One woman's story of abuse, tragedy, and overcoming adversity to find herself and her voice. M.A. Howard is truly a survivor!
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A broken man. A fallen woman. One loving God...or so each hopes. Lance Corporal Scott James Gensicki was sent to war by God, asked by Him to go serve his country, to serve Him there. And all he has now is a darkness that is eating him from the inside out. Not a single part of Anja Rose Whittle was free. Not a single part of her still knew what it was like to live a normal life, a life with Him in it. God whispers, "Darkness, in all its irony, is a reminder of Me. It is a reminder that while there is darkness in this world, even inside you, it is so you can more clearly see the good, so you can see Me, even if I am not physically there. Faith is not only believing in what you can't see, but it is also believing what I can see." As your trustworthy guide, I am here to tell you their story-and your story-one that begs the question: will SJ and Anja give into the claws of darkness that threaten to bind them at every turn or will they claim God's promises of light that unlock a hopeful, bright future?
Haunted by her involvement in her parents death at the age of ten, Cassandra has never been confident in the love that others felt for hernot her adoptive parents, her friends and certainly not the man she loved with all her heart. So, after giving herself to her high school sweetheart on prom night, she flees from the overpowering fears and all those who supported her. And then after four years of sleeping with one strange man after anotherwhose names she couldn't remember or never knewshe decided enough was enough. It was time to return to face those she'd left behind, particularly Brenden Carter. Brenden should hate Cass for running away from their love and with his daughter, but somehow even after years of telling himself he hated her--and doing a lot of womanizing himself--Cass' smile still managed to get next to him. Will he be able to forgive her for leaving him when he needed her most?
No Matter What is designed to inspire, encourage and motivate young people in their walk with Jesus Christ. It delivers a powerful message to young athletes. personal experiences and from the Bible to illustrate key issues relating to strengthening character and building spiritual maturity. It provides exciting stories and illustrations to encourage young people to keep their faith and guard their heart.
Volume One of No Matter What told of the authors childhood and of the many experiences that prepared him for a lifetime of work with troubled kids and adults. The author admitted to being a mountain man and a cowboy, and Volume One blended those two lifestyles into his work building the Bar D ranch for boys. Volume One closed with the hint of an approaching political storm with the state and a mad womans vengeful determination to close the Bar D. Volume Two of No Matter What picks up the authors story where the political storm grows into a full and fiery fury leaving little but ashes and desolation. The author says of the fury: The ornery blister won the battle, but she didnt win the war. After all, she did not have the power to take a life. Oh, she muddied the waters some but she couldnt stop the flow. Volume Two shares many traumatic and often humorous stories of a multitude of young people who have inhabited the authors life. He shares their stories and many of the secrets leading to their getting well. In 1998 during open heart surgery, the author moved in and out of a near death experience. He says it was not a near death experience because his medical records said he was dead. The author believes the experience taught him many things which he cannot share at this time. He did, however, recover enough to finish his long and distinguished career as a mental therapist. The author and his wife, Jenenne, now live in Angel Valley with their faithful dog, Pepper, and their many horses. This is the last word the author will write about the Bar D and the devastation that happened there. It is yet a horrific memory but a memory that needs to be forgotten - for that was then and this is now. Many of the Bar D kids, who grew to manhood there, still write, call, or come to visit. Those young men and woman who have filled the authors life with joyous times since the Bar D, continue to share their progress and affection with him. Those prophetic words, Never say Die, the fla
Tormented for her weight, height, & dark-colored skin... Latonya turns to drugs to gain acceptance from her peers. It doesn’t work. The bullying grows stronger and the drugs get weaker. At 17, she starts prostituting – protected or unprotected. She is raped, beaten and sexually violated. After making a direct sale to an undercover cop, Latonya faces 2 to 6 years in prison. A plea with a judge allows her to enter rehab as an alternative to incarceration. She completes drug treatment, a job readiness program and completes her GED. Latonya learns to accept the consequences of her destructive lifestyle and continues to share her story with others.
As a high school vice principal, Molly Callahan is used to being the one with all the solutions. Not this time. Her teenage daughter's pregnancy has Molly questioning her own choices and unable to make the tough decisions. Figuring out what's right and wrong isn't so simple anymore, and now, more than ever, she needs someone to trust. Little does she expect that person to be Richard Ward. Their teenagers' dilemma has forced them to meet, but something much more powerful is pulling them together. This is hardly the time for Richard and Molly to think about themselves…yet she can't stop this attraction. Letting herself count on him is one thing. Letting herself fall for him? That's guaranteed to make things very complicated.
'I love you, no matter what.' An uplifting true story of an ordinary couple who build an extraordinary family, No Matter What describes how Sally and Rob Donovan embark upon a journey to adopt following a diagnosis of infertility. Sally Donovan brings to life with characteristic wit and honesty the difficulties of living with infertility, their decision to adopt and the bewildering process involved. Finally matched with young siblings Jaymey and Harlee, Sally and Rob's joy turns to shock as they discover disturbing details of their children's past and realise that they must do everything it takes to heal their children. By turns tragic, inspiring and hilarious, Sally and Rob's story offers a rare insight into the world of adoptive parents and just what it takes to bring love to the lives of traumatised children.
Erin McFadden is tired of her boring, rustic life. She grew up in the small town of Iuntah on Erica, a distant planet discovered after the destruction of Earth. Iuntah is miles away from anyone or anywhere, and most of the people who live there believe that simplicity is the only way to peace and happiness. But all Erin sees is simplemindedness and a dead end. Her desire is to explore and get away from the community that has been holding her back. Her wishes come true one summer day, culminating in an event that changes her life forever. Little does Erin know that the town she grew up in is about to experience this radical change, as well. A shady developer proposes to build a new highway through the town. But the residents of Iuntah don't want their quaint village destroyed. When discussions fail, the developer resorts to strong-arm tactics to get what he wants. Erin has the chance to become a savior in her small civilization by safeguarding an ancient secret. But can she face up to the challenge of overcoming the traumatic events-both physical and emotional-that finally push her away from home and out of her safety zone? Erin must press on if she wants to survive her first year outside of the only realm she has known since childhood.
What if the secret to being your best, attracting people and leading people was merely knowing what, why and how to commit to people? All you have ever wanted was to have more meaningful relationships, attract others to your cause and be able to make a difference in the lives of the people around you. You can have all this and more when you harness the power of the commitment. No Matter What starts with a simple “Yes” that forms a commitment you make to yourself and to the people around you. You will discover that, No Matter What, you will be able to: Make your word your bond Know and live your values Help people be their very best Create a good reputation in a troubled world Develop and sustain sound financial principles No Matter What is simple, powerful and life changing. When you start right now you will be committing to a better future for yourself and the people around you, No Matter What! For over 25 years, Sam Silverstein has helped people and organizations be the very best they can be. Sam will share the truth of what accountability is, why it is the most powerful change agent in existence and how you can harness the power of commitment in 10 specific and defining areas. Sam has worked with companies, government agencies and individuals around the world helping them create their best possible self through the power of accountability. Thousands of people have put Sam’s philosophies and tools to work as they have grown and prospered.
No Matter What is based on a true story about life, love, and faith. Collette, a farm wife, is faced with the most devastating news of her life when her husband Merl is diagnosed with cancer. She is left with running the family farm, and the grief that encompasses her. She has many struggles as she continues to be a mother of three young adult children but still live her own life to the fullest. Collette's struggles teach her to depend on her faith in God, as she learns to listen more carefully for God's instructions. This passionate account of her journals and life will touch your heart. It is filled with an emotional account of the stages and feelings of grief that everyone goes through. Walk this journey with Collette as she learns to trust God and to persevere in life.
Though SARK has empowered millions to live their creative dreams, manage their businesses, and savor personal connections, the deaths of her mother and cat and the end of a treasured relationship tested her ability to walk her talk. But as Glad No Matter What shows, she journeyed through the spirals and layers of grief and loss and emerged stronger and more whole. In this inspiring book, she shares the insights she found along the way — practical strategies we can all use to cultivate profound, positive transformation through, rather than despite, life’s inevitable travails.
How will you respond when your child makes a decision you don't agree with? Parents and kids will never agree on everything but what can mom and dad do when that decision—whether a matter of preference, spirituality, or morality—is something they think is totally wrong? Author and speaker Brenda Garrison knows all too well that how parents respond will either build a wall or a bridge between them and their child. Brenda and her husband were forced to answer this question when their oldest daughter Katie abruptly moved out of the house with no means of support. It was not an illegal or immoral decision, but it was one that wasn't good for her. Their determination to keep an open door of communication is documented not only by their story, but by comments from Katie in each chapter as she offers insights from her own perspective. Also included are other family scenarios—everything from matters of preference to foolish, immoral, and even illegal decisions—as well as insights into different styles of parenting such as servant, checked-out, gotcha, scared, and controlling parents. With practical tips and relatable stories, Brenda shares how to model God's parenting style and explains the difference between the parent's responsibilities and the child's, then helps mom and dad discover ways to develop and nurture a relationship with their child that will last a lifetime.
With growing academic responsibilities, family commitments, and inboxes, scholars are struggling to fulfill their writing goals. A finished book—or even steady journal articles—may seem like an impossible dream. But, as Joli Jensen proves, it really is possible to write happily and productively in academe. Jensen begins by busting the myth that universities are supportive writing environments. She points out that academia, an arena dedicated to scholarship, offers pressures that actually prevent scholarly writing. She shows how to acknowledge these less-than-ideal conditions, and how to keep these circumstances from draining writing time and energy. Jensen introduces tools and techniques that encourage frequent, low-stress writing. She points out common ways writers stall and offers workarounds that maintain productivity. Her focus is not on content, but on how to overcome whatever stands in the way of academic writing. Write No Matter What draws on popular and scholarly insights into the writing process and stems from Jensen’s experience designing and directing a faculty writing program. With more than three decades as an academic writer, Jensen knows what really helps and hinders the scholarly writing process for scholars in the humanities, social sciences,and sciences. Cut down the academic sword of Damocles, Jensen advises. Learn how to write often and effectively, without pressure or shame. With her encouragement, writers of all levels will find ways to create the writing support they need and deserve.
Divorced parents desperate to help ease their childrens’ pain after divorce will welcome Hope No Matter What. This interactive devotional will help single parents guide their child/children through the fallout of divorce by offering hope through faith in God with assurance of His steadfast mercy. Birthed out of Kim Hill’s personal story, this book blazes a trail for parents and children to process their feelings, express their fears and focus on God’s faithfulness in spite of their sadness and disappointment. Parents concerned about their children’s emotional and spiritual wellbeing will find this book opens the door to meaningful conversations so as to calm fears and dispel emotional confusion. Each part of the 31-day devotional includes a lyric from one of her songs, a devotion, a Scripture and a prayer with a directed activity for parent/child interaction.
A 4-week course offering new tools to deal with the challenging emotions that get in the way of enjoying life. These incredible self-soothing methods, created by a highly respected life coach and inspirational speaker, really do work. How can you be OK when you're not? How can you deal with intense emotions that get in the way of enjoying life, such as jealousy, insecurity and loneliness? There's plenty of talk about the power of self-acceptance and self-love and 'creating your reality' but so often this just doesn't work out the way we hope. So what's the answer? So many self-help books are 'all talk' but here is something that works. Created from ten years of teaching experience, the techniques in this book really will guide you to find emotional freedom and peace of mind no matter what's going on. This book takes you on the same coaching journey that Michael uses with his clients and has witnessed working because it's about feeling better rather than being better. Step-by-step you'll learn how to be free from intrusive thoughts and challenging emotions, and how to step out bravely into the world, not caring so much what others think. It explains Michael's unique techniques, from the Magic Button, which gets you to see what you can do to change things rather than remaining afraid, to the Relationship Tigger, which offers instant soothing for challenging feelings such as jealousy and fear of rejection, to the Tools for Emotional Overwhelm, fast-acting kinetic techniques for when you're in an emotional storm and nothing is helping. Amazing things happen when you know how to simply be yourself and love yourself, shining bright as who you are - and this book will show you how.
The McConnellsburg Bed & Breakfast had been in the Keyser family for over five generations. The towns people had always wonderd why it never was out of family hands. The old house held secrets, old and new that needed to be protected at all cost. Some guest would always wonder why two rooms would never be rented out, what was behind those doors? While other would rave about the heirloom lillies blooming and their lovely scent hanging in the air as they sip their tea in the back garden. And yet they all would say something was strange about the woman that ran the old place. Amelia, sweet, gentle, and yet odd. Emily the youngest sister who did the baking for guest, so friendly and inviting. Terra the sister who came home from time to time, who appears to know nothing of what goes on, but does she really? A family of many secrets, many generations, at any cost they must be kept!
Feeding Everyone No Matter What presents a scientific approach to the practicalities of planning for long-term interruption to food production. The primary historic solution developed over the last several decades is increased food storage. However, storing up enough food to feed everyone would take a significant amount of time and would increase the price of food, killing additional people due to inadequate global access to affordable food. Humanity is far from doomed, however, in these situations - there are solutions. This book provides an order of magnitude technical analysis comparing caloric requirements of all humans for five years with conversion of existing vegetation and fossil fuels to edible food. It presents mechanisms for global-scale conversion including: natural gas-digesting bacteria, extracting food from leaves, and conversion of fiber by enzymes, mushroom or bacteria growth, or a two-step process involving partial decomposition of fiber by fungi and/or bacteria and feeding them to animals such as beetles, ruminants (cows, deer, etc), rats and chickens. It includes an analysis to determine the ramp rates for each option and the results show that careful planning and global cooperation could ensure the bulk of humanity and biodiversity could be maintained in even in the most extreme circumstances. Summarizes the severity and probabilities of global catastrophe scenarios, which could lead to a complete loss of agricultural production More than 10 detailed mechanisms for global-scale solutions to the food crisis and their evaluation to test their viability Detailed roadmap for future R&D for human survival after global catastrophe
Loki and Mayday show children and newlyweds how to have happy and healthy lasting relationships as only two 5-year-old cats can. This sweet and simple story teaches young children and reminds grownups that they can be friends with someone without always enjoying all of the same things all of the time.