Books

Mom’s Gone Missing: When a Parent’s Changing Life Upends Yours

Mom’s Gone Missing is not a how-to book.  It’s a here’s-what-unfolded book, a story of a daughter’s experience with a father’s decade-long Alzheimer’s journey and a mother’s lightning fast dementia decline and both of their deaths.

The narrative includes sibling tensions, a bewildering array of healthcare, financial and legal decisions, reconciliation of lifelong hurts, and the emotional tsunami that surges through all.

This book takes you inside a family’s experience and walks you through the practical and sometimes mundane steps taken to prepare for and ultimately accompany parents in death.  It invites you in, encourages you to find familiar thoughts and emotions, and provides compassion for your worst moments, your rawest reactions, and your urge to laugh in sometimes inopportune moments.

It is a true story of a thoughtful writer’s journey with her parents, written with clarity, honesty, and vulnerability.  Its ultimate wish is to create a community within which to share stories and offer support.  You, in whatever stage of angst or pain, are welcome here.

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How to Grow a Backbone:
Professional Development Book

To succeed in business today, an individual must be smart, competitive, resilient, tenacious, and fearless. In short, he or she needs a good, old-fashioned backbone. In How to Grow a Backbone, Susan Marshall, a top business consultant and former executive, outlines skills that readers can develop and perfect to become stronger, more confident, and more influential on the job.

Often regarded as a classic self help guide to professional development, you will learn the proven 10 Strategies for Gaining Power and Influence at Work. Do not miss out on this!

Using straight talk laced with wry humor, the author draws upon actual business situations from a variety of companies and industries to show how a strong backbone can change not only the outcome of the situation, but also how one is perceived.

Of Beauty and Substance: A Backbone Guide for Women

What creates a woman of beauty and substance?

Hardship. Loss. Disappointment. Mistakes. Forgiveness. Acceptance. Love. The tough stuff we label as bad and try to avoid and the good stuff we wish we could learn and apply more quickly. Through struggle, we learn lessons about our true strength. By facing hardship, we recognize that life is difficult and that we are up to the challenge of living it well. In forgiveness, we find relief and peace.

When we forgive others, we discover our capability to survive hurtful words and deeds. In this strength, we move forward. Of Beauty and Substance: A Backbone Guide for Women by Susan A. Marshall, is about you and your remarkable future. Susan A. Marshall is the author of internationally popular How to Grow a Backbone: 10 Strategies for Gaining Power and Influence at Work and Life! Be In It. She is a speaker, columnist, executive coach, workshop facilitator, and founder of the Backbone Institute, whose mission is to create a stronger, more confident future, one person or team at a time.

Life. Be In It.

For nearly 30 years, Susan A. Marshall has been encouraging readers and audiences to take a clear-eyed look at life, find the opportunities it holds, and position themselves to pursue their dreams. She has challenged bad behavior, chuckled at our common human foibles, and championed best efforts. This delightful collection of her writing, dating back to newspaper articles from 1984, captures the challenges of our times and offers timeless inspiration. Here you will find lessons, reminders, and the occasional poke in the ribs we all need to maintain a healthy sense of perspective.

Words written in 1984 have relevance today, proving the adage, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” And e.e. cummins’ admonition is ageless: “The hardest thing to do is to be you in a world trying to make you someone else.”

This book offers a buffet of goodies to energize, comfort and encourage you on those days that challenge your equilibrium.  You’ll come back to it again and again to refresh and restore your spirits.

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