New book urges readers to give selves a quick check-up

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Marilyn Orr’s “How Absorbent Are Your Shocks?” helps readers to lessen bumps in the road.

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It is bite-size reading with practical action steps

Author, and leadership coach Marilyn R. Orr asks readers “When was the last time you gave yourself more maintenance time than you gave your vehicle?” In her new book, “How Absorbent Are Your Shocks?: Everyday Resiliency Tools” (published by WestBow Press), she gives those readers the tools they need to find the best answer to that question, and do any necessary life maintenance.

With a combination of coaching tools, questions with relevant stories and easy-to-relate-to analogies, Orr’s book offers readers a chance to break away from the growing stress of everyday life and take stock. She wants them to be able to answer the questions “Am I happy? Do I need a tune-up? Are my breaks starting to squeal?” With the answers to these questions, Orr believes readers will be able to start effecting positive change in their lives.

When asked about her book’s appeal, Orr has a perfect answer: it’s practical. “It is bite-size reading with practical action steps,” she says. “I am not trying to fit my ideas on to your life. The reader is asked questions to be able to generate their own action plan that fits their life, their circumstances, their strengths. It is easy to pick up for 20 minutes and make some progress with.”

About the Author
For Marilyn R. Orr, executive coaching is a natural extension of her formal education and people-focused career. Orr’s education includes a Bachelor in Science in psychology from the University of Toronto in 1988, a Master of Arts in counseling in 2003 from Providence Seminary in Manitoba, Canada, and a graduate certificate in executive coaching from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia in 2006.

With Vision Coaching Inc., as a senior executive coach and facilitator, Orr works one-on-one with leaders in various types of organizations. Orr shares and gains wisdom with people on a variety of leadership topics through seminars, team coaching and keynote addresses at events.

Orr lives with her husband, Bill, and youngest son, Andrew, in Atlantic Canada. Orr has an older son, Caleb, and two adult stepchildren with Bill, Alyssa and Bill.

WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, Inc., the world’s largest Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) — the world leader in the popular self-publishing industry segment. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. Thomas Nelson, Inc. continues to “inspire the world” with distribution of products in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, or to start publishing today, visit or call (866)-928-1240. Follow us @westbowpress on Twitter for the latest news.

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