Out of the Shadows – Hope Where There Was None: My Story of Overcoming
This book is about the transparent life experiences of young people who need validation and struggle because of it. The author gives personal examples from her own life about how she overcame these very real problems and circumstances.
During the conversations in this book, the author adeptly provides these young people with a sense of hope and encouragement by never giving up or giving in. Sometimes, all they need is a listening ear or a few soft words of advice.
For people who have lived through dark times or are currently struggling with hopelessness now, the author's journey shows how she coped in times of darkness. To reflect on the message gained from the experiences described in each section, she uses the acrostic poem that vertically spells "REALM," an acronym for Reflect, Examine, Apply, Learned and Motivation. Placed at the end of each section, these five directives point the reader to a set of specific questions that help him or her relate to the topics covered. Searching for answers to these questions will allow the reader the opportunity to interact with the text. If the effort is made to do that, this journey can become life-changing within the "REALM" of experiences.
As a person reads this book on their own or in a small group, the author encourages each individual to think about their answers and respond to each question with honesty as the key. Hope can be found; darkness does not last forever.
About Nina Pérez-Reed (Fresno, California Author)
Nina Perez-Reed is an educator, writer and motivational speaker. She wrote her first book, Out of the Shadows and published it in December 2015. She recently translated it into Spanish. The Spanish book Saliendo de las Sombras was released in January 2016.
Nina Perez-Reed began her college education at Kings River Community College. After receiving her AA in Liberal Studies, she transferred to California State University, Fresno, where she received her BA and MA in Linguistics with an emphasis in English as a Second Language. She has worked at Selma Unified School for twenty three years. She taught Spanish for fourteen years and English Language Development and Introduction to Teaching for five years.
She currently works as a high school learning director and volunteers her time at Arte Américas. In recognition of her dedication to the teaching profession, she received the Mexican American Educator of the Year Award in April 2008. In the same year, she received her Administrative Credential at National University. She resides in Clovis, California with her husband and three children. Her hobbies include singing, reading and traveling.