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Experience A Medical Mission Into the Depths of South Sudan Through “Ajak’s Song”, A New Book by Kenneth Waxman

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Ajak’s Song” by Kenneth Waxman.

In Kenneth Waxman’s new book, “Ajak’s Song”, released by Dog Ear Publishing, a prominent American surgeon describes his journey to a small tribal village in South Sudan with Doctors without Borders on the eve the country’s vote for independence. He uncovers many truths; about his own life journey, about the courageous people of South Sudan, and about the devastating crisis in health care that the world’s newest nation is suffering.

Today, Dr. Kenneth Waxman announces the publication of his first book, “Ajak’s Song”, the narrative of a surgeon from Santa Barbara who travels deep into the bush of sub-Saharan Africa to discover many truths about himself and about the courageous people of our world’s newest nation, South Sudan.

“Ajak’s Song” begins with the story of Ajak, a 13-year-old girl bitten by a snake, leading to disastrous consequences. Traditional healing methods don’t work, and Ajak faces amputation, which would destroy her dreams of getting married and bringing fortune to her family through her bride price. Carried in her father’s arms for two days, she finds hope at a new international health facility being established in a small Dinka village near the border of North Sudan. There, she meets Waxman, who would be her surgeon, performing multiple operations in attempt to save her leg.  Each time she awakes from her surgeries, Ajak opens her eyes and begins singing a song of hope.

Waxman shares his awe of the beauty of his surroundings, the magic of the tribal culture, and the very different and fascinating perspectives the villagers have about disease and death. He shares stories about his fellow volunteers, South Sudanese children facing death from tropical diseases, patients with violent spear and gunshot wounds, and a young Dinka man who serves as his assistant, in hopes of someday becoming a surgeon himself.  These stories provide a very personal glimpse into the heart of South Sudan, and some of the challenges the young country faces.

Photographs in “Ajak’s Song” illustrate in stark reality the medical challenges South Sudanese villagers face. Although South Sudan has now become an independent nation after decades of revolution, it is left with a terrible lack of health care, without providers or resources to fight the world’s highest rate of tropical diseases, shockingly high rates of maternal and infant deaths, and tragically untreated injuries.

As Waxman works at the clinic and gets to know its patients and helpers, the surgeon finds himself forever changed and hopeful about the country’s potential. He becomes determined to make a difference. As he writes, “I came to understand that despite the pain of the past and the trials of the present, there is an exciting future for South Sudan.”

Readers can also help change lives in South Sudan. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Future Doctors for South Sudan (www.futuredoctors.org), a nonprofit organization that works to educate young South Sudanese doctors.

Author Kenneth Waxman, a board-certified surgeon, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He did surgical training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and then joined the UCLA faculty. He helped develop the first organized trauma system in the United States after joining the University of California, Irvine, where as Professor of Surgery, he directed the trauma center, surgical intensive care and burn units. He moved on to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he developed the first trauma center on California’s central coast and directed the hospital’s surgical training program. Waxman joined Doctors without Borders in 2010.

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For additional information, please visit www.ajakssong.com

Kenneth Waxman

Ajak’s Song

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2475-2                        220 pages                        $15.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Meditation Guide Breaths Life into Self-Exploration; Kathryn Samuelson Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be” by Kathryn Samuelson.

A life coach and spiritual seeker shares her methods for meditating and exploring the inner self in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Meditation is one way to achieve inner peace and healing. This new book provides a tool for people who want to deepen their meditative experience and bring their hearts’ stories into the light so they can live in what author Kathryn Samuelson calls “a mindful and heartful” way, fully exploring the perceived dualities of life.

“Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be” offers 56 distinctive meditation images, corresponding texts and exercises to use along with the images and texts. The author’s goal is to help others bring openness into their life and heart, prepare the way for a journey unlike any other, learn how to travel into the heart with ease and build a new relationship with themselves. The text and companion meditation images allow readers to contemplate the duality of life, from the smallest quantum reality to the infinite universe. For instance, one meditative phrase implores “Go slowly. Take your time,” while its companion image reads “Embrace the swiftness of change.”

Expanded meditative prose, along with the exercises, facilitates inner exploration and consideration of how to live in relation to the world, families, friends, oneself and the divine. Vibrant nature photographs by David Steiner and dedicated space in the book to chronicle experiences through journaling, drawing and creating collages add to the hands-on aspect of learning to live in hope and from the heart instead of in competition with one another.

Author Kathryn Samuelson was born and raised in Illinois, graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law. She practiced law in Illinois for more than 26 years before moving to Massachusetts, where she began working as a psychic and life coach. She has a professional coaching certification from the University of New Hampshire. Samuelson, a longtime poet and meditator, has led workshops based on “Opening the Heart.” She enjoys producing mixed media art. Linda Lewis is co-creator of the book.

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For additional information, please visitwww.kathrynsamuelson.com.

 

Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be

Kathryn Samuelson

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2430-1                        178 pages                        $26.99 US

 

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.


About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Nandita Chakraborty Shares Journey of a Lifetime in New Memoir

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Missing Peace: Love, Life & Me” by Nandita Chakraborty.

A woman living in Australia decides to journey back to India to explore her roots in this inspirational new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

An online romance gone horribly wrong leads a woman to resign from her job and re-examine her life. Instead of planning a wedding after a long-distance romance, she faces the possibility of being blackmailed and humiliated. This new compelling memoir describes the passion, betrayal, humiliation, love and friendship the author experienced. Nandita Chakraborty, who felt trapped between two cultures and in a desperate situation of her own making takes readers on a roller coaster trip to redemption, trust and love.

“Missing Peace: Love, Life & Me” shares Chakraborty’s second failed attempt at love and its shattering effect. When a counselor agrees she needs to get away for a while, Chakraborty gives away most of her belongings and sets out on a journey that will change her life. As she sets out on this new chapter, she decides to chronicle the steps she takes and the people she meets, both familiar faces and new ones. Chakraborty begins to find peace in the fellowship and workout of yoga, healing her spirit and body. When she returns to Melbourne, she does so with a new sense of who she is. A serious accident and long recovery leave their mark on her mind and body, but she finds faith to open herself to life once again.

Author Nandita Chakraborty was born into a conservative Indian family connected to the arts. Her father was an award-winning filmmaker in Indian cinema, and famous artists routinely dined with the family. Nandita and her siblings went to boarding school near Meghalaya, India, and later moved to New Dehli, where she attended Sri Venketeswara University and studied political science by day and attended fashion and visual merchandising school by night. In her third year in college, she decided to pursue a diploma in visual merchandising, leaving behind her career in political science.  Now days she creates beauty and love in stories she writes. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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For additional information, please visit www.nanditachakraborty.com.

Missing Peace: Love, Life & Me

Nandita Chakraborty

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2296-3                   272 pages                   $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Physician Assistant Pairs Traditional Medicine Headline with Alternate Remedies to Boost Health; Elsie Taylor Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Hungry for Wellness” by Elsie Taylor.

The author of this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing offers tips to prevent disease and create healthy lifestyles by making informed choices.

Preventative health care is as simple as making correct dietary choices, getting regular exercise, reducing stress, getting regular rest and participating in uplifting activities. That’s the claim of author Elsie Taylor, a physician assistant and lifelong practitioner of alternative healing methods. When the body and its organs function in harmony, people can prevent disease, gain energy and reduce the chance they’ll develop a chronic illness – reducing the cost of health care.

“Hungry for Wellness” describes not only exercises and techniques to boost health but the theories behind them. Taylor details steps for weight loss, diets for specific conditions such as high cholesterol, mental health and its impact on physical health and tips for outer beauty and health such as skin care. She draws on principles supported by her mother and father, who were familiar with nature’s remedies and the properties of herbs. Taylor also promotes a spiritual component to health as part of whole-patient care for those who need healing. She reveals common myths about food – like some fats being healthy – and offers a chapter geared to vegetarians. Her practical advice – such as don’t drink with meals because it dilutes digestive – is written in terms laymen can follow with ease.

Author Elsie Taylor is long-acquainted with holistic approaches to wellness. Both her parents used herbs to treat their children’s minor illnesses. She attended nursing school full time while a single mom. Taylor attended Sanford University’s Primary Care Physician Assistant program, learning complementary and integrated theories, blending traditional Western medicine with such things as healing touch, herbal remedies and acupuncture. She has worked with cancer patients in San Francisco and as a primary care provider to public housing clinics in Minnesota.

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For additional information, please visit www.elsietaylorauthor.com.

Hungry for Wellness

Elsie Taylor

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1617-7                        112 pages                        $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

New Cookbook Touts Benefits of Eating to Stay Healthy; Sharmila Patil Bhagirath Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Tridoshik Recipes” by Shamila Patil Bhagirath.

Author Sharmila Patil Bhagirath bestows the fruits of her many years of research in Ayurvedic cooking upon readers interested in using food as a route to wellness of body and mind in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of longevity, uses the natural aspects of food as a way to heal.

Ayurveda is a venerable Indian tradition focusing on maintaining health and longevity using food as a medicine. Unlike many of today’s theories about health, this method of nutrition focuses not only on the nutrients contained within the food but the food’s digestibility and its post-digestion effect. In her new book, author Sharmila Patil Bhagirath explains the teachings of Ayurveda and the approach to food in addition to sharing many healthful, delicious recipes that will allow readers to maintain optimum health.

According to Ayurveda, All matter is made up of five elements (space, air, fire, water and earth). These elements are represented in the body as Vata (air & space), Pitta (fire & water) and Kapha (earth & water) which are called Tridoshas. Food also contains these five elements. Building on this connection, Ayurveda utilizes energies of the food to heal and balance the body. So if you have more water element in the body creating imbalance and disease, Ayurveda recommends using food that contains more fire element to restore this imbalance. This is the basic principle behind Ayurvedic cooking. Tridoshik recipes are the ones which balance all three doshas. Ayurveda identifies certain food, spices and cooking methods that are tridosha balancing. The tridoshik recipes contained in this book help restore and maintain this balance in the body, irrespective of one’s doshas.

Sharmila explains the different qualities of the doshas and shares the issues an imbalance can cause. After a thorough explanation of these different aspects, she dives into a huge variety of dishes that will tempt the palate of any reader.

Tridosik Recipes: The Food Alchemy provides a thoughtful approach to food that will allow readers to maintain perennial good health as they eat delicious meals. Providing recipes that are easy to follow and practical, the author makes healthful cooking reachable to even novice cooks.

Author Sharmila Patil Bhagirath, a freelance writer, hails from India, where she’s pursuing her second master’s degree from National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India. She has spent more than 15 years exploring the world of Ayurveda and shares the knowledge in this accessible collection of recipes.

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For additional information, please visit www.tridoshikrecipes.com.

Tridoshik Recipes: The Food Alchemy

Sharmila Patil Bhagirath

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1847-8                        160 pages                        $15.00 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.


About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC
Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.
Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Judy Lester Brown Shares Tales of her Four-Legged Therapy Partner in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Six Legs and a Leash: Stories of a Therapy Dog” by Judy Lester Brown.

A retired bank executive and an affectionate, mischievous giant schnoodle team up to become an effective tool for healing and ministry in their community. Judy Lester Brown describes their journey and mission, as well as that of other therapy dogs in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

When Judy Lester Brown first saw the giant schnoodle, it was love at first sight. Reggie, who proves to be funny, intelligent, exuberant – and stubborn – and Judy soon begin an intense two-year training session to become certified as a team for animal assisted activities and animal assisted therapy. This new book chronicles their story, describing their work visiting hospital patients, nursing home residents and people with special needs. Reggie and Judy even learn to communicate Bible truths to children, illustrating messages with Reggie at the center, at Greenfield Christian Church – where Judy first began to consider pet therapy as a ministry.

“Six Legs and a Leash: Stories of a Therapy Dog” shows the tremendous dedication Judy brings to working with Reggie, who eventually passed testing and became registered by Pet Partners. In the first section, she details how they manage to coax nursing home patients to stroke Reggie’s fur or throw a ball for him, leading to smiles and anticipation for his next visit. Each vignette shows how much the patients, families and caregivers appreciate the friendly dog’s work. The book’s second section highlights a series of children’s sermons and lessons Judy presents with Reggie’s help. Topics include the importance of being kind to one another, saying thank you, choosing a good attitude and what it means to follow Jesus.

The books’ third section features stories of other people and their work with therapy dogs: a college freshman with cerebral palsy whose dog helps him be more independent; Judy’s mentor and trainer Jamie Young, a veterinary pathologist who breeds and trains assistance dogs, including Reggie; and an amputee and cancer survivor who adopts a loving stray dog. This heartwarming book tells the tale of one woman’s determination to help others with her canine partner. Judy’s commitment to following God’s dictate to love one another is clear; she will donate $1 from the sale of each book to both Pet Partners and the children’s ministry of Greenfield Christian Church.

This is the first book for author Judy Lester Brown, who majored in journalism at the University of Kentucky. Brown, who worked as a feature writer for two daily newspapers and as vice president of marketing for Greenfield Banking Company, has published articles in several magazines as a freelance writer.

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For additional information, please visit www.jbrowntherapydogbook.com andwww.therapydogministry.org

Judy Lester Brown

Six Legs and a Leash: Stories of a Therapy Dog

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1823-2                        116 pages                        $13.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.