‘Straight from the Heart: A Child’s Journey to Love and Be Loved’ Released

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Book by Muriel Kennedy, Ph.D., aims to bring change in the lives of youth and adults

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Muriel Kennedy, Ph.D., returns to the publishing scene with the release of “Straight from the Heart: A Child’s Journey to Love and Be Loved” (published by WestBow Press). The book tackles the challenges faced by today’s youth in their quest to love and be loved.

Part of the “Jamaal” series, “Straight from the Heart” takes readers on a riveting journey through the eyes and heart of a child, with emphasis on his complex relationship with his mother, teachers, peers and estranged father. In essence, the book aims to help adults to fully understand the challenges faced by children, youth and adolescents through the experiences of a child while simultaneously guiding youth to better understand the impact of their actions on the significant adults in their lives, from the perspective of an adult. “Straight from the Heart” ultimately highlights the value of self-awareness, compassion, love and forgiveness.

Drawing on Kennedy’s extensive clinical experience and expertise in working with vulnerable children, youth and families, “Straight from the Heart” addresses challenges related to parent-child interactions, effective communications, peer relationships, decision-making, separation, loss and abandonment, forgiveness and reconciliation. It is scenario-based, educational and instructive in nature with emphasis on the importance of resolving social-emotional challenges in context.

“I am very passionate about intervening in the lives of our children, youth and families; and it is my hope that readers of the ‘Jamaal’ series will be equally passionate to the point of being deeply impacted by the books, where their lives are changed due to the insight gained from reading the series. It also is my hope that readers will be just as committed to making a difference in the lives of our youth as I am,” the author says. “Our youth truly are the future; and it is incumbent upon caring adults to be present and available in the lives of our most vulnerable children, youth and adolescents.”

To purchase and know more about the book, readers can visit https://www.westbowpress.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000701904.

“Straight from the Heart: A Child’s Journey to Love and Be Loved”
By Muriel Kennedy, Ph.D.
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 174 pages | ISBN 9781973616337
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 174 pages | ISBN 9781973616320
E-Book | 174 pages | ISBN 9781973616313
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and WestBowPress.com

About the Author
Muriel Kennedy, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, combat veteran, educator, inspirational writer and self-published author with a passion for motivating and inspiring others to reach their God-given potential. Kennedy received her advanced degrees from Howard University. She grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and she currently resides in Washington, D.C. During her leisure, she enjoys traveling abroad, listening to spiritually uplifting music and spending time with family and friends. Kennedy is a devout Christian; and her motto for life is “with faith, trust and belief in God all things are possible.” Readers can know more about the author and the book at http://www.murielkennedyphd.com.

WestBow Press is a strategic supported self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC — the world leader in supported self-publishing. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan. For more information, visit westbowpress.com or call (866)-928-1240. For WestBow Press news, click “Like” at facebook.com/WestBowPress and follow @westbowpress on Twitter.

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