Simel Bey Releases First Children’s Book, Children’s Initiatic Tales: Stories from the Immortal Light

Author, Simel Bey releases his first children’s book, Children’s Initiatic Tales: Stories from the Immortal Light. This fifty-seven page soft-cover features six original tales that stem from traditions of myth, spiritual folklore, and ancient fairy tales. These true, experiential tales of multidimensional nature take readers through emotional themes such as abuse, pain, and child slavery towards divine experiences of redemption and grace.

“The book is written for readers who are passionate about finding themselves, feeling secure and confident, working through trauma and pain, and those who have serious questions about spirituality,” says Bey. “The stories found in the book are based upon real people and experiences I have encountered. I hope it will encourage readers who have experienced pain and trauma with possibilities of how to integrate hope into their lives.”

“As one absorbs the mystery of each story, one is profoundly moved by the depth of Bey’s passion and love for the medium,” says Dr. Mitchell Gibson, MD, and best-selling author of Your Immortal Body of Light, The Miracle Prayer, and Signs of Mental Illness. “Bey’s use of multicultural themes and prose is uplifting and joyous. The genre of magical story has found a brilliant new champion in Simel Bey.”

Bey’s reflective and encouraging language engages readers aged nine through forty with his loving, humorous, magical, yet realistic storytelling. The book holds six illustrations, provided by Holly Ganzalez, Ahmir Mark Lyles and Carnegie Mims.

Ahmir M. Lyles, illustrator of Prince Ahmir and The Amethyst Dragon states “I hope the illustration inspires the reader to be creative. Fantasy, mythology, and even whimsical thinking are very good exercises of creative thought, so I hope that the reader gets the message to always stretch his or her mind when creating art–to include self and to think beyond what’s already been done–what’s already there to be seen or experienced.”

Children’s Initiatic Tales: Stories from The Immortal Light, is a collection of timeless tales that will educate reading youth with universal themes and explore magical concepts that are both uplifting and miraculous. The stories encourage readers to open their minds, persevere through times of hardship and search for hope in various ways.

For more information and to obtain a copy of Children’s Initiatic Tales: Stories from the Immortal Light, please visit:  divineworldpublishing.com.

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New Novel Helps Raise Awareness for Child Sexual Assault Victims

According to the American Psychological Association, the statistics on the prevalence of child sexual abuse is shocking. Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control has estimated that approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18.

Other governmental research has estimated that approximately 300,000 children are abused every year in the United States and a shocking 50% of the predators sexually assaulting small children are close friends or neighbors of the family, someone everyone trusts. Sadly, the next greatest threat comes from the child’s own family, such as an uncle, brother, or grandfather and only 10% of the abuse comes from strangers.

However, accurate statistics on the prevalence of sexual abuse of children and adolescents are difficult to record because it is vastly underreported. But for a majority of the 39 million child sexual abuse survivors in the United States, keeping such a dark secret hidden for so many years can have devastating consequences. The survivors often have not dealt with the pain and trauma, which can resurface again or be triggered by significant life events.

The consequences of sexual abuse can impact every aspect of a survivor’s life — emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual. Recently, numerous individuals and organizations are increasing efforts to empower women and children and give those silent victims a voice. Darkness to Light is one such organization that provides programs that raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.

In addition, Colorado author Michael Link has written a powerful new novel called Inviolate, which vividly portrays the fear and humiliation experienced by victims of sexual assault and the profound impact that this devastating crime has on a victim’s loved ones. The story tells of the emotional and psychological impact that a sexual assault has on Connie Woicik, an eighth grade girl who is trying to cope with the aftermath of being the victim of one of the most heinous forms of violence imaginable, and the healing that comes by way of an understanding therapist who herself suffered sexual molestation as a child. Explaining to Connie that while her physical virginity was stolen from her, she retains her spiritual virtue and she alone can choose when and to whom she will surrender her innocence, the psychologist leads the young girl to acceptance and self esteem.

The novel also contains an intense parallel storyline that portrays the stark contrast between two men: a violent sexual predator who is able to hide his intense sexual urges and impulsive behaviors from even those closest to him, and a kind and gentle man who loves baseball and mentoring youth athletics, but is falsely accused of committing a sex crime against a young girl.

Based in part on the experiences of women he has known, this intense work of fiction is a powerful vehicle by which the author reminds society of the unspeakable tragedy of sexual crimes against children and that fact that sexual predators are ubiquitous in American society. Inviolate is available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.

To learn more about how you can help in the prevention of child sexual abuse, go towww.darkness2light.org.

For more information about Inviolate, go to www.inviolate-novel.com.

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A Professional Youth Film Company Is Searching For Young Movie-Making Talent For Its Latest Full-Length Feature-Films

The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy (BYFA) is holding auditions for the cast and crew of its latest films, offering young people the chance to experience the thrills and challenges of professional feature-film production.

The Co-operative Group’s £500,000 support for BYFA this year – part of its commitment to Inspiring Young People and its Join the Revolution initiative – enables BYFA to offer more students a chance to experience the many aspects of film-making.

Embarking on its ‘epic’ challenge to simultaneously make four full-length feature films, in four UK regions – East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the North West – during this year’s school summer holidays, BYFA offers a unique educational opportunity for hundreds of young people – giving 14-25 year-olds, with an eye on a career in film, the chance to showcase their creativity and see their work on the silver-screen.

Todd Carty, well known for roles in Eastenders and The Bill, has been involved in three BYFA productions and is a supporter of the Academy, he said: “It is a terrific experience. I have loved every minute of it and the energy of the young people is fantastic. It is extremely inspiring to work with a group of such motivated individuals and the positive impact on all who participate is clear to see.”

Students are supported by mentors from the film industry and education and offered everything from acting to make-up, wardrobe to camera and, from post production through to the red carpet experience.

Michael Fairclough, Head of Community and Campaigns at The Co-operative Group, added: “Our support for The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy is an integral part of our commitment to Inspiring Young People – designed to open up new ways for the next generation to seize opportunities and change their world for the better.

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The Co-operative Urges Consumers to Join The Revolution

The Co-operative today (7 March) launched a major new communications programme calling upon consumers to “join the revolution” and help secure a more balanced and sustainable future for the UK.

The call to “join the revolution” will be underpinned by a high profile TV, press and social media campaign that will provide guidance on how people can set up their own co-operative businesses, fund community projects, campaign for change or simply purchase ethical products and services, such as Fairtrade products and ethical investments.

The media campaign will showcase everyday people who, with help from The Co-operative, are instigating real change – everything from community owned wind-turbines to fan-owned football clubs, from urban beekeeping to young film-maker co-operatives.

Peter Marks, Group Chief Executive of The Co-operative said: “Until the 1980s people understood the benefits of mutual ownership, but then the UK’s family silver was sold-off cheaply in a wave of demutualisation that weakened the influence that ordinary consumers could have on our economy.

“We are beginning to see momentum again at grassroots level, where the Co-operative Enterprise Hub is helping new co-operative businesses set up at a rate of more than one a day, but the opportunity is much bigger than that. Co-operatives alone are not a panacea, but sitting alongside other business and service models, they can help address the unprecedented social, economic and environmental challenges facing the country”.

The TV commercial, which airs for the first time on Monday 7 March, tells how the Rochdale Pioneers, who established the first successful retail co-operative in 1844, started a revolution which is still going strong. The Co-operative now has more than 5,000 stores across the UK and there are almost a billion co-operative members worldwide.

Today, The Co-operative is itself enjoying a strong economic renaissance, which has seen it double revenues, double profits and double membership over the past three years.

The campaign supports the Group’s recently launched Ethical Plan, which sets out a number of revolutionary goals that aim to cement its reputation as the most socially responsible business in the UK.

The pledges in the Ethical Plan include:
• Growing membership from 6m to 20m by 2020, with the aim of making every customer a co-owner.
• The most radical Fairtrade conversion programme ever undertaken.
• £11m to support co-operative growth, and the launch of a £20m international Co-operative Development Loan Fund.
• Doubling financial support for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, from £400m to £1bn by 2013.
• The world’s first ethically-screened general insurance products, which will support over two million policies.

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BearManor Media proudly announces the release of its new book

BearManor Media proudly announces the release of its new book, Best in Hollywood : The God, the Bad, and the Beautiful, written by James Best and Jim Clark.

Best, who is most well-known for playing the likable Rosco P. Coltrane on the very popular television series The Dukes of Hazzard, takes us behind the scenes as he remembers the events of his life that made him the man he is today. He tells of the heartbreaking loss that occurred during his childhood, the early struggles of his acting career, his triumphs and challenges over the years. He expands on the personalities and relationships of the Dukes of Hazzard cast, revealing them as true flesh-and-blood human beings that we hadn’t seen before.

Most people didn’t know this but James Best is not only a fine actor, but also a talented poet. He shares with us some of his favorite poems, which he wrote with the soul of an artist.

To learn about this or other BearManor Media titles, please visit www.bearmanormedia.com.

ISBN: 1-59393-460-2

Format: Softcover; 6” x 9”; 324 pages

Price: $24.95. Available through Ingram and amazon.com

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