Discover 21 keys to thriving in extraordinary times in ‘Growing Backbone’

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New book provides practical tips for readers to meet challenges, build strengths, and ultimately find a deeper, more meaningful life

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Dr Richard Hetzel returns to the publishing scene with the release of “Growing Backbone: Twenty-One Keys to Thriving in Extraordinary Times” (published by Balboa Press AU). Combining insights gleaned from the author’s personal journey and over 40 years of medical practice, this self-improvement book aims to help people manage the full range of problems and challenges of modern life.

Backbone is a symbol of strong character. Having it means possessing the strength and ability to uphold commitments and follow through with decisions. With the recent coronavirus pandemic, the vast majority of people today face unprecedented change on many levels. Providing practical tips and strategies on how to cope in this challenging time is the main purpose of this book.

“Growing Backbone” discusses 21 keys to thriving in extraordinary times. These keys fall under three main themes: managing challenges, building strengths, and developing a new sense of self. It is the author’s hope that approaches and solutions presented in this book will help individuals not just survive but to thrive. There are plans for on-line resources for readers to follow on from the book.

“Dr. Hetzel explains the importance of focusing our lives and energies outward by giving of ourselves, to not turn inward to the exclusion of others. This is wisdom indeed. And it is the way to live a more meaningful life. I highly recommend this book for everyone. It begins in simplicity and takes us to new heights of understanding.” —Laurence Krantz, M.D., founding member of the American Holistic Medical Association and founding president of the Whole Health Institute.

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“Growing Backbone: Twenty-One Keys to Thriving in Extraordinary Times”
By Dr Richard Hetzel
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 74 pages | ISBN 9781982291341
E-Book | 74 pages | ISBN 9781982291358
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dr Richard Hetzel has trained in general medicine and psychiatry and has long been passionate about whole person health care. He was president of the Whole Health Institute in Melbourne, in the 1980s and promoted self-care for doctors as chair of the Australasian Doctor’s Health Group from 2005-2012. Through workshops, newsletters, books and patient care, he has inspired many people on their journey to wellness.

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 the worldwide self-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 1-800-844-925.

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