The Thirteenth Gift Garners IPPY Gold Award: Author Offers It Free for One Month on Amazon’s Kindle

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In receiving the Gold IPPY Award in the category of Inspiration/Spirituality, The Thirteenth Gift has been recognized for excellence among independently published titles. To honor this distinction, author Charlene Costanzo is offering the e-book version free on Amazon’s Kindle for the month of July.

In receiving the Gold IPPY Award in the category of Inspiration/Spirituality, The Thirteenth Gift has been recognized for excellence among independently published titles. To honor this distinction, author Charlene Costanzo is offering the e-book version free on Amazon’s Kindle for the month of July.

“I appreciate having The Thirteenth Gift acknowledged in this manner,” Costanzo said. “It feels appropriate to celebrate the book’s success and the value of independent publishing during this month we celebrate America’s independent spirit.”

The Thirteenth Gift is a life-affirming novella that honors the inherent value and rights within each human being. “Which is another reason to promote the book this month by offering it freely,” Costanzo added.

The Thirteenth Gift (March 2011) is the fourth work in Charlene Costanzo’s Twelve Gift Series. Each book in the series encourages readers to see dignity and worth in oneself and others and to use their inner gifts to live well.

This newest book presents a richly-symbolic fable within a contemporary story. The central character, Clair, is a US journalist who is torn between pursing her ambitions and dedicating herself to her family. Claire also faces the choice to focus on what’s wrong in the world or to promote what is promising. While on assignment in Eastern Europe, Claire stoops to pick up a stone and learns of a local legend which explains why people world-wide collect stones. The deceptively simple story about “the thirteenth gift” has a profound affect on Claire, transforming her marriage, the way she sees the world, and her work in the world.

Charlene’s fictional narrative reinforces the importance of consciousness, community, and maintaining our inborn sense of wonderment. In a world with many distractions and dismays, it is easy to lose one’s sense of wonder. Charlene’s new book invites readers to renew their natural awe and appreciation for life and to experience greater hope, beauty, and joy in day-to-day living.

For many years, Charlene has been collecting stones and sharing them as a concrete reminder to keep in touch with the gifts of life, which are introduced and illustrated in Charlene’s bestselling book, The Twelve Gifts of Birth. She also collects what she calls “touchstone stories” that demonstrate how these gifts are real and relevant in everyday life. These “touchstone stories” are the focus of her next book, Touchstones: Stories of The Twelve Gifts in Action, which will be released this fall.

Charlene’s bestselling book, The Twelve Gifts of Birth, was re-released for its 10th anniversary by HarperCollins in March, 2011.

About the Author:

Charlene Gorda Costanzo is an award-winning author, workshop facilitator, wife, mother, and grandmother. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Bonaventure University and an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

The Twelve Gifts series of fables began in 1987 when Charlene wrote The Twelve Gifts of Birth as a life message for her own, then teenage, daughters. Twelve years later she published the book and began discussing its message in schools, shelters, prisons, churches, and hospitals throughout the United States.

The Twelve Gifts for Healing was written while Charlene was in treatment for advanced non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2001. The Twelve Gifts in Marriage comes from the ups and downs, ebbs and flows, and hurts and healings that are part of every long-term marriage.

Charlene is also the author of a children’s picture book, A Perfect Name.

Originally from New Jersey, Charlene has resided in New York, Texas, Arizona and Florida. During a one year book tour to launch The Twelve Gifts of Birth, Charlene and her husband lived in an RV and traveled in 49 of the 50 states.

To learn more about The Twelve Gifts, please visit http://www.charlenecostanzo.com.

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