Sunday, May 07, 2006

"Heart and Soul: Learning to Communicate Through Thick and Thin"

Genre of the Manuscript: Juvenile Fiction/Spiritual/Family and Relationships/Parenting/Inspiring/Motivational

Synopsis of Manuscript:

Heart and Soul: Learning to Communicate Through Thick and Thin is a must-read story of faith, hope, love, and reconciliation. The story of Jamaal brings to life a pattern of behavior, experienced by parents and adolescents, that causes one to ask the question “what is loving discipline?” In the Jamaal series, the son resents his mother for not providing him with the structure and discipline necessary to succeed outside of his home environment. The mother did not understand what was going on. She thought that she was giving her son everything he needed and desired. However, she did not realize that her permissive nature was actually hindering her child’s social and emotional growth and development. Overtime, the son stopped speaking to his mother; and it seemed like nothing she said mattered. As a result, the mother found it to be increasingly difficult to communicate with her son, no matter how hard she tried.

Communication between Jamaal and his mother ultimately ceased. Jamaal, subsequently,
turned to his peers for support; and they became his new family. Consequently, the mother felt that she had no other choice but to throw her hands up, as she became more and more depressed over the loss of her son. Not only was there no communication between the mother and her child, there was no discipline, no verbal expressions of love and support, nor motivation and encouragement. The pain that Jamaal’s mother felt was real. With a broken heart and despondent spirit, she nevertheless remained focused on her faith in a God whom she knew would not leave her nor forsake her, especially in her greatest time of need.


"Heart and Soul: Learning to Communicate Through Thick and Thin" is book one in a three-part series designed to help caretaking parents and adults that work with youth (i.e., mental health counselors, teachers, youth ministers/leaders, mentors etc.) better understand the challenges that youth face as a result of loss, separation, disappointment and/or abandonment, from the perspective of the youth.


Heart and Soul: Learning to Communicate Through Thick and Thin is available for sale online at Booksurge.com, Amazon.com, Borders.com, and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.

For more information, or for a free review copy,
please e-mail the author:

Or call toll free: 1-877-4Jamaal


Thursday, May 04, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Distinguished Psychologist Publishes New Book Inspiring Parents and Children to Communicate through Thick and Thin.

Dr. Muriel Kennedy’s Heart and Soul: Learning to Communicate Through Thick and Thin explores the challenging relationships between parents and children
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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 27, 2006 – Book one in a three part series, Dr. Muriel Kennedy’s Heart and Soul: Learning to Communicate Through Thick and Thin, offers creative and effective solutions to help parents and children improve their communication skills and their relationships.

Rather than fall back on the standard how-to outline of “Follow A and B to achieve C”, Dr. Kennedy tells the story through Jamaal, a young adolescent who resents his mother for the structure and discipline she enforces on him. Through his eyes and heart, and with the support of the author’s lyrical fictional narrative, the boy’s complex and sometimes heartrending interactions with his mother are revealed. Through their dialogue, readers ultimately gain insight into hope, love, forgiveness and most important, faith.

Drawing upon her extensive experience in clinical psychology, Dr. Kennedy seeks to help parents and adults better understand the challenges that youth go through as a result of loss, separation, disappointment and abandonment. Her unique and compelling book, Heart and Soul: Learning to Communicate Through Thick and Thin, is guaranteed to stir up conversation and encourage readers to heal old rifts.

Heart and Soul: Learning to Communicate Through Thick and Thin is available for sale online at Booksurge.com, Amazon.com, Borders.com, and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.


For more information, or for a free review copy,
please e-mail the author:


Or Call Toll Free: 1-877-4Jamaal



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