This is a collection of 75 startlingly honest real-life stories by 42 writers representing various age groups, diverse backgrounds and different parts of the world. These are stories of hope. For example, a California mother (and part-time lawyer) shares her heartfelt story about raising an autistic child and how that experience brought fulfillment, love and gratitude. A teacher in Dubai describes how her bucket-list adventures opened up fascinating opportunities to learn and discover. A New Brunswick maritimer explains why his secret to a happy marriage is a pair of rocking chairs and two good quilts. A retirement coach from the United Kingdom explores a common question facing retirees: What will I do with the rest of my life? A sixteen-year-old student in Tokyo rallies people to provide aid to a small fishing village affected by the Tohoku Earthquake disaster. And, a South African-born artist describes a disconcerting experience walking along Beggar’s Road in India as the impoverished hopefuls line a dirt road for three kilometres—waiting for the generosity of strangers.
The stories are as varied and far-reaching as life itselfThey stir the imagination, summon your courage and invite reflection. They speak to your inner voice. They inspire hope.
Few things are more essential to living a fulfilling life than hope. Hope creates engagement, positive behavior and resilience. Hope gives you the strength to face any challenge that life puts before you. Yet, in today’s world, it’s a life-sustaining resource in short supply.
Inspiring Hope: One Story at a Time is the kind of book you’ll want to read and re-read, first for your favorite stories and then to discover new ones. It is a book to be shared and cherished.
All net proceeds from book sales will be donated to support the Miguel Asturias Academy Library in Guatemala (one of the stories featured in the book).