 

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#2 The Boy Crisis by Warren Farrell PhD

As the founder of a non–profit organization dedicated to the healthy development of young men, *The Boy Crisis, *written by Drs. Warren Farrell and John Gray*,* serves as a valuable resource for our mentors to better understand the issues that teen boys are experiencing. And, as a parent educator who teaches parents how to raise happy and responsible teen sons, I use *The Boy Crisis* as the main textbook because its filled with solutions that help parents have much better relationships with their sons.

I strongly recommend this book to any parent, mentor, therapist or sports coach so that they have the facts and solutions they need to be more effective in loving, coaching and supporting young men.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Liz Dowling from Dowling & Dennis PR

 

 

 

 

#3 Saving Washington by Chris Formant

Acclaimed author Chris Formant tells the forgotten story of how a group of citizen soldiers from Maryland fought a heroic battle against elite British forces to preserve the Continental Army and save the life of General George Washington. In this epic adventure based on scholarly research, two young aspiring Baltimore merchants, one white and one black, march to Brooklyn as part of the Maryland militia. Under-trained and under-equipped, they would soon be on the front lines of one of the most decisive battles for American independence.

Formant immerses us in their dedication and their sacrifice as he weaves an epic tale, which includes actual historical figures. These all but forgotten men who held back the British made it possible for Washington to evacuate hundreds of soldiers to Manhattan and create a new military strategy that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Noelle Brown from Meryl Moss Media

 

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#4 RED Hotel by Ed Fuller and Gary Grossman

The authors draw on their real-life international experience to weave a cinematic tale of high-stakes roulette, that takes readers on a heart-pounding adventure around the world. Dan Reilly, a former Army intelligence officer turned international hotel executive, is thrust into the role of detective after his hotel is bombed in Tokyo. As Reilly scrambles to install high-security measures at his company's hotels, the clock winds down to a climatic event in Brussels that threatens NATO and the security of member nations.

RED HOTEL is a thriller that reflects today's headlines and dares to take readers behind the front desk into the inner workings of the world's most glamorous hotels.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Noelle Brown from Meryl Moss Media

 

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#5 Why a Daughter Needs a Dad by Gregory Lang

This book is a fantastic little coffee table or bedside table book. It is filled with sweet sentiments about why a daughter needs a dad in her life, all of the things dad have the honor of teaching their daughters, and just how valuable that relationship is between a dad and his daughter. It is a sweet reminder of all the reasons (100 in total) men are so important in a daughter's life.

One of the reasons listed is; A daughter needs a dad to help her take risks that will build her with confidence. My father was my hero and he embodied this book. He kept it on his nightstand up until he passed away. I would highly recommend!

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Susan Youngsteadt from Momma Suz

 

 
 

 

#6 Bigger Than This by Fabian Geyrhalter

In his latest book “*Bigger Than This: How To Turn Any Venture Into An Admired Brand*”, Fabian Geyrhalter challenges companies to discover their spark and connect with today’s consumers on a deeper level. Geyrhalter was inspired to write “Bigger Than This” after studying commodity brands that people go crazy for in today’s age of innovation. He was fascinated to realize that companies offering commodities — products that people don’t necessarily need more of in the marketplace, and that see no innovation in functionality or design — were flourishing. All of these companies had only two things in common that created their success: fantastic brand thinking and a truly authentic story to tell.

Geyrhalter felt there was a lot to learn from these brands, even for an established brand that may have lost its authenticity along the way. His book focuses on the traits he saw in these companies and how they can be re-infused into any brand that wants to connect more deeply with its audience.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Krista Loew from Orca Communications

 

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#7 The True Heart of a Man by Hanalei Vierra

I wrote this book that gives adult men a 7-step “road map” to get out of an antiquated definition of masculinity that has brainwashed them to mistrust their emotional experiences and toward a healthier, more mature version of masculine identity that is needed in a 21st-century world.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Hanalei Vierra from Hanalei Vierra

 

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#8 A World War II Flight Surgeon’s Story by S. Carlisle May

This book that I wrote is a true account of a Flight Surgeon's experience working to keep pilots flying from Africa to Normandy to central Germany. The book is derived from personal interviews, letters home and pictures which include the historic meeting between Gens. Clark, Patton and Eisenhower and the visit from President Roosevelt. It also offers insight into medicine at that time.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Susan Carlisle May from Author Susan May

 

 
 

 

 
 

#9 A Spiritual Renewal: A Journey to Medjugorje by Alberta Sequeira

It might sound too spiritual and girly for men but this book is a heartfelt, moving memoir of the author's father and her journey to find inner peace and renewal of life. It's a story about her life with her father, Brigadier General, Albert L. Gramm. She shows how we can wait too long to learn about the lives of the men and women in the service after coming home from wars or life in general.

Brigadier, Albert L. Gramm, died on November 19, 1990, from cancer. It was then that Alberta realized while she stayed at his bedside during his illness that she never took the time to get to know this great man or his life fighting during WWII fighting in some of the famous battles; Metz, Lorraine, and The Battle of the Bulge. He had been one of the commanding officers of the 26th Yankee Division. He was about to take those achievements with him.

His devotion to saying the rosary every day while he faced his enemies during the war stayed with him on the return home. He had promised The Blessed Mother that if she got him home safely to his family, he would say the blessed prayer until his death.

It's at this time, when Mr. Gramm struggled to say his rosary in his deathbed and losing concentration on it, that Alberta turns back to her faith. She learns the rosary and understand's each decade is about the life of Mary and Jesus. She realized after fifteen years away from the Church that she not only needed God back in her life but wanted Him.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Alberta Sequeira Blog

 

 
 

 

#10 The Complete Book of Pontiac GTO by Tom Glatch

The book gives you a year-by-year, model-by-model exploration of the world's first muscle car, all in full-color photography, most of which have never been published. At 176 pages, with 250 color photos, it’s the definitive coffee table book, on the definitive muscle car.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Steve Roth from The Quarto Group 

 

 
 

 

 
 

#11 Supercar Revolution: The Fastest Cars of All Time by John Lamm

The book charts the evolution of the fastest, most-lusted after and influential sportscars of all-time. Featuring Porsches, Ferraris, McLarens, Corvettes, Lamborghini and more, these are cars that can go 150 mph and beyond. With profiles of the designers and engineers who developed these cars and truly gorgeous photography, fans of these cars will love this book.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Steve Roth from The Quarto Group 

 

 

 

#12 Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1:64 Scale by Kris Palmer

This book shares the history of the die-cast vehicles that started out as a new twist on toy cars and became a worldwide phenomenon. Officially licensed with Mattel, this in-depth retrospective reveals what makes these cars unique, how the models are designed, and all the work that goes into the play to ensure Hot Wheels™ maintain their position as the greatest toy cars ever made. Features photos from the Mattel archives and comes in a replica Hot Wheels™ carrying case. You’d be hard-pressed to find a dad who didn’t love their Hot Wheels!

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Steve Roth from The Quarto Group 

 

 
 

 

 
 

#13 Speed Read Porsche 911 by Wayne R. Dempsey

This book breaks this immortal rear-engined sports car down into fully illustrated, easy-to-digest portions that neophytes and experts alike will love. Fans of the iconic and influential sports car will learn about its creation and design, why they’ve had a never-ending allure and how the car has dominated racing for over 50 years.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Steve Roth from The Quarto Group 

 

 
 

 

#14 Tom Cotter’s Best Barn-Find Collector Car Tales by Tom Cotter

Tom is by far the best-known barn-find collector-car expert working today. Tom Cotter's Best Barn-Find Collector Car Tales pulls together his best barn find stories from America and around the globe. From Shelby Cobras to classic Duesenbergs, to Harley hoards and lost supercars, Cotter brings to light the most amazing, outrageous, and unexpected finds he and his barn-finding brethren have discovered.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Steve Roth from The Quarto Group 

 

Our Blessed Mother Appears

 
The Virgin Mary appears!!! (Seven minutes into the video) I have visited Medjugorje in 1991 & 1993. This place completely changed my life for the better. As a result, I embrace the Catholic faith with much love and conviction. I witnessed several things at this site. The spinning sun was daily and throughout the entire day, rosaries changing into gold, but the most impressive thing I experienced was the “ultimate love” that penetrated (I know this sounds odd) into every cell of my body, a love beyond comprehension, a love I have yet to experience from anyone in my life.
 
One person emailed a diatribe in an attempt to condemn Medjugorje. Such an email deserves a response, one with facts, one that provides info regarding the Vatican’s ongoing investigations, one with sound reason, one with faith, one that requires an open mind and heart. Fact: The Vatican, more specifically, JPII, for the ‘first time in church history’ removed the authority of the local Bishop to suggest any final pronouncements in favor or condemnation of Medjugorje. The local Bishop retains all other faculties with this one exception. The local Bishop(s) of Medjugorje never extended an invitation for the Holy See, the Supreme Pontiff, to visit Medjugorje in all of JPII’s 27 years as Pope.
 
The devil is alive and well. There are many postings that mislead the reader. Instead of the conflicts, and propaganda, people ought to focus on the realities of Medjugorje. More notable, the millions of conversions, and countless people returning to the faith, and numerous investigations of miraculous healings i.e. deaf, blind, lame, cancer, aids etc. I do not know how the devil would benefit from such conversions. Oh yes, the church ‘does’ approve pilgrimages. The prized site will soon be the most important Marian site on planet earth. To date, Medjugorje is the 2nd most visited Marian apparition site in church history. I respect the office of the Bishop. God appointed him as such, and for a reason. God has a plan for everyone. The current Bishop of Medjugorje does not believe in Fatima or Lourdes. No doubt he rejects his own place of interest. Working at a Diocese, I learned much about people’s personalities, attitudes, behaviors, differences of opinions, and everyday activities within an organization. Bishops are people too. We are blessed to have one of the most Orthodox Bishops in America. Bishops are men, they are not infallible. What makes a Bishop? Answer, it is a priest promoted and there is no special “Bishop school” to attend. They are handpicked by the nuncio. The Bishop in Pueblo has visited Medjugorje and BELIEVES in it firmly! It is estimated, over 40,000 priests and 2000 Bishops have visited Medjugorje in the last 31 years. No small task, for something that is considered, by some, as just ‘ordinary’. Big Fact #2: The church has never condemned Medjugorje! The Mother of God once stated, what she first started in Fatima (in 1917) she will end in Medjugorje. What an interesting comment considering widespread apostasy in our modern society. Fruits: The lines of confessions are rather long in Medjugorje. This is a norm in Medjugorje. However, much of the world has almost forgotten this Sacrament. Recall what Jesus said, “You shall know them by their fruits.” People are returning to the church in record numbers in Medjugorje – like no other place on earth! In 1991, I waited in line literally eight hours, yes, 8 hours. There is an overwhelming amount of graces given to those who embrace Our Lady, Queen Peace in Medjugorje. In 1982, a message was given at Medjugorje to one of the seers. The BVM stated The Church would undertake a great trial. The devil was given extra power and permission to enter it for a period of 1 century. Sounds like the ecstasy of Pope Leo XIII? Personally, I think the 100 year influence started in 1917 AD, not in the year 1900AD or 1901AD, the beginning of the 20th Century. Our modern society strives to ‘get it quick’, we are a society comprised of non-thinkers, a society, for the most part, that does not pray. The Blessed Virgin Mary stresses praying, fasting, converting, attend daily mass, and to recite the rosary. If it takes 30+ years to complete the work of Our Lady — so be it. Avoid embracing a Burger King mentality, “This place has tested my threshold of patience….I have decided to omit these seers due to their longevity”. Wow, what if Our Lord took the same approach to each one of us? The more things change the more they remain the same. Medjugorje is by far, the most vital Marian site on planet earth. I anticipate the devil, the father of lies, the great deceiver, to continue his work in keeping people from listening and acting upon the messages of Medjugorje, messages that only mirror the Gospel. I suggest embracing truth, pray, virtue, Sacraments, and to live out Our Lady’s messages of Medjugorje. God love ya.   Mystic Pos

A Reminder of Death with Addiction

 

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Last weekend, my heart was broken all over again. My precious daughter, Lori Cahill, died in 2006 at 39 years of age from her alcohol and drug addiction. Those who have lost know the pain. She is put to rest with her father, who also died in 1985 at 45 years of age from addiction.

I have moments of guilt where time goes by and I have buried the loss deep in the depth of my soul and hide it. I try not to relive it. UNTIL, an event brings that RAW moment to the surface. 

I received a call that Lori’s dearest friend, Wendy, lost her life. She had been in and out of substance abuse rehabilitations since Lori’s death. She had been struggle to over-come the hold. For awhile, she lived in an apartment. 

I remember as if it was yesterday, Lori’s funeral and Wendy was hidden in the last pew of church with tears flowing down her cheeks watching us roll Lori’s casket out of the church. I stopped and hugged her and gave her a kiss saying,”Live for Lori.” How often Wendy called me Mom.

In the picture, Lori, is on the far left at fifteen, a friend in the middle, and Wendy on the far right. All three were inseparable. It was the night of their high school prom. 

This news threw me into a state as if I had just lost Lori all over again. I swear I cried non-stop for two days each time I thought about Lori’s friend. Maybe it was a closeness to Lori that I felt was now gone. 

People have asked me numerous times after writing Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round; An Alcholic Family in Crisis about losing Richie, my husband, and Please, God, Not Two; This Killer Called Alcholism about the lose of Lori, if it healed me.

No, nothing heals the loss of anyone, young or old, or from what. There is a gap that is never filled again. I see Lori’s son, who married a year ago and her daughter, who had a baby last October of 2017. How proud she would have been and excited over a grandson. 

I’m writing this for all the families and friends who have lost a dear one from this horrible worldwide disease to let you know that I feel your pain and loss. 

This picture brings me back to yesteryears wishing to God I could have changed things. So many of those wonderful friends of Lori’s who came to our house like a meeting place have died or are still suffering from addiction. They were so young thinking drinking was fun. 

I had to share this. Tell me your story. I’d love to hear it. If you give me permission, I’ll place it here on the site so others will see how we hurt. Maybe, just maybe, someone struggling with alcohol or drug abuse will fight to live. 

Thank you,
Alberta Sequeira
[email protected]

Event for Writers and Authors Today, Monday the 8th


Authors Without Borders will be at the Old Colony YMCA at 360 Main Street in Brockton.  We'll have our books, info on our group (www.awb6.com), handbooks on how to write, getting published, writing memoirs, Writing your own book in Createspace.  I will have my books on substance abuse, other fantasy, poetry and short stories. We'd love to see you.

We will be there today, Monday the 8th from 10am-3pm.  

Alberta Sequeira

 

 

 

 

Another Associate Member with a Book Award

Kid Mobster

Michael Decicco 

Michael J. DeCicco is an Associate Member or our group Authors Without Borders (www.awb6.comand www.authorswihoutborders.wordpress.com) and we are proud to announce his new Amazon and Kindle release of his young adult novel The Kid Mobster which is the recent winner of “Shelf Unbound BestBook Runner-Up Award.”

The Kid Mobster is an action-filled, insightful, coming of age of a high school senior and dreamer who loses the part-time job he had needed to earn his money for college and goes to work for a mob-connected scam artist, Mederick Anders…before realizing the corrupt world he has joined. 

Find it now on www.authorsden.com/michaeldeciddo or amazon.com/books

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For All Writers

MEET & GREET EVENT

FOR ALL WRITERS

"Free" Event at Braintree’s Thayer Library

 

    Don’t know how to start your writing project?  Have you already started but it’s not working out the way you want?  Have you finished a final draft but can’t find an agent or publisher?  Or wondering how to market your published work? Would you like advice and support from experienced writers?  Or simply chat with others who share your interests, frustrations, obstacles, and successes?

Time and Place:  Saturday, September 29th,  from 11 am to 2 pm, Authors Without Borders is partnering with the Thayer Public Library to hold a free, public Meet & Greet— for writers who are published, unpublished, aspiring, or just interested in learning more.  The library is located at 798 Washington St., Braintree, MA 02184.

    Authors Without Borders began in 2007 as a regional consortium of four authors who came together to market their books and assist other writers in the difficulties of writing and navigating the rocky road to publication and beyond. 

    Founding members include published authors Pat Perry of Fairhaven, MA (fantasy), Willie Pleasants of Dorchester (poetry and short stories), Alberta Sequeira of North Dartmouth, MA (memoirs and Narrative Non-Fiction), Joyce Keller Walsh of Lakeville, MA (mysteries and plays).

    AWB does workshops, presentations, produce and hosts the NBTV-95 Cable T.V. show in New Bedford titled, “Authors Without Borders Presents.”  The group interviews writers, artist, and publishers.  AWB also has an Associate Members program which includes writers with a diversity of interests. 

    See our website  (www.awb6.com) for additional information on members, services, and events. Check our other website at www.authorswithoutborders.wordpress.com. You can contact us at [email protected].

The Thayer Library is providing free refreshments for this meeting. To register (so the Library can estimate the number of refreshments needed), please contact Laurie Cavanaugh, Circulation Librarian at (781) 848-0405. The library’s website is www.thayerpubliclibrary.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Searching for an Agent or Publisher

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Finally, after a good year, my first fictional series of The Rusty Years: A Remembrance of Being Young is completed. I sent my first query letter out to an agent of choice. Hopefully, the topic will be what interest her. She was looking for historical fiction, and especially, work featuring female characters, about families and friends, with unique narrative voices, I hope my story will interest her. 

The Rusty Years follows three friends, Jenny Rossini, Rita Costa, and Kathleen Perry, as they come of age and begin to find their way in the world during the Great Depression in the 1930’s. Tragedy haunts the girls as they navigate complicated family dynamics, the workplace, romance, the mob, and a rapidly changing world.

I’d like to get this into a sequel. If it takes a third book, I will make it a series.  I’m confident the ending will have my readers shocked.  After three memoirs, Narrative Non-Fiction, and three handbooks from my writer’s workshops, I want my followers to see a lighter side of me.

I will keep you posted if a get a nibble with the query.  If no interest comes, my next action will be to self-publish again but I feel so different from this story. 

So my followers, and past readers hang in for an interesting, different and enjoyable saga about to unfold. 

Alberta Sequeira

Believing when we lose a loved one

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This is not a book just for women. It’s about my not taking advantage of getting to know my father, Albert L. Gramm, before he died in 1990. He was a retired Brigadier General in the Army and served in the 26th Yankee Division becoming one of their commanding offices during WWII, fighting in some famous battles like; Metz, Lorraine and The Battle of the Bulge. Yes, so many of us let our parent’s lives go with them when they leave this world. We forget they were young at one time.

I watched my father die slowly from cancer at eighty years old as he laid in his bed each day. I unexpectedly called in work on a Monday morning stating I was taking two weeks off to spend my last moments with him. Since I handled the largest account of the company, my manager was upset with no replacement that day. At the time, my need to be with Dad was stronger than leaving him. If they let me go, I felt secure that another job could be found.

He lived with my mother, Sophie Gramm, my brother, Joseph and his wife, Marge in South Dennis, Massachusetts, located down the Cape Cod area. They both lived for years in East Falmouth, Massachusetts. The morning of his death, Cathy Valeriani, Vice President of the Ashumet Valley Property Owners, Inc. came to tell him, they were naming the main entrance parcel of Ashumet Vally to be known as the AL GRAMM PARK. The location is at the corner of Route 151 on Nathan Ellis Highway and Fordham Road in East Falmouth. You can’t miss the tall American flag flying at the large stone. Cathy arrived around 10am and Dad passed at 5am that morning. He never heard the news.

Lucky I did not go to work Monday, because the following Friday, when I would have been returning, my father passed. I would have been at work. Instead, I stayed with him before being taken to the funeral home. 

I had many blessing before his left us. He gave me a special gift opening his eyes the last time while I faced him in the rocker staring at him. His warm, lovable smile went through my heart like a flame and has stayed burnt in it since he left. Thinking back to him showing me his love with that grin, still melts my heart. It brings a smile to my face. 

I watched him holding his rosaries every day and night trying to concentrate as he said them. My sister, Leona, asked if he wanted us to say them for him. I never in my life learned the rosary. We are all given them at our First Holy Communion. How many know how to say them? Here I was at 42 years old not knowing this beautiful prayer. I said them along with my sister and two sister-in-laws. I learned that this prayer was about the lives of Jesus and his loving mother, Mary. 

Leona gave me his beads when he died. He had them his whole life and placed them in his pant’s pocket wherever he went during the war to say them. He promised Our Lady that if she got him home safe to his family, he would say them until his death. He was struggling to keep that promise dying in bed.

His death was a gift to me, because I had left the Church for 15 years from being bitter that God had deserted me while I tried to hold my family together with an alcoholic husband and two daughters. At the time of my father’s death, I realized I not only needed God back in my life, but that I wanted Him. Opening up my heart to God, made me see that it wasn’t God that left me, I left Him. I shut the door on Him. 

I had choices living in fear, confusion and abuse with alcoholism in our family. Instead of leaving and keeping the girls safe, I became a great enabler for over fourteen years, damaging my daughter, Lori. If I hadn’t had God in my life, I would have not survived her death or my husbands from this worldwide disease. 

I took their deaths and made them into books. In this one, I show how God became my life. We will never know why He takes our loved ones, especially the young. We have to wait until He calls us. I wrote about Richie and Lori’s life ending with the conclusion written by 34 alcoholics and addicts about what we are missing as family to work together for them to desire the want to recover. 

This is a book of love, family, death, God, and having our faith return. It doesn’t matter what your religion is that you practice. We are all His children.
The book and the others can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira

It’s a wonderful book to give as a gift to someone in the hospital, sick, dying, someone who has lost their way, or one for you to open your heart to reality….We are here for a short time. Love one another each day! We never know when God will knock on our doors.

Alberta Sequeira
www.albertasequeira.wordpress.com
Email: [email protected]

"Free" Upcoming Writer's Workshop in September 2018

Authors Without Borders would like to send an invitation to all writers, authors, and all of you who want to write but have no idea where to start. It's a relaxed, mingle-in event to just chat and find out the roadblocks to our writing. A chance to meet other authors so all of us can throw ideas around on helping each other write, promote, market our work, and getting published. We have two websites: awb6.com and authorswithoutborders.wordpress.com. Email us at [email protected].

Alberta Sequeira: www.albertasequeira.org

 

 

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Meet & Greet
For All Writers
Free Event at Braintree’s Thayer Library

Don’t know how to start your writing project? Have you already started but it’s not working out the way you want? Have you finished a final draft but can’t find an agent or publisher? Or wondering how to market your published work? Would you like advice and support from experienced writers? Or simply chat with others who share your interests, frustrations, obstacles, and successes?
To help with these issues, on Saturday, September 29th, from 11 am to 2 pm, Authors Without Borders is partnering with the Thayer Public Library to hold a free, public Meet & Greet— for writers who are published, unpublished, aspiring, or just interested in learning more. The library is located at 798 Washington St., Braintree, MA 02184. 

The Thayer Library is providing free refreshments for this meeting. To register (so the Library can estimate the amount of refreshments needed), please contact Laurie Cavanaugh, Circulation Librarian at (781) 848-0405. The library’s website is www.thayerpubliclibrary.org

 

 

 

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