Beads Bring Literary Award to Expat Naturopath

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Holistic healer Malana Ashlie receives Honorable Mention in Body/Mind/Spirit category for her new book “The Threaded Gem Adventure,” using necklace beads as a metaphor for relationship connections.

My mission is to do all I can to bring peace and healing to this planet for my grandchildren and future generations.

Throughout history, beads have been a common link for humanity. Their material make-up—seeds, clay, metals, and stones—connect us to the earth, and their beauty and meaning help bridge many of our philosophies. Malana Ashlie took this connection theory one-step further by using beads to renew relationships with family and friends around the world for a special birthday project. This connection process is the subject of her award-winning book, “The Threaded Gem Adventure: How to Connect the Jewels in Your Life” (ISBN 9781490920160, Create Space Publishing, 2013).

“The Threaded Gem Adventure” began when Ashlie asked for a bead from her special people to create a necklace in celebration of her sixty-fifth birthday. The book details not only how readers can do a similar project, but also how the process became an adventure for the soul that created a loving ripple effect for everyone involved.

Ashlie has long been a believer in connections that tie together the body, mind, and spirit. Her notion of natural healing expanded far beyond simple physical treatment when she began incorporating knowledge from her studies with traditional cultures. She sees the grounding aspect of traditions to be a missing link in the core issues of chronic conditions. This, along with teaching people to see beyond their current circumstances, weaves a connecting thread throughout her healing practice, her published books and articles, as well as her Single Mother’s Project that benefits from sales of “The Threaded Gem Adventure.”

The Single Mothers Project helps mothers develop financial freedom through small home-based businesses. Ashlie began the project when a neighbor who fishes for a living could no longer pull in heavy fishing nets because of her pregnancy. Ashlie suggested she make jewelry from beach glass and helped her find a market to sell it. Another woman Ashlie helped has a bakery business that she worked with one small gas can and a tiny apartment stove. Ashlie started the Single Mothers Project to give their businesses a needed boost. Ashlie says of the program, “Keeping personal authority is an important aspect of the Single Mothers Project. I want this project to become self-governing, managed by the women it has helped.” More information about the project can be found at

That “The Threaded Gem Adventure” is entertaining, provides a fun and meaningful activity for readers, and helps others to become independent made the Reader Views judges take notice when choosing the 2013 Literary Awards winners. Reader Views reviews more than 2,000 books per year by self-published and small press authors. Its Annual Literary Awards recognize the very best of these up-and-coming authors. The large interest in inspirational nonfiction in recent years makes for stiff competition in the Body/Mind/Spirit category. Judges felt “The Threaded Gem Adventure” deserved Honorable Mention for its unique, out-of-the-box thinking and its necklace metaphor. The idea raises awareness of human connections and the power we have to influence or help one another.

About the Author
Dr. Malana Ashlie is a board-certified traditional naturopath and metaphysician. She works as a holistic counselor, focusing on helping those afflicted with chronic conditions, and offering guidance in her consultations, books, videos, and healing vacations held at her home outside La Ceiba, Honduras. She says, “My mission is to do all I can to bring peace and healing to this planet for my grandchildren and future generations.” Ashlie is the author of two award-winning books: “The Threaded Gem Adventure” and “Gringos in Paradise: Our Honduras Odyssey.” Her newest book, “Shift: A 5th Dimensional Approach to Creating Healthy Relationships between Nations, Neighbors, Families, and Self” was published in February.

“The Threaded Gem Adventure, or How to Connect the Jewels in Your Life” (ISBN 9781490920160, Create Space Publishing, 2013) can be purchased through local and online bookstores in both English and Spanish. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.

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