New Book ‘Agape’ Echoes Wisdom, Advice of Author’s Father

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M.R. Pickard utilizes late father’s knowledge to inspire future generations of young men.

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During her career as a school teacher, M.R. Pickard witnessed the adverse effects of growing up without a positive male role model in many of her male students. She wondered what her late father, Ronald Ernest John Pickard, would say if he could speak to her students.

In her new book, “Agape: Lessons from My Father” (published by Balboa Press AU), Pickard compiles the wisdom and lessons of her father for young men and other readers seeking inspiration and guidance.

“Agape” takes an up-close look at what it means to be a man in the modern world. Channelling her father, Pickard discusses how people come to know love and why is there suffering in the world, outlining what it means to live a life of greatness.

Throughout her book, Pickard takes a no-nonsense, honest approach with her advice. She hopes her book will be a guide for parents and caretakers as well as a source of inspiration for young men in need of a role model.

“I have been told that I have a gift of explaining ideas simply, making them easy to understand. I have the urge to voice what many people want to say but for whatever reason cannot,” writes Pickard. “The book will reassure and inspire.”

By M.R. Pickard
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 90 pages | ISBN 9781452513621
E-Book | 90 pages | ISBN 9781452513645
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
M. R. Pickard is an artist and secondary school teacher who has also worked in the corporate world. Born in Australia, Pickard travelled throughout Europe and now resides in the northern beaches of Wollongong, Australia. She has practiced meditation for over 20 years and has a strong interest in personal healing.

Balboa Press Australia is a division of Hay House, Inc., a leading provider in publishing products that specialise in self-help and the mind, body and spirit genre. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the Author Solutions self-publishing model. For more information or to start publishing today, visit or call 1800 050 315. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter and “Like” us at

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