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Meet The Author: Interview with Judith Halbreich

Judith Halbreich is the author of “The Audacity to be Divine: A Soul’s Journey Towards Illumination.” She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist with an extensive, successful executive career in Social Services, Clinical Research, and mental Health. She is the founder and CEO of Home of Champions (HOC), a unique nonprofit program that exists to inspire leaders emerging from the foster care system to become champions of their best selves. When Judith is not devoting her time to HOC, you can find her making a delicious tagine and dancing salsa in her living room.

Q: What is the strongest, most compelling message of your book?

A: The book describes the spiritual awakening of a divorced woman who experienced hardships which led her to a spiritual transformation with a path to a higher stage of consciousness and soul awareness.  How we all struggle to get out of the cocoon and break through the chrysalis to become a butterfly. Through Mary’s life, the book offers a glimpse of the extraordinary life that awaits us as the soul awakens and a new life unfolds.

Q: What is the book about?

A: The story tells how a working-class daughter of Italian immigrants, who idolized her grandmother, had to deal with an alcoholic father, childlike mother, and unfaithful husband. After a series of setbacks and considerable losses, Mary loses her sense of God, which had otherwise been a kind of cultural piety based on a grandmother’s commitment to service in the community. Mary, however, begins the process of rediscovering her faith through centering prayer and the Christian meditative tradition in general. This leads her, ultimately, to what will be the defining work of her life: the foundation of Chrysalis House as an intentional community committed to teaching others centering prayer and the Christian meditative tradition. Ultimately, Mary, who will be foundational to Contemplative Outreach, moves at the very end of her life beyond Contemplative Outreach and institutionalism itself.

Q:  What inspired you to write the book

A: During the funeral my mother’s friend, Al Choy, whispered in my ear, “you really ought to write a book about her.”  Thomas Keating said, “ Yes, you have all the material you need.” I watched my mother’s metamorphosis as a struggling single mother into a God realized-saint  and spiritual leader intimately.  It is true that we can all realize our connection to the divine through spiritual practices.  I believe my mother’s story is so important for all of us especially during these trying times.

Q: How can we apply the message of the book to our everyday life?/ Why is the book so timely right now given our current climate?   

A: The times we now live in have made living even more difficult with the increased anxiety around and in us. One wonders if contact with the Divine or even calmness is even possible? It is with a spiritual practice that connects us with our inheritance and the divine connection.  It gives us the message for everyday life that we, too can rise about the crisis and anxiety once we let go and surrender to God and have a spiritual practice.

About The Book


“Do you want to be right or do you want to be free?”

– Mary Mrozowski

Mary Mrozowski was a quintessential New York housewife living in the depth of despair. Bearing the secret of her family’s tumultuous past, Mary reclaimed her truth and strove for redemption against all odds — transcending as a social activist, international organizer, and spiritual leader for the masses.

Mary was able to transcend worlds. Having integrated Christian modalities with Eastern philosophies, she established a lay monastic house of contemplation called “Chrysalis House.” She mingled as an equal with spiritual and religious leaders, companions and strangers. As her teachings led her across five continents, thousands followed, considering her a modern-day saint, role model for transformation, and sage for self-fulfillment.

Seeking truth was her religion. Amidst a sea of neutrally-dressed spiritual leaders, out would walk Mary – a vision in a bold red dress and heels. She did not fit in and she did not want to — she was embraced by those who found solace in her relatability and charisma beyond measure.

“The Audacity To Be Divine” is a groundbreaking, compelling and inspirational book about the arduous journey towards transformation and illumination.

Purchasing Details: The Audacity to be Divine” is available to purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


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Spotlight Wednesday with Bounce Back by Dr. Bridgette Jenkins

Bounce Back will encourage you to be intentional about facing adversity and challenges while staying positive about your situation. With practicality, wisdom and experience, Dr. Bridgette shares strategies and tips that can be used to help you Bounce Back from any negative life situation. After reading this book, and applying the practical Bounce Back tips, you will be able to withstand, recover from and overcome any challenge you might face in life.

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Dr. Bridgette is a doctorly prepared registered nurse who specializes in education and community health. She has a heart for nursing students and those struggling to reach their education and career goals. She serves as mentor and coach to nurses and nursing students as they matriculate through the nursing profession.

She is the owner of Health Education Institute where she teaches lifesaving courses to healthcare providers and the public. She also offers a variety of courses to healthcare providers to help them stay current on updates and changes within the healthcare arena. Dr. Bridgette also speaks at churches and community events on various health issues that are prevalent among vulnerable populations.

She is the CEO/President of the Houston Chapter of Black Nurses Rock, a nonprofit organization committed to changing the lives of the citizens in the Houston area and surrounding communities through service and education.

Bridgette resides in Houston Texas where she’s actively involved in her church and community. She is a mother to three adult children and a miniature schnauzer named Dallas. She is also MiMi to two adorable grandsons.


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Sneak Peek of Life Lived Not Lost by Cynthia Staton #giveaway


Cynthia Staton’s life was in turmoil, then Christ saved her. Life was perfect. She and her beloved daughter, Victoria shared the same belief in God. But seven short months after Cynthia was saved, her daughter lost her battle with Cystic Fibrosis, and God called her home.

Cynthia struggled with not only missing her daughter, but losing her bible teacher. Victoria taught the Word of God to Cynthia in a way that showcased God’s perfect love for His children. That profound understanding carried Cynthia through the devastation, knowing she’d see her daughter again one day, in Heaven, and that Victoria’s time on Earth was a….

Life Lived Not Lost ~ A journey of hope.


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Spotlight Wednesday: Get Me Through by Cedric Nelms

About The Author

Cedric Nelms was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from St. Bernard High in Playa Del Rey, CA. He attended Morehouse College, where he majored in Biology, with a minor in Psychology.

Cedric has been in the ministry for 18 years and has been working in different areas of ministry, from youth ministry, men’s ministry, teaching, community development, social justice, and civic engagement. He was also the radio host of the Chosen Generation Ministry Radio Show, an internet program/podcast that deals with the intersection of culture, life, and faith. He is the lead pastor of Chosen Generation Fellowship Church, in Long Beach. In addition to that, he is the newly appointed Los Angeles City Director for World Impact, where he is actively working on being a bridge builder between Los Angeles and the Faith Based community.

Cedric has been married to Karen, for 18 years and they have been together for 20 years. They have 5 beautiful children, Erika, Jonathan, and a set of triplets, Isaiah, Khalid, and Courtney. He loves to spend time with his family, reading, watching sports, traveling, going out to eat, writing, and just having a good time!

About The Book
Get Me Through….The Makeover of My Life is a book for all seasons of life. It will lead you through getting out of the places that you are stuck, picking up the pieces after disruption, and releasing yourself to dream again my the future. Get Me Through is path through life’s most questionable moments.
The title of the book is purposely open-ended and ambiguous because most people are trying to get through. From Kindergarten to College, people are trying to get through school. Whether you are a high paid executive, entrepreneur, or occupying a cubicle, the daily grind of work and handling life issues is a reality. Still others are trying to get through the seasons of a relationship; the harsh winter or the warm summertime feel that relationships bring. 

On the other hand, the death of a loved one or the death of one’s self-esteem may seem like, to some, as trying to wade through a cloud of never-ending darkness. Ultimately, getting through is a part of the human experience. At some point, trying to get through is a part of everyone’s process, the only difference is each person’s process is tailor made. Even so, no matter what you are struggling to figure out, you are just trying to get through it with your character and sanity intact.

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