Pieces of Me

Author: Lizbeth Meredith
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 1631528351
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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, Lizbeth traded in her small life for a life more public, traveling to the White House and Greece, and becoming a local media sensation in order to garner interest in her efforts. The generous community of Anchorage becomes Lizbeth's makeshift family?one that is replicated by a growing number of Greeks and expats overseas who help Lizbeth navigate the turbulent path leading back to her daughters.

Pieces of Me

Author: Lizbeth Meredith
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 1631528343
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When her daughters are kidnapped and taken to Greece by their non-custodial father, single mom Lizbeth Meredith vows to bring her them home and give them a better childhood than her own."

Pieces of Me

Author: Darlene Ryan
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
ISBN: 145980080X
Format: PDF
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After being abandoned by his family, six-year-old Dylan is cared for by Maddie and Q, who are living on the street, and together they form an unlikley family as they struggle to survive.

Fat Land

Author: Greg Critser
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 0547526687
Format: PDF, Mobi
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“An in-depth, well-researched, and thoughtful exploration of the ‘fat boom’ in America.” —TheBoston Globe Low carb, high protein, raw foods . . . despite our seemingly endless obsession with fad diets, the startling truth is that six out of ten Americans are overweight or obese. In Fat Land, award-winning nutrition and health journalist Greg Critser examines the facts and societal factors behind the sensational headlines, taking on everything from supersize to Super Mario, high-fructose corn syrup to the high costs of physical education. With a sharp eye and even sharper tongue, Critser examines why pediatricians are now treating conditions rarely seen in children before; why type 2 diabetes is on the rise; the personal struggles of those with weight problems—especially among the poor—and how agribusiness has altered our waistlines. Praised by the New York Times as “absorbing” and by Newsday as “riveting,” this disarmingly funny, yet truly alarming, exposé stands as an important examination of one of the most pressing medical and social issues in the United States. “One scary book and a good companion to Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A Chance in the World

Author: Steve Pemberton
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc
ISBN: 1595552634
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Chronicles the author's life and his hope and determination that helped to transform him from a neglected, orphaned toddler to a successful adult.

Back From Heaven s Front Porch

Author: Danny Bader
Publisher: Sound Wisdom
ISBN: 1937879097
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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At 3:55 pm I believed there was a heaven At 4:15 pm I knew... This is the story of one man’s struggle to be alive again after an accident claims the life of his friend and nearly his own. After spending a few moments on Heaven’s front porch with God, he is thrust back into his old life. In the months that follow, he struggles to find purpose and meaning in the day to day of life. In his quest, he uncovers five principles necessary to move him from just living again...to being fully alive!

The Humanity of Justice

Author: Burke E. Strunsky
Publisher: Burke Strunsky
ISBN: 1620958813
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Against the backdrop of his most haunting, high-profile murder and child abuse cases, a veteran prosecutor goes beyond an insider's reflection to shine a light on the humanlike qualities personified in the U.S. criminal justice system and what this means for our future.The Humanity of Justice is a procedural true-crime book told through the eyes and heart of a veteran criminal prosecutor who cares about the people he meets and their life-altering circumstances. Burke E. Strunsky, a senior deputy district attorney in southern California, takes the reader inside the courtroom for some of the most haunting criminal cases in the state as well as the nation, including: a highly respected church leader who brutally murders his wife for the insurance money while their baby sleeps peacefully in another room; a twisted father who sexually molests his daughter's own friends at her slumber parties; a former police chief who drowns his wife of thirty years in their backyard spa; and a young man who sadistically tortures and kills a helpless three-year-old boy, yet manages to dodge the death penalty.Strunsky's own impassioned social and moral commentary is woven throughout this thought-provoking book on issues significant to the world of criminal justice. Even in the midst of the darkest stories, the voices and courage of the victims and those who love them will leave the reader touched and inspired.100% of the proceeds from this book will be donated to The Humanity of Justice Foundation, a non-profit organization, to help prevent child abuse and neglect.

The Spirit Within Me

Author: Pamela Meintel
Publisher: Pamela Meintel
ISBN: 0692836985
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The Spirit Within Me is a book about a woman who persevered through some of life's most challenging times. The book begins with she and her little sister who were molested by a trusted family member. Later in life, she married a man who would turn out to be abusive to her for 13 years before having the courage to divorce him. Her second marriage was just as bad, as she unknowingly married an alcoholic. Then she found out her son had cancer. She received absolutely no support from her husband. After years of mental abuse she divorced for a second time, only to vow never to marry again. Several years later when she least expected it, she was introduced to a man, through a mutual friend, who turned out to be her soul mate. Then one Christmas Eve day her life came to be one of her greatest challenges of all... a devastating medical event which changed her life forever, and how she overcame adversity she never thought possible.

One Day Closer

Author: Lorinda Stewart
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501143158
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On the day my daughter Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped in Somalia, my life changed forever. This is the story of how, for 460 days, I fought to save her and bring her home. “This book is impossible to put down. As inspiring as it is bone-chilling, this is an incredible story of hope and joy, grit and gumption by a determined mother who will stop at nothing to save her daughter.” —Jann Arden, singer-songwriter and bestselling author of Falling Backwards “A gripping, mother’s-eye view of Amanda Lindhout’s kidnapping ordeal...For any parent who has ever worried about, advocated for, and deeply loved a child, Lorinda Stewart’s honest, lion-hearted account will leave you both stunned and uplifted.” —Sara Corbett, coauthor of A House in the Sky On August 23, 2008, Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped outside Mogadishu in Somalia. The kidnappers’ demand was simple: pay millions or Amanda would be killed. For the next 460 days, Amanda’s mother, Lorinda Stewart, did everything in her power to get her daughter back alive. A brave, small-town mother with no experience in hostage negotiations, Lorinda was called upon by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to be the lead communicator with “Adam”—the Somali man who identified himself as the English-speaking negotiator for Amanda’s kidnappers. In a secret “war room” in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Lorinda joined forces with federal officers and began answering calls from Adam, establishing a fragile rapport of trust with the man who held her daughter’s fate in his hands. She learned how to demand POLs (proofs of life) from Amanda’s hostage takers and even how to react to “bad calls”—getting through them despite having to listen to her daughter’s desperate cries for help and fearing Amanda was being abused and tortured. What was supposed to be a short negotiation stretched on, and weeks became months. As negotiations broke down, Lorinda found herself increasingly on her own. But she never gave up hope, even when the phone calls became more traumatic. Faced with the terrible possibility of her daughter’s death, Lorinda decided to bring in a private security company and raise money from donors to support the cause of bringing Amanda home. But would it be enough? One Day Closer is the true story of one mother’s heroic perseverance in the face of despair, and of the hope and healing to be found beyond trauma. It is also, above all, a tribute to the extraordinary power of a mother’s love.

Please Tell Me I m on Mute

Author: Romi Brenner
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780979874918
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Trying to preserve her last few precious shreds of sanity while working and raising children, Romi Brenner has come to terms with the fact that sometimes you have to turn a blind eye to the fashion whims of a four year old, that you can never underestimate the power of a phone with a working mute button, and that pedicures just aren't for everyone. Maintaining her sense of humor amid bath time hysteria, birthday cake pop carnage and botched early morning conference calls, Brenner takes her readers through a series of hilarious essays about motherhood and family life. Join Brenner and find out why she won't let her husband go couch shopping on his own, why she is looking into buying stock in salt water taffy and how she lost her mind to motherhood, but why she doesn't mind at all.