Have some of the issues in the Godddesses books touched you or made you curious to explore more? I’ve gathered some links and resources that might help, listed by novel and the issues I touched on. Please let me know if you find these helpful.
ONE MOUNTAIN AWAY
Charlotte Hale of One Mountain Away and her daughter Taylor Martin find how important forgiveness is to their well being. Do you know someone for whom forgiveness is an issue? Here are some resources that might help:
The Forgiveness Project: Exploring the Possibilities of Forgiveness Through Real Stories
Letting Go of Grudges and Bitterness from the Mayo Clinic.
WikiHow: How To Forgive
Preparing for the death of a loved one and for our own deaths is daunting. Here are some thought provoking resources:
“We Need A Heroic Narrative About Death” by Amanda Bennett, A TED Talk
“Prepare for a Good End to Life” by Judy MacDonald Johnston, A TED Talk
Maddie, Charlotte’s granddaughter, has epilepsy, and Charlotte become interested in finding a service dog to help her granddaughter before and during seizures. Read more about these dogs and the people who train them here:
Epilepsy Advocate: Canine Assistants Program
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN LUCK AND TRUST
In Somewhere Between Luck and Trust, Cristy Haviland has to face her own illiteracy and find help. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 30 million Americans over the age of 16 can’t perform simple, everyday literacy activities. The United Way estimates that the cost of illiteracy to businesses and taxpayers is $20 billion a year. I was so appalled when I learned this during the research phase of Somewhere that I’ve become a trained literacy volunteer.
There are many literacy resources and lots of information. Here are some to get you started:
Greater Good: Fight Illiteracy and Promote Reading
Literacy Inc.: When A Child Reads, A Community Succeeds
Proliteracy trained me to become a literacy volunteer. Look for a program in your community.
Dawson Nedley, a character in Somewhere, has an important revelation for his parents. He’s gay, and he knows that at the very least his conservative father will not approve. PFLAG can be a vital resource for parents and family.
PFLAG: Parents, Family, Friends, and Allies United With LGBT People To Move Equally Forward
NO RIVER TOO WIDE
No River Too Wide explores the difficult topic of domestic violence, something many women (and men) have been forced to face. The following resources may help acquaint you with the prevalence and the best ways to take steps to protect yourself.
Helpguide.org: Domestic Violence & Abuse
“Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave” by Leslie Morgan Steiner, TED Talk
“Violence Against Women – It’s A Men’s Issue” by Jackson Katz, TED Talk
THE COLOR OF LIGHT
Helping the Homeless is Everyone’s Responsibility (editorial from USA Today)
Churches United: A powerful example of what our spiritual communities can do when we band together to help the homeless
FOR ALL MY BOOKS
Finally here are some more general resources to explore.
Sunday Inspiration: An opportunity to be inspired by stories, poems, and real people on my Sunday blog.
“My Wish: A Charter for Compassion” by Karen Armstrong, a TED TAlk
Charter for Compassion: Peace Starts Here
WikiHow: “How To Be A Strong, Independent Woman”
And because all my books are really about finding happiness, even when it’s elusive, I’ll end with some important Happiness links:
“The Habits of Supremely Happy People” Huffington Post
“A Formula for Happiness” NY Times