Mary Higgins Clark
Against All Odds
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication, Where are the Children?, the book that launched the career of Mary Higgins Clark and made her a household name. Mary’s fame as a writer was achieved against great odds. Left a young widow, Mary began her career while raising her five children. She is a number one New York Times bestselling author, has written 34 suspense novels, three collections of short stories, a historical novel, and a memoir. Her books are worldwide bestsellers, with over 100 million sold in the United States alone.
Shoot for the Moon
Who better to be a voice in encouraging the pursuit one’s dream than a man who literally walked on the moon? Space pioneer and astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, a pilot on the Apollo 11 mission, was the second man to walk on the moon. According to Buzz, shoot for the moon and you might get there. At the age of 83, Buzz continues as an international advocate of space science and planetary exploration. He has reported on space activities for 45 years and was the 2010 winner of the prestigious National Space Club Press Award. He is the author of the book, Mission to Mars: My vision for Space Exploration.
The Oak Ridge Boys
For more than 40 years, The Oak Ridge Boys have entertained fans across the country, sung for numerous US presidents, and earned every award in the industry, including their upcoming induction into the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame. Joe Bonsall, lead tenor of the group and author of On the Road with The Oak Ridge Boys, takes us on a backstage tour of life in the country music industry and the multi-faceted career of the Oaks. He shares about the history behind the group and gives us a front row seat to what it’s like to travel the country in a tour bus equipped with lounges, technology, and multiple television sets.
Taya Kyle, the widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, shares her private story: an unforgettable testament to the power of love, faith and service in the face of war and unimaginable loss. Taya founded the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation in honor of her late husband Chris Kyle, legendary U.S. Navy SEAL and author of the bestsellers American Sniper and American Gun. The foundation is devoted to strengthening the marriages of veterans and first responders. An active public speaker, Taya inspires others to find strength and persevere through struggles. Taya is the author of the new book, American Wife.
Living With Intent
Overwhelmed with the stress of being a mother, a wife, and a successful entrepreneur, Mallika Chopra felt guilty about not giving her children, husband and her career the attention they equally deserved. Mallika was trapped in the pressure to be “perfect” as the daughter of famed spiritual leader Deepak Chopra. She realized she needed an action plan for change so she set out on a journey to find more meaning, joy, and balance in life. She provides a road map for how we can all move from thought to action to outcome. Mallika is an author, speaker and founder of Intent.com. Her new book is Living with Intent.
In 1928, 16-year-old Minka was raped. This innocent farm girl was pregnant. The baby was secretly born, named Betty Jane, and placed for adoption. For decades, Minka wrote letters trying to get news of her daughter. Nearly 80 years later, Minka whispered her prayer: Lord, I’d like to see Betty Jane before I die. I promise I won’t bother her or interrupt her life. I just want to lay eyes on her. Unbeknownst to Minka, that same day, a judge was releasing the sealed adoption records to her 77-year-old daughter. Soon, Minka’s phone would ring. In her book, The Waiting, Cathy LaGrow (Minka’s granddaughter) brings three generations together to tell a story of faith, forgiveness and love.
Mary Higgins Clark – Against All Odds
May 24, 2015