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.
Targeted Age Group:: All Audiences
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In the midst of this global illness we are reminded of the many people going through their own personal pandemics. Whether you prefer to savor one woman's triumph at a time or read all 13 at a single sitting, you will be reassured that we all have what we need inside of us. Reading what these people have overcome will support us in our resolve to make the move or change we may need in our own lives.
13 examples of courage to overcome challenges such as these:
Debra Morgan: “I began stealing prescription pads from doctors’ offices. They weren't hard to get; doctors would leave them in the room during checkups when they went out to order tests or check on other things. At that time there were no watermarks or fax machines for security. I would write prescriptions under tons of different names. You see, it's not just the drugs that make someone an addict. It's as much about the behavior that develops. It's like you flip the switch and immediately you start to become somebody different. You get the guts to try something once, and if you don't get caught, you do it again.”
Lola Scarborough: “I had to learn to care for myself before being able to help anyone else. As I mentioned earlier, I was the eldest of eight children. I think that's where my confidence comes from. I had to handle children, drunks, drug addicts, convicts, sexual predators, and mentally ill adults all my life. I handled many of the day-to-day aspects of life in the home. I was able to cook, clean, and take care of children by the time I was eight years old. I also had to take care of myself–no one else was going to do it for me.”
Danielle Shay: “In the beginning, everything was great. Everything was amazing. That’s why I got engaged and wanted to have a child to begin with. My biggest mistake has always been trusting people too much, and I was duped. I thought my fiancé was a responsible business owner, but things weren’t at all as they seemed. We were together for three years, but it wasn’t until I was pregnant that he became abusive and the truth came out about his life. I heard that’s how it usually happens with abusers–they turn on the charm and rope you in until they have you; however, it was quite shocking to me.”
Cicilia Seylayan: “Part of our traditional work (Maasai tribe/East Africa) is for the women to build the houses, not the men. We collect mud, sticks and cow dung and mix them together for the boma [hut]. When it is raining and the house is leaking, even in the middle of the night, the woman must wake up and get the cow dung and plaster the leaking areas. At that time the man is still sleeping. The man is the security of the village and the house and the breadwinner.”
Misti Rains: “There was this moment when I was given a death sentence. There was nothing the doctors could do for me because the aneurysm was growing in the middle of my brain stem. Removal would mean cutting through healthy brain stem tissue which would cause irreparable damage, perhaps leaving me brain dead. When you're faced with something like that, you really have to ask yourself the tough questions. I reached out to a spiritual mentor that had been recommended to me, and he surprised me by saying, “I have one question before I'll work with you. Do you want to be here?”
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