An inspirational hybrid combining memoir with practical spiritual advice
- Would you like to know how Marnie and some of her family members dealt with their struggles?
- Readers are finding how similar their situations have been to Marnie’s family and find themselves reflected in the pages.
“In the literary realm of human potential books, we are inspired by the growth the author chronicles. This book transforms us from readers to compassionate humans.” Karen A
Marnie reveals the story of meeting her father for the first time in her forties, and how that impacted her life. The memoir chapters boast a strong hook and moments of real drama as Marnie furtively picks through her mother’s papers for information and then plucks up the courage to meet—and eventually empathize with—the father who had vanished in her infancy and not bothered with child-support payments, leaving Marnie’s mother struggling on her own.
The book comes alive with photos of the family that allows the reader to connect.
“The story is so well written and with so much heart, I felt like I was right there as the author met her father for the very first time.” Wellsome
Here is my mom. Her actions inspired the title of this book. Listen to part of Chapter 11
The book’s second half offers “Courses of Action” to clear heartaches
The Courses of Action offer clear guidance for a variety of practices for achieving peace and compassion. Marnie shares how mindfulness and self-care led her to a rich understanding of what others have gone through and how to release judgment of them and herself.
In the book are the techniques that helped Marnie and now her clients perceive hurtful occurrences in a new light.
- Numerous self-hypnosis scripts
- Guided imagery meditations
- Steps towards achieving self-love
- Discover and build your intuition
- Clear abusive memories
- See how to connect to light beings
- Mend a broken heart
View more in the Table of Contents in the photo gallery to the right
Tap the photos to the right to take a peek inside the book
Hi Marnie. I’m enjoying your book so much. Wow, (grandfather) Vincent’s story is incredible. You come from courageous, hardy stock. – Erica S
Thank you Marnie. Your book is really well written I feel your experiences deeply in my heart xoxo. -Dasha F.
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“They Did The Best They Could” is a powerful and poignant narrative about finding the father Marnie never knew and discovering the hidden truth of the Italian half of her family tree. Marnie examines how the opposing families made bad situations worse, despite the best of intentions. But, most importantly, she learned that her lost family loved her. This book had me tearing up again and again.
This is the book you have been looking for!
In the literary realm of human potential books, we are inspired by the growth the author chronicles. Then, however, we ask about how we could ever follow the author’s lead. Marnie bridges that gap by paralleling each chapter about her life with a course of action chapter. For example, Chapter 10, “A Strange Way to Live,” detailing early childhood events, is clarified by exercises that move us forward in uncovering patterns in us triggered by those self-same childhood adventures. I have a lively mind, so the exercise ‘Set the Stage to Silence Negative Stories’ appeals to me, and allows me to change my perspective of being an unhappy participant in a childhood scenario, releasing negative emotions, and reframing this into internal support and growth. This book, therefore, allows us to recapitulate the author’s growth as part of our own. This book transforms us from readers into compassionate humans.
Marnie, the charismatic free spirit I first met in Chicago years ago, has evolved into the present-day guide to living your best life. Her latest book explores the power of forgiveness and provides the reader exercises to help with their own life challenges.
Once I started reading I could not put the book down. The stories are quite engaging.
Even though there were hardships, it’s absolutely charming, which seems weird to say but true. Marnie took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions, all while being able to be totally vulnerable. I’m still working on Part II and following Marnie’s guidance.
Soothing for the Soul, Nurturing to the Spirit.
I was reading it as slow as I could, as I didn’t want it to end. Well written and authentic (first part); self empowering and educational (second part). Marnie has been an amazing healer for decades, now she proved once again what a fantastic writer she also is!–
Marnie is a beautiful soul inside and out. She shares the intimate details of her family, growing up and finding a lost part of that family. Illustrated with many black and white photographs. Refreshing, beautiful, and bittersweet memories. A wonderful journey of life that shows we all have similar situations and perhaps relationships. Marnie’s second part of her book shows us methods of finding peace and beauty within ourselves.
More and more people need to look and understand your story. You most certainly possess the gift.