Introducing Keith T. Hardeman, author of The Shadow of Trepidation: Reflections on Caregiving During my Wife’s Battle with Breast Cancer

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Professor Keith T. Hardeman grew up in Southern California and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech and rhetoric from California State University, Long Beach, graduating Phi Kappa Phi. He taught for two years as a teaching fellow at CSULB before joining the full-time faculty at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. After spending eight years at UNI, he and his wife Shelley moved to Columbia, Missouri when he accepted a permanent position at Westminster College in nearby Fulton. He has received numerous teaching, research, and service awards and has taught various courses in the areas of interpersonal communication, public address, business communication, public relations, and journalism. Professor Hardeman became heavily involved in volunteer work with the American Cancer Society after his father passed away from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He participated in numerous fundraisers and has personally raised over $50,000 for the ACS. He is a longtime member of the Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). In December 2017, Shelley was diagnosed with stage III invasive lobular carcinoma, a somewhat rare form of breast cancer. As cancer indelibly rammed itself into their lives, Keith transitioned from cancer activist to caregiver, and life has been drastically different since that time.

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Cancer stories are plentiful and are, perhaps, considered by some to be a dime a dozen. On the other hand, such vast numbers of stories keep piling up at an astounding rate – more than 1.8 million diagnoses each year, according to the American Cancer Society – and each is unique to the individual patient and cancer family experiencing them. Stories can provide predictability and understanding, which are vital keys toward success in the long road of cancer treatment. From diagnosis to the impacts of treatment, The Shadow of Trepidation bluntly discloses one of those physically and emotionally agonizing cancer stories from the perspective of a spousal caregiver. It sheds light on the twists and turns of cancer and comfortably addresses sensitive cancer and caregiving issues. The book also provides some basic, understandable medical explanations, experiential wisdom, and offers numerous tips with vital interpersonal communication strategies for families navigating their own cancer fights. This is a substantive while still relatively quick read. It can also serve as a good reference guide to which readers might return if their own stories were the least bit commensurate. The author does not presume to speak for cancer fighters or even for other caregivers. But he candidly shares helpful insight gathered from his own experiences and perspectives. It is his sincere hope that this book can be valuable for those whose cancer stories are in motion or those that have yet to come. As reviewer and cancer survivor Heather Gehlert of the Berkeley Media Studies Group stated, “Professor Hardeman goes beyond common tropes and trite platitudes to offer an intimate, unsanitized look at the suffering, uncertainty, and resilience that he and his wife Shelley experienced as her cancer invaded their lives. [The book] contains valuable insights and practical suggestions that are helping me cope with the same dreaded disease. My only complaint with this book is that it wasn’t published when I was diagnosed.”

Introducing Jon Baker, author of Grandma and Grandpa’s Wisdom for a Healthy and Prosperous Life

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Jon Baker and his three siblings were raised by their single mother. There were county programs, food stamps and trailer parks for the beginning of their lives. Jon never met his biological father or any father figure until he was lucky enough to move in with his Grandparents around age 13. In High School his guidance counselor advised him because of his poor effort that he was most likely not to amount to more than an hourly factory worker, if he didn’t end up in jail. With his Grandma’s unconditional love and his Grandfather’s firm direction he went on to college and then graduate school. Because of his strong mother and the leadership of his Grandparents he graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1985 and went on to build one of the largest Chiropractic Corrective Care Clinics in the country. Then lessons his Grandparents taught him gave him the tools to succeed beyond his wildest dreams as a Chiropractor and today as a private business and life coach for 70 of the top Chiropractors on the planet. His amazing marriage to Danyel, four children and four spirited Grandchildren are his most prized and treasured accomplishments. Jon and Danyel live in the beautiful resort town of Steamboat Springs Colorado most of the year and are seasonal residents of Naples Florida.

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Draw upon the wisdom of the elders in Grandma and Grandpa’s Wisdom for a Healthy and Prosperous Life! Jon Baker and his three siblings were raised by a single mother. Theirs was a life of county programs, food stamps, and trailer parks until Jon was lucky enough to move in with his grandparents at age 13. His guidance counselor advised him that he was unlikely to amount to more than an hourly factory worker, if he didn’t end up in jail, but with his grandmother’s unconditional love and his grandfather’s firm direction, Jon went on to college and then graduate school. Grandma and Grandpa’s Wisdom for a Healthy and Prosperous Life compiles the simple lessons Jon learned from his grandparents and brings the reader back to the basics to show how to: Reexamine the simplicity of what you already know about life and success and apply it; Improve your mind and body in order to flourish; Assess how and when to sit back and listen before acting; Achieve your goals; and Create freedom in your life!

Introducing Roger A. Miller, author of Something More

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Roger A. Miller is a Vietnam war veteran. He served there from 1970 to 1971 in the United States Air Force. He is now a retired data research analyst and resides with his wife, Mary, a dog, Molly, and a cat, Kitty, in South Carolina.

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Did something happen to us thousands of years ago that stopped us from living the life we were meant to live? Things are not what they seem to be. If history repeats itself, then we may find out that what we perceive as reality today will be obsolete in the future. We no longer believe that the world is flat. We no longer worship the sun or the moon and the stars. We no longer worship the God of love or the God of war, the multiple gods. Most of us worship one God and there are 4,200 different ideas of who this God is and what He does. Everyone wants certainty. We want it to be the way we believe it is so we don’t have to think about it. But, we live in an uncertain world. Should we embrace uncertainty? Should we take back control of our lives and be responsible for our own decisions? Are we stagnated and unable to move forward into a better life because of our beliefs? Maybe it is time for us to adapt to our new conscious mind, to think and analyze. There are so many possibilities that we can’t even conceive of simply because we don’t try. Are we all wrong and our future will not be anything like it is today? Join the author on his continuing journey to find himself in a lost and chaotic world. The only thing for certain is that we are uncertain and there will always be something more.

Introducing Michele Bledsoe, author of Painting, Passion and the Art of Life

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Michele Bledsoe has been exhibiting her paintings and drawings in art galleries for almost 20 years. Inspired by the beautifully illustrated children’s books she grew up with, Michele started creating art when she was a child-and never stopped.

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The desire to create is a gift from God. Painting, Passion and the Art of Life is an inspirational, artistic journey that will change the way you think and feel about your own gifts, your purpose and your impact on the world around you. These easy-to-read meditations on painting and drawing contain universal messages on work, love and life. This thought-provoking collection of poetic anecdotes read like parables or psalms on creative action as a spiritual revelation of God’s grace. Painting, Passion and the Art of Life gives creative people of all ages the motivation and enthusiasm to cultivate their gifts, share their talents, and recognize their place in the fellowship of life. These heartwarming stories will inspire the reader to embrace their purpose, and to recognize the profound impact that dedication, faith and vision has on family, friends and all those who connect with us.

Introducing T. Charles Brantley Ph.D, author of Bid Farewell to Prison Experiences: Unchained from Emotional Bondage

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T. Charles Brantley Ph.d is one of Connecticut’s prolific authors on the subject of Intimacy, Relationship and Theology with 22 books // 746 Chapters //3,438 page // 811,842 words.
He is heard on Hot 93.7FM Hartford, Connecticut (Connecticut Number 1 Hip Hop Station) with DJ Buck, Nancy Barrow and Joey F every other Thursday as their relationship expert. In addition he is a relationship expert for ABC Channel 8 (CT Style). Dr. T. Charles Brantley is a marriage counselor who founded Strong Marriages (the new S&M). With the goal of restoring and saving marriages in all aspects and assisting couples from living together to walking down the aisle in Holy Matrimony, Dr. T. Charles Brantley is fully accredited by the International Board of Christian Counselors as a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor by the American Association of Christian Counselors. In addition, he is a certified Professional Marriage Coach and Professional Marriage Mentor with the American Association of Christian Counselors. Dr. T. Charles Brantley received both his earned Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Apologetics (Ph.D.) (Cum Laude) in 2010 and his second earned Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) in 2013 from Newburgh Theological Seminary and College of the Bible. His respective dissertations were “The Spiritual Faust in the Twenty-First Century” and “Crucified Husband Gloried Husband: The Submission of a Husband to a Wife.” He is a 2008 earned graduate of Newburgh Theological Seminary and College of the Bible receiving a double degree in Master of Divinity(Summa Cum Laude) and Master of Arts of Pastoral Leadership(Summa Cum Laude). He is a 1988 magna cum laude graduate of Florida A & M University (FAMU) (Major in Business Administration & Minor in Mathematics). Dr. T. Charles Brantley is currently the chaplain for both the Naugatuck Fire Department and the Connecticut State Trooper A & I.

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The secret to Healing from Past Mental Incarcerations. This book looks at the root problem of men who are released from jail and what happens after their bid and the MAJOR ADJUSTMENT that not only the man has to make but also the wife or girlfriends. These men have been in prison for a long period of time and have been placed in confinement and such does a mental breakdown to a man.  In point, if they’re not healing of that man while in prison, he may continue the imprisonment within a relationship once he released.

Introducing Amy Jordan, author of Dance Because You Can: 5 Steps to Transform Trauma into Triumph

“Outskirts Press has published and marketed two books I have written: ‘Dance Because You Can: 5 Steps to Transform Trauma into Triumph’ and ’26 Tips for Easier Living with Diabetes.’ This was my first foray into publishing a book. What was paramount for me with Outskirts is my ability to maintain full ownership of the content of my books. This is relevant due to the documentary feature film about my life premiering soon. I was able to communicate my vision to the editing and author support team. I had specific design ideas that were completely created to my specifications. The marketing team supported the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble along with countless other author platforms. ‘Dance Because You Can’ was represented at the National Book Fair in New York City. The book was also the 2019 EVVY Award Winner for best self-help. Thank you Outskirts for supporting my intention to spread hope and possibility through my writing.”

Amy Jordan encompasses a very optimistic spirit and while wearing many hats, she has been able to bring them all together. Her professional knowledge and personal experiences have given her the insight needed to inspire others. She is a motivational speaker, coach, fitness expert and first and foremost a dancer! Amy’s dance life includes study with choreographers for Madonna, Michael Jackson and Paula Abdul. The Victory Dance Project, Amy’s professional dance company members credits include Broadway shows The Lion King, Hamilton and Chicago as well a Rockette and company members from The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theater of Harlem. Amy’s SWEET ENUFF Movement is an award winning youth diabetes and obesity prevention program. SWEET ENUFF was a top 5 national finalist of First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘End Childhood Obesity Challenge.’ Amy has Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes and fought most of her life to hide her chronic condition. Life challenged Amy again when she was hit and run over by a New York City bus. The accident nearly ended her life and her leg came close to being amputated. Amy Jordan is on a mission motivating and inspiring others to overcome ANY adversity. She tells everyone she meets, ‘Please Dance Because You Can.’

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Have you ever felt pinned down by life? Have you ever had a moment when you thought things would never get better? Guess what? You are not alone. “Dance Because You Can” is a direct pathway to getting through any obstacle and transforming trauma into triumph. The book from Amy Jordan, critically acclaimed award-winning author, speaker, coach, and choreographer, walks you through her five-step system of D.A.N.C.E In the end you have a tool kit that works for pretty much any adversity in life. The book is poignant, funny, tragic, and truthful. Jordan parallels her dramatic and life-threatening experiences, proving that value can be created from any situation. She challenges and triumphs life with difficult-to-manage type 1 diabetes, recovery from an eating disorder, a dream of dancing professionally, or challenging an MTA bus. Whatever you are facing right now, no matter how tough it seems, this book will help you feel better and create answers. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Her professional company, The Victory Dance Project, has honored legends of dance and stage including Chita Rivera. Jordan’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NY Post, and FORTUNE magazine among others. Amy is an in- demand motivational speaker and coach speaking for groups from ten to ten thousand, including corporations, organizations, youth programs, leadership development, health organizations, and schools. This is an amazing book. Amy’s message is empowering and impactful. Thank you for sharing your message to encourage everyone to never give up. James Malinchak, Star of ABC’s hit show ‘Secret Millionaire’, World’s premiere speaker, trainer and coach. “This book: ‘Dance Because You Can’, simply says if you reach a point of impossibility, a seemingly unfixable challenge, this 5 Step system will help anyone facing any adversity to Transform Trauma into Triumph and dance your victory dance!” -Kevin Harrington, Original Shark on ‘Shark Tank’, Inventor of the infomercial: Sold over $5 Billion on TV. “Dance Because You Can. I love that message. Thank you for inspiring the world.” -Leeza Gibbons, Emmy winning journalist, Former Host: Entertainment Tonight. “This is an amazing woman with an amazing story. If you would like to take your life to the next level and move through what you think is stopping you; Amy Jordan can help you do that.” -Jack Canfield, New York Times Best Selling Author Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Success Principles, Star of the breakthrough movie: ‘The Secret’ http://www.amyjordanspeaks.com

Introducing Eane Huff, author of Angel Mind

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Eane Huff, MS, has experienced near-death situations that helped him understand what it truly means to have Angels rescue him. Angels have been the basis of his success and have been supporting him throughout his life. Using prayer and higher processing, Eane is reminded of the caring and supportive ways that God inspires Angels to do the amazing works they do, and he looks forward to revealing what being an Angel allows him to achieve.

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What do 7 billion people worldwide have in common? Angel-Mind is the common thread of humanity-what connects us all. Everyone has the choice to operate with their highest abilities, and with the highest abilities and God’s direction, the best things happen! Angel-Mind allows fundamental God-Values to protect and to elevate those who use and need it. Each person has the chance to access Angel-Mind, and every soul has the need to achieve Angel-Mind to find the Angel and God’s gift within them. Angelhood was once reserved for exceptional humans who were able to attain the highest functioning, and Angel-Minds have been guiding society toward a better way of functioning, relating, and supporting others and the earth. Today, with overpopulation, climate change, and general angst and uncertainty, Angel-Mind is needed more than ever. With Angel-Mind, you’ll discover the ability to connect and contribute to humanity, find fulfillment, heal from trauma, and become who you were meant to be!

Introducing Eva M. Kennedy, author of Inspirations for the Soul

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Eva M. Kennedy is the founder of 1Evalution, a boutique coaching firm. She is a certified life coach and speaker. Eva is committed to empowering women by helping them live a purposeful and more fulfilling life. She is also a breast cancer survivor and an advocate for awareness of this disease.

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“Life will give you the insights, experiences, knowledge and the skills you need to achieve what you desire.” Inspirations for the Soul is a great resource for women. It is an inspiring compilation that provides encouragement and actionable steps any woman can take to achieve their goals and live their best life.

Introducing Ken Black, author of ME A MENTOR? A Call to Action in a Disconnected World

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Ken is eighty-five years young. He has a wealth of experience under his belt working in schools as both a teacher and principal. He has spent six years writing this book and has concluded that mentoring is necessary now more than ever for the sake of our children and communities. He realizes that God has gifted each of us with unique gifts, talents, abilities, and interests that will enable us to help today’s young people by connecting with them in a disconnected world. In 2006, the Village of Roselle, Illinois, was honored with the Governor’s Hometown Award for the community-based mentor program Ken established. In 2007, Ken received both the Seeds of Hope Award from Wheat Ridge Ministries and the Alumnus of the Year Award from Concordia University, Chicago… honors that came to him as a result of his leadership in mentoring. He also has been honored for the positive impact he has made with his AIMS mentoring program by multiple school districts. Many of his mentoring materials have been distributed to participants in twenty-six states and seven countries worldwide. With the help of Ken’s expertise, several mentoring programs have been built to enrich students.

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When he was in fourth grade, young Ken Black wanted to be a Lutheran schoolteacher. He followed his calling later in life, teaching middle school students, seventh-graders, and served as a school principal at several schools. He then served as an administrative assistant at Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle, Illinois. Ken’s teaching experience, his work with seniors, and his observations that young people need a strong support system, eventually led to the formation of the AIMS Mentor Program, a school-based outreach to the youth of the community. Ken’s passion for mentoring is well displayed in the stories he shares and how, through his support systems, he found his calling for mentoring. He explains how AIMS was structured, providing the details of what worked for AIMS as he and others reached out to mentor young people. This book is a useful tool to help you reach out to our youth in a positive way. Find out if mentoring is for you!

Introducing Geoffrey Bott, author of Uphill: An Inspirational Story of Suffering, Greed, Carnage, Immense Courage and Gut-determination

“This whole experience has been brilliant. I have never written a book so didn’t know what to expect. Uphill is incredibly emotional. The stories are real and I have been torn to pieces. Writing it, editing it and editing again for printing was hard work. We got there. I am just in awe, honestly. Speechless…. Thank you. It has been a privilege. I have written the first chapter of my next book, a fictional thriller. Fantastic. I am shocked and humbled.”

Geoffrey Bott, an England native, graduated with an electronic engineering degree before age 21. He entered the field of mass spectrometry and started his own scientific company in California at age 24. Geoffrey’s expertise and knowledge gets him invited to laboratories all around the world. He is divorced with two children and resides in South Lake Tahoe, California.

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A story that is touching every reader’s heart…. from the man who lived it. Born in England to a middle class family, Geoffrey Bott excelled at school in most sports. A tenacious and unbridled drive to succeed that he didn’t know would be required in order to survive later in life. Armed with a degree in engineering from the University of Sheffield, Geoffrey moved to California to reap his American Dream. Uphill is incredibly emotional, vivid and detailed about the rise and fall of a gifted and talented engineer. An innocuous knee injury playing rugby for his city would develop into a grim prognosis a few decades later. A month after rejecting a second groundbreaking knee rebuild procedure, his wife files for divorce and the life he had attained started to unravel. The book takes the reader to a bar in soviet Russia, a brothel in Venezuela, a nightclub in Hong Kong, to Taipei, Tokyo, Vancouver Island, a casino in Las Vegas. It graphically describes thirteen left knee surgeries, screaming pain, addictions to mind-altering opioids, a precedent-setting divorce, a court file sealed from public records, a forest fire that destroyed his new neighbourhood, a night in jail, world’s first scientific discoveries and cycling heroics deemed impossible that left the renowned medical profession speechless. This is a captivating page-turner that has it all and encapsulates the very essence of human suffering, courage, hope and determination. An inspirational, entertaining and riveting story that will leave the reader stunned and emotionally drained.