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Author Feature: Stephanie Winslow, Helping Families of Addicts Live in Hope, Peace, and Freedom

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So many people battle the disease of addiction, and out of fear of being rejected by family and friends, they often try to hide their addiction. Sometimes they find recovery and other times they don’t. But it’s not just the addict’s life that is turned upside down; the lives of the people who love them are also affected.

Loving an addict can be an emotional rollercoaster where one vacillates between hope, despair, anger, depression, unforgiveness, forgiveness, and fear. It’s exhausting for these families, and because their loved one is trapped in the cycle of addiction, the addict is usually unaware or simply doesn’t care how their behavior affects anyone else. That’s the ugly side of addiction. Even when the family of an addict has a strong faith, the disease of addiction will test the beliefs of everyone involved.

Fortunately, there are countless organizations that offer hope and help to the addict and their families. And it’s people like Stephanie Winslow, who’ve made it their mission to be part of that help.

Meet Stephanie Winslow

With an extended family that was affected by substance abuse, Stephanie hoped her immediate family would never be in that situation. But in 2009, her world substance-abuse-advice-winslowwas forever changed when she found out that her brother was an alcoholic.

They say that tragedy has a way of bringing you to your knees, and that’s what happened to Stephanie. As a spectator of her brother’s struggle with substance abuse, she realized she could have no impact on his choices or the outcomes. Because she dealt first-hand with her brother’s addiction, Stephanie felt called to share her personal journey and how she had to utterly rely on God to navigate these difficult waters.

The purpose of her book is to show Christian families of active alcoholics and addicts that feel trapped, hopeless, and weary–and are ready to drop the burden of their loved one’s addiction–how they can start living in hope, peace, and freedom.

Stephanie’s book will be available soon! Stay tuned for its release date. You won’t want to miss it!

 “My story is meant to highlight the transformation that is possible when we place ourselves at the feet of Jesus and surrender our plans, our grief, our striving, our problem solving, and our best intentions for His plan and His purpose for us and our loved ones.”

-Stephanie Winslow

What about you? Do you have a story to tell that can save lives, change lives, or transform society? If you are someone you know has always wanted to write a book, reach out to us, and we can help you make it happen!

 

 

 

 


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Author Feature: Maryanne Dersch-Helping Nonprofits Develop their Own Personality and Attract Long-Term Donors

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When you hear the term nonprofit organization, you might think of groups like The American Red Cross, Girl Scouts of America, and Habitat for Humanity, just to name a few. All of these groups do wonderful work and have provided assistance and guidance to millions of people across the globe. But when you work for a nonprofit and are responsible for soliciting donors, you quickly realize the intricate planning and strategizing that must be executed to succeed. Nonprofit fundraising is not easy. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could attract more long-term committed donors year after year? “If only it were that easy,” you might think. With the right guidance and innovative strategy in place, it can be.

Meet Maryanne Dersch, Principal of Courageous Communication, LLC, Strategist and Resident Extrovert at 501creative

Maryanne Dersch has spent more than 25 years working in the nonprofit world, where she helps clients reach their communication and branding goals. As Strategist and Resident Extrovert at 501creative, she generates new business, gives workshops, writes messaging, and facilitates focus groups and discovery sessions. From this experience and her experience with cognitive behavioral therapy and behavior change psychology, she believes that teaching people how to communicate more efficiently requires a change of feelings, which changes their thinking and then changes their behaviors. As a leader within your nonprofit, if you see your organization as smart, stable, interesting, confident and strong, then you can begin to communicate more effectively about it to others. Look at the feelings and thinking FIRST, then the behavior.

Nonprofit Fundraising: Attract Like-Minded Donors and Raise More Money

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Maryanne Dersch

Because of her successful career in nonprofit branding and communications, Maryanne came to us with a book idea to help other non-profits achieve the same success. Maryanne is writing the book: Courageous Communication: How Co-dependence is Making Your Nonprofit Brand Boring and What to Do About It. The purpose of this book is to show nonprofit organizations how to stop trying to be everything to everyone and to develop their own organizational personality, so they can attract like-minded donors and raise more money. This book that can help you reach new non-profit fundraising goals will be available in 2018. Known by friends for her love of her three adoptive children, ultra high heels, extra large Diet Cokes, and very short karaoke rotations, you won’t want to miss Maryanne’s take on this topic. Mark your calendars!

If you or someone you know has always wanted to write a book, reach out to us, and we can help make it happen!

 


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Author Feature: Nancy Nelson – Helping Women Through Crisis and Grief

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Crisis. We don’t know why or how it will happen, but if you’ve lived long enough, it’s not a matter of if it will happen to you, but when. Now, we don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news or come across as negative. If anything, we believe that people can only survive with hope and help. But many of us here are also old enough to know that life isn’t always a fairytale and crises do happen to everyday people. Webster defines a crisis as: “an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending-especially one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome.” (Source)

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