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For Families With Missing Kids And Loved Ones, Here’s Hope: Letters To Our Missing

Manhattan, KS, Letters to our Missing First Edition is a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful perspective from the families and loved ones who are left behind, a publication of Media for the Missing. Sometimes those who disappear are victims of human trafficking, but in most cases no one knows what happened.

Letters to our Missing 1st Edition is a collection of poems, letters and photos by families and advocates that will take you to the very heart of this issue. This book is a raw, unedited glimpse into the pain families endure when their loved ones are missing. It also provides mass exposure, with family photos of the missing included. The goal is to inspire more public awareness of those who are missing and increase community involvement. To ensure accuracy and maintain the originality of content, letters and poems within Letters to our Missing are not edited.

Media for the Missing is a nonprofit organization ensuring that missing people of all ages, race, ethnicity, gender, and economic status receive equal and adequate exposure. A new, highly visible continuous information system, to be implemented as funds are raised, is in development, and the simple yet effective publicity of Letters to our Missing in its first and subsequent editions is launched with this release.

“When the public becomes aware of missing people, they become more aware of the problem, get involved and even help identify them,” says Stephanie Coplen, founder of the program. “We serve as a media outlet for missing persons information by providing NamUs a live stream viewing method to display information to the public in real time.

“We are not a replacement for law enforcement or missing persons organizations,” she continues. “We strongly encourage the public to use all the support offered by missing persons organizations.” NamUs is the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, a national centralized repository and resource center for missing persons at www.NamUs.gov.

For more information or to submit a letter or poem, please visit: www.mediaforthemissing.org

Letters to our Missing 1st Edition
CreateSpace
Available now at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Letters-our-Missing-publication-families/dp/149910233X
$19.95
ISBN: 978-1499102338

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An Inspiring Approach To Business Success: From The Yoga Mat To The Corner Office

Chicago, IL, It may seem counterintuitive, but high-pressure, hard-driving tactics don’t necessarily produce highly successful careers. Yvonne James Furth and Molly Rudberg-Leshnock take a fresh look at the most effective strategies for professional and personal success in From the Yoga Mat to the Corner Office: A Mindful Approach to Business Success (Highpoint Executive Publishing).

We live in an extremely fast-paced, technological world that is constantly spinning us in new directions, forcing us to double down on commitment, intensity, and the stress that comes with it. It doesn’t have to be that way. From the Yoga Mat to the Corner Office illuminates a far more successful approach to business – one of mindfulness, flexibility, grace, focus, and a balancing of mind/body/spirit health.

Whether the reader is a seasoned yogi or someone who has just picked up the book, From the Yoga Mat to the Corner Office is packed with useful wisdom, strategies and daily practices for achieving more prosperity, flexibility and joy along the road to a fulfilling career. It is available for purchase at yogamattocorneroffice.com.

Authors Furth and Rudberg-Leshnock offer a new way to create and sustain business culture and communication. Drawing on extensive research and an exclusive survey of successful business executives, they offer their own wisdom along with valuable perspectives from successful leaders in cutting edge, global organizations such as Wal-Mart, Google, Facebook, Kohler, and more.

Furth, a former top executive in advertising, has personal experience applying yoga concepts in a stressful and demanding large corporate environment. Rudberg-Leshnock experiences similar needs in start up and growth stage companies daily. They agree – no matter the size or industry of a business, we need to encourage leaders, executives, decision makers and entrepreneurs to look at their current culture to see if it’s inspiring (and motivating) their employees to produce their best work.

When readers clear the space needed to live a more mindful, centered professional and personal life, they can be at the forefront of smarter, healthier, more efficient organizations. This book provides a mindful approach to achieve business success without paying the price with our sanity, ourselves, or our souls. From the Yoga Mat to the Corner Office is for every professional seeking to achieve more prosperity, flexibility and joy.

Yvonne James Furth is the former President and CEO of Draft Worldwide, now FCB Global, one of the largest global advertising agency networks. She is currently Executive Vice President of the Board of Directors of The Off The Street Club, Chicago’s oldest boys and girls organization. Furth received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Georgetown University and recently completed the Executive Program for Corporate Governance at Kellogg School of Management.

Molly Rudberg-Leshnock is a leading edge life coach, organizational alchemist and leadership innovator. She is owner of Molly Rudberg, LLC and on the Advisory Council for GirlUp, a United Nations Organization. Rudberg-Leshnock received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Managerial Communication from Northwestern University; she is currently an Affiliate with Accomplishment Coaching.

For more information, please visit: yogamattocorneroffice.com

From the Yoga Mat to the Corner Office:
A Mindful Approach to Business Success
Highpoint Executive Publishing
Available December 8th, from the website, yogamattocorneroffice.com and from fine bookstores and online everywhere
$19.95
ISBN: 978-0-9891054-9-1

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Choose Life: Life for the Planet, Life for the Animals, and Life for Yourself

A New Curtain Opens, by Richard P. Matthews, is a compelling story that reminds us we need to “Abandon our search of the cosmic heavens for a Divine power, shut down our chattering minds and swollen egos, and listen to the silence within us – for in that silence we will find the ‘Great I am’.” People need to focus on this connection as all animals are doing. When it comes to enlightenment, animals naturally have it. They are already connected and protected and trying to help us connect. Yet we still continue our slaughter of them and their natural habitats, mainly to feed human greed!

In A New Curtain Opens, the story begins with humans on the verge of self-destruction in a situation that’s going from bad to worse on our planet. We are introduced to a kind and caring old gentleman, Hoss Proxetter, who becomes the most unlikely superhero Hayah – whose only super power is a shield of love that boomerangs hateful acts of violence back on the perpetrators. Hayah is tasked, along with the animals, to show the human race what the earth can become if only 1% of the people connect with the ‘Great I Am’ within themselves.

While this timely book acts as a reminder that the biodiversity of life on our planet is disappearing faster than at any time in human history, it also offers a refreshingly simple path to enlightenment in a character-driven adventure that gently leads us to a place where we can choose life and healing for ourselves and our planet.

Richard P. Matthews did his graduate work in theatre at Northwestern University and the University of Utah. He is a spiritual teacher who has devoted his life to bringing others to their Spiritual Centers and the ‘Great I Am’ within. An ordained Elder in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, Richard has been meditating since he was sixteen and practicing yoga since he was twenty-one. He travels throughout the US and Europe with the Living Bible Stories®, doing storytelling and meditation workshops, and starting new meditation groups. He is the Director of Revitalizing Ministries.

Richard is published in Swedish and English and is the author of Stories for Your Spirit and many published articles. A New Curtain Opens is the first of five novels in a series about Hayah. For more, please visit the website: www.RevitalizingMinistries.com.

A New Curtain Opens
Available from www.RevitalizingMinistries.com, Kindle, Amazon and Create Space
$19.84 Paper
$9.84 Kindle
ISBN-13: 9780979810640

Michael Herndon
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Love and Terror in the Middle East: Creating Sustainable Peace Through Grassroots Efforts

Creating sustainable peace has been a century-long goal for the Middle East, specifically Israel and its neighbors in the West Bank and Gaza. For decades, Frank Romano, PhD, has been making strides to support peace through interfaith grassroots efforts in and round the area. Despite war going on around him, he still persists and shares his personal journey in Love and Terror in the Middle East, 4th edition. This latest edition includes a new chapter dedicated to a recent event, when Romano was trapped in the midst of rioting Palestinians, following the killing of a Palestinian youth by Israeli soldiers.

Dr. Romano began his journey from California to France, where he studied philosophy. He then ventured to Casablanca, Morocco on his way to the Middle East where he was called to participate in the interfaith peace movement. He was also seeking the universal religion, perhaps Islam, meaning “peace.” What he found was a distorted version of Islam, not “peace,” and he was wrongly accused by Muslim extremists for being a Zionist spy, due to questions he raised relating to Islam and women. This led to his imprisonment, spiritual awakening and eventual escape.

Through meditation behind this journey, he found truth about religion. This truth serves as the driving force to bring Muslims, Jews and Christians together to celebrate their commonalities, building on a platform of the belief in one God.

Dr. Romano’s personal journey hasn’t been without sacrifices. Friends and fellow activists have been murdered. He’s been attacked by settlers, harassed by Israeli soldiers and arrested by Palestinian police. The ultimate cost was the end of his marriage, as well as another long romantic relationship. Additionally, his role as a father has been impacted due to less time with his children.

Despite his hardships, Dr. Romano still moves forward with his vision for realizing sustainable peace through grassroots efforts. “My vision has always been about creating dialogues and breaking down barriers,” says Dr. Romano. “Organizing interfaith groups is critical to creating a platform for those dialogues to take place.”

Meet Frank J. Romano, PhD. He is a lawyer, author, speaker and professor of law, literature, history and philosophy of law. Dr. Romano has been an advocate for peace and is an expert on the conflict in the Middle East, notably the West Bank, Gaza and Israel.

For more information on Dr. Romano’s drive for peace and Love and Terror in the Middle East, please visit:
http://www.frankromano-loveandterror4.com (book)
http://www.frankromano363.blogspot.com/ (blog)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwQ-TYRDIVI (Interview)

Available at Amazon.com and major online outlets
Love and Terror in the Middle East, 4th edition
By Frank Romano
AB Film Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-0989706865

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TIP SHEET

Rosa Syed: “extraordinary….provides a profound insight into the relations of Jews, Muslims, & Christians in the Middle East.…A magnificent book on the current events and the road to peace….”

Mark Russell Bell: “Reading Frank Romano’s memoirs, I was reminded that paths of spiritual discovery involve the intellect in relation to one’s dedicated research and contemplation….I also found myself acknowledging once again that the true ‘holy’ land in the transitory world we call Earth is not limited to any geographical area but is the condition where one recognizes that all people are members of the same vast family.”

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Looking For Compatible Common Ground Between Both Sides Of The Great Evolution Debate

Laramie, WY, – People seem to have very definite opinions and care deeply when it comes to the issues in evolution versus religion. Ron Frost takes on this debate in his book, Religion Versus Science: Where Both Sides go Wrong in The Great Evolution Debate (O-Books). An editor for two major scientific journals and a professor of Geology for many years, he brings a new perspective to this ongoing argument.

The great debate between scientists and Christians has been going on in this country since the Scopes trial in 1927 and has yet to lose its fury. It is a subject that has been the root of many cultural wars that separate secular, technical people, whose interest is in science, from Christians and followers of other religions. It seems the debate has continued because the supporters of both sides see only a partial view of reality. By shedding new light on this often troubled relationship, Frost presents a new viewpoint of evolution that is compatible with all the world’s wisdom traditions.  

The author believes that misconceptions exist on both sides of the debate, and in his book readers get the benefit of his extensive research that helps clear up some of these ideas. There are two things that have to be accepted if we expect to find a common ground between science and religion. First, the scientific evidence upon which the theory of evolution is based is hard to refute: the Earth is immensely old; all life can be traced to one ancient progenitor, and the species that have populated Earth have changed over time. Second, the common nature of the mystical experiences that form the roots of all religions indicate that we are immersed within a spiritual dimension.

What has been an irritant to Christians is that scientists use the facts of evolution to present a totally materialistic view of life, one that leaves no room for a spiritual dimension. Evolution is often depicted as a random, pointless process where the only value to human life is to act as a transporter of our all-important genes. It is understandable why Creationists are appalled by this view; in trying to answer it they make the mistake of attacking the actual facts of evolution rather than the manner in which those facts are presented. In Religion versus Science, Frost, using a premise that evolution has occurred within the bounds of a spiritual dimension, presents a view that is compatible with both the scientific evidence for evolution and with the core teachings of the world’s religions.

Ron Frost has been an editor for two major scientific journals and a professor of Geology at the University of Wyoming for many years. Combining his background with twenty-five years as a practicing Buddhist makes the perfect blend for finding a common ground between science and religion. For more information, please visit the author’s website at: www.ronfrost.com or see the author in a live interview at: http://geology.uwyo.edu/?q=node/281.

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TIP SHEET:

Karl Giberson, Ph.D., author of Saving Darwin: How to be a Christian and Believe in Evolution, and Oracles of Science: Celebrity Scientists Versus God and Religion with Mariano Artigas: “Frost’s remarkably wide-ranging volume offers the reader a helpful survey of the troubled road that led to the current controversy over scientific theories of origins.  More than just another book on creation versus evolution, Science vs. Spirituality locates the controversy in the inability of science to deal effectively with the realm of consciousness and mind, where our deepest needs and most profound experiences reside.  Writing from an eastern, Buddhist perspective, Frost offers a fresh perspective on one of the deepest questions of our time.”

 

 

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Making A Difference In Life By Becoming Part Of The Solution Not The Problem

San Antonio, TX,  – San Antonio evangelical preacher Matthew Hagee’s new release Response Able: What my father taught me about life and making a difference (Charisma Media) offers the insights of a lifetime on parenting, self-reliance and affecting societal change. The key to any significant transformation, according to Hagee, is a refusal of the sense of entitlement often associated with Gen-Y and Millennials. Instead, Hagee argues that readers should embrace self-reliance and acknowledge the individual’s God-given ability to respond in a positive manner, regardless of the circumstances.

“One of the most valuable lessons my father taught me was to focus on what I can do, rather than what I cannot,” says Hagee. “If your life is on a course that you would indeed like to change, you can change it. No matter what.” 

Matthew Hagee, the son of global evangelist John Hagee, serves as Executive Pastor of the 20-thousand member Cornerstone Church founded by his father in San Antonio, Texas. The elder Hagee launched the church more than three decades ago, growing it into one of the most influential and charismatic Christian communities in the country. The companion TV ministry now reaches almost 100 million homes in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa and New Zealand.  Matthew Hagee, the heir-apparent to the church and TV ministry, uses many lessons taught by his father as the framework of Response Able.

With some parents working two jobs or both parents working more than 40 hours a week, Hagee wants to help parents break the cycle of shrinking family time in America. To do this, he has issued a provocative challenge to the parents in his flock. He calls it the 707 Challenge and he wants parents to sign up for this ongoing campaign that requires moms and dads to commit to spending at least seventy minutes per day with their children, seven days a week, for seventy days.

“The time has come for this generation to take responsibility for tomorrow,” says Hagee, “and the response begins with you.”

Hagee’s book offers faith-based insight and guidance on initiating powerful change in personal, social, financial, educational and political arenas. Hagee bases his premise on a conviction that principle should be the compass by which to guide one’s life, and not passion.

“Principles are powerful,” says Hagee. “They will make men out of boys and instill a foundation in future generations that cannot be shaken.”

Other foundational concepts offered in the book include:

 Responsible people submit to authority, namely God
 Declare war on the status quo
 Invest in others, primarily children
 Patience rewarded
 Gratitude
 The joy of giving

And many more concepts chiseled into his character by his father’s loving guidance. For more information on this remarkable man and his new book, visit: www.response-ablethebook.org.

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For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Jeff Brady at Brady Media Group. 214.265.5670. jeff@bradymediagroup.com

 

 

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Mike Leach’s New Book Looks To Challenge College Football’s Conventional Wisdom

Co-editors Mike Leach and Ferhat Guven speak to fans looking for more out of college football in their new book “Sports for Dorks: College Football”

Key West, FL, — “What do you get when you combine an astrophysicist, a world champion backgammon player, some respected economists and a few other brilliant minds?”

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is referring, in this case, to former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach’s latest literary undertaking, “Sports for Dorks: College Football” (ISBN 978-0615484976), in which Leach once again takes aim at college football’s conventional wisdom.

Leach, along with co-editor Ferhat Guven, came up with the idea of “Sports for Dorks” during  a “typical” telephone call in which they discussed Henry VIII, US fiscal policy, Sub Saharan Africa real estate, and of course college football. 

The two come from different walks of life; Leach is the still wildly popular former head football coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders and author of New York Times bestselling autobiography Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and in Life, while Guven, based in London, is an executive in a global real estate investment firm and avid college football fan.

Leach views the world of college football as a crucible of innovation, yet despite the enormous media coverage enjoyed by the sport, he notes that little if any of that side of the game is exposed to the public. Guven, out of his own interest, follows a number of talented academics, writers and bloggers who cover many of the sport’s more unique aspects, but do so in what he describes as relative obscurity.

The two wondered if there was an audience that wanted to better understand the game in a manner that went beyond what was being offered by conventional media.

Leach and Guven set out to collect essays and articles from a wide range of thinkers who were examining the game in an unusual way. “We were focused on identifying well-formulated ideas which challenge a sport dominated by conventional wisdom,” said Guven. “The book’s contributors include coaches, journalists, bloggers, academics, economists and yes, even an astrophysicist.”

Leach and Guven examine college football, both on and off the field, through disciplines such as economics, psychology, statistics and sociology. Their book also provides readers with unique insights into Leach’s coaching influences and philosophies, offers a formula that would make the BCS ranking process more rational, and examines what they describe as the meteoric rise of American football in Great Britain.

“We are trying to bring innovative content to readers,” Guven says. “We want to provide a unique perspective to readers who are looking for more than just box scores, cliches and lukewarm paeans to their favorite teams’ greatness. We hope our readers will be informed and entertained. There is plenty of opportunity for both throughout the book which come from a variety of perspectives.”

“Sports for Dorks: College Football” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.

About the Editors
Mike Leach is the former all-time winning football coach at Texas Tech and author of the bestselling autobiography, Swing Your Sword:  Leading the Charge in Football and Life. Leach is a graduate of BYU and Pepperdine University School of Law. Ferhat Guven is a real estate investment professional who graduated from Texas Tech University before earning his graduate business degree from the London Business School.  For more information, see www.sportsfordorks.com.

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TIP SHEET:

Rex Ryan, Head Football Coach, NY Jets: “What do you get when you combine an astrophysicist, a world champion backgammon player, some respected economists and a few other brilliant minds?  This fascinating book and the reason I’m hoping to watch Mike Leach on Saturdays instead of coach against him on Sundays.” 

Gil Brandt, former VP Dallas Cowboys: “Sports for Dorks is an exciting collection of ideas and trends shaping the world of college football.  Mike Leach proves, once again, that he is a step ahead of the rest.”

Austin Murphy, Sr. Writer, Sports Illustrated: “One man’s dork is another man’s intellectually curious, envelope pushing pioneer.  Mike Leach is the most original thinker I’ve met in three decades as a sportswriter.  With this provocative, nourishing, all-you-can-eat buffet of intriguing ideas, Leach reminds us why football needs him more than he needs football.”

 

 

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