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Featured biographies & memoirs including personal insights, drama, humor, love, loss and more!

I am a Runner: The Memoirs of a Sepsis Survivor

I am a Runner: The Memoirs of a Sepsis Survivor by Maria Papalia-Meier and Pamela Ackerson“You’ll never be able to run again.”

From running half marathons to being the sickest person in the hospital, Maria Papalia-Meier fought the river of death, and won.

Life changing moments, amputations, and negative thoughts refused to keep her down. With her rock-hard stubbornness, positive self-empowerment and persistence, she grabbed hope and unflinching faith to face the life handed to her. Her story offers an honest, tough-love approach to defeating pre-determined opinions, and self-imposed limitations. She refused to give up or give in. Continue reading

The Next Port

The Next PortThe Next Port by Heyward Coleman is a bold and entertaining memoir chronicling the five year voyage the author and his wife made sailing their 42-foot sailboat, Skimmer.

Readers will marvel at the warmth, generosity and wisdom the world had to offer them on this journey of a lifetime.

What began as letters to family and friends ultimately became an engaging book that chronicles the realization of a lifelong dream Continue reading

Faith Without Doubt, Patience, and Trust

Is an ordinary life, really, an extraordinary life?

How does a life unseen touch those who see you?

In Faith without Doubt, Patience, and Trust, the extraordinary touch and times of an ordinary woman come into focus in her last eighty-five hours of life, as she begins her journey across the River of Life into the open hands of Jesus. She attempts to let us see what she is seeing, and as her final reckoning is made, a family motto is born: “Even when we cannot see the road ahead, we will have faith without doubt, patience, and trust.” Continue reading

Perpetual Hell: A Memoir

Perpetual Hell: A Memoir by Wendy OthelloPerpetual Hell: A Memoir is my life story with a history lesson as a background for what I believe is a journey that began thousands of years before I was born.

I trace history back to ancient times before there was ever an America. Using historical events, I delve into the reality that has not only plagued African people but, all people of the world. Continue reading

Paul: A Biography

Paul: A Biography by N. T. WrightIn this definitive biography, renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright offers a radical look at the apostle Paul,

illuminating the humanity and remarkable achievements of this intellectual who invented Christian theology—transforming a faith and changing the world.

For centuries, Paul, the apostle who “saw the light on the Road to Damascus” and made a miraculous conversion from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted follower of Christ, Continue reading

End to End: A Long Trail Journey

End to End: A Long Trail Journey by Shirley HarmanIf you like dogs, hiking, mountains or outdoor adventure you’ll like this book!

End to End is the True-Life story of a 3 week/275 mile backpacking trip in the Green Mountains of Vermont. With her two beloved dogs as her only companions, the author walked from Canada to Massachusetts, in the trip of a lifetime.

This is a beautiful story that will engage the reader with its poignancy, honesty and humor as the author struggles with the physical challenges of the hike as well as the bigger issues of love, life and commitment. Continue reading

Anomaly

It’s 3am…While most minds are in a blissful state of slumber, mine is wide awake conjuring and pondering endless thoughts.

Eyes are fixated on the dark popcorn ceiling above and ears are soaking in blue tunes as my autopilot mind becomes overwhelmed with the past, future and every cherry topped dream in between. These thoughts range from warm and fuzzy to dark and slightly crippling.

Sometimes I wish that my mind had an off switch so that I could power down at night. Continue reading

Skin in the Game: The Stories My Tattoos Tell

Skin in the Game: The Stories My Tattoos Tell is Kelly Mendenhall’s autobiographical debut as an author.

In the book, Kelly tells of the significant events and pivotal moments of her life by way of recounting the stories behind her eclectic collection of tattoos. Those moments include the death of her father as a young girl, surviving the physical and sexual abuse she endured as an adolescent, the gut-wrenching loss of friends who died too young, and so much more. Continue reading

Three Sisters in a Tin House: How We Survived the Unimaginable and Unthinkable

Three Sisters in a Tin House is the chilling story of three little girls — Julie, Kristine, and Carrie — who survived the unimaginable and witnessed the unthinkable.

Their mother worked hard to keep clothes on their backs and a roof over their heads, but their abusive, alcoholic father worked even harder at making all their lives miserable. But he wasn’t the only negative force that brought terror into their home: a ghostly presence seemed determined to keep the girls’ lives off-balance Continue reading

Blue Sky Lightning: How To Survive And Thrive When Life Blindsides You

Blue Sky Lightning How To Survive And Thrive When Life Blindsides You by Jeff KuhnAll of us deal with trauma, lightning bolts that disrupt our lives in small or devastating ways. But no matter what you’re facing, you can recover—through strength, fortitude, and belief.

Jeff Kuhn survived the unthinkable: burns over 80 percent of his body and a rare neuromuscular disease. Despite it all, Jeff found the courage to keep moving on. In Blue Sky Lightning, he shares both his unbelievable journey through trauma and what those experiences taught him Continue reading

Summer of ’77: Beaches, bars and boogie nights in Ibiza

A holiday can change everything…

…it did for Fred.

He went on a two-week break with three friends to the Spanish island of Ibiza in July 1976. It was so enjoyable they all vowed to come back for the following season.

In April 1977, Fred returned to Ibiza, alone, in pursuit of his dream.

Behind him, he left his family, his girlfriend, and a promising career in banking. Continue reading

Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters

In 1994, Lizbeth Meredith said good-bye to her four- and six year-old daughters for a visit with their non-custodial father only to learn days later that they had been kidnapped and taken to their father’s home country of Greece.

Twenty-nine and just on the verge of making her dreams of financial independence for her and her daughters come true, Lizbeth now faced a $100,000 problem on a $10 an hour budget. For the next two years fueled by memories of her own childhood kidnapping Continue reading