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Finding Myself Finding My Daughter

Author : Cheryle Rietmann
ISBN : 9780595369492
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Originally intended as a journal to chronicle the lengthy journey to international adoption, Finding Myself, Finding My Daughter is the sincere and heartwarming memoir of a woman who soon discovers she must find herself before she can adopt a child. In the first pages of her autobiographical tale, author Cheryle Rietmann reflects on her turbulent childhood and a violent first marriage that brought her to the brink of suicide. Eventually, Rietmann finds happiness after marrying Gregg, her second husband and the father of her two sons, but the desperate ache to find the lonely little girl she has envisioned for years finally becomes too much to ignore. Gregg and Cheryle begin the mound of international paperwork that finally leads them to an orphanage in Ukraine and to their beautiful daughter, Ola. By reflecting on her learned lessons of love and perseverance, Rietmann is at last able to recognize and accept the path that led her halfway across the world to an orphanage full of the hopeful faces of children. Finding Myself, Finding My Daughter will become a guide and companion for anyone who has ever searched for themselves and their place in the world, ultimately teaching them that each and everyone of us, in our own small way, can make a difference.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Fierce Wholeness Finding Myself After Childhood Emotional Trauma

Author : Robin Meade
ISBN : 9781646450121
Genre : Religion
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After experiencing traumatic family relationships, an abortion, two marriages with three bright children, and careening through several churches, author Robin Meade is still standing when many others would have fallen—caught by the sin-cursed trap that our decisions hold over us. Yet she’s discovered the beautiful secret that picked her up from the rocky riverbed and brought her to the lush landscape: fierce hope in Jesus.
Category: Religion

Finding Duong Finding Myself

Author : Robyn Ramsay
ISBN : 145250346X
Genre : Self-Help
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When author Robyn Ramsay, a middle-class western woman, interacted with a family living on a dirt ledge in India, her life changed. The meager assistance she was able to provide them led to a deep yearning to contribute something more significant to individuals in developing countries. Her story is a wake-up call: Travelling can become an act of giving and sharing in a community, rather than simply stopping by to snap a few photographs before moving on. In 2009, Robyn and her partner, Gary, travelled to Vietnam, where they caught a glimpse of a disabled street boy as they were boarding a bus. Against all odds, they found him again. They learned that his name was Duong and that he had lost his legs in a childhood accident. They committed to fundraising for Doung, so that he could have a place to live, an education, and a future. But later that year, she received the devastating the news of his death. Over the course of that intimate journey with grief, she decided to honor the life of the new friend she had just lost. She seeks to inform and inspire other like-minded travellers, those who seek psychological and spiritual wisdom and who desire to make deeper, more heartfelt connections along the way. Finding Duong, Finding Myself provides an intimate, honest, and effective journey though one woman’s desire to make a change in a way that is individual, unique, and self-empowering.
Category: Self-Help

Finding Myself

Author : Olga Sushinsky
ISBN : 9781643970998
Genre : Fiction
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Although Rebecca O’Conner-Smith is somewhat content, she secretly longs for a more fascinating life. Her dead-end office job bores her, and her husband Jason, while sweet, is more interested in settling down in suburban Toronto than going on adventures with her. So, when an opportunity to be a part of an archaeological dig in southern Israel arises, she takes it. Despite the current hostilities of the country, Rebecca is passionate about the culture, history, language, and even music of Israel. Getting the chance to use her skills and knowledge obtained from her archaeology major in a place she loves is a dream come true. Spending three weeks digging in the treasure trove of the Israeli desert makes her feel fulfilled like never before. However, the dig inspires her to further her archaeological degree despite the financial toll it will have on her marriage. Moreover, Rebecca finds herself attracted to another volunteer who intellectually challenges her in ways her husband never did. Torn between a secure, comfortable life with a man she loves and a challenging, exciting academic career with no guarantees about her future, Rebecca must choose what kind of life she wants to live for herself.
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Finding My Way Home

Author : Elizabeth Smith
ISBN : 9781462808274
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This book is written as a journal, recording my memories of what happened in my past, and during the times of trials and tribulations I experienced while writing it. It is extremely honest and reveals the pain I experienced while living through events and traumas that have impacted my life, making me the person I have become. I hope the true dramas and desperate incidents happening within these pages give you an intimate perspective of the life of a black female growing up in the South during the 1960’s.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Finding Myself

Author : Daniel Jr. Wilt
ISBN : 9781607994718
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Suffering from the effects of traumatic events may result in severe struggles that can destroy personal relationships, careers, and families. Daniel O. Wilt, Jr. reaches out to walk beside his peers and lead them through the pain and despair people experience whey they have reached the end of their rope. In Finding Myself: A Soldier's Story of Betrayal, Embattlement, and Divorce, Wilt shows you how to overcome the betrayal of someone you trust, how to endure battling the giants you face, and how to recover from failed relationships and learn to love again. Traumatic stress can brutalize your psyche. It can result from any life-altering situation: a serious accident, abuse, combat exposure, or even relational abuse and divorce. The events may leave you scarred, confused, angry, or scared, but denying these feelings won't make your situation better. Finding Myself will walk you through the stages of grief and show you how to overcome the obstacles you face when you need to reach out for help. Let Finding Myself help you put things into perspective, show you how to rebuild your life, and lead you into a better relationship when the seasons of your life begin to change.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Chicken Soup For The Soul Finding My Faith

Author : Jack Canfield
ISBN : 9781611592177
Genre : Self-Help
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Everyone’s "faith story" is different. In the book, people of Christian and Jewish faiths share their personal stories about this life-changing and powerful event, providing inspiration and encouragement to readers. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith is filled with inspiring stories about the number of ways people discover, or rediscover, their faith -- whether it’s Christian or Jewish. The inspirational and powerful stories will touch the hearts and souls of readers.
Category: Self-Help

Finding Ourselves At The Movies

Author : Paul W. Kahn
ISBN : 9780231536028
Genre : Philosophy
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Academic philosophy may have lost its audience, but the traditional subjects of philosophy—love, death, justice, knowledge, and faith—remain as compelling as ever. To reach a new generation, Paul W. Kahn argues that philosophy must take up these fundamental concerns as we find them in contemporary culture. He demonstrates how this can be achieved through a turn to popular film. Discussing such well-known movies as Forrest Gump (1994), The American President (1995), The Matrix (1999), Memento (2000), The History of Violence (2005), Gran Torino (2008), The Dark Knight (2008), The Road (2009), and Avatar (2009), Kahn explores powerful archetypes and their hold on us. His inquiry proceeds in two parts. First, he uses film to explore the nature of action and interpretation, arguing that narrative is the critical concept for understanding both. Second, he explores the narratives of politics, family, and faith as they appear in popular films. Engaging with genres as diverse as romantic comedy, slasher film, and pornography, Kahn explores the social imaginary through which we create and maintain a meaningful world. He finds in popular films a new setting for a philosophical inquiry into the timeless themes of sacrifice, innocence, rebirth, law, and love.
Category: Philosophy

Finding Gloria

Author : Marianne Curtis
ISBN : 9781481063920
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Author Marianne Curtis reveals her own personal, heart-wrenching, and, ultimately, inspiring story in Finding Gloria. Her past is laid bare in achingly honest detail, and her willingness to share her story with resonate with readers everywhere. Pouring her own hardships out onto the page, Marianne Curtis recounts her experiences growing up as an adopted child: adopted at birth, she was raised in a household where she was subjected to terrible and heart breaking forms of abuse. Her adoptive mother repeatedly tried to break her spirit, insisting that she was worthless and unwanted. In a desperate attempt to escape her circumstance, Curtis fled, as a teenager, to another city. Desperate for acceptance and love, she married at age eighteen, and, by twenty-four, had four children. Her insecurities from her traumatic childhood followed her, however, and eventually led to the dissolution of three marriages and her own mental breakdown. Finally, after the death of her adoptive mother, Curtis searched out her birth family, found them through Facebook, and eventually came to a place of love, healing, peace, and acceptance through the family she had not known for more than four decades. An inspiring story about rising from the ashes of our pasts, Marianne Curtis' memoir is written in a pure, vivid voice, and draws readers in with her will to survive despite the seemingly insurmountable struggles that she faced. Finding Gloria is one woman's incredible story of love, loss, redemption, and forgiveness, even in the face of devastating events. A beautiful and moving tale, Curtis' raw emotion and fragile hope is revealed through her candid prose and unbreakable spirit.
Category: Family & Relationships

The Bigamist

Author : Mary Turner Thomson
ISBN : 9781780572727
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In April 2006, Mary Turner Thomson received a call that blew her life apart. The woman on the other end of the line told her that Will Jordan, Mary's husband and the father of her two younger children, had been married to her for fourteen years and they had five children together. The Bigamist is the shocking true story of how one man manipulated an intelligent, independent woman, conning her out of £200,000 and leaving her to bring up the children he claimed he could never have. It's a story we all think could never happen to us, but this shameless con man has been doing the same thing to various other women for at least 27 years, spinning a tangled web of lies and deceit to cover his tracks. How far would you go to help the man you love? How far would he go to deceive you? And what would you do when you found out it was all a lie?
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Finding The Deep River Within

Author : Abby Seixas
ISBN : 9780787997496
Genre : Religion
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Psychotherapist Abby Seixas examines women who are chronically busy, providing guidance to help women reassess their priorities, slow down, and enjoy their lives, and discussing to-do lists, keeping a journal, making choices, and other related topics.
Category: Religion

Fulfilling Your Destiny

Author : Casandra Matthews
ISBN : 9781468523676
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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The year is 2007 and I'm just now completing the writing of this book, which I began during the spring of 1999. I can be a procrastinator, but there were also other reasons for taking so long. My father past away in 2000 and this had a profound affect my disorder and eventually I ended up in a VA Hospital in Kansas for about six months. From what I understand, my manic episodes were much like those of others, except that one psychiatrist has told me that mine were mostly in a manic state. Please understand that anyone with this disorder will also experience periods of depression and I most certainly have done that. I would gradually find myself going into a euphoric state of mind, which was a "great high" at first. I would suffer my first manic episode during my first tour of duty in Vietnam while serving with the 173d (Abn) BDE. I was diagnosed with having Battle fatigue. Little was known about Manic Depression in 1967 or at least in Vietnam. I was so ashamed of myself for allowing this to happen to me, that I would volunteer two more times to go back to Vietnam. I felt I needed to prove myself to be brave. I would not have another episode for sixteen years, but I'm confident that as I look back to some of the bazaar behavior pattern demonstrated throughout the years both in Vietnam and also during the years leading up to my retirement from the Army, I have had minor type episodes.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Loving Myself In Order To Love You

Author : Sharon Annette Pollard
ISBN : 9781463428747
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Many episodes of my life made me believe that I had actually found this unique and special love, but as before, it was an illusion. This love I wished for would be a love that I had never experience before. And I often wondered..."does this love even exist?” And God answered that question for me and that answer was yes. It does exist, but it must start with me. In so many cases we as women are the ones that give our love so freely, so openly, and so honestly. But in return we accept the negativity of a relationship. We accept the name calling, the abuse whether it’s verbal or physical by the ones we have given our all. This is not the love that God has blessed us with, but the behavior that we have accepted and think it is love. Life is a lesson learned daily. The ups and the downs of relationships that we think are based on love are only stepping stones to a better understanding about love and how it is given and how it is accepted. But, first take a look in the mirror and admire the reflection you see looking back at you. Love her, respect her, and admire her beauty, her uniqueness. She is rare, one of a kind. There is no one like her and her values are beyond any wealth. It is only then when you began to love that person, and accept that person, you will learn what this unspeakable love is all about and how to receive and to give it without doubt.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Maid S Daughter

Author : Mary Romero
ISBN : 9780814769362
Genre : Social Science
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2012 Americo Paredes Book Award Winner for Non-Fiction presented by the Center for Mexican American Studies at South Texas College Selected as a 2012 Outstanding Title by AAUP University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries This is Olivia’s story. Born in Los Angeles, she is taken to Mexico to live with her extended family until the age of three. Olivia then returns to L.A. to live with her mother, Carmen, the live-in maid to a wealthy family. Mother and daughter sleep in the maid’s room, just off the kitchen. Olivia is raised alongside the other children of the family. She goes to school with them, eats meals with them, and is taken shopping for clothes with them. She is like a member of the family. Except she is not. Based on over twenty years of research, noted scholar Mary Romero brings Olivia’s remarkable story to life. We watch as she grows up among the children of privilege, struggles through adolescence, declares her independence and eventually goes off to college and becomes a successful professional. Much of this extraordinary story is told in Olivia’s voice and we hear of both her triumphs and setbacks. We come to understand the painful realization of wanting to claim a Mexican heritage that is in many ways not her own and of her constant struggle to come to terms with the great contradictions in her life. In The Maid’s Daughter, Mary Romero explores this complex story about belonging, identity, and resistance, illustrating Olivia’s challenge to establish her sense of identity, and the patterns of inclusion and exclusion in her life. Romero points to the hidden costs of paid domestic labor that are transferred to the families of private household workers and nannies, and shows how everyday routines are important in maintaining and assuring that various forms of privilege are passed on from one generation to another. Through Olivia’s story, Romero shows how mythologies of meritocracy, the land of opportunity, and the American dream remain firmly in place while simultaneously erasing injustices and the struggles of the working poor. A happy ending for the maid's daughter: Hector Tobar's profile of Olivia for the LA Times
Category: Social Science

Finding God In A Galaxy Far Far Away

Author : Timothy Paul Jones
ISBN : 9780307563095
Genre : Religion
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Nothing in Your Life Is Ordinary Your present world isn’t supposed to be this small. You were made for something much bigger. And no, you don’t have to be an astronaut, or even a Star Wars fan, to live it. Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away is not about space travel, or even a movie. It’s about rediscovering your sense of wonder—something we adults have successfully squelched from our everyday lives. But God never meant it to be that way. Timothy Jones, by way of an astounding, eye-opening study of the spiritual parallels found in the Star Wars saga, will make you a kid again. You’ll be marveling at the mysterious, laughing anew at life’s “coincidences,” and remembering above all the Creator for which you were made. May the True Force Be with You Remember when Star Wars first captured your imagination? How your longing for adventure propelled you to distant worlds and transformed you into a Jedi knight faster than you could say, “Luke, I am your father”? This same longing, once sparked by John Williams’s triumphant score and fanned by Darth Vader’s sweeping black cape, is your ticket to life’s greatest adventure. Join Timothy Paul Jones on an astounding, eye-opening exploration of the spiritual themes in the Star Wars saga and the truth will become clear: Like young Luke Skywalker, you were also made for more—much more. Rediscover awe. Revel in the wonder of every moment. And pursue all you were meant to be. It is your destiny. "The Force is strong with this one. I could not recommend it more." Joshua Griffin, Editor/Owner, TheForce.Net Manager, Purpose Driven Youth Ministry “If you own a lightsaber—or a Bible—you’re sure to benefit from reading his book.” Kevin Miller, author and reviewer “‘Awe-some’ reading that both delights and challenges us. A fun and thoughtful book for Christians who consider and enjoy popular culture and media.” Robert W. Pazmino Valeria Stone Professor of Christian Education, Andover Newton Theological School Story Behind the Book “The night I first saw Star Wars from the backseat of my parents’ Ford Pinto was the first night I experienced awe. It sent me on a quest that continues today. There is, in every one of us, a longing to touch ‘the forever,’ to sense the magnitude of the vastness in which we live. This universal longing explains why we ride roller coasters and tell scary stories. This universal longing for awe also explains why, after nearly thirty years, the popularity of the Star Wars saga shows no sign of subsiding. I wrote this book to inspire readers to relish awe and wonder because God did not only create us to long for awe, but also to live in it!” —Timothy Jones
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Boyhood Adventures

Author : Aaron L. Carter
ISBN : 9781493164028
Genre : Fiction
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A sortie involving a moonless visit to a cemetery reputed for supernatural and threatening manifestations qualifies as a worthy nocturnal event for the boys. A condemned structure – formerly serving the county as a prison for the criminally insane is deemed irresistible. But highest on their list of destinations for adventure is a place that will haunt their memories forever: the old Gramercy house. Known by most students attending College Hill Elementary School, it is as a place of infamy, occupied by restless spirits who horrifyingly repel trespassers. Rumors about the place motivate any normal, red-blooded, adventure-seeking country boy to be drawn past the front gate. Such was the case for Lee Farmer, Dennis Williams, and – reluctantly – Frank Cherry in October of 1953.
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E Mails From Satan S Daughter

Author : D. Alexander Holiday
ISBN : 9781462881963
Genre : Poetry
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Monsters. We all have them around us in one form or another, from the little bully in the schoolyard or the bigger bully next door or the bully at work and on the street. Some of our monsters appear to us as our parents or other guardians or adults and some are other siblings and strangers. These monsters can be quite real, they can be touched, seen, and heard. They haunt us during the day and they come to bed with us when we are ready to go to sleep. Some of these monsters are created for us by television, magazines, and comic books, monsters like the Alien creature that was always after Sigourney Weavers character Ripley, or the things in the cavernous hell-like holes in The Descent (1 and 2) movies. Monsters, whether they be the Power Ranger variety or some creature out of a really good horror novel or movie, comic or the heart pulsing kind, and either human or imaginary, these creatures leave their scars behindif you can survive their brutality. Mr. Holiday would like you to turn the pages and meet a few of his monstersone in particular being.
Category: Poetry