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    Jul 15
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    Jul 18
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Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg on Parenthood as a Spiritual Path

Danya RuttenbergRabbi Danya Ruttenberg knows what it's like to parent small children. In "Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Depseration, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting", Ruttenberg looks at the experiience from an unusal perspective.  What if, instead of being a distraction from spiritual growth, the all-encompassing endeavor of parenting is a spiritual path all its own?

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Ruttenberg's previous books include "Surprised by God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion," nominated for the 2010 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature.  She was named one of ten "rabbis to watch" by Newsweek and has written for many magazines.  She is a contributing editor to "Lilith" and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post.

In "Nurture the Wow," Ruttenberg combines personal revelatons and anecdotes about parenting with a deep knowledge of religious history and spirituality.

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Parenting a disabled child during his first five years of life is candidly described in Joy M. Newcom's self-published memoir, Involuntary Joy: a Story of Unexpected Rebirth. A motivational speaker, Joy co-owns JoyMark! Communications with her college professor husband. Their public relations consulting firm specializes in providing comprehensive services to nonprofits. Joy served as creative consultant and event coordinator for an Iowa conference on diversity issues for the Lt. Governor's Committee on Diversity (with Dr. Maya Angelou as featured speaker). Joy has also overseen many print and video productions. For 17 years she was an adjunct instructor of public relations for Waldorf College. Involuntary Joy details her thoughts and feelings during her son Stross' early years. She and husband Mark live in Forest City, Iowa with Stross and their younger son Skye. Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week to learn about self-publishing and about what parents of disabled children really wish you would do.

Hope for Families of Children on the Autistic Spectrum


Lynda Young, national award-winning author, nationwide speaker, cofounder of Kindred Spirits International, whose ministries include children's hospitals, and the Amani ya Juu, refugee women's mission in Kenya, returns to Writers' Voices for a very special conversation. Her new book, "Hope for Families of Children on the Autistic Spectrum", is a helpful book at a time when 730,000 children in the United States between the ages of 0-21 have Autism Spectrum Disorder. The book provides needed information, guidance, and encouragement for the entire family. Lynda discusses everything from doctor and dental visits to play times with friends.

  • Fri
    Feb 24
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    Feb 27
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Dr. Brenda Hunter and Kristin Blair on "From Santa to Sexting"

From Santa To SextingGrowing up in today's culture, kids are forced to learn to handle situations their parents never had to face growing up. Technology, social media and the internet, especially present unique challenges for today's American middle schoolers.

Co-authors, Dr. Brenda Hunter and Kristen Blair, tackle difficult topics, such as media, experimentation with sex, alcohol, and prescription drugs, cyber-bullying, self-destructive behavior, and more, with honest and courage in their book "From Santa To Sexting: Helping Your Child Safely Navigate Middle School and Shape the Choices that Last a Lifetime".

Their book features interviews with experts, parents, and the kids themselves, providing concerned parents with a useful guide in navigating this critical time in their children's lives.

Dr. Charlotte ReznickThis week Writers' Voices will feature a fascinating conversation with author and child educational psychologist, Dr. Charlotte Reznick. Dr. Reznick is the author of "The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success," an L.A. Times bestselling book, published by Perigee/Penguin. She will be sharing insight into her imagery techniques that she has developed that allows children to harness the power of their imagination to help them deal with many of childhood problems. Her techniques have helped children boost self-esteem and confidence, overcome fears, deal with insomnia and bedwetting, ease headaches and stomache aches, and soothe anger, frustration and loss. Dr. Reznick has been helping children, adolescents, and parents for over 20 years. She has been featured on national television and published in newspapers and professional journals.