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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.

Wolves, Unicorns and Dragons Star in Young Adult Fantasy; Katie Cruickshank Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Spirit Quest” by Katie Cruickshank.

Three brothers go on a quest to help their land avoid civil war in this new young adult book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Three brothers find themselves orphaned after their parents die and decide to travel across the country to find legendary Great Spirits who can help save their world from civil war. This imaginative debut novel by a teen author features adventure and heroism in a savage land, narrated by Wilder and featuring Shadow and Demon, his older brothers. A charming captor lures Wilder away from his family, but eventually he learns his true destiny.

“Spirit Quest” delves into a world surrounded by a Sea of Tears, Deep Forest and Spirit Mountains, divided into a Wolf Realm by the mountains – where the brothers dwell – and the Human Realm by the sea. As Wilder matures from a cub to a wolf, he encounters a bear, a dragon and a devious snake and must look into his heart to discover the truth. He and his brothers have some allies for the journey: two flower fairies and their pet, as well as some friends they make along the way. They also receive guidance from the ghosts of their parents and an ancient ballad. Magic spells, incredible transformations and epic battles will reveal the fate of those who live in this wild kingdom.

This is the first novel for author Katie Cruickshank, who is 13 years old. The book began as a short story in a notebook at a young friend’s birthday party. Cruickshank lives with her parents, four older brothers and dog Dakota.

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

Spirit Quest

Katie Cruickshank

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2166-9                        172 pages                        $9.95 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 Book by J.R. Tipirneni Shows Path to Peace, Prosperity and Happiness.

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Avatar’s Message for Peace, Prosperity & Happiness” by J.R. Tipirneni.

The author details teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who promotes peace, prosperity and happiness with practice of love and truth, in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

A new era will soon begin, known as a Golden Age, and the faithful will lead movement to bring about peace and prosperity. That’s the message at the center of this new book by author J.R. Tipirneni, a follower of the avatar Sri Sathya Sai Baba (God Incarnate). Devotees call Him Swami, who declared in 2011 that His mission is to recharge mother earth for two years and then initiate the new age, known as Sai Ram Raj starting 2013.   His mission is to transform human mind and elevate mankind to a higher conscious plane starting 2036. (These divine vibrations originating from Bharat must have confused Mayans and declared the end of the world in December 2012). It is made clear here to avoid confusion.

“Avatar’s Message for Peace, Prosperity & Happiness” book explains the paradox of why so many residents of Bharat (pious name for India) live in poverty yet so many Avatars are born there. The writer’s research into divinity led him to Sai Baba, “the Guru of gurus.” Tipirneni believes that Swami was more than an avatar – He was a manifestation of divinity as explained in Sanathana Dharma (ancient wisdom), representing all faiths, despite their different cultures and paths; and yet recognized by their common goal: universal peace, prosperity and love. Sai Baba urged his students to follow his teachings and start universal love, help those in distress and participate in the coming age. He also declared that His mission will not fail and it is final.

The book synthesizes Eastern knowledge and Western methodology, detailing mind boggling miracles manifested by Sai Baba to confirm His glory, power and His authority on divinity connecting humanity. “The indisputable connection between the divine and the mundane world has become very clear to me,” the author writes. “Universal love quenches all evils”. “Human values (truth, love, right conduct, non-violence and peace) and service is to be practiced.” Service and broad-mindedness promote Unity. Every person must practice Unity and Purity to develop divinity. It generates positive cosmic energy and elevates every one’s conscious to the highest level enhancing the present world order status after eliminating evil qualities, selfishness and excessive greed. Bharat must re-learn the divine techniques, they forgot as explained in the book. Then Bharat will regain the past glory and then teach the knowledge to the world for a long lasting permanent peace. In short, it is combining the best of divinity and the best of mundane world.  “Know thyself”.

Author Jagadeswara Rao Tipirneni, born in Andhra Pradesh, India, came to the United States in 1969 as a student to study engineering, began working and eventually settled there. He spent more than10 years working on his own inner transformation, which includes gems of wisdom extracted from swami’s teachings, discourses and from the monthly magazine “Sanathana Sarathi.”

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

Avatar’s Message for Peace, Prosperity & Happiness

J.R. Tipirneni

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1524-8                     224 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.