Barack Obama Highlighted in Self-Help Book "A Gift of Hope"

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Shadonna Richards, RN, who was inspired by caring for the terminally ill to write a book that provides 52, one-a-week, uplifting messages to help people overcome challenges and achieve their dreams through her practical Hope Initiative process, has dedicated a chapter in her new book to Obama's inspirational example to motivate others.

Find hope every week with Shadonna Richards by reading inspiring stories and performing positive activities to make dreams become reality in the new book "A GIFT OF HOPE: 52 Ways to Live a Better Life" (ISBN 978-0741451675, Infinity Publishing, 2009).

As a nurse, Shadonna Richards cared for terminally ill cancer patients. As she helped them, they helped her to realize what is important in life with their inspiring examples of courage. As a newspaper columnist, Shadonna Richards received overwhelmingly positive responses to her inspirational stories. Now Richards has gone the next step in her mission to bring hope to others with her new book "A Gift of Hope."

At the center of "A Gift of Hope" are Shadonna Richards's Hope Initiatives--activities to create and sustain hope. When recently interviewed, Richards explained, "I believe that hope is the driving force that moves us forward during our difficult times...Having hope is like a gift of motivation. A dose of encouragement for the soul. That's why I titled the book "A Gift of Hope." I'm imparting wisdom as a gift from many sources I've collected over the years." That wisdom includes interviews with courageous individuals who have overcome great odds, stories of well known people like Barack Obama, NHL player Kevin Weekes, a Polish immigrant with a disability who created a modeling and talent agency for the disabled, and Richards's own great-grandmother, whose positive thinking helped her overcome cancer and live to age 105.

Besides the inspiring stories, Richards gives readers the opportunity to make changes in their own lives. Each week for an entire year, readers can work on a Hope Initiative, which includes spiritual and practical exercises to become more mentally fit, to find the source of problems--"Identify Then Rectify"--to set goals, to count one's blessings, and always to think positively. Richards reminds readers to "Choose hope. Choose happiness. Flush out any doubts or negative thoughts by feeding yourself positive thoughts."

Positive Thinking has never been so practical as in the clear examples and exercises presented in "A Gift of Hope: 52 Ways to Live a Better Life." By dividing the book into weekly segments, Richards has provided an easy way for readers to reach their goals without feeling overwhelmed. Within the first couple weeks, readers will change their attitudes, and they will be surprised by how quickly positive changes occur in their lives. Millions have already read Shadonna Richards's inspirational newspaper columns. Now Richards extends "A Gift of Hope" to the world.

About the Author
Shadonna Richards, R.N. is an inspirational writer, author of more than 250 articles, former newspaper columnist and registered nurse. Her work has appeared in the "Toronto Star," "Toronto Sun," "Metro--Toronto Edition," "Word Magazine" and the "Scarborough Mirror" with a combined readership of 2 million readers. Shadonna devotes her time to caring for terminally ill cancer patients. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and believes in the power of positive thinking. She currently lives in Canada with her husband and son.

"A GIFT OF HOPE: 52 Ways to Live a Better Life" (ISBN 978-0741451675, Infinity Publishing, 2009) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.


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