With her powerful voice and compelling stage presence, the Argentine folk singer, Mercedes Sosa, was a world-class performer, whose influence went far beyond the borders of music. Blacklisted as being one the most dangerous people to the regime in Argentina in the 1970s, she became the underground reference point for the poor and oppressed, and an icon of democracy who fought South America’s dictators with her voice.
Although Mercedes Sosa was one of the most recognized artists in international music, and collaborated with musicians ranging from Luciano Pavarotti, Sting and Joan Baez, she remained an unsung hero outside of Latin America. However, Sosa’s legacy continues to shine. Her example of integrity and solidarity lives on and make her a role model who points out the path to a more emphatic and compassionate world.
Mercedes Sosa – The Voice of Hope charts Sosa’s remarkable life and career and offers a psychological profile that reveals the secret behind Sosa's enormous impact. Besides being a personal profile of the artist and a chronicle of Latin American music, history, and politics, the author explores the scientific underpinnings of how her profound connection with Sosa and Sosa’s music changed her life. By doing so, Christensen opens an avenue to personal transformation that is accessible to anyone.
Sosa’s extraordinary example, coupled with Christensen’s inspiring discoveries will enable the reader to use life’s challenges as a stepping stone for growth. This narrative calls out for the best in all of us—for authenticity, empathy, and compassion.
“In her voice, life becomes a song with a scent of hope as sweet and beautiful as the flower that grows in the paths of those who looks forward.” (open the link in a new window and listen while you read on)
Anette Christensen's book, Mercedes Sosa - The Voice of Hope: My Life-transforming Encounter, is both biography and personal memoir. She chronicles Sosa's spiritual, political and artistic journey in the first half of the book. Christensen writes in the present-tense, which gives it an immediacy that's not only powerful and gripping, but it helps to bring this remarkable woman to life. The writing itself is clear, unpretentious and often eloquent, much like Sosa's music. There are times when the author's voice and creativity blends with the material, which is often the case in good historical writing. It's impossible for a biographer to know for sure what a subject is thinking, for example, but in using good research together with a well-honed instinct and empathy, delivering those thoughts to the reader can be a transcendent as well as informative experience. Christensen manages this beautifully, and paints a portrait that incorporates the colors of despair, triumph, love, fear, and all the other human emotions that define a life--in this case, the life of one of the greatest contemporary artistic revolutionaries in Latin America.
In the second half of the book, Ms. Christensen explores, in memoir fashion, her own life, and how her discovery of Sosa's music and life became a catalyst for change and growth in her own. She's careful to use enough detail to make her generalizations solid, and she doesn't shy away from uncomfortable truths about her own life. Her journey through neuroscience and other contemporary approaches to spiritual growth such as mindfulness, is interesting and informative. If I had to choose one thing I regretted, and wish she had addressed more fully, it would be how Sosa affected her own stance toward political things. Make no mistake about it, politics was at the center of Sosa's life, for politics is the science of human relationships. Sosa was a political revolutionary, which is a dangerous thing to be in this world, even in places and times where fascism and repressive politics are underground or waiting for the first chance to rear their ugly heads.
This is a beautiful book, and I hope it gets the attention it deserves. The fact that English is a second language for the author is remarkable, in and of itself.- Charles Musser, film historian, documentary maker, author and professor of Film and Media Studies
“In this work, you will find a new and touching perspective on our beloved Mercedes. It is a heartfelt and affectionate tribute honoring the life of my mother.” -Fabián Matus, son of Mercedes Sosa and president of The Mercedes Sosa Foundation.
"Upon discovering the Argentine singer, Mercedes Sosa, Danish author, Anette Christensen, has developed a complex therapeutic guide that changed her life and helped her overcome her own illness and emotional traumas. It is a therapy based on the magic that music and mindfulness has to heal the soul in general. In this case it was The Voice of Latin America, Mercedes Sosa, who inspired the author to write this book, which is a useful, necessary and applicable roadmap to recovery for anyone who struggles with a painful past, stress and chronic disabilities." – Laura Granados, Singer, songwriter, Spain.
“The Author’s profound connection with Mercedes Sosa and subsequent transformation is a testament of the restoring impact of positive connections. The author does more than just entertain the reader or spark the reader's interest. She spreads hope and knowledge.”-Pauline Skeates, Therapist, Director of Insight-International and Developer of Insight Focused Therapy, New Zealand
"This is a coherent, lucid, authentic and well researched account of the life of Mercedes Sosa. It is the first book written in English about Mercedes Sosa and a powerful reading which I would highly recommend to followers of Mercedes Sosa - but also to readers who are interested in personal growth." -Barbara. M. Webb – Author of South America, Under the Skin of a Foreign Country.
Anette Christensen, born and raised in Denmark, began her career by helping develop international charity programs. Later she became a language teacher for college students, and then, with her husband, ran a travel agency and a real estate agency. Now semi-retired and living in Turkey, she writes and focuses on personal growth.
For years Anette traveled in many parts of the world. Her experience with various cultures has enabled her to engage with people with a different outlook on life than her own. She is eager to learn from others and finds joy in embracing the difference of others, spotting the uniqueness that she believes is within each individual.
It was only upon Mercedes Sosa’s death that Anette Christensen discovered this influential and important Argentine singer. Captivated by Sosa’s voice and presence, Anette immersed herself in Sosa’s music and life. In doing so, she discovered an avenue to personal healing that can be accessed by anyone.
In her book on Sosa, Anette shares the singer’s story while exploring the scientific underpinnings of how connecting with another person leads to growth, something Anette discovered intuitively. Mercedes Sosa - The Voice of Hope is the first book by Christensen. It is a product of a life fully lived and shows that Christensen is a gifted story-teller.
Anette has undertaken more than 7000 hours of research for her book about Mercedes Sosa and is today regarded as a respected Mercedes Sosa ambassador throughout the world.
The book has been translated into Spanish. Get it here: mybook.to/Mercedes-Sosa-Esperanza
This unbelievable journey takes you through four generations of, mostly losing, battles with an insidious disease and other serious illnesses, but also with incredible determination, discoveries, rewards and blessings.
¨Robert writes from a very personal and intimate perspective having lived through more than most people could ever dream, or fear, for their own life.
As Rob likes to say, ¨We know what itś like to be naked in the middle of a tornado... with all this stuff flying at us... with nothing to hold onto but... each other.¨
Are you a courageous immigrant that had to leave your comfort zone to change your life?
Or are you a person who lived or is living a ‘forbidden love’ story due to external factors, such as religion, class or ethnicity?
Then, you will relate to this diary.
Tough decisions usually lead us to the unknown, and life becomes harder and harder. Falling in love should make it better, but humankind insists on recognising differences that separate us, rather than the things that unify us. Immigrants often struggle with the word ‘NO’, but it is all part of the growing and improves resilience. This book invites us to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and allow us to share our agonies. It tempts us to answer the philosophical questions in it and reflect on our current situation.
Cynthia shares how she overcame the hindrances during the first six years of her immigrant life, and her story encourages us to always choose love in everything we do. She reminds us that sometimes we need to lose things or people in order to become the best version of ourselves and that we must trust the process, believing that all the struggle is worth it.
This is not a self-growth book, but rather a memoir from someone that is trying to figure it out life, just like all of us. ‘Never give up on me’ were the words that Cynthia kept trapped on until she realised that the person that she should never give up was herself. And we too can learn to love ourselves more.
Can you imagine that love?
Many of us face disability in one form or another. It could be a mobility condition, or a mental health issue, but being disabled does not mean that you are not able to live your life.
Abled shares the stories of 50 individuals who suffer from conditions such as OCD, PTSD, autoimmune disorders and more. Their stories are ones of courage, perseverance and hope. Being told that you are hindered by a disability can be frightening, but everyday people adapt and are able to achieve their dreams.
These inspiring stories take you through the onset of symptoms, diagnosis and treatment and the realities of living with a lifelong condition.
In this gut-wrenching tale readers are taken on a tour behind the scenes into the hidden world of Lincy. As a single mother Lincy ends up broke and basically homeless before she decides to take on the world on her own terms. She bravely jumps into the often sleazy world of adult entertainment.Lincy's allure quickly submits lonely men searching for love and companionship to her exceptional gifts of persuasion and she develops a special niche for herself. The money pours in, and Lincy manages to play the game with her sugar daddies without compromising herself and without descending into self-destructive promiscuity. Living by her wits and charms alone, Lincy develops a system that works and she starts to amass a fortune without ever venturing into prostitution. Her game is played online and all her Daddies are compliant players willing to part with substantial amounts of money for an innings at the table.From the tropical wonderland of the Bahamas to the playground of the rich in San Diego, California, Lincy uses her uncanny insights, her natural feminine allure and her entrepreneurial flair to change her world. This is a journey out of the grips of poverty into the arms of American opulence. Ultimately this is a story of a woman who used her Jezebel ways and conquered the world without losing her soul.
Author and successful businessman Achille Paladini brings readers his intensely personal autobiography, Perseverance; an epic life saga filled with both intrigue and awe-inspiring wisdom.
In mid-1950s San Francisco, the Paladini name was synonymous with seafood on the west coast, the foundation of which began with the incredible rags-to-riches story of his famous and legendary grandfather prominently titled "The Fish King," who he was posthumously named after. Achille-- "Kiki," as he's called by family and friends--grew up in the upscale Marina District of the city enjoying an affluent lifestyle. Moving to Southern California at the age of eighteen propelled him into the surreal world of Hollywood with its glitz and glamour further accelerating his fairytale life and marrying a beautiful aspiring young actress. Upon returning to San Francisco to work for the family business --a shocking and cataclysmic revelation devastated his idealistic youthful illusions, leaving him hopeless, with dismay and dire concern for the future. His success, however, did not come easily, having to face insurmountable challenges, setbacks, and debilitating heartbreak, plus impossible odds; he eventually triumphed by beholding only the virtue of perseverance.
The story contains factual experiences that most will conclude are fictional; however, everything stated is true and unembellished.
This true, first-person memoir of a boy’s perseverance in the face of family dysfunction and adversity in the Montreal area of the 1960s and early ’70s offers a harrowing look inside a child’s soul-crushing loss of innocence between the ages of 4 and 16. Wawa, one of seven children born to an alcoholic father and clinically depressed mother, refuses offers to fix his broken glasses, wearing them as an outward statement of his heartbreakingly broken life. His hunger for love and guidance and his will to survive to adulthood in the face of fear, loneliness, anxiety, hardship and poverty will have readers cheering him on. This is an account that resonates with the lives of thousands of abused and neglected children who remain invisible. Wawa is the voice of the silent ones.
From Cowgirl to Congress is an eyewitness account of Jessie Haver Butler, a suffragist on the front lines of the women’s movement in 1920 and beyond.
Jessie escaped a childhood of unthinkable tragedies on a Colorado cattle ranch to attend Smith College, which propelled her into the center of the fight for the rights of women. Inspired by meeting Susan B. Anthony at age ten, she later worked side by side with Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt.
When women won the right to vote on August 18, 1920, Jessie became the first official woman lobbyist at the Capitol in Washington, DC. She also helped establish the Pulitzer School of Journalism and set the first minimum wage for women. She went on to live in London, where she shared the podium with George Bernard Shaw, attended parties with Emily Pankhurst, influenced the queen, and met her lifelong friend Lady Astor.
Jessie later taught women the art of public speaking. She wrote Time to Speak Up and lectured alongside such notables as Eleanor Roosevelt, Gloria Steinem, and Marlo Thomas. She spoke out for women’s rights throughout her life and well into her nineties.
This timely memoir takes us back to the suffrage movement and beyond and includes unpublished letters from historical figures, as well as never-before-seen photographs. Jessie Haver Butler was an extraordinary woman, who lived her life with a spirit of adventure and open-mindedness. She was a mother, wife, and active community member, and her story weaves these threads together to complete her compelling journey—from cowgirl to Congress.
An amazing true story anout the author going to heaven during his brain surgery and speaking with angels there and here.