A Chance Meeting at a Suicide Prevention Fundraiser Resulted in a Children’s Book

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Children’s Book Tells The Tale About How A kind Word Can Go A Long Way, Even Save A Life

GREENVILLE, SC, UNITED STATES, August 16, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — In April of 2018, Dennis Gillan, the executive director of the Half a Sorrow Foundation, was hired to speak at the University of Delaware. His co-author, Stephen Pihl, also spoke at that event and told a story that eventually became the children’s book, Nice Shoes!

“Stephen told this tale about how a kind word changed his outlook on life and I could not get the story out of my head,” said Gillan. “Three years later, I called him up and said we have to do something with this story and suggested a children’s book. He thankfully agreed”.

Growing up today is not easy and in the book, Nice Shoes! The main character, Derek, is having a really bad day. Nothing is going right at home or at school, and nobody is noticing his awesome new shoes. His day is turning out so rough that he just wants this day—and all his days—to end. Then a random compliment from a popular kid changes everything.

This positive and inspirational story was based on Pihl’s own experience at school. “In writing this book for kids, I want to show how easy it is to help others and how important doing so can be in someone’s life.”

The perfect book to help parents, grandparents, educators, teachers, and caregivers open a dialog with children about having a bad day and dark thoughts, and about how they can brighten the day of someone else who might really need it.

Nice Shoes! is available for purchase online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers.

About the Authors

Dennis Gillan is a national thought leader and accomplished speaker on the topic of suicide prevention and has dedicated his life to mental health advocacy. Dennis did a TEDx talk on loneliness and is the executive director of the Half A Sorrow Foundation, whose mission is to improve mental health for individuals and organizations by promoting real conversations. Dennis resides in Greenville, SC, with his lovely wife. 

Stephen Pihl is a graduate of the University of Delaware with degrees in biology and neuroscience. This story is about the lessons Stephen learned when he was younger and struggling with his mental health. Stephen plans to pursue a career in mental health research.

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My hometown of Charleston has been incredibly supportive of me over the years, so I’m honored to be able to share the book with our community at Barnes & Noble Westwood,”

— Chris Singleton

CHARLESTON, S.C., UNITED STATES, August 2, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Barnes & Noble Booksellers will welcome former professional baseball player turned motivational speaker and author Chris Singleton for an in-store reading and signing of his new book, “Baseball Around the World: How the World Plays the Game,” on Saturday, Aug. 13 at noon at Barnes & Noble Westwood (1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd).

“Baseball Around the World: How the World Plays the Game” takes readers on a multicultural world tour to meet the nations and players who have pushed baseball to international popularity. The book showcases the melting pot of countries and cultures that have embraced the sport, while exploring diverse topics, including what fans eat at Japanese baseball stadiums, how a gold rush brought baseball to Australia and why South Korean games are allowed to end in a tie and more.

“My hometown of Charleston has been incredibly supportive of me over the years, so I’m honored to be able to share the book with our community at Barnes & Noble Westwood,” Singleton said. “I thoroughly enjoyed writing ‘Baseball Around the World’ and can’t wait to read it with my local fans, readers and supporters.”

Singleton was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2017 and now serves as the Charleston RiverDogs’ director of community outreach in addition to traveling the country as a motivational speaker and student-achievement specialist. He has spoken to more than 150,000 students and teachers across the country and has been featured on Lifetime, ESPN, USA Today, CNN, Fox News and many other outlets after he rose to fame under the most tragic of circumstances.

On June 17, 2015, his mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was murdered, along with eight other victims, by a white supremacist at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Singleton united his city and inspired the entire nation by forgiving the man who murdered his mother and stating, “love is stronger than hate.”

As part of his personal healing and to help others, Singleton has written two additional books: “Different: A Story About Loving Your Neighbor,” a tribute to Singleton’s late mother; “Your Life Matters,” a story about the empowerment of black children; and “Baseball Around The World: How The World Plays The Game.” “Different” was a best seller in its category and has been featured by numerous outlets, including The Obama Foundation.

At the Aug. 13 event, fans will have an opportunity to purchase “Baseball Around the World: How the World Plays the Game.” Singleton will also be available after the reading for a book signing.

For more information about the event, please visit stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/.
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