Biographies & Memoirs

February 2, 2019

Father Where Are You?

"Father Where Are You? " by Stefan Driess 

| Website | Facebook | ‘I don’t want this bastard!’ I was only a boy when I heard these terrible words. I can’t tell you exactly how old I was. But the man shouting was my father. He was drunk and he was referring to me. So begins the true story of one man’s journey from rejection to rebellion. Denied the love of a good father and suffering from abuse, Stefan looked for comfort and meaning in all the wrong places, from drugs and alcohol, to hooliganism and the occult. Driven by inner voices shouting ‘kill yourself,’ Stefan went to a vineyard outside a village in his native Germany and prepared to bid farewell to this world. But in the very act of ending it all, Stefan found the beginning of a new adventure – one that would lead him to the father he’d been longing for all his life. This unforgettable tale of one man’s journey from being an orphan to being a son is sure to inspire, amuse, move, and enlighten you. If you are asking, ‘father, where are you?’ this is the book for you. Dr. Mark Stibbe, bestselling author, script doctor, and CEO of Kingdom Writing Solutions I have known Stefan for a decade now. In reading this book, I can see how only God could have healed the boy and raised this kind of man. This is a “But God” book, meaning only God can show up and bring this type of life change. Dr. Sharon Stone, President and Founder of Christian International Europe Stefan Driess is married to Louise and is the father of Grace and John David, and lives in Manchester, England. He is a motivational speaker, leadership coach and Author and Producer. Over the years he has been involved in projects such as helping young offenders in Germany and rescuing children from the sex trade in India.

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October 23, 2018

Memories of a Devil

"Memories of a Devil" by Father Chester Fabisiak, SJ

Memories of a Devil is the compelling memoir of a young Jesuit priest who was imprisoned in Dachau, a Nazi concentration camp near Munich, Germany. The specter of death and torture hung over his daily experience. Father Fabisiak’s memoir presents a vivid, horrifying picture of human beings capable of the most profound cruelty and inhumanity toward others. Memories of a Devil communicates a profound message about the fragility of human nature. It reflects on the nature of human will persistently challenged by God and evil. The memoir reflects on how souls and minds embedded in a dominant, destructive group ideology can readily and blindly influence other people

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October 7, 2018

Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed

"Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed" by Tyler McNamer

| Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube |  Part memoir, part inspirational guide, Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed is a groundbreaking book that offers readers the ability to see life through the eyes of a young man with autism. Written by Tyler McNamer at the age of 17, Tyler not only details his challenges, but he also offers hope and encouragement to others who face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Whether you re an educator, a family member of someone with autism, or simply looking for inspiration, you ll appreciate the opportunity to step inside this remarkable young man s mind. As Tyler explains, I've been called a retard, dumb, and disabled. I've been bullied, picked on, and made fun of. They put me in special classes and told me that I should not expect to reach my goals. Yet rather than view his diagnosis negatively, Tyler considers his unique viewpoint a gift. It is with this perspective that he wrote Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed. In this memorable book, Tyler details his experiences with bullying, isolation, and others low expectations of him. But rather than allowing himself to be limited by his autism diagnosis, this courageous and insightful young man rose above his challenges to encourage others to follow their dreams and become leaders in their own lives. The result is this book, an autobiographical recounting of Tyler s journey with diverse essays containing his thoughts about leadership, courage, and adversity. Wise beyond his years, Tyler concludes that despite our differences, we can become a population of one, uniting to serve others. If you want to be uplifted or understand someone with autism better you must read Population of One. This inspirational and engaging book will transform the way you view the world.

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September 18, 2018

Trailer Trash

"Trailer Trash: an '80s Memoir" by Angie Cavallari 

| Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Trailer Trash: an 80’s Memoir is Angie Cavallari’s debut novel and is a coming-of-age story that takes readers down the path of memory lane and travels through the fog of ozone-destroying hairsprays, cigarettes and the hormonal haze of coming-of-age. Trailer Trash: an '80s Memoir is filled with family dysfunction, odd vignettes, and all the good and bad fashion decisions from that decade.  Reviews: "Wildly entertaining with vivid characters" This book was a great read.....I laughed at so many aspects of the book. It was a trip down memory lane in so many ways. It flashes you back to an era before cell phones, before the internet, when real life was the focus of our interests. The book is viewed through the eyes of a child whose colorful world of of misfits decorated her life. Well written, the author's cynical nature shows through her writing......you will thoroughly enjoy this read.~ Aris Cozy "Love and hate (and family and Palmetto bugs) in the Sunshine State" From the Windy City to the steamy Florida subtropics in a van nicknamed “The Brick” came Angie’s family to seek their fortune in trailer park management. I loved Angie Cavallari’s rollicking tale of her 80s childhood in the Pelican Mobile Home Park. Alternately belly-laughing and wiping away a sympathetic tear, I grew attached to the motley crew of family members and tenants who inhabit Ms. Cavallari’s lovingly crafted pages, hating to see the story end. Like all good authors, she leaves us readers wanting more (and hints that there may indeed be more to come).~ C. Lerner

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