Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Anger And Bigotry Toward Muslims Is Damaging To America’s Position In The World Says Author Frances Fuller, In Response To Washington Post Article

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

A recent op-ed piece in the Washington Post by David Patreous put forth the idea that discrimination against Muslims plays directly into the hands of terrorists. Frances Fuller, author of 'In Borrowed Houses' has an unusual background that allows for unique insights into the mindset of the Middle East and America's position on the world stage. She spent thirty years in the Middle East, twenty four of those years as a Christian publisher in Lebanon. Fuller agrees with Patreous. She recently posted an article that sheds light on this highly contested approach.

"I am grateful to David Petreous for saying what I have been thinking," Fuller stated. "Expressions of anger and bigotry toward Muslims is damaging to America’s position in the world.

In the op-ed in the Washington Post on May 13, Petreous said:

'The terrorists’ explicit hope has been to try to provoke a clash of civilizations — telling Muslims that the United States is at war with them and their religion. When Western politicians propose blanket discrimination against Islam, they bolster the terrorists’ propaganda.'

He warns us, 'As policy, these concepts are totally counterproductive. Rather than making our country safer, they will compound the already grave terrorist danger to our citizens. As ideas, they are toxic and, indeed, non-biodegradable — a kind of poison that, once released into our body politic, is not easily expunged.'

While Petreous is thinking of politicians, I would like to wave this caution flag at all of us.  We need to be accountable for our attitudes and judgments.  Fear is contagious and anger is destructive. Before we spread them, we need to verify that they are not based on falsehood. The first victim of a careless opinion is our own country, its values and ideals, its very success as a pluralist democracy. 

A politician need only speak once, and we help to spread that comment to the ends of the world, which has big ears and knows that somehow its fate is hinged to what Americans think. 

ISIS hears and uses our words against us, turning them into a recruiting tool. (“See, we told you they hate us.”) In cities under attack by ISIS, vulnerable Muslim families hear and wonder what they have done. Fleeing refugees hear and despair. Even American citizens who are Muslims may feel like outcasts. And, as Petreous points out, all of us become less safe."

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 frances0516@att.net. 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 http://www.payhip.com/francesfuller. Frances Fuller also blogs on other issues relating to the Middle East on her website at http://www.inborrowedhouseslebanon.com.

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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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Book Marketing Announcements: The Authors Show Lineup For The Week Of May 23, 2016

Book Marketing serves as a resource for authors and allows members to engage in promotion and publicity for marketing purposes. The site offers no-charge marketing training, book publicity opportunities and a buyers club for book marketing services

Don McCauley of the Free Publicity Focus Group and Danielle Hampson, Executive Producer of The Authors Show, founders of The Authors Marketing Powerhouse, have announced The Authors Show radio and broadcast schedule for the week of May 23, 2016. The new show schedule is available at the Authors Marketing Powerhouse site.

For those who hope to sell books on the Internet, the challenge can be daunting. It can be confusing difficult, time consuming and expensive. Book Marketing, branded as The Authors Marketing Powerhouse, helps authors overcome these challenges by providing authors and publishers three distinct benefits:

* No charge publicity - members can upload photos, bios, book covers, video and book videos. Each author can develop a personalized page and a personal blog. The site allows for integration with Facebook and Twitter.

* No charge marketing training - provided through the Book Marketing Master Class series of training videos and peer to peer sharing of information.

* Buyers club - low pricing on products and services used by authors and publishers to market books allows members to dramatically reduce book production and book marketing costs.

The site also offers discussion forums, segmented special interest groups and allows for event listings.  The site is a joint collaboration, developed by Don McCauley of the Free Publicity Focus Group and Danielle Hampson, Executive Producer of The Authors Show.

The Authors Show radio shows offer professionally produced radio interviews that are broadcast worldwide. Segmented shows by genre include fiction, non-fiction and Christian shows. The upcoming scheduled radio lineups include:

Week May 23, 2016 On The Authors Show:

Dr. Nicole
Shelly From
Linda Wallace-Kurtz
Mark Wayne Adams
Richard Gist
Kass Ghayouri
Steve Snyder
Virginia Simpson
M. T. Magee
Tyra Garlington
Tina Martel
Rico Auston
Andrew Harkless
Marylee MacDonald
Donna Louis


Don McCauley is a marketing strategist and is the facilitator of the Free Publicity Focus Group, a marketing and publicity firm. He also serves as the host of The Authors Show Radio.  Danielle Hampson is the Executive Producer of The Authors Show radio group of programs.

More information is available by visiting the Book Marketing site. Questions about Book Marketing can be addressed to Don McCauley by email at don (at) FreePublicityGroup.com. Questions about The Authors Show can be addressed to Danielle Hampson at danielle (at)TheAuthorsShow.com.


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Free Publicity Focus Group

Danielle Hampson
The Authors Show

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

How To Be Effective In End Of Life Planning - Cynthia Martindale, Author Of 'Graceful Last Chapters', Offers Advice, Resources And End Of Life Planning Tools

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

Nobody likes to face their own mortality. Though attorneys, insurance companies, financial professionals and a host of other sage experts encourage us in every way imaginable to get things in order now, we still procrastinate. We must face it, as the sad fact is that nobody gets out alive. Though we will be gone and won't have to deal with the results of our procrastination, it is our families that will ultimately pay the price for our resistance to end of life planning.

Cynthia Martindale, author of 'Graceful Last Chapters' has written the ultimate guide to caregiving and senior issues. She is an expert in regards to end of life planning. She offers the following advice, tips and resources for those who are ready to begin the planning process.

"Whether you’re contemplating end-of-life planning tools for yourself, a friend, or a family member, know that you’re not alone: no one joyously jumps out of bed in the morning because today’s the day you’ll write your Last Will and Testament, or Powers of Attorney, or Living Will," Martindale stated. "We’re all procrastinators, perhaps especially when the task involves end-of-life decision-making. We don’t want to think about dying, let alone map the details in writing. If we could just re-frame our thoughts and turn the “dying” problem into part of “living” life, right up to the final breath, maybe procrastination would be replaced by desire for power and control. Until we can all manage that as individuals, however, the National Healthcare Decisions Day 2016 theme says it best: 'It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late'. Readers can see National Healthcare Decisions Day for more information."

"It’s the desire we all have for power and control over our life’s evolution that may drive us to act.  Didn’t we work long and hard to build a financial nest egg?  Didn’t it take a lifetime to design our space in life and furnish it with meaningful treasures and memories?  Don’t you want to know the tangible evidence of your life’s work will go to individuals who will cherish it?  It’s totally within your power to control the disbursement of your estate through your Will by gifts and bequests to anyone you want.  Consider the opposite effect for negative motivation:  if you pass away without a Will, state and federal law control your estate: one half can typically go to the state, and the other half can go per stirpes (by the blood) to your relatives . . . including all the ones you don’t like very much. For helpful information, see American Bar Association/Public Resources, AARP, Willing, GYST (Get Your Sh*t Together on What Matters Most) and Everplans: Online End of Life Resources."

"Your Last Will and Testament has no effect until you’ve passed away, so it’s arguably even more important to address three other documents that function to help during your lifetime:   Living Will, Healthcare Power of Attorney, and Financial Power of Attorney.  In tandem, a Living Will and Healthcare Power of Attorney (also known as Healthcare Surrogate or Healthcare Proxy) are often called Advance Directives, which serve to record your medical preferences. The Living Will directs decision-making regarding life-sustaining treatment (what you do and do not want to receive) in a terminal situation, either illness or injury, when you can no longer express your own wishes. The Healthcare Power of Attorney names the person to whom you have given substituted medical decision-making authority -- the capacity to act on your behalf, as you would for yourself if you could -- to see your wishes are executed accordingly if the time arrives and it’s necessary. Great resources include: National Institute on Aging, U.S. National Library of Medicine/MedlinePlus, Aging With Dignity/Five Wishes, Eldercare Matters Alliance and Caring.com."

"Beyond medical concerns, you’ll also need to appoint a Power of Attorney for Finance to assist with money matters, someone you implicitly trust to act as your 'agent' with the authority to make financial decisions as the situation requires. Limits on their power as your agent are controlled entirely by you.  You can change your Powers of Attorney, Will, and Living Will whenever you want, but do it by the rules of proper execution so it’s a legal document and not a rough draft. For more information, see also Nolo.com, CaringInfo and the National Caregivers Library."

Cynthia 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.

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."

Cynthia Martindale is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at cindy@martindalecopywriting.com. 'Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care' is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. More information is available at http://www.bookforcaregivers.com.

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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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Immigration, Ronald Reagan, The Cold War And Freedom - 'Quest For Freedom' By David Michael Palladino Gives Us A New Perspective On Immigration

David Michael Palladino writes inspirational fiction for young readers. His works teach important ideals and values. He utilizes engaging works of fiction to accomplish that goal

Ronald Reagan was a shining example of American leadership, not only in the eyes of David Michael Palladino, but also to many immigrants who hoped to reach the shores of America to find freedom from oppression. He has been quoted as saying "a nation without borders is not really a nation." On the other hand some have credited Reagan with the concept that America might serve as a beacon for legal immigrants who could add to America's prosperity. Perhaps Reagan's concept of America seems a bit innocent today, when huge numbers of illegal immigrants threaten American workers and, in this age of covert terrorism, perhaps the very lives of American citizens.

Reagan was also instrumental in bringing down the Iron Curtain. The escape from Soviet Communism and the quest for freedom is the theme of 'Quest For Freedom'. Set in the Cold War era, the book is the engaging story of Adriana Corderu and her quest to obtain freedom by escaping the Iron Curtain.

Palladino writes inspirational fiction for young people. He teaches, through his works of fiction, important ideals and values. As a former U.S. Army Ranger, former High School Phys-Ed & Health Teacher and Coach, and founder of “Palladino Martial Arts”, he understands the significance of instilling these all-important ideals and values in young people. The book will appeal to parents, grandparents and educators.

Politics aside, a vast number of Americans believe that America has lost its way. The success of Donald Trump, whose political rallying call is "Make America Great Again", plays directly into this theme. It strikes a chord with a huge number of American citizens who are old enough to remember what America used to be. Palladino deftly paints a picture of America as she really was. He shows us clearly why American freedom and American values held such appeal for many oppressed people in other parts of the world.

During the first Cold War the world revolved around the conflict between the theologies of communism and democracy. The two main protagonists in this conflict were the United States in the West and the Soviet Union in the East. As Eastern Bloc leaders began to tighten restrictions in the lives of their people, commensurate with their increase in power, there began to emerge, in the East, a group of young people, hard and idealistic, adventurous and courageous. These would become the heroes of the movement of their time. These were the brave young souls who, with inspiration from President Reagan, began to break down the Iron Curtain.

'Quest for Freedom' has received rave reviews. One reviewer stated, "More native born Americans need to know this story and more importantly appreciate our country as she did." Another said, "The readers become engrossed immediately in Palladino's dynamic effervescent style."

David Palladino is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at inspirationalbookauthor@yahoo.com. 'Adriana Corderu, Quest for Freedom' is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Rosedog Books. More information, including samples of the book, is available at Palladino’s website at http://www.inspirationalbookauthor.com.

David Michael Palladino writes inspirational fiction for young readers. His background helps him in crafting messages that resonate with young readers and teaches them important ideals and values. He utilizes engaging works of fiction to help instill these values.


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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Forgiveness For Others Brings Freedom To Self - Kristi Burchfiel, Author Of 'Piecing Together Forgiveness’, Believes Forgiveness Is A Key Step Towards Healing

Kristi Burchfiel is a Christian devotional author and speaker who believes in ‘living in the world while living out the word’

A recent article posted on the NewsOK website, entitled "Forgiveness isn't for the offender', made a very strong point in regards to forgiveness that many sincere Christians may miss. While we might believe forgiveness is for the offender, it is not. It is for the victim. Forgiveness, seen from the proper perspective, frees us from pain and allows us to see others through God's eyes. It allows us to drop the burden of judgment. Kristi Burchfiel, author of 'Piecing Together Forgiveness: A Study Of Philemon', believes forgiveness is one building block that helps form the basis of a direct relationship with God.

“At its very core, forgiveness is about relationships,” Burchfiel explains. “Forgiveness was created by God because when we sinned, we damaged our relationship with God. He created forgiveness as the means through which our relationship with Him can be restored. Forgiveness starts with our relationship with God through Jesus Christ, then moves through to impact every other relationship in our life. Only by addressing our core relationship problem with God will we be able to take that next step toward healing and forgive others.”

In 'Piecing Together Forgiveness: A Study Of Philemon', readers will learn not only the principles of forgiveness, but also how they can be applied to impact one's life and relationships. Readers will find answers and see how to piece together a beautiful picture of Godly forgiveness.

Kristi writes applicable Bible Studies. Her other works include ‘Without Regrets: A Study Of Ecclesiastes,’ ‘The Decay Within: A Study of Amos,’ and an ebook series entitled ‘The Daily Devotional Series’, which includes eleven devotionals covering multiple books in the Bible including Genesis, John, Psalm and the New Testament. Several years ago, God led Kristi Burchfiel through some difficult times in her personal life. Only by studying and applying the truths found in the Bible did she find the answers she needed to get her life back on track.  She now works daily to continue putting those truths into practice.  She is passionate about studying the Bible and invites others to share in the peace of God through the truths found in God’s word. As a Christian devotional author, she believes in living in the world while living out the Word.

"Just knowing the word of God is not enough," Burchfiel said, "we must live it out.”

In addition to writing Christian devotionals, Kristi speaks on a variety of different topics including sections from her Bible study books, devotionals, life lessons, personal testimony and the book publishing process. She has been the keynote speaker for women's conferences, led workshops during all day events, and delivered the message in worship services and Sunday School classes. She has also spoken with literacy groups and has appeared numerous times in interviews for websites, radio, and television. She also provides an online devotional for the day and other Bible tools.

Kristi Burchfiel is available for media interviews and speaking engagements. She can be reached using the information below, or by email at k_burchfiel@yahoo.com. More information is available at her website. All Kristi’s books, Christian devotionals, Bible studies for men and women and ebooks are available at Amazon.com and at her website at http://www.kristiburchfiel.com.


Kristi Burchfiel grew up in Valley Center, Kansas and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. She and her husband, D Burchfiel have been married for 18 years. She resides in Wichita Kansas where D is the Campus Pastor of Summit Church.


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