If you're new to this blog post you might not know that I have recently written and published a book called "Voices of Pain and the Voice of Hope."
In my work as a counselor I have had the privilege of walking alongside many different people in their journeys of change. Everybody's story is different; but one thing that I hear over and over again are the patterns of negative thinking that keep people stuck in pain and patterns of unhealthy behavior. These 'lies' trap people in their pain - and cause them to feel isolated, sad, angry and worthless. Voices of Pain and the Voice of Hope is about exposing these common patterns of thoughts and behavior; normalizing it and offering an opportunity for change. It uses poetry, art, photography and story to take the reader on a journey through pain to hope, future and community.
Anyway, I think it's pretty great! And people who read it seem to think so too. All the profits from the sale of this book go straight back to help people struggling in emotional pain.
My struggle at the moment is marketing the book. Options for this in New Zealand are fairly slim. Many of the larger publishing houses and stores won't take it on if they haven't produced it themselves - or unless I have a well known 'name.' Quite often smaller stores are more than happy to take it - but this involves a LOT of legwork, lol!
What I'd love to ask everybody, is if you have any ideas - or if you have any contacts that I could touch base with - I'd be very grateful if you could leave a comment or contact me about it! Another thing that would really help is getting someone in the public arena to get behind the project and help drive it forward. Even if the answer to all of the above is no, I'd be so thankful if you could share this post on your timeline to help get the word around!
If you'd like to buy a book for yourself or someone else, just click on the button below. You can either pay through PayPal or bank transfer. I have boxes of books in England, Australia and the USA. If you're in or near any of those countries you only need to pay local freight charges!
I'm passionate about getting some hope to those that have none. I'd love your help on this journey!