Thursday, September 29, 2016

Positive Psychologist Barbara Becker Holstein Designs Amazing All Encompassing Approach To Help Teens And Tweens Build Self Esteem

Dr. Holstein's short films, books, stage plays, selfies and videos are part of an array of tools parents and grandparents can use to reconnect with children and grandchildren

A recent article on the New York Times website entitled 'Want to Find Fulfillment At Last? Think Like a Designer'. One premise of the article is that we can, given the right approach, actually design the kind of life we desire. This allows us to take a conscious approach to fitting all of the pieces together - a life blueprint - for building what we want from the raw materials available. At the very core of this approach lies the primary goal. That is vitally important for two reasons:

a) Most people just look at their experiences and then try to make sense of the experiences after the fact. This is akin to trying to design something new and different by moving old, worn out pieces around without a plan. Designers don't do that because that does not work. And,

b) most people get overwhelmed as changes occur. This can result in seeing every new thing as an obstacle, rather than an opportunity.

Dr. Holstein takes the designer approach instead. Everything she produces is built around one central theme - teach kids, parents and grandparents how to build self esteem, good mental health, happiness and a sense of purpose. Her books, films, tools, videos, blogs and articles all play off those central themes. The end result is a vast collection of techniques that help people accomplish those goals. The concept is perfectly cohesive across all formats and staggering in the sheer number of ways that concept is approached from all conceivable angles. The selfie is her pet project.

"Most people see young people and their love of technology as a barrier to communication across generations," Dr. Holstein stated. "I see instead a real opportunity to connect. Maybe I think this way because I have been immersed for years in developing a cohesive approach to good mental health, happiness and a sense of purpose based on understanding and developing our talents, strengths and even hidden potential. We all have parts of ourselves that work well and we all have parts that are less functional or can even get us into trouble.  My ENCHANTED SELF positive psychology approach takes all of these factors in account and helps us develop our talents, strengths and potential to the fullest.  How? By teaching people how to focus on what is right about themselves, rather than what is wrong.  How to use their memory banks to retrieve their potential, not their failures.  Also I teach people how to recognize what their stumbling blocks are and how to gently and kindly start to work to get past them. 

"The thread that ties all of the ENCHANTED SELF methods together is communicating and understanding and looking for the pearls in each of us.  For example,  if I can recognize and acknowledge that I have self-esteem problems then I can begin to figure out how to move forward.  I can use the SEVEN GATEWAYS to HAPPINESS to realize that I have a fascinating story to tell, that I can figure out what I need to move forward, that I can find mentors, that if I feel depressed I can reach out, etc. 

"Going back to kids, technology is not a barrier.  It is just another tool to examine, figure out how to make useful and use as we learn even better techniques to communicate between generations. 

Some of Dr Holstein's individual approaches include:

The Truth: Diary of a Gutsy Tween
The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything
Secrets: Diary of a Gutsy Teen
Enchanted Self: A Positive Therapy
Around Every Corner, Romance & Mystery
Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is You
Seven Gateways to Happiness: Freeing Your Enchanted Self

The Truth - A Short Film
The Truth - A Short, Short Film
Secrets - (in production)

Youtube - an entire series of TED style talks and various videos, including a Youtube channel

Stage Plays:
A number of stage plays based on 'The Truth' have been performed in the NYC area

Dr. Holstein's entire body of work is great for parents, grandparents, older siblings and teachers to establish lines of communication with the tweens and teens in their lives. Her books have received extremely positive reviews and numerous awards. Her short films have been chosen as Official Selections for a number of high profile film festivals.

Dr. Holstein is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at All of her books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers. More information is available at her website at


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for happiness. Dr. Holstein's Enchanted Self website,, was just included as one of the best websites in positive psychology. She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

Dr. Barbara can be found on the web, interviewed, writing articles and posting video 'TED' style talks on Happiness,  Positive Psychology, Relationships and Parenting.

She has been a contributor to Heart and Soul, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, Time on line, the Today Show and Family Circle Magazine.


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
170 Morris Ave.,
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Proof Of The Afterlife Brings Peace, Freedom From Fear And Anxiety Says Author, Speaker And NDE Expert Brian McLaughlin

McLaughlin's book about his NDE details his totally unique near death experience. It is raw and it's real. There is no embellishment, no preaching and no hidden agenda

All human beings have core needs. Peace, certainty and freedom from fear and anxiety. These are primary and necessary, as they allow us to experience a sense of safety, well-being and lie at the very core of the ability to live a fulfilling life. It's not that we want these things - we need these things. We all seek them, every single day.

Brian McLaughlin, near death experience expert, speaker and author of a highly praised book about NDE, 'A Flight Without Wings, My Experience With Heaven', shows us how we can achieve these states. We can experience a life filled with peace in the midst of discord. We can find freedom from fear when faced with uncertainty. We can overcome any form of anxiety, even while facing down threats from within and without. Depression, despair and dismay can easily be transformed into peace, confidence, contentment and joy in one single stroke. What is this most powerful concept that will allow us achieve these states?

The key is to accept that the afterlife really does exist - without question. This has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with truth. While the afterlife cannot be proven using a scientific method based in the physical, it can be proven through one's experience. McLaughlin is one of very few people who have had that experience. He speaks from that experience and his readers and audiences reap the benefits.

McLaughlin states: “Inner  peace for me, comes from overcoming fear in my life through my experience in Heaven. Benefits such as understanding, clarity and awareness contribute to that overall peacefulness . but recognizing real opportunities that exist all around us- all the time, sometimes makes me wish I had been able to see them sooner. I have taken advantage of many of them over the years since my accident, and enjoy the success of doing so.  Allowing this small “adjustment” in your life may very well afford you the same fearless approach to life, relationships and job related issues. Imagine not worrying about failure, or fear of disappointment , embarrassment , rejection, or any of the fears that hold us back in life.  Try replacing fear with love, even in baby steps.  You will certainly discover a new and exciting perspective that will benefit you and those around you”

A Flight Without Wings' offers us a look at the near death experience from an unbiased point of view. It is the presentation of the material that sets this book apart from the other books about the near death experience. It is raw and it's real. There is no embellishment and no hidden agenda. While his book has a spiritual flavor certainly, there is no preaching and no religious messages. It is his near-death experience, just as it happened.

McLaughlin's experience changed the course of his life forever.  It instilled in him what we all seek - certainty about life after death. And with that a peace of  mind that can never be shaken, nor can it be doubted. His near death experience brought a sense of clarity. It brought a sense of real, lasting peace. He now knows with certainty that we exist forever. It is that simple message he brings to his audience, both through his book and at his speaking engagements.

Brian McLaughlin was chosen as one of '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading' in 2015. Reviews of 'A Flight Without Wings' have been overwhelmingly positive. Dr. Penny Sartori, author of 'The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences', said "This book will help others who have had an NDE to make sense of their experience and will also help those close to someone who has had an NDE because NDEs affect close family members and friends too."

Jack Magnus, a reviewer with Readers Favorite, called the book a "well written and moving memoir that neither delves into the fanciful or dogmatic,...”  "…Well worth reading, and is highly recommended." Another stated, "Being a mother who lost her only child I found it to be a great comfort to me." Another said, "I have read many accounts such as these, but this beautifully written account simply touched my heart in ways that previous ones have not."

Mark Feuerstein, Actor (Royal Pains, USA Network) wrote: “I have read it and I think it’s an inspiring tale of deep insight and so personal and yet so universal . . . such profound perspective.”

Brian McLaughlin is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at 'A Flight Without Wings' is available at Amazon, Payhip and other book retailers. More information is available on his website at:

About Brian McLaughlin:

Brian McLaughlin is the award-winning author of 'A Flight Without Wings'. In his inspirational book, Brian vividly depicts his journey into Heaven and his following return to life caused by a massive head trauma sustained while vacationing in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico twenty-one years ago.


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Cynthia Martindale, Author Of Book About Caregiving, 'Graceful Last Chapters', Takes Bronze Medal In International Book Awards

Martindale is the author of the ultimate guide to caregiving. She helps caregivers chart a clear path through caregiving challenges, options, and eventual heartbreak

Author Cynthia Martindale has announced that her highly praised book for caregivers, 'Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care', has taken a Bronze Award in the 2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Award contest.

Cynthia Martindale is an expert in regards to end of life planning and issues that impact seniors. She spent much of her career as a sales and marketing director for senior living communities. She is a seasoned veteran of all things senior-related. In 'Graceful Last Chapters', she shares her twenty years of experience with senior care in a voice filled with compassion, understanding, and an insider's point of view.

As the primary caregiver for her parents in their declining years, as a sales and marketing director for senior living communities, and as a lawyer, Ms. Martindale brings readers a valuable resource about caring for aging loved ones. The book is filled with support and guidance for caregivers, clearly defined options for care, and the ways and means for readers to craft their own successful journey through caregiving challenges and heartbreak. Ms. Martindale offers readers fundamental knowledge, hope, a sense of identity and, ultimately, a path toward peace of mind.

"I’m deeply honored that ‘Graceful Last Chapters’ was selected as the Bronze medal winner for nonfiction/relationships in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest,” Martindale stated. “The award encourages me as an impassioned author, and its visibility makes it possible to help more readers struggling to find options and best practices while caring for aging loved ones. Thank you, Readers’ Favorite, for a book award contest recognized and respected worldwide by authors, publishers, and readers alike.”

Martindale combines her education, business expertise, and personal experiences to bring readers a valuable resource about caring for aging loved ones. The book's twenty-seven chapters are grouped into seven sections: (One) Considering Long-Term Care Options; (Two) Caregiving Challenges; (Three) Creating a Plan; (Four) Aging in Place With Additional Care; (Five) Senior Living Communities; (Six) Touring Senior Communities; and (Seven) After the Bloom Fades. The chapters build gradually to mimic the progression of the journey caregivers take with their senior loved one, whether that individual is their mother, father, aunt, uncle, sibling, spouse, friend, or neighbor.

'Graceful Last Chapters' has achieved a perfect 5 star rating on Amazon. One reviewer stated, "It is rare to encounter such an obviously experienced counselor in the field of Senior Care as Cynthia who demonstrates on every page of this impressive and ultimately authoritarian guide such tenderness, calm and candor." Another said, "This book captures not only the practical information on choices for seniors but it deals with the tougher emotional side of caring for loved ones as they age."

Readers' Favorite receives submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants like Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey, Henry Winkler, and Eriq La Salle.

Eduardo Aduna, a Readers' Favorite reviewer stated, "For a book that is all about helping seniors get the care they need, Martindale never fails to highlight the emotional and physical toll the job takes on the caregiver themselves, and manages to come up with several ways to make this difficult task more bearable. It is this comprehensive and insightful knowledge that makes this book 'the book' on elderly care, and a must-have in every home, hospice, and senior facility. The elderly and their caregivers will find 'Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care' a fascinating read that will greatly enrich their knowledge about this extremely important matter."

Cynthia Martindale is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at 'Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care' is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. More information is available at her website at

About Cynthia Neher Martindale:

Cynthia Neher Martindale holds degrees from Hillsdale College (B.A. in English), Northern Illinois University (M.A. in English), and Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D.). Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care is the result of her years as both a sales and marketing director for senior living communities and as the primary caregiver for her parents. She  lives in Flossmoor, Illinois, with her husband and son.


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

US Department Of Peace Is An Idea Whose Time Has Come Says Frances Fuller, Award Winning Author Of Book About Lebanon, 'In Borrowed Houses'

Fuller spent many years in the Middle East. She puts a face on the Middle East many Americans have not yet seen. Her award-winning memoir, 'In Borrowed Houses', gives readers a penetrating glimpse of the Middle East from the inside

The US needs a Department of Peace. This election year there is a great deal of rhetoric that endlessly furthers a multitude of divisive agendas and strategies. Until now our country has not pursued peace, because it is not on anyone’s job description. We have a one-armed State Department. The one arm is called the Department of Defense. Frances Fuller, author of 'In Borrowed Houses', believes we also need a Department of Peace.

"We need a Department of Peace whose head, the Secretary of Peace, will be part of the President’s cabinet," Fuller stated. "This secretary must engage the best thinkers in our country, from generals to peace activists, philosophers and psychologists, historians and scientists, ministers and moms, in the study and development of peace strategies. The overarching assignment of this group should be to help the Secretary develop a national plan for creating peace in our country and the world.

"Just as the Department of Defense assesses security threats and responds to them, the Department of Peace can identify opportunities for creating cooperation and friendship and respond to them with wisdom, or see conflict coming and attack the problem behind it. Like war, peace requires intention and planning and preparation and deeds of valor.  

"Using creative and peace loving citizens, the peace department might promote wonderful innovations in the ways we relate to one another at home and as a nation with other nations. We might face up to the injustices in our own society and by addressing them, reduce the violence in our cities. Internationally we could become a country that is famous for creating peace rather than dominating the world.

"Dennis Kucinich proposed a Department of Peace in 2005. Interviewing him about this, Walter Cronkite observed that every time the people of the world even heard the words, 'Department of Peace,' their image of America would be impacted.

"The proposal has failed in the Congress until now, because we the people did not get behind it or did not even know. We are so accustomed to violence that we consider peace a beautiful fantasy. In fact, we are pursuing the alternative and evil fantasy that we can always be stronger than our enemy and overcome their violence with ours. Given the choice of these two fantasies, I choose peace and want a president with a plan for peace."

Frances Fuller puts a face on the Middle East many Americans have not yet seen. Her award-winning memoir, 'In Borrowed Houses', gives readers a penetrating glimpse of the Middle East from the inside.

Told in short episodes, Fuller’s book reveals the alienation, confusion and courage of civilians in the Lebanese civil war, introducing to the reader a variety of real people with whom the author interacts: editors, salesmen, neighbors, refugees, soldiers, missionaries, lawyers, shepherds, artists, students. With these people she works, studies, plays games, prays, laughs and cries, all to the accompaniment of gunfire. Together these small stories tell what war is like for civilians caught on a battlefield, and they create the impression of the Lebanese as a fun-loving, witty, patient and resilient people. Fuller's stories compose not a political history, but a historical document of a time and a place.

Critics have praised ‘In Borrowed Houses.’ A judge in the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards called 'In Borrowed Houses' “ . . a well written book full of compassion . . . a captivating story . . . ”. Another reviewer described the book as “Wise, honest, sensitive, funny, heart-wrenching . . .”. Colin Chapman, lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut said, “ . . . western Christians and Middle Eastern Christians need to read this story…full of remarkable perceptiveness and genuine hope.”

Frances Fuller is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at The full text of her latest article is available at her website. Fuller's book is available at Amazon and other book retailers. A free ebook sample from 'In Borrowed Houses' is available at Frances Fuller also blogs on other issues relating to the Middle East on her website at

About Frances Fuller:

Frances Fuller spent thirty years in the violent Middle East and for twenty-four of those years was the director of a Christian publishing program with offices in Lebanon. While leading the development of spiritual books in the Arabic language, she survived long years of civil war and invasions.


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Animal Miracles Happen Every Day Too - Donna Louis, Author Of Book About Miracles, Gives Readers A New Perspective On Miracles

Donna Louis provides an in-depth study of some of Christianity's most well-documented miracles. She attempts to expand and explain both the purpose and the direction of those miracles

What constitutes a miracle? It depends on who one asks. Nearly everyone will agree that a miracle is an extraordinary event in the physical world that defies a rational explanation. While we might think miracles don't happen today, perhaps they do.

A recent story from the town of Galt in Sacramento County entitled 'Freeway Miracle?' is an astounding story of an injured dog that survived 5 weeks with 2 broken bones. How the dog survived is anybody's guess. Surviving without food or water for 5 weeks is more than likely physically impossible. Yet the dog, nicknamed 'Freeway Frida' did just that. The dog was subsequently rescued, was treated for the injuries and is now on the adoption list. Many people believe it is a bona fide miracle. It very well may be.

The public is fascinated with miracles, as they demonstrate there is a reality that lies beyond what our eyes and ears show us. While we might believe that miracles are the result of a Power that lies elsewhere and occasionally intercedes in the affairs of the human race, it is even more possible that this Power works in physical reality through the minds and the hands of mankind. Even the miracles of Jesus were performed through a human body, living in physical reality.

Miracles demonstrate that there is something that lies beyond our senses that has our best interests at heart. There is much comfort in that.

Donna Louis' new book, 'Miracles of Direction, Miracles of Conquest, Miracles of Provision and Miracles of Purpose' explores biblical miracles that took place while Jesus was here on earth. She then references with miracles that take place on a daily basis in the modern world. She separates these miracles into four categories and presents insightful example of each type, taken directly from the Bible.

Louis knows her subject well, as she has personally experienced three miracles. As the result of those life-altering experiences, she began an in-depth study of some of Christianity's most well-documented miracles. In her book, she attempts to expand upon and explain both the purpose and the direction of those miracles.

"Miracles are acts of God that proclaim his sovereign power over creation as well as his commitment to the good of his people," Louis stated. "Miracles don't happen when there is smooth sailing in your life. Miracles happen when all hell is breaking loose because that is when they are needed.  When they happen they provide comfort, strength, and enhance a persons belief in God. It is like petting or stroking a dog, it lowers your blood pressure and emanates calm."

Louis was chosen as a winner in the 2015 '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading' awards contest. 'Miracles' has also received rave reviews from readers. One review called it "amazing, uplifting and inspirational". Another stated, "I was profoundly impressed by the writing."

Donna Louis is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at 'Miracles of Direction, Miracles of Conquest, Miracles of Provision and Miracles of Purpose' is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Xulon Press. More information is available at her website at

About Donna Louis:

Donna Louis is happily married to her husband of 30 years Patrick Louis and currently resides in Florida. She lives to accomplish the task that God created her for and on a daily basis to follow Proverbs 3:5-6. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."


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