Lessons from the Trenches - Perspectives of a Survivor CIO: Al Venslovaitis
The author of The New York Times best seller Escape returns with a moving and inspirational tale of her life after she heroically fled the cult she´d been raised in, her hard-won new identity and happiness, and her determination to win justice for the crimes committed against her family. In 2003, Carolyn Jessop, 35, a lifelong member of the extremist Mormon sect the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), gathered up her eight children, including her profoundly disabled four-year-old son, and escaped in the middle of the night to freedom. Jessop detailed the story of her harrowing flight and the shocking conditions that sparked it in her 2007 memoir, Escape. Reveling in her newfound identity as a best-selling author, a devoted mom, and a loving companion to the wonderful man in her life, Jessop thought she had put her past firmly behind her. Then, on April 3, 2008, it came roaring back. On that date, the state of Texas staged a surprise raid on the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a sprawling, 1,700-acre compound near Eldorado, Texas, to which the jailed FLDS prophet Warren Jeffs had relocated his sects most worthy members three years earlier. The ranch was being run by Merril Jessop, Carolyn´s ex-husband and one of the cult´s most powerful leaders. In Triumph, Jessop tells the real, and even more harrowing, story behind the raid and sets the public straight on much of the damaging misinformation that flooded the media in its aftermath. She recounts the setbacks (the tragic decision of the Supreme Court of Texas to allow the children in state custody to return to their parents) as well as the successes (the fact that evidence seized in the raid is the basis for the string of criminal trials of FLDS leaders that began in October 2009 and will continue throughout 2010), all while weaving in details of her own life since the publication of her first book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ann Marie Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002294/bk_rand_002294_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It’s not what happens to you in life, it’s who you become because of it. We all experience pain, grief, and loss in life. Resilience is the difference between ´´I didn’t die” and ´´I learned to live again”. In this captivating audiobook on resilience, Ria walks you through her own horrific story of more than seven years of sexual abuse by her father. She then shares how she learned not only to survive, but also to thrive in spite of her past. Learn how to overcome challenges, obstacles, and adversity in your own life by building a bridge out of the past and into the future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cheyenne Bizon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/116160/bk_acx0_116160_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Alice Herz-Sommer was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor when she died on February 23, 2014. A Century of Wisdom is the true story of her life - an inspiring story of resilience and the power of optimism. Before her death at 110, the pianist Alice Herz-Sommer was an eyewitness to the entire last century and the first decade of this one. She had seen it all, surviving the Theresienstadt concentration camp, attending the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, and along the way coming into contact with some of the most fascinating historical figures of our time. As a child in Prague, she spent weekends and holidays in the company of Franz Kafka (whom she knew as ´´Uncle Franz”), and Gustav Mahler, Sigmund Freud, and Rainer Maria Rilke were friendly with her mother. When Alice moved to Israel after the war, Golda Meir attended her house concerts, as did Arthur Rubinstein, Leonard Bernstein, and Isaac Stern. Until the end of her life, Alice, who lived in London, practiced piano for hours every day. Despite her imprisonment in Theresienstadt and the murders of her mother, husband, and friends by the Nazis, and much later the premature death of her son, Alice was victorious in her ability to live a life without bitterness. She credited music as the key to her survival, as well as her ability to acknowledge the humanity in each person, even her enemies. A Century of Wisdom is the remarkable and inspiring story of one woman’s lifelong determination - in the face of some of the worst evils known to man - to find goodness in life. It is a testament to the bonds of friendship, the power of music, and the importance of leading a life of material simplicity, intellectual curiosity, and never-ending optimism. Praise for A Century of Wisdom: ´´An instruction manual for a life well lived.” (i 1. Language: English. Narrator: Linda Korn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002913/bk_rand_002913_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Diet Survivor´s Handbook:60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care Judith Matz, Ellen Frankel
It is sometimes difficult to remember that in war there are innocents on all sides who suffer. German citizens who had no connection to the atrocities committed by their countrymen nonetheless endured great hardships because of them. In The Inner War, author Gerda Hartwich Robinson narrates her story as a German survivor of World War II. She tells how her life´s journey included hunger, fear, neglect, and physical and emotional abuse and how she carried these injustices in her mind and body for many years, leading to debilitating back pain, headaches, panic attacks, depression, and feelings of inadequacy. In this touching memoir, Robinson shows that the tragedies of war don´t end when the last bomb is dropped or the last prisoner freed; they continue in subtle but devastating ways. Like many German citizens during and after the war, Robinson was simply trying to survive a terrifying situation she had nothing to do with. She describes how her spirit was devastated by hopelessness and how she entertained thoughts of suicide. The Inner War shares lessons she learned at a chronic pain rehabilitation center that allowed her to start on a path to peace and love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susannah Tyrrell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025227/bk_adbl_025227_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
America is in the thrall of a full-scale socioeconomic breakdown. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation destroys the value of the dollar, and the population, unprepared for hardship, panics. Practically overnight, the high-technology infrastructure and chains of supply collapse, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every city. Law enforcement, transportation, electricity, fuel, and medical supplies are all in the past now, as the country staggers beneath its own weight. Lawless bands of killers roam the countryside, leaving devastation in their wake and now that the government is gone, the Constitution is at stake. Who will carry on? In this chaotic and dangerous environment, a few families and individuals, bound together by their faith, skills, and foresight, must struggle not only to survive day by day but defend themselves against a new and vicious predator - their fellow man. Survivors is a shockingly realistic and lightening fast thriller about the coming implosion of America as we know it. Renowned survivalist expert James Wesley, Rawles has packed this story with the cold hard facts about how to stay alive in the face of mass riots, starvation, and anarchy. His expertise lends unforgettable, authentic detail to this season´s most chilling novel. Listeners will not only be entralled, they will learn invaluable lessons on how to survive the coming collapse. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dick Hill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/003279/bk_brll_003279_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jefferson is an innocent and unwitting party to a deadly liquor store shoot-out in the 1940s. As the only survivor, he is tried and convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, a university-trained teacher at the plantation school, is persuaded to visit Jefferson in his cell. Wiggins is torn between staying in his native Cajun community or moving on. The 2 men gradually form a bond as they jointly discover the simple heroism of resisting - and denying - the expected. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lionel Mark Smith, Roger Guenveur Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/time/000060/bk_time_000060_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper´s isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it´s the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it´s just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go and victims to sacrifice before their work is done. For San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart, their trail of corpses - women abducted, tortured, and left with a seemingly random series of objects inside them - has brought her from obsession to the edge of physical and psychological destruction. And she´s losing hope of making a breakthrough before that happens. But the slaughter at the Cooper farmhouse didn´t quite go according to plan. There was a survivor - Rowena´s 10-year-old daughter, Nell, who now holds the key to the killings. Injured, half frozen, terrified, Nell has only one place to go. And that place could be even more terrifying than what she´s running from. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christine Delaine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000786/bk_orio_000786_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.