Grow Your Own Good News Story

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I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news because I like to take a positive, pro-active approach to life. Sometimes it’s hard to constantly ignore, however, what is in plain sight and so very visible in the media.

The breakdown of the family unit has been evident through many socio-economic indicators. The whole culture of a society suffers when the family unit deteriorates. Crime increases, education is no longer valued, we look up to people who are esteemed to be the most valuable members of society yet, all too often, these are the very people whose moral compasses have gone haywire.

But, the good news is, each one of us can do something in our own lives to grow strong families who will have stories of happy relationships that reign through generations.

I’ve noticed there seems to be a dearth of “good news stories” on bookshelves in bookstores. Here are the top 5 genres of books that are the most sought after according to booksellers.

  • Romance/erotica (1.44 billion dollar industry)
  • Crime/mystery (728.2 million)
  • Religion/spirituality (720 million)
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy (590.2 million)
  • Horror (79.6 million)

Frankly, I am surprised religion and spirituality ranks up there as high as it does. Perhaps because people are looking for answers for the ills of today’s society. Better yet, I’d like to think that books of spirituality and religion sell because people have faith that a better day is coming!

Here is what you can do in your own small way to make your relationships, your family and your world stronger.


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Preserving Thoughts

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When was the last time you thought much about the Dewey Decimal system? I did today! I decided to go to my favorite hang out in town, the Bud Werner Memorial Library to see where my publication Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected is filed on the bookshelves. Rather than hunt the library row by row, I took the easy way out and went directly to the computer. Sure enough my publication is on file 158.1 in the non-fiction section.

Since I am a curious soul, I wanted to see what other books it rubs covers with when it’s in-house at the library.  Interesting! Here are a few other titles in the same genre beside it:

  • Diana Looman’s Full Esteem Ahead: 100 Ways to Build Self-Esteem in Children & Adults
  • Denis Lovato: Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year
  • Oprah: Love Your Life!
  • Joan Lunden: Wake-Up Call

I love all books and but lately I’ve probably read more fiction than non-fiction. I find non-fiction helpful from an informational and educational standpoint. As Thomas Carlyle once said “All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books. They are the chosen possession of man.”

Book at Bud Werner library

Personally, I think there’s a lot of truth in that statement and it is the reason I love to both read and write.

This blog is brought to you by Sue Batton Leonard. The award-winning author of Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected and

Short Stories: Lessons of Heart & Soul.