Biography, Personal Memoirs

The Book of Joann

A Novel Based on Her Life Story, and the Lifetime Battle She Endured with Mental Illness The Book of Joann is a powerful story of darkness and light—defeat and victory —hope and faith. Joann, my mom, wanted her story to be...

Head Case: A Very Painful Healing Journey

“It is in sharing our struggles and vulnerabilities that we connect with others and inspire change in them. Empathy and experience are some of our most powerful connecting points. By offering my own personal struggles, I hope to let...

Measure Your Success in Moments

Seeing the trauma and the pain among the youth and young adults incarcerated in one juvenile detention center was enough to propel Sam Burgett into a career of creating and providing reentry services within the juvenile and adult justice...

Nightmare of the Past

Life had always been hard on me. It kept playing with me and tormenting me, making me anxious and scared at every step of my life. Nevertheless, I did not lose hope and surrender myself into its evil trap....

Gramma Tell the Story

Maida’s memoir is a response to her grandchild’s request – “Gramma, tell the story of how you came to America.” Her story looks back at her early life: growing up on a farm in Kerry, going to school, and learning the fiddle from...

From Fear to Faith: A Family’s Journey with Addiction, Recovery, and Grace

Have you, a family member, or a close friend been affected by addiction? We want this book to help you understand that addiction is a family disease and impacts everyone around the addict much like a pebble dropped in...

Finding the Lost Art of Family Storytelling: A Guide for Parents, Grandparents, and Family Historians

Finding the Lost Art of Family Storytelling: A Guide for Parents, Grandparents, and Family Historians is a response to all the challenges for families raising kids in this generation. Experts tell us what to do in order to be the best we...

Something Beautiful is Going to Happen . . .

My Incredible Story of Fierce Devotion Embracing God, a Son, and Life ItselfHailing from a small Midwest town, Melissa Young has never let anything hold her back from chasing her dreams with passion and fortitude. Melissa won the title...

With Mirth and Laughter: Finding Joy in Medicine After Cancer

In 2016, as a practicing internist Dr. Heather Thompson is diagnosed with breast cancer and must abruptly enter the healthcare system for the first time as a patient. Her experiences, observations, and process of growth and transformation are outlined...

Mirth is God’s Medicine: Coping with Cancer as a Physician 

As a primary care physician in her mid-forties, Dr. Heather Thompson Buum is diagnosed with breast cancer; she is now facing multiple medical decisions, this time about her own health. Experiencing the system firsthand informs her future approach in unanticipated ways;...

The Fortunate Son: Top, Through the Eyes of Others

The Fortunate Son recounts the parallel lives of an army brat and a group of Vietnam veterans who intersect decades after the war. The veterans open up to me, the army brat, perhaps in a way they never have with...

Junkbox Diaries: a day in the life of a heroin addict

What is a junkbox? A person who is just so all consumed by addiction and drugs that they do not care about what goes into their body. They don't shower, they barely eat, and the only sleep they get is...