In 2008, multi-tour combat veteran and US Army Infantryman Chad Rickard embedded within the Afghan Army as a Combat Advisor. Sent to Khost Province, Rickard was confronted with a tenacious enemy. Often outnumbered, Rickard and his men fought the Taliban on the streets of Khost City and the mountains of Eastern Afghanistan. From hostage situations to large-scale mountain warfare, follow in his footsteps in this action-packed, well-written memoir. “Highly recommended for it’s stellar, authentic style.”
Life After Heartbreak: 13 inspiring examples to encourage and inspire you.
Simply Amazing Women continues celebrity radio host K. C. Armstrong’s theme of human resiliency. Each of his 13 interviews showcases a woman who courageously faced severe challenges and ultimately used the experience for the benefit of others. It’s not just about being a survivor; it’s about surviving to ease the path of people facing their own life challenges: addiction, discrimination, poverty, violence, and more. You will see yourself in these women and relate to their qualities of self-preservation and empowerment.
From the poorly educated Maasai girl who grew up in a patriarchal society and became an international advocate of human rights, to the woman who survived cult abuse to work with suicide survivors and their families, all the women featured in Simply Amazing Women inspire the reader with hope and encouragement. Each story, plus that of Armstrong himself, will vie for the top place in each reader’s heart.
Armstrong (formerly of the Howard Stern Show) uses his own background of self-destruction and poor choices to weave together excerpts of aired interviews taken from his WMAP Radio station. The diverse chapters and Armstrong’s commentary offer examples of hope, compassion and forgiveness. Armstrong himself has turned his life around and has dedicated his remaining years to encouraging others to make whatever adjustments are necessary to obtain their own redemption, understanding, and inner peace. The upbeat message is one of belief in one’s own power to handle whatever life brings-with dignity and resolve.
Following his best-seller Simply Amazing, Special Author’s Edition (2019) Simply Amazing Women is published to celebrate and honor our mothers and grandmothers: women of strength, passion, and wisdom. It is an upbeat and inspirational reminder of the power and goodness within each of us.
In 2008, senior US Army infantry sergeant Chad Rickard deployed to Afghanistan as an embedded combat advisor to the Afghan Army. Follow in his footsteps as Chad takes you on a wild ride through Eastern Afghanistan. From hostage situations on the streets of Khost City, to battling numerically superior Taliban forces in the mountains at Spera Outpost, his memoir leaves nothing to the imagination. “Skillfully written,” “Blood pumping cinematic narration.” Highly recommended for it’s stellar, authentic writing style and gritty, graphic realism! A Reader’s Favorite 5-Star award winner.
Chad Rickard was a decorated, multi-tour Iraq War veteran with hundreds of combat missions under his belt. He was a seasoned infantryman with a desire to join the fight in Afghanistan against Taliban and Al Qaeda forces bent on keeping American influence out of the region. In 2008 the opportunity arose to deploy as an infantry advisor to the Afghan Army and he seized the chance. After months of intensive training he embedded with an Afghan Army Infantry Battalion in Khost, Afghanistan. There he began a fierce and deadly nine-month fight against Haqqani Taliban along the Pakistan border of Eastern Afghanistan. His gripping memoir guides you through intense mountain warfare from an austere outpost as well as street to street fighting and hostage situations in downtown Khost City. This skillfully written, award winning memoir, is one you are sure to enjoy as Rickard shares the thrill of victory and the agony of losing men in battle.
Join me on my journey of 1,100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. “We conversed about the many levels of the hike, from the physical to the mental to the emotional to the spiritual. Layer upon layer of trials and growth. We called ourselves pilgrims, but realized that there really was no destination, no holy monastery, no mecca, no temple at the end waiting for us. The journey itself was our destination and our sanctuary. This was our pilgrimage to nowhere.”