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.

Introducing Dr. Pat Snelling, author of Destiny After Devastation

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Dr. Pat Snelling is a native of Gary, Indiana but has spent her adult life in Toledo, Ohio. She is divorced and has two adult children and five grandchildren. She is a retired educator of 35 + years. Dr. Snelling currently holds the position of General Overseer (Associate Pastor) of Friendship Baptist Church, Toledo under the leadership and mentorship of Bishop Duane C. Tisdale, State Bishop of Ohio. One of her responsibilities is to train ministers and elders throughout the State of Ohio. Dr. Snelling has earned several degrees: Bachelor and Masters of Business Education, Specialist degree of Administration and Supervision (all from University of Toledo, Toledo Ohio), Masters of Theology/Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry (from Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Findlay, Ohio.) Dr. Snelling’s passion is teaching, both academically and God’s Word. She loves imparting to women and children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with her grandchildren.

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Has something in your life caught you off guard, knocked you off your feet, and/or changed your life forever? Then that was a devastating event or experience. Count it a blessing because God was pushing you to a new destiny. When this happens, there are some steps that you can take to get through this experience. One of the first things we have to recognize or admit is “we need help.” No matter how strong, how educated, how rich, how focused, how independent you are. You still need help. When we experience a devastating event, there are so many uncertainties. What do I do next? Where do I go from here? Will I ever bounce back from this situation? Your normal is no longer normal. Your devastation is not the end for you but a new beginning. God has great plans for your life. Sometimes he has to get our attention. Your journey is designed just for you. On this journey you cannot take your friends, families, or co-workers with you. It is a journey where your only companion is God. He knows exactly where you are going and the best and painless route to get there. There is destiny after devastation.

Introducing Joy E. Mason, author of Purpose: A Shift from Driving It to Embracing It

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Joy E. Mason is a recent retiree who grew up in a family that read insatiably, traveled extensively, and contributed passionately to the community. These experiences and the influence of her family contributed significantly to her Purpose Journey and her writing. Joy graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and from Butler University with a master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences. From 1988 to 2017, she worked her way up from associate to a global quality consultant, supporting an Indianapolis-based company’s international laboratories. As one of the few African-American women in a professional role supporting manufacturing, she successfully navigated corporate systems to eventually be recognized for her project leadership. The sometimes difficult navigation of a corporate environment contributed to exposing what felt like a paradox between wanting to be professionally successful and wanting spiritual fulfillment. This paradox, her faith, and her unquenchable reading contributed to her Purpose Journey. Joy successfully executed an aggressive plan to retire at the age of fifty. She is now an entrepreneur leveraging her black belt six sigma certification and her strong belief that every process can be improved, and every problem can be solved. Joy uses her extra time to travel with her family, volunteer, read, exercise, and tend her garden.

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Are You Truly Living with Purpose… or Just Reaching Goals? If you are driven or an overachiever; if you feel as though you are on a treadmill, reaching, straining, and driving for something; if you are still trying to understand your life’s purpose, then Purpose: A Shift from Driving It to Embracing It is for you. In this book, you will discover how goals and purpose are different. Unlike most books on finding life’s purpose, this book starts with what life’s purpose is not, because this is precisely how the author came to understand what was real in her life and what was imagined or supposed. The author demonstrates how not to look in a distorted mirror for answers, not to be hijacked by our past, not to practice off-purpose thinking and self-grievance, and so much more. She uses personal experiences, like joining a risky lawsuit and dealing with the reality of a brain tumor, as well as lessons of the spiritual leaders who guided her on her journey, to show how her perspective on a purpose-driven life changed over time and how that change led her to the peaceful space she’s in today. Warm, real, and relatable, this down-to-earth book is a practical roadmap to a more fulfilling way to be in the world.

Introducing Berhane Aradom Tedla, author of The New You Is Not Yet Discovered

“I am thrilled that I have published with Outskirt Press, which turned out to be a wonderful experience. I am grateful to my Author Representative for her guidance. She was very knowledgeable, amiable, supportive, and understanding. Now, I am looking forward to publish my next book with Outskirts Press.”

Berhane Aradom Tedla has a B.A. in Educational Administration and M.A. in Educational Economy and Management. Before 2011, he had been teaching education courses at the University of Asmara and Eritrea Institute of Technology, and philosophy and psychology courses at Asmara Catholic Theological Institute, Eritrea. He has also written and published some academic articles and more than twenty-five short articles on Ezinearticles.com about leadership and happiness. His writings are directed toward motivating, challenging, and transforming people of any age to discover their inherent talents. He believes that failure in life is a by-product of the failure to accept challenges and improve oneself. This book is a challenge for a new vision, transformation, and a younger world.

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Some of us are graceful, and some of us are clumsy. Some of us are brilliant, while some of us struggle to keep up. However, we are all born unique, extraordinarily rich, and endowed with treasures of inner power. Simply put, you are a divine gift, an accumulation of potentials waiting to bloom. Nothing can contain you. You are a citizen of the cosmos, and you have the power to be new each new day. You are the solution; now, what is the problem? The new you is the seed of the future, the promise of a new life. Everything is with you and for you, but you have to take the journey and discover the new you. Shake off the old you and wake up the new! This is the voyage of self-realization and your entire life assignment. I’m the new me. You’re the new you. Therefore, we are all the new us.

Introducing Earl Morrison, author of Leadership Lessons Learned

“This was my first time to write and publish a book. Outskirts Press and all of the associates I have encountered have made the process easy and were very helpful along the way.”

Earl Morrison has been a peace officer for seventeen-plus years in the state of Texas. During his career as a peace officer he has risen through the ranks and held several leadership positions, such as sergeant, lieutenant, and chief of police. Earl has a great passion for training and developing others and has been an instructor/trainer in those areas for the last twelve years. Earl has implemented several development and leadership programs to aid in the advancement of others throughout his career. In addition to this book on Leadership Lessons Learned, Earl has written several papers on Mentoring in Law Enforcement addressing the need to grow and develop others. Earl has also held several leadership positions in his private life within the church community as a men’s group leader and church elder and chairman of the board for a city’s employee credit union.

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Leading and Learning with Character. Earl Morrison has held leadership positions in both his private life and professional life. Throughout his life he has encountered many different types of people and leaders. Earl has striven to be the best leader that he can be no matter the place or the title he holds. Earl rose to the top of his profession as a chief of police in 2014. Leadership Lessons Learned is a collection of the lessons he learned throughout his career and most recently as the head of an organization. These lessons hone in on his struggles and triumphs as he learned how to Lead and Learn with Character.

Introducing Patricia Tyson Redmond, author of We the Widows: A Guide to Your New Life

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Pati Redmond is a retired physical therapist who has been published in professional journals but this is her first attempt to write the story she has lived for the past ten years…widowhood. Pati loves traveling and has seen all the New 7 Wonders of the World. Her passion is interviewing over 100 veterans for the Veterans History Project in the Library of Congress. Pati lives in Frederick, MD, with her dog Rojo.

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Are you a Widow? This book is for you! This book is for those of you who have spent many years sharing the decisions, burdens and joys of life with the one you loved. Now your husband has died; what do you do? You are once again a single woman and how do you become that independent person you need to be to manage your new life? How do you take care of the chores of the day, the home maintenance, the decisions, and still cope with the grief and stress of your loss? Pati Redmond has spent ten years dealing with these problems after the death of her husband and wants to share her experiences with you. She has lived these pages, gathering years’ worth of thoughts, experiences, challenges, and solutions in the hope that other women will be able to face their future as a widow more empowered and equipped after experiencing one of life’s greatest tragedies. It is not only relevant to the widow left behind, but also to the children who remain. The information in the text is well thought out, clear, concise and thorough. We the Widows will give you suggestions on how to deal with many things you may face as a grieving widow. You will learn that you are stronger than you ever thought you were, and that you can do things you never dreamed you could! Perhaps it will also make you smile at the memories and help guide you into your new life.