The Instant New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Book by David Osborn and Paul Morris: WEALTH CAN’T WAIT

Real-Estate entrepreneurs and investors reveal how anyone can build wealth and Safeguard their future

NEW YORK, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hard-charging entrepreneurs and highly successful real-estate broker-owners and investors, David Osborn and Paul Morris have built a lot of wealth, and continue to do so, by redefining the meaning of wealth and embracing a particular mindset and lifestyle. In WEALTH CAN'T WAIT: Avoid the 7 Wealth Traps, Implement the 7 Business Pillars, and Complete a Life Audit Today!  (Greenleaf, April 4, 2017), Osborn and Morris share their trusted wealth-building methods with everyone who embodies the ambition, energy, and stamina to learn and do what it takes—day in and day out.

"We do not have a get-rich-quick formula," the authors stress to wannabe billionaire dreamers and schemers. What they have is a set of proven principles and practices that distinguish all wealthy people. Yes, wealth-building takes knowledge and skills, discipline and work. Yet, as Osborn and Morris assure anyone can have the potential: "It doesn't have to be 'hard' work. It's play. By practicing what we offer in this book, you will learn to thrive and create the life you desire."        

"It isn't a privilege reserved for superstars, lottery winners, and those fortunate enough to inherit or marry into money. Wealth is accessible to everyone, regardless of income level. Enjoying wealth and its benefits—freedom from worry, the power to choose and create—isn't the same as having lots of money. Building long-term, sustainable wealth is a process that takes dedication and consistency, just like building muscle," say Osborn and Morris.   

Packed with concrete action steps, valuable "wealth accelerators", and real-world lessons from the authors' own experiences, WEALTH CAN'T WAIT presents a comprehensive, strategic wealth-building plan for a lifetime of gains—financial and personal. Easy to grasp and ready to apply, their process for building and enjoying wealth has five foundations: 

  • Make the choice. Wealth-building begins with commitment and courage. Learn how to avoid seven common wealth traps (#4: not staying the course after a setback), shift from a cash-flow existence to asset-based living, develop both a solid "ground game" and an "air game," plus more.         
  • Embrace the mindset. Think about money—from a positive, proactive, abundant perspective. Ask yourself, "What do I want in my life?" and "How would money help me get what I want?" Break free of self-limiting beliefs and let go of any guilt attached to being wealthy. Think, "The world is out to help me."    

  • Create the habits. It's not about discipline. Building wealth can transform and enrich every area of life for those who develop seven powerful and empowering habits. They include: Live Life by Design, Earn More by Learning More, Chunk Down Big Goals, and Let Go of the Small Stuff.        
  • Develop a business that builds wealth based on seven pillars. Pillar #1: Client Acquisition Is King. "She who controls the client controls the business. Plain and simple" the authors state. Pillar #7: Invest in Coaches, Mentors, and Masterminds. "Simply hiring someone to hold you accountable will change your results dramatically," the authors attest.  
  • Generate the momentum. Discover how to keep the wealth-building going and growing through supporting a state of flow, creating "virtuous" (as opposed to viscous) cycles, managing and improving your environment, taking care of your health, plus more.   

Inspiring and refreshingly practical, WEALTH CAN'T WAIT is not just a guide to get rich and viewing money as a commodity, but to achieve a fully and deeply enriched life – one that provides peace and financial freedom.    

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About the Authors
David Osborn and Paul Morris are the two largest franchisees at Keller Williams Realty International, the largest real estate company in the world. David and Paul have more than 7,500 realtors working in their offices selling more than $14Billion in annual sales. They are both award winning entrepreneurs and teach nation-wide. In addition to owning regions and brokerages, David is the principal of a private equity group that has bought and sold 1,000 homes. He is also a founder and operating partner of GoBundance, an accountability-based group of generous entrepreneurs. He lives in Austin. Paul is an award-winning entrepreneur, trainer, author, and business consultant. As an active investor, he has grown his real estate portfolio to more than 700 rental units and 150,000 square feet of commercial retail space. Before working full-time in real estate, he had a successful legal career. He lives in Los Angeles.  

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Mother Dolores Hart, OSB – “The Nun Who Kissed Elvis” – to Speak at The Leo House in New York City

Devout Benedictine nun to address the importance of love in today's challenging world and sign copies of her inspiring autobiography

NEW YORK, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, May 15, Mother Dolores Hart, OSB will discuss "How does love really fit in today's world?" and sign copies of her autobiography, The Ear of the Heart: An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows, at The Leo House in New York City.  The event is sponsored by The Leo House and Relevant Radio 1430AM – New York Metropolitan Area with support from the Archdiocese of New York. 

"The Leo House is thrilled to welcome Mother Dolores back for what promises to be an unforgettable evening of inspiration for Catholics and non-Catholics alike," explained David Smith, Executive Director of The Leo House. "Her faith, integrity and commitment to service come through loud and clear every time she speaks, and we're honored to support the vision she and her fellow Benedictine sisters have to continue the inspiration and faith of the Abbey."


Mother Dolores Hart, OSB


Inspirational Lecture: "How does love really fit in today's world?"


Monday, May 15th at 5:30 PM


The Leo House, 332 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011


Portion of proceeds to benefit Abbey of Regina Laudis New Horizons Building Project

How to Register:

Tickets are $24.99 each. Register at

About Mother Dolores
Before taking her religious vows to become a Roman Catholic Benedictine nun in 1966, Mother Dolores was a prominent actress in Hollywood, making 10 films in five years and playing opposite such leading men as Elvis Presley, Montgomery Clift and Robert Wagner.  Last year, she celebrated her Golden Jubilee of 50 years of vowed life at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT, where she continues to serve the monastic community today.

About the Abbey of Regina Laudis New Horizons Building Project
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the second phase of the Abbey's New Horizons Building Project, which will include a complete rebuilding of the original chapel, transformation of an existing dormitory into an urgently needed infirmary and much-needed improvements to living spaces, workshops, offices and public spaces.  Founded in 1947, the Abbey is a community of contemplative Benedictine women dedicated to the praise of God through prayer and work.

About The Leo House
The Leo House is a nonprofit Catholic guesthouse dedicated to offering affordable housing for people of all faiths, including the clergy, students, travelers and those visiting sick friends and relatives.  Originally established in the Battery Park area in 1889 by papal certification by Pope Leo XIII, The Leo House moved to its current Chelsea location in 1926, and is ranked #13 out of 192 by TripAdvisor for Specialty Housing in New York City.

Media Contact:

Ashley Bryant
The Leo House
(646)-791-3528, x222

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Hobby Lobby Founder & CEO David Green Encourages Life of Extraordinary Generosity

OKLAHOMA CITY, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In his second book, Giving It All Away… And Getting It All Back Again, Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green credits the success of his family business to his parents' legacy, which emphasized faith, a strong family, and generous living. Green shares principles that have guided him in growing a business from scratch, weathering a Supreme Court case, raising a loving family, and leaving them a lasting legacy.

Hobby Lobby began in Green's garage in 1970 and is now the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world, employing 32,000 people and operating more than 750 stores in 47 states. Green's approach to giving has evolved as his faith guided him through recessions, legal challenges, personal struggles and unanticipated successes. Over the years, he developed a passion for helping families, business leaders and entrepreneurs consider what it means to live generously and leave a lasting legacy regardless of income; Giving It All Away shares those insights with readers.

"My journey into generosity has shown me two important things, among others," writes Green. "First, generosity has a starting point. You don't just wake up one day and poof, you're generous. It begins with a decision to steward your resources with a heavenly mindset. Second, generosity depends not on how much money we have but on the posture of our hearts."

In 2010, Green and his wife Barbara took the Giving Pledge, a commitment by the world's wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. He also serves on the Board of Reference for Oral Roberts University. In 2013, he received the World Changer Award, and he is also an Ernst & Young national retail/consumer Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipient. His first book, More Than a Hobby, was published in 2005.

The Greens are the parents of two sons and one daughter, grandparents to 10, and great-grandparents to 11. They are actively pursuing what it looks like to leave a lasting legacy.

Giving It All Away…And Getting It All Back Again (available today) will spur readers to examine their own lives and challenge them to leave a legacy that goes deeper than money.


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200+ Free Literature Study Guides Now Available on Course Hero

Comprehensive Study Guides and Infographics Support a Deeper Understanding of Classic Literary Works

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Course Hero, an online learning platform that empowers millions of students and educators to succeed, has developed more than 200 "Literature Study Guides and Infographics" with detailed analyses on some of the most taught literature books in high school and college. Each study guide includes a visually stunning infographic, a character and plot diagram, a timeline highlighting key events, and more. The comprehensive and practical guides also feature historical and literary context to help students recognize the complex themes and symbolism in each work.  

The growing collection of study guides and infographics spans time periods and genres, including the following widely assigned titles:

"Designed to be intellectually stimulating and fun, the study guides encourage students to master the themes presented by authors as diverse as Shakespeare, Camus, Hemingway, Machiavelli, and more," said Michael Levy, Director of Content Development at Course Hero. "We're excited by the reception of Course Hero's Literature Study Guides and Infographics among both students and educators. The project is an ongoing labor of love for the entire Course Hero team—writers, subject matter experts, editors, engineers, and designers alike."

Course Hero's complementary Literature Study Guides and Infographics are an effective way for students to gain a deeper understanding of classic works beyond mere plot progression and vocabulary. Students can explore detailed chapter summaries that analyze key events, themes, and symbolism, as well as, learn about plot devices and historical context. Many of the study guides also offer "Things You Didn't Know" lists of unusual or little-known facts about classic works of literature—like how Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in a writing contest with her friends.

"Course Hero's Literature Study Guides and Infographics are an engaging way for students to more thoroughly understand classical literary works and their complexity," said Andrew Grauer, CEO of Course Hero. "In all we do, Course Hero seeks to inspire further curiosity and deeper learning, resulting in compound knowledge and ultimately mastery of the subject matter."

The Course Hero Literature Study Guides and Infographics are free for students and educators to browse, download, and share with classmates, friends, and colleagues. The library is available to explore here. The company is expanding its digital library of Literature Study Guides and Infographics throughout 2017.

About Course Hero | Master Your ClassesTM
Course Hero is an online learning platform that empowers millions of students and educators to succeed. Fueled by a passionate community of more than 12.5 million students and educators who share their course-specific knowledge and educational resources, Course Hero offers the biggest and best library of study documents, expert tutors, customizable flashcards, and course advice. Download the Course Hero app for iPhone or Android. Connect with Course Hero on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

For more information, contact:
Grayling PR
(415) 593-1400

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Available Today – Creator of “Caroline’s Cart” Releases Book Chronicling Her Rise from Mom to Special Needs Advocate and International Entrepreneur

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Drew Ann Long, the mother of a special needs child who created a shopping cart that has simplified the lives of parents like her all over the world, has authored a book about her experience. Game Changer: The Remarkable Story of Caroline's Cart, recounts Long's journey from harried mother to manufacturer, negotiator and advocate for special needs children. It is available today in hardback on,, and as an ebook from Apple and (also Amazon Prime).  The official launch party will be held at Innovation Depot on May 11 at 11 a.m.

"Caroline's Cart started as a drawing on a napkin, and through nine years of hard work and lessons learned, it has become a staple in stores like Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Kroger and Home Depot," Long says. "With the book, I wanted to share the story of how the commitment and hard work became a game changer for many in need around the world, and to challenge readers to become game changers in their own lives.  From my first meetings at University of Alabama (UAB) in 2009 and my early collaboration with Innovation Depot, Caroline's Cart has grown to be a widely used accessible shopping option for the special needs community."

Game Changer: The Remarkable Story of Caroline's Cart shares the story of a mom who simply needed to buy groceries but couldn't manipulate a shopping cart, and a wheelchair at the same time. Determined that there must be a better way, Long set out to create a new standard for one of the country's largest industries. Eventually, she succeeded, through a crazy, faith-challenging and remarkable journey that drew her into the worlds of engineering, manufacturing, finance, patent law and the corporate boardroom. The National Retail Federation recently honored Caroline's Cart as one of the top 25 companies shaping the future of retail in 2017.

A key player in the success story of Caroline's Cart is Rebel Negley, who joined Long's company in 2012 as CEO and helped negotiate an international licensing and manufacturing agreement to make Caroline's Cart available on five continents. Negley and Long are available for speaking engagements, in which they share the story of the product that has been life-changing for families that have children and adults with special needs, as well as motivate listeners to become difference-makers in challenges they face in their everyday lives.

About Caroline's Cart

Caroline's Cart is a shopping cart created for children and adults with special needs. It provides parents and caregivers a viable option to transport a child through a store while grocery shopping, without simultaneously having to maneuver a wheelchair and a traditional grocery cart. It is named after Caroline, the special needs daughter of Drew Ann and David Long, founders of PSG International. For more information, visit

About Innovation Depot

Innovation Depot is a thriving business incubator for startup companies in the Birmingham, Ala. region. Through its educational programs, business acceleration program and co-working spaces, the incubator provides entrepreneurs with a competitive advantage in attracting customers, talent, mentors, press and funding to grow their businesses. Learn more at

Whitecaps Media in Houston, Texas is the publisher of Game Changer, The Remarkable Story of Caroline's Cart. 

Long is a graduate of Louisiana State University and currently lives in Alabaster, Alabama.


Drew Ann Long
Founder, Author
Caroline's Cart

Rebel Negley
Consultant, Speaker
Caroline's Cart

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Multi-Generational Study Finds Millennials Want Equality at Work, But Expect Traditional Roles at Home

New book illustrates successful gender role reversal in a family

OMAHA, Neb., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Millennials who are progressive when it comes to equality at work still report more traditional ideas about gender roles at home. Nearly two out of three surveyed believe that Dad works and Mom takes care of the home.

Sociologists Joanna Pepin (University of Maryland) and David Cotter (Union College) presented a study, "Trending Towards Traditionalism? Changes in Youths' Gender Ideology," at the 2017 Council on Contemporary Families' Gender and Millennials Symposium, wherein they examined 40 years of surveys taken by American high-school seniors. Almost 58% of respondents agreed that the best kind of family was one in which the man was the outside achiever and the woman took care of the home. Surprisingly, that's an increase of 16% from 1994.

Omaha couple Mike Becker and Kori Reed believe that modern families can succeed in many forms, as long as all members of the family agree. Becker has been the man of the house and a stay-at-home dad to four millennials, two girls and two boys, while Reed advanced in her career as a senior-level corporate executive. The two entered this family arrangement by choice more than twenty years ago.

Now Reed and Becker have written a book of humorous stories about living life in reverse of the norm. ZagZig Parenting: (Mis)Adventures of a Career-Driven Mom and a Stay-At-Home Dad, shares the funny, the painful, and the unique challenges they have encountered along the way.

"The irony is that our children are members of the most-studied millennial generation, and have lived and now openly celebrate diverse ways of living more than we ever were able to," said Mike Becker, "Yet, the family manager role, for the majority of society out there, seems to be reserved for the mom, even in this new, next generation."

"Going against the grain of what people believe a family should look like hasn't been easy. Everybody zigzags through obstacles in life, making adjustments when careers change, kids are active with sports or other activities, or someone gets sick. Every person struggles to manage and balance between work and family," said Reed. "Our intent in sharing stories about our family, written from my perspective as a working mom with commentary from Mike, is to build a social support network—letting families know they are not alone in the parenting chaos. We want to create a safe space to discuss and redefine family roles."

MEDIA: To schedule an exclusive interview with Kori Reed and Mike Becker, contact Ellie Pelto at Concierge Marketing: or 402-884-5995.

REVIEW COPIES AVAILABLE: ZagZig Parenting: (Mis)Adventures of a Career-Driven Mom and Stay-At Home Dad: ISBN: 978-0-9970763-1-8, $18.95, 228 pages, paperback. Published by ReedImagine, and distributed by Concierge Marketing, Inc. and available at In print, eBook, and audiobook at

Reed Imagine, LLC, is a Nebraska-based corporation whose mission is to provide educational products and opportunities, advocacy, and activities for parents and families. The principals speak regionally and nationally on topics ranging from redefining personal success and roles in a non-traditional family to marriage issues related to unconventional gender roles. The products developed by Reed Imagine are geared to encourage conversation, acceptance, and help with household efficiency.

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‘We Can’t Talk About That at Work: How to Talk About Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics’ by Mary-Frances Winters

BOWIE, Md., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Politics, religion, race—we can't talk about topics like these at work, right? But in fact, these conversations are happening all the time, either in real life or virtually via social media. And if they aren't handled effectively, they can become more polarizing and divisive, impacting productivity, engagement, retention, teamwork, and even employees' sense of safety in the workplace.

As a thought leader in the field of diversity and inclusion, Mary-Frances Winters has been helping clients create inclusive environments for over three decades. In her new book, We Can't Talk About That at Work: How to Talk About Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics (ISBN 978-1523094264, April 2017) she illustrates a model for these difficult conversations. In this concise and powerful book, she shows managers, HR departments, CEO's, and VP's how to lay the groundwork for having bold, inclusive conversations in the workplace. According to Winters, competence and preparation are key.

"I contend that the reason we are not further along—and perhaps regressing—is because we have not approached this work in a developmental way. We have failed to fully realize and understand that not everybody is ready for bold conversations," says Winters. "If we were to approach this work developmentally, we would meet people where they are, not expect them to necessarily see the world from our view, and acknowledge that while one may be learning, mistakes are inevitable."

Winters' book offers exercises and tools to help organizations become aware of how cultural background has shaped perceptions and habits.  The book will help readers increase their understanding of how people from other cultures may differ from themselves, particularly when it comes to communicating and handling conflict. A downloadable preview of the book is available, here.

Mary-Frances Winters is founder and president of The Winters Group, a global diversity and inclusion consulting firm whose clients include major firms like Sodexo, Disney, SunTrust, United Way Worldwide, International Monetary Fund, MassMutual, Yum! Brands, and Fannie Mae. She was named a diversity pioneer by Profiles in Diversity Journal and is the recipient of the prestigious Athena Award, as well as the Winds of Change Award conferred by the Forum on Workplace Inclusion.

CONTACT:  Brittany Harris, 443-797-3048,

SOURCE The Winters Group, Inc.

Learn to Look Like a Star Regardless of Your Body Type

World-Class Designer Reveals Figure Flattering Tips for Any Age

LOS ANGELES, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The popularity of cosmetic procedures clearly illustrates how unsatisfied many women are with their bodies, but what if a few simple style tips could transform you into becoming more confident and attractive? Internationally celebrated wedding dress designer and author Rani St. Pucchi, who has styled countless celebrities and over 15,000 brides, says you can learn to flatter your figure if you know the style secrets of the professionals.

In her new book, Your Body, Your Style St. Pucchi says that there are simple tricks on how to dress in a way to enhance your best features and camouflage those you're not so fond of. By dressing strategically, you can boost your self-confidence and present yourself to the world in the way you want to be seen.

Invite this informative and knowledgeable expert to answer:

  • How does planning your wardrobe help you make smarter style decisions?
  • What steps can you take to develop your personal style?
  • How can different colors impact your mood?
  • What kinds of styles make you look more slender and conceal specific areas?
  • How can you dress appropriately for your age and still feel sexy?

CREDENTIALS:  For three decades Rani St. Pucchi has been an internationally recognized and award-winning designer of wedding dresses and the founder of St. Pucchi Bridal House. Her designs have been embraced by an all-star roster of celebrities, actresses, athletes, and singers and have been featured by global media. St. Pucchi is famous for designing the wedding dress worn by "Phoebe" on the finale of the hit television show Friends. Her couture collections have been shown on runways in Milan, the UK, Dusseldorf, Osaka, Saint Petersburg, New York, Chicago, and Dallas, among others. In addition to Your Body, Your Style she is also the author of The Soulmate Checklist and her forthcoming memoir, Unveiled: A Celebrity Fashion Designer's Story. St. Pucchi has been featured by CNN, Entertainment Tonight, Cosmopolitan, E!, People magazine, Harper's Bazaar, the Los Angeles Times, Brides, Town & Country, Martha Stewart Weddings, Huffington Post, and many more.

CONTACT:  Rani St. Pucchi, (310) 990-3912;;

SOURCE Rani St. Pucchi

Daniel Morgan Graduate School Professor Sharnoff Releases New Book on Aftermath of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War

Recently Declassified Documents Shed New Light on Nasser's Actions Post-War

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Daniel Morgan Graduate School Professor Dr. Michael Sharnoff released his first book titled Nasser's Peace: Egypt's Response to the 1967 War with Israel.

Published by Taylor and Francis Group, the book chronicles the post-war response and strategy of then Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser following his country's Six-Day War with Israel. Using newly declassified documents, Dr. Sharnoff provides a closer, behind the scenes look at both Nasser's public and private "peace negotiations" in the months directly following the 1967 War.

"Although much has been written on Nasser and the 1967 War, Nasser's Peace is unique because it draws upon more recently available primary resources," said Sharnoff. "These newly declassified documents from the United States, Great Britain, and Russia give light to Nasser's diplomatic negotiations following the war, which up to this point have remained relatively unexamined and misunderstood."

Dr. Sharnoff joined the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security as an Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies in May 2015. He also serves as Daniel Morgan's Director of Regional Studies and is a Senior Analyst at Wikistrat, a geo-political risk consultancy firm in Washington, D.C. Dr. Sharnoff completed his Ph.D. in Middle East Studies at King's College London and is a renowned commentator on Middle Eastern rhetoric. His work has been published in outlets that include The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and Palestine-Israel Journal.

With the 50th anniversary of the 1967 War this year, Nasser's Peace is a timely and thought-provoking analysis of how a smaller, developing country can manipulate larger, rival countries and how the definition of "peace" can be easily molded.

"[This is a] brilliant examination of the twilight years of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, arguably the foremost Arab leader in the 20th century," said Professor Efraim Karsh, King's College London & Bar-Ilan University. "[Nasser's Peace is a] must read for anyone seeking to understand the endemic volatility of the Arab world and its failure to come to terms with modernity."

"Never before has a book delved into this level of detail on the subject," Sharnoff said. "I'm thankful to be able to share these new revelations with our students at Daniel Morgan Graduate School and readers across the world."

Nasser's Peace is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Dr. Sharnoff will present on Nasser's Peace at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security in Washington, D.C. on May 10. You can register for the event on Daniel Morgan's website.

About Daniel Morgan Graduate School:
Established in 2014, the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security is a Washington DC-based, non-profit graduate school established to accelerate the education, hands-on experience and research competencies of aspiring men and women committed to serving in the US national security community. With an experienced faculty and a crafted curriculum, DMGS seeks to become the leading institution to educate and train graduates to fulfill the future leadership required to meet the expectations of the national security community in the years to come.

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Pope’s Visit To Fatima, Portugal Puts To Question Whether Motherhood Could Deliver Worldwide Brotherhood

Symbolic novel reimagines the mysterious meaning of Fatima's supernatural events through the story of a Muslim, a Catholic, and a Jew in search of coexistence

SCRANTON, Pa., April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of Pope Francis' visit to Portugal on May 13 for Our Lady of Fatima's 100th Anniversary, author Val Bonacci explores its mystery in FATIMA AND THE SONS OF ABRAHAM:

Paolo Giobatti is the first Major League Baseball star from the Italian League. He's nursing an ailing back along the shores of the Mediterranean when, thanks to modern technology, both he and his archrival Eli Kohn, witness a stunning moment at the hands of a Syrian refugee struggling for survival. Thus begins their journey from Italy's beaches and America's baseball diamonds, to the beating heart of Jerusalem. A culture clash ensues and the three do battle until the fearless heart of a woman named Fatima reshapes their destinies forever.

Bonacci, who has walked a provocative journey of her own, including a stint as the vice president of marketing and broadcasting for the Cleveland Indians, recalls a moment of inspiration while visiting Italy in 2012.

"A young refugee was peddling jewelry along the beach. He was powerfully built, yet moved with the grace of a pro athlete. I had a flashback to my days as the GM of a Minor League team where half of the roster couldn't speak English – just one of many challenges facing foreigners in a new land," said Bonacci.

"I couldn't help wondering about the boy's hopes and dreams. If he'd been born in the States, would he be a baseball star? I whispered a prayer for him, and the rest nearby like him. It was the seed that would later sprout into my novel."

Ask for FATIMA AND THE SONS OF ABRAHAM at your favorite bookseller or purchase online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Q&As, book club questions, and more available at

Bonacci is a former executive for the Cleveland Indians, where she spent 17 years with the franchise. She is a graduate of Ohio University's top ranked Sports Administration Masters Program where she received the Year 2000 Distinguished Alumnus award. She now resides in Scranton, Pennsylvania where she has been an adjunct instructor at Keystone College and The University of Scranton since marrying her husband in 2004.

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