“He was with me. He hadn’t left. We were one and always would be…” On a wintry night in January, Ray Overton passed suddenly from lack of oxygen to the brain. What happened next was difficult for his wife, Pat, to grasp. While she was journaling one night, her deceased husband began to speak to her. At first she thought Ray’s voice might be a product of grief, wishful thinking, or imagination—but subsequent events would prove her wrong… Throughout the course of the following year and beyond, Ray guided Pat through the grief process, confirming her belief that consciousness does indeed survive death. In Still Beside You, Pat offers hope to others, validating that our deceased loved ones are not “lost” to us. They continue to exist, just in another form, in another—heavenly—place.
About the Author
Patricia Overton is a retired professional educator, a Reiki master/teacher, and a lecturer on life after death. She holds a certificate in grief recovery; a master’s degree in International Studies, specializing in Latin America; and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Her husband, Ray, received his academic training in Civil Engineering and worked in stone design and construction. He was a Reiki master, a professional educator, and a true Renaissance man. Learn more at http://www.ouregarden.com.
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Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2020 Best Book of the Year award: Life in the Morgue by Lance Anderson, Musings from Cowboy Country by George Rhoades and Whispers of Love by Gina Simone. These works are impressive and it’s going to be an interesting sprint to the finish!
All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press highest honor! Remember, only one book can win — so look into your choices, order their books and cast your vote. Voting will begin Monday, September 21st on Self-Publishing News and will close promptly on Thursday, September 24th at 11:59 PM Mountain Time.
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Death is never final — and you are never alone …From a young age, Gina knew she was different. She could never safely share her reality with her family — the reality that she could see and communicate with Spirit. But as she matured, she realized her life’s calling as a Spirit Medium was to help people connect with deceased loved ones. With warm, witty honesty, Gina shares landmark moments in her own life — from embracing the gift that was so misunderstood in her early life, to the devastating death of her 27-year-old son. Whispers of Love will introduce you to the messages, signs, and specific ways that Spirit and loved ones share their language of love. Are you struggling with storms in your life that you can’t overcome or has the weight of unbearable grief brought your life to a halt? With understanding messages from Spirit and your loved ones always around, finally hope can arise from heartbreak. Truly inspired, Whispers of Love compassionately introduces you to a deep exploration of why we are here, how to connect with Spirit, and how we can find meaning in life’s hardest challenges. Gina teaches us the impressive lesson that remaining frozen in pain is not the path to freedom. We must embrace our lives with Spirit on board so that every step can unfold in Divine order, with less drama and perhaps even a new found perspective on grief.
About Author Gina Simone
Gina Simone is a Spirit Medium certified through the Forever Family Foundation. At the age of 11, she began to notice and feel Spirit and energy around her. Not knowing what these gifts were, she always felt different and isolated. A traumatic pool accident with her toddler son catapulted her into finding the meaning behind life, Spirit, lessons, and karma. She left a comfortable corporate finance career to answer her calling to connect you with your loved ones and with your own innate intuition and higher consciousness. She has been a featured medium on Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP.com, has been voted Long Island Best Medium several years in a row, and is also a featured medium on WBLI 106.1 morning show.
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Christopher B. Soltis’s “Return to Spirit.” This book gives a personal account of spontaneous Kundalini awakening, which is the physiological mechanism of union of mind, body and Spirit. Geared for anyone interested with increasing their understanding of Kundalini as well as practitioners of yoga, meditation, and other spiritual disciplines, Chris guides readers through many life experiences including battles with depression, substance abuse, chemical dependency and financial difficulties. With faith, hope, patience, love, and perseverance, Chris’s personal story proves this and is an inspiration to others on their path towards higher states of consciousness and spiritual growth and development.
Deborah A. Kolander’s “The Quest to Know.” is an offering of channeling sessions with responses that will permeate your being and support your own awakening. Driven to seek answers, Deborah Kolander sought a greater guidance or truth to understand the world both seen and unseen. In this book, she shares these illuminating teachings and messages.
Kay Pratt’s “HELP! I Have A Brain Injury And It Feels Like I’ve Dropped Out of the Sky.” What do you know about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)? Will a survivor ever be the same again? TBI survivors share the answers to these questions and more through the voice of their experience. This book will provide answers to these questions and more. Beliefs about brain-injured individuals will be broadened and perspectives will be enlightened.
At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author Juna Jinsei, Ph.D., who has published nine successful titles with Outskirts Press.
Learn more about Juna Jinsei, Ph.D. and how her knowledge, experience and holistic healing techniques have influenced her published published works through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.
About the Author:
Juna Jinsei, Ph.D. is the founder of the World Wholeness Healing Center, where she works alongside other professional natural healers as an instructor and Pastoral Counseling Psychologist. She has been working toward World Wholeness by counseling and teaching people around the globe for over 30 years with her experiences, writing, lectures, seminars, translations, and proven healing techniques. She has created and produced over 40 audio books and holistic healing CDs to help eliminate personal suffering and aid in changing the negative vicious cycles that people unknowingly fall into and allow to control their lives. Juna has spent her entire life pursuing the best means to enable people to achieve self-improvement.
Juna counsels and teaches people of all faiths through the application of a variety of proven Metaphysical, Hindu, and Buddhist techniques. YES: You Can Make it Happen
Learn how to expand your life to obtain unlimited miracles with YES: You Can Make it Happen. Author, Juna Jinsei, Ph.D., shares her intricate spiritual journey with you and the answers she discovered that can lead all people to indestructible happiness. She teaches readers that attitude is everything in life, if you rid yourself of emotional baggage, it allows you to live the life you deserve and have the freedom of true happiness.
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Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback, 440 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 29, 2008)
Genre: SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Genera
100 Worlds to the Inner Cosmos: Gain Power, Control, and Freedom
No one can successfully overcome the lack of self-confidence, depression, bottled up anger, addictions, anxieties, or other destructive behavior created in life, until learning to be the Master of Oneself. In 100 Worlds to the Inner Cosmos, Dr. Jinsei shares with you the answers she has discovered in the ancient Buddhist scriptures known as the Lotus Sutra. Her innovative style in composing this book has not only made it informative and creative, but also, inspirational and entertaining. It will help you grasp the details and application of the secrets of Ichinen Sanzen, which can open and change your life, allowing you to succeed in all your endeavors so you can achieve a positive self-transformation and joyful reality.
Psychologists agree personal happiness is a function of the context in which the world is perceived and internalized. Dr. Jinsei utilizes real life examples to present a philosophical framework for understanding 10 major emotional tendencies and operational personality types, plus 100 subtypes, that one encounters in the world.
Format: 7.5 x 9.25 paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 24, 2009)
Genre: SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / General
Enlighten Your Passions: The Essence of Human Nature Explored Through Poetry
With her well-known humor and moving wit, Juna Jinsei penetrates the scope of human emotions with their flaws and weaknesses, as well as their deep compassion and powerful potential. Intense passion is portrayed with lyrical beauty and metaphorical grace to open your heart and mind until your true essence can be revealed. Through these verses you will determine where you reside on a daily basis and be able to realize the life you can manifest by elevating your goals and focusing your entire being on the creative inner goodness that exists within your eternal soul.
The simplicity and profound teachings conveyed by this well-organized book of poetry are character-building principles, which seem to lose their significance in this stressful modern world. Based on ancient wisdom once taught by Buddhist sages, these strategically composed meaningful verses can help us decipher and control the chaos that surrounds us daily. As you journey through these humanistic life-conditions from self-destruction through enlightenment, you will be led along a soul-seeking path from the depths of your fundamental darkest to the self-discovery of your virtuous entity, and emerge bathed in the light of divinity.
Transforming Human Awareness: Buddhist View of 2012 and Beyond
Once again, Juna reminds us that even though change may be difficult to accept, it remains to be the foundation of human adventures that inspire innovation and motivation from the challenges it creates.
As December 21, 2012 approached, making the end of the ancient Aztec calendar, people were anxiously anticipating a great change in the world. Anthropologists, archeologists, and others in the scientific community gathered the facts and systematically laid them out in a slew of written articles and books. Others took to the radio waves, started Internet blogs, and interviewed on television talk shows to share their professional opinions on the subject. Then, a refreshing wave of remarkable jubilation and elevated awareness filtered throughout the world.
The astounding insight and enlightened inspiration that manifested at the annual reunion of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, composed of various expert spokespersons of international groups representing the humanistic mindset of their faith, grace the pages of this book to reveal the profound complexities of human life and its impact on the environment. By sharing their elevated views amidst sparkling humor, a fresh new revelation is revealed of the human revolution that has begun to take place.
Muck Blossoms: A Healing Journey on the Path of Truth
Muck Blossoms by Juna Jinsei, Ph.D., is an inspiring tale that depicts the struggle to survive on a ranch built from the sweat and blood required to tame the wilderness in the 1870s. Though it was a simpler time, which would allow pleasant social graces, harmonizing with the beauty of nature, and enjoying quality peace of mind, it was also a period of lawlessness and personal hardship that trampled independent thinking from the aspiring expectations of second class citizens.
Kathleen is a girl who learns as she transforms into a woman and raises her family on the wild Wyoming prairie that it is easy to get sucked into the stifling culture that erases one’s individualism and true identity. She becomes aware that one has to learn how to maneuver within the realm of oppression to avoid torture and death. As her family grows she begins to realize her hopes and dreams from a happy childhood can blossom anew from the dust and decay of a broken home. As she faces grave consequences on a daily basis, Kathleen develops the insight to see that it is the struggles, suffering, and obstacles from which her patience, determination, and courage thrive and grow.
Though she is a constant pawn controlled by the evil intent that surrounds her, and attempts made to smother her hopes and desires, Kathleen’s strong will protects her from those who threaten to extinguish the flame of love and joy that reside within her heart. As a prisoner of happenstance, she fights to keep her sanity while protecting her children, until she reaches the point of complete uncertainty of whether or not she and her loved ones will actually survive in the dangerous lair of a beastly maniac.
Elevate Your Life: Achieve Success by Applying Positive Inspirational Affirmations
The activation of daily affirmations is the practice of acquiring the prosperity you seek and joy you deserve. They are the external stimuli that inspire your emotions, influencing your mental capacities to motivate your actions. They aid you in revisiting your heartfelt dreams and assist you in visualizing yourself as the powerful, compassionate, and self-confident person you are meant to be. Any shortcomings you feel you possess, any weakness you would like to strengthen, or any character flaw you believe needs to be corrected can be transformed by these affirmations into the new and improved you.
Don’t be afraid to test the limits of your life. By activating the daily affirmations found in this book, you will soon discover that there aren’t any limits.
FUNdaMENTAL Creativity: Promote Effective Team Behavior and Productivity by Stimulating Creativity
There is no greater way to promote productivity in the workplace than by supporting the well-being of the employees. Staff should be the first priority, because they are the company’s greatest asset. Without passionate engaged employees, products couldn’t be sold or services properly rendered. FUNdaMENTAL Creativity is a well-organized accumulation of positive entertaining stimuli that can be offered to employees to get the creative juices flowing that will spill out in waves of enthusiastic motivation to achieve the best job possible, resulting in a unified camaraderie and enriched personal pride.
By keeping the mind active and alert with challenges that include an element of fun, even the most boring task can be enjoyed until completed. This is because man is naturally a creative being. Creativity, like spirituality, requires a combination of mind, heart, and soul. They go hand and hand, and should be experienced regularly, because happy workers are dynamic workers, and the foundation of a successful business.
Playful creativity makes work fun and leisure time more significant. By applying the riddles, puzzles, and challenges in FUNdaMENTAL Creativity, the employees in your office, students in your classroom, or children in your family will have their curiosity aroused and mental energy revitalized so they can reach their peak performance while learning something new every day.
Counting Down to a Better World: The Key to Enligtenment in the Here and Now
Though modern science and technology have dramatically changed our world over the last century, the failings of humankind remain unaltered. The daunting problems experienced by everyone, which continue to fester and increase exponentially, can be solved, if they are clearly identified to enlighten our path and pull us out of the innate darkness with awareness and insight. Counting Down to a Better World systematically reveals the problems and the key to eliminate unnecessary suffering experienced daily by billions of people around the world. This simplistic, yet profound solution discovered in ancient Buddhist scriptures, is the mystic wisdom that can be activated through an easy vibrant practice to heal painful woes and bring joy to the life of every human being. It is through the achievement of this individual happiness that balance will eventually be restored to the environment and peace will spread across the globe.
In the Essence of Neverland,Peter is gone, causing the decline of Neverland and a struggle for power. This once abundant world of dreams come true, soon converts into a place of violence and evil without the positive influence of the Pan. Many have gone missing and none can escape its shores. Neither pirates, nor Indians, or Merpeople and fairies have the magic it takes to defeat the demonic darkness that threatens the very existence of every man, woman, and child living on the island. Can anything save them from this pending doom before it is too late? What can prevent Neverland from becoming void of any hope as it turns into a barren wasteland eventually consumed by the sands of time? The answer lies within the essence of this mystical isle, inspiring the hope and motivating the action needed to save them all.
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white, 339 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 10, 2015)
Genre: FICTION / Coming of Age
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At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author Debra Ann Healey , who has published three successful titles with Outskirts Press.
Learn more about Debra Ann Healey and her published works through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.
About the Author:
Debra Ann Healey spent many years as a school teacher witnessing the challenge and struggle many children face as society fills their lives with expectations while she believes that their souls quite often have another calling. My own life experiences as one of those children, my spiritual journey, love of nature and photography as well as a deep connection with the children and the child in us all, has led her here to teach a different way of educating and preparing children for the true journey of life.
After losing her father at a young age, a deep yearning for connection with him led Debra Ann to discover his presence around her. At first, it was small touches like a gentle breeze across her face but she became more open and receptive to these experiences throughout life, she came to know that Heaven is not so far away and that our loved ones who have left this world are still very close by wanting to communicate with us. Debra Ann uses her spiritual connection and knowledge to bring her three books to life and inspire others to find their true self.
An Unclouded Day: My Personal Journey Home
Written under the name of her spirit name, Holly James, this book is the amazing and unforgettable story of a period in Debra Ann’s life where she releases all of the wrongs this world had taught her and waking up to remembering who she really is. It is a true account of the divine guidance that was given to her along the way and the beautiful messages shared. The book follows Debra Ann’s journey as she lost everything that once identified her including her career, marriage, physical abilities, home, finances and many loved ones, but through these losses, she learns to let go and forgive.
The book details her journey of blessings, of miracles, of the divine love, which surrounds us all right here, right now longing to lead us home.
There Is a Rainbow Inside of Me: Chakra Balancing for Children of All Ages
During her own healing process, Debra Ann was inspired to create this book, as she discovered the amazing benefits of chakra clearing for herself. Through the benefits of chakra clearing, she pondered why she had not learn this earlier in life and decided to share this gift with from the very beginnings of their development as not only human beings but as individual spirits and souls having a human experience.
The book is designed to encourage and teach young children from an early age the importance of caring for the body, mind and soul through an early introduction to chakra balancing. Debra Ann believes that being given such knowledge and guidance from an early onset greatly benefits both children and society as a whole.
Heaven’s Not So Far Away: Finding Peace In The Loss Of A Loved One
Death is not an ending but the beginning of a new form of relationship, for life is eternal and no living thing ever truly dies, it changes form. This book signifies the revelation of a truth and understanding about death that the author came to know and experience, after losing her own father at a young age as well as many other loved ones throughout her life. Although people may leave this world in their physical form, no one or no one thing ever really dies, they simply change form and their energy lives eternally. When this is understood, the realization that a new relationship and form of communication is available between us can begin to unfold, if we allow it.
Product details… Paperback
Format: 8.5 x 8.5 color paperback, 23 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 23, 2014)
Genre: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Inspiration & Personal Growth
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Thomas E. Ziemann’s “The Department of Zenitation.” The Department of Zenitation is an entertaining, insightful book that excites the reader’s deeper spirit. Extensively researched, each chapter is filled with old and new philosophies, complete with maxims and inspiring quotes from some of the greatest thinkers of all time.