Wende Birtch, MS, MA, LMHC, RYT is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and certified Level-3 Internal Family SystemsSM Therapist. She offers training and consultation to local therapists learning the model, and volunteers as an IFS Training Program Assistant. Wende is enthusiastically entering her 12th year of private practice in the northern Buffalo area, working with adults and adolescents, integrating IFS therapy, with therapeutic yoga, meditation and breath-work, for a trauma-informed, holistic approach to wellness.
Wende Birtch invites the reader to dive deep into a new level of Self-awareness and compassion with a 6-step self-inquiry practice, based on the powerful and transformational process of Internal Family SystemsSM. With dedication to this daily practice, we soon discover the ability to heal inner hatred, fear and division within ourselves with an amazing Presence of genuine love, wisdom, and courage. We can then experience a new way of being, awakening our greatest potential to love and lead in the world with joy and genuine compassion.
Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj (1921–1989) was the founder and head of Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission / Science of Spirituality from 1974 until his passing in 1989. The spiritual successor of Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj, Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj was also widely recognized as one of India’s leading poet-saints, writing in the Urdu language.
Love’s Last Madness, a translation of selected poems from Darshan Singh’s magnum opus Matā‘-e Nūr, sings of the torments and ecstasies a lover of God experiences on the journey to divine realization. Remarkable for masterfully fulfilling his worldly responsibilities while immersing himself in his mystic quest, Darshan Singh (1921–1989) was a renowned spiritual teacher with tens of thousands of students around the globe.
Judith A. Boggess, MSC, is a writer, irreverent, sardonic award winning poet, artist in oils and in Native American giclee's. Confessions of a Bar Brat was inspired by an addiction to films that began at age six, when the Rosendale Theatre became her babysitter every night to keep her out of the family bar. Her writing is very visual, with an emphasis on dialogue and dramatic tension.
Narrated by a young girl growing up in the coarsest, most hell-raising bar on Main Street, Rosendale, NY in the early 50s, Confessions of a Bar Brat, is an unforgettable memoir of a girl’s day-to-day living with the effects of overt and covert abuse, sexual abuse, and parental neglect. The story is told in a six to 12 year old colloquial dialect unflinchingly and honestly; it’s about the capacity of the human spirit to endure, to bloom, and to see humor in chaos.
Wanda Fischer has loved baseball since she was eight years old. She's parlayed that into her first novel, which is not necessarily about her favorite team, the Boston Red Sox. When she's not writing, she's listening to folk music for her show on WAMC public radio, "The Hudson River Sampler," which she's done since 1982.
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They were all stars in their hometowns. Then they were drafted to play minor league ball, thinking it would be an easy ride to playing in the big time. Little did they know that they’d be vying for a spot with every other talented kid who aspired to play professional baseball. Young, inexperienced, immature, and without the support of their families and friends, they’re often faced with split-second decisions. Not always on the baseball diamond.
Listen to Wanda talk with Joe Donahue, host of WAMC's "Roundtable," about her book here.
After 20 years of writing marketing copy to finance her travel addiction, Sarah Bowen hunkered down to craft her first book, Void if Detached, based on the sermons of her father, the Reverend Richard Murdoch. Reading through the manuscripts of 1,500 sermons she received after his death, she found herself on a fascinating spiritual recovery. Sarah dove cautiously into the Hebrew Scriptures and Christian Bible, studying initially through online courses at Yale University, Emory University, and the Reformed Theological Seminary.
WINNER 2017 Gold IPPY Award
WINNER 2017 Indie Reader Discovery Award
FINALIST 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award
This is the story of a religion-phobic Gen Xer who felt a void because she had become detached from her faith. In fact, she wasn't sure what her faith was or if she actually had any faith at all. Raised as a preacher's kid, she had an astonishingly long list of why religion didn't work for her--until five years after her father's death, she began reading his sermons. Follow her journey through history and theology as she sometimes seriously—and often irreverently—learns to fill the void with something greater than herself.
E. J. McCULLY (1915-1973) was born in La Grande, Oregon, and raised in Oakland, California. He became a Regimental Personnel Officer and Captain in the 415th Infantry Regiment of the104th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his efforts. He later served for almost 20 years in the U.S. Army Reserve in Phoenix, Arizona, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel and receiving the Army Commendation Medal. After employment at the Phoenix Veterans Administration, he rose to an executive position with a local business, living in Scottsdale with his wife and three daughters.
Winner of the 2017 Book Fest Award, History: Military
Imagine you are a Regimental Personnel Officer for the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II. You are charged with the delivery of hundreds of replacements to the front lines. On occasion, you are required to drive blackout over miles of heavily mined, shell-torn roads that are subject to sniper fire. On top of these challenging and dangerous responsibilities, you and your men are required to transport, pack, assemble, and dismantle almost two tons of office equipment for a personnel office in a field setting—during a war. At the same time, you must keep your office running efficiently. Such was the experience of Captain E. J. McCully, as described in Journals of War.