Open Book Editions
A Berrett-Koehler/iUniverse Partnership
Open Book Editions is a self-publishing partner of Berrett-Koehler Publishers. OBE welcomes publications that fit the Berrett-Koehler mission -- Creating a World That Works for All. At Berrett-Koehler, we believe that to truly create a better world, action is needed at all levels -- individual, organizational, and societal. At the individual level, our books help people align their lives with their values and with their aspirations for a better world. At the organizational level,our books promote progressive leadership and management practices, socially responsible approaches to business, and humane and effective organizations. At the societal level, our books advance social and economic justice, shared prosperity, sustainability, and new solutions to national and global issues.
There may be titles you would expect from Berrett-Koehler such as personal development (BK Life), business (BK Business), and current affairs (BK Currents) books, but there may also be some new categories that might surprise you. Some of our authors, partners, and readers have written poetry books, so these may be published as Open Book Editions titles. Others have written memoirs or fiction with a message of hope. Still others have written wonderful relationship or parenting books. Books in these categories may be published as Open Book Editions as well. We will profile new titles on this page with links to their corresponding iUniverse pages for purchase.
One new title in April 2013:
Through investment visa programs administered by US Citizenship and Immigration Services, more than 7,000 families have immigrated to the United States, investing more than three billion dollars over the past twenty-two years.
In Certain Security, author Brian Dickens shares proven tools and strategies families can use to achieve personal and financial security through valuable and little-known programs. He describes the history and detailed requirements of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program and explains why this may be the best time in history to invest and live in the United States. He also discusses choosing a qualified EB-5 investment and introduces his four-step process for successfully navigating US investment visa programs.
Certain Security examines US Citizenship and Immigration Services and its process for administering visas. Dickens then presents general information relative to taxation and immigrant investment and explores how US companies become eligible to attract these investments. He also shares secrets to identifying qualified service providers to help investors through the investment visa process.
Dickensí personal immigration experience with his own family, combined with his clinical expertise from the investment visa industry and general investment and business-development industries, provides insight into these exciting programs from multiple perspectives. Certain Security serves as a valuable resource for those who wish to learn about these programs, overcome fear of change, and lead their families to safety and security in the United States.
One new title in March 2013:
Two new titles in February 2013:
Couples without children continue to be viewed as strange, and too often theyíre only just tolerated. But Cheryl and Ellis Levinson, a married couple who have lived childfree for twenty-eight years, donít just defend those who refrain from having childrenóthey celebrate them.
They also argue that society doesnít treat childfree couples fairly and that many couples with children are putting the world at risk. Overpopulation poses real dangers, including an increased threat of climate change, accelerated animal and plant extinctions, and the wholesale destruction of rainforests and other habitats.
The Levinsons explore the increasingly common choice to remain childfree and challenge the ethics of those who choose to procreate. They consider a host of issues, including
ē liabilities facing children;
ē motivations to have children;
ē financial implications;
ē lack of parental preparation;
ē nature versus nurture; and
ē world sustainability.
Despite the dangers of overpopulation, many people continue to have children without thinking through the consequences. Itís time to take a larger view and consider whether or not there are Enough of Us.
It seems like only yesterday when five friends with separate dreams stood together at their graduation ceremony at Stanford, turned their tassels, and looked forward with optimism. But two decades later, Neva, Annette, Lauren, Tamara, and Heather have all experienced a reality much different than the dreams they once envisioned.
A troubled marriage and unexpected motherhood threatens to still Nevaís voice forever. Annetteís inability to conceive a child is challenging everything she knows to be true about herself. Lauren is weary from juggling her career, motherhood, and marriage. Tamara has abandoned the hope of a loving relationship in favor of an all-consuming career. But it is Heather who is in the worst trouble of all. A heartbreaking job loss sends her spiraling downward into darkness, and she attempts suicide. As she slips into a coma, the friends reunite at her bedside, forge a stronger friendship, and finally face hard truths about themselves.
In this poignant tale, the secret of each womanís shattered dream is finally revealed, forcing each to embark on a unique journey to discover what beauty lies beyond the broken.
One new title in January 2013:
Donít Drink the Water is not a book trying to promote any existing religious, spiritual or national agenda. It does not attempt to blame anyone for the current state of human affairs. It is the story of how the author combined his personal experience with the thoughts of many of our more renown philosophers, states-men, scientists and long term thinkers from around the world to conclude that the goal of a secure and sustainable world for all humans is not an unattainable ďUtopiaĒ. Donít Drink the Water makes a compelling case - Living in a time when we have secure and stable relations with each other and our environment is simply the logical outcome of the ongoing evolution of human intelligence.
Two new titles in December 2013:
by Joy Brisbane
Since the age of seven, author Joy Brisbane has known that she walks with spirit. Her abilities as a psychic mediumóone who is connected to the realm of spiritsócontinued to develop through her school years, nursing training, and education in counselling. In Walking with Spirit, Brisbane shares her experiences as a medium, explaining how she helps lead others out of their dark night into a new day.
Brisbane discusses her journey as a psychic medium and shares insights and information about what itís like to walk with spirit. She discusses her work with a wide range of peopleóhelping them to heal, find direction in life, discover their own beautiful selves, and awaken them to the help they have from the realm of spirit through their guides and loved ones who have died.
The message communicated in Walking with Spirit seeks to touch the lives of others and help them to find joy and peace. It asks you to open your mind and heart to the possibility of healing yourself. When we step into our divine heritage of living a joyful lifeówhen we find the courage and strength to be who we truly areóthen we enter into the experience of discovering inner freedom. We find our divine essence.
Author Chatha Akbar Ghulam believes God is universal. With love as his message, he shares a thought-provoking collection of essays, poems, and meditations illustrating how he has come to understand the concept of God and why he feels a loving heart is the only requirement needed to have faith in God.
Chatha shares how as a youth he came to discard the traditional teachings of heredity and customs and eventually achieved inner peace and contentment by recognizing universal good and truth. As he offers his opinion on such subjects as God and war, life and death, wisdom versus ignorance, the yearnings of a soul, and heaven and hell, Chatha provides a fresh, impartial perspective on Godís influence in todayís world. By sharing his thoughts on the differences between the self-righteous and true believers through personal anecdotes and inspiration from Punjabi mystic poets, Chatha quietly encourages spiritual seekers of all faiths to look inward and focus on gratitude rather than desires.
Faith, Not Religions offers one manís inspiring reflections regarding his faith in God, his opinions on organized religions, and his journey to seek his own spiritual path in life.
One new title in November 2012:
Jewels of the Heart by Hiam Gosaynie is a book of poems that describes myriad feelings and life experiences that every heart has inevitably been through in some form. These experiences both enrich and change us as we wade waist-deep into the unpredictable waves of love; wonder about the universe; deal with illness, aging parents, and death; gamely plot our course in the labyrinth of life; and finally seek peace, solace and spiritual renewal as well as healing when we face our most terrifying fears. We triumphantly emerge bruised but wiser and stronger on the other side: these are the ďjewelsĒ of every heart.
One new title in September 2012:
Everyone is looking for leaders who are competent and honest, but theyíre hard to find. The United States is experiencing a leadership crisis. Whatís more, most leadership guides simply recycle old ideas. Itís time to return to true, value-based leadership that can only be learned through a deep examination of the values and traits of a leaderóa person who should inspire courage, confidence, integrity, determination and a commitment to excellence.
Lloyd J. Edwards Jr., a retired police lieutenant and bureau commander from Huntington Beach, California, provides deep insights on leadership. This guidebook explores how leaders manage people and companies; break through barriers that prevent others from achieving success; and communicate organizational ethics.
Explore the interconnections of leadership values and traits in an enjoyable, exciting and understandable format. Learn timeless concepts that anyone can apply to become a leader in business, in a family, and elsewhere.
Leaders combine values with skills such as the ability to delegate, teach, inspire, manage time, and communicate vision. It is this combination of the art of leadership and the science of management that produces the quality leader who is capable of inspiring followers.
Two new titles in August 2012:
by Paul Okum
Not many people are satisfied with the leaders we have in the public and private sectors. We are suffering from a severe lack of good leadershipóeven though billions of dollars per year are spent on leadership training and development.
The root cause of this leadership vacuum is that leadership gurus firmly believe, teach, and preach that anyone can be ďmadeĒ into a leader with the right training, personal desire, and commitment. With this premise, theyíve approached leadership as a commonplace and elementary skill that anyone can learn. Thereís just one problem: theyíre wrong.
In this guidebook on leadership, youíll learn about all aspects of leadership, including:
Leadership DNA examines the false premise that anyone can be a leader and provides insights and tools that lead to a better system of identifying, selecting, and developing born leaders.
As a manager, you have the responsibility to plan, organize, implement, delegate, and control. To be a leader, however, you must also inspire your staff, your colleagues, and your workplace. You have the ability to take these people to greater heights, both personally and professionally.
This guidebook can help you meet these challenges. Youíll learn how to
ē resolve conflicts between employees;
ē coach and mentor young professionals;
ē deal with those who donít play by the rules; and
ē reduce the stress that comes with being a manager.
In addition to a broad-based discussion of leadership practices, Quit Your Job, Enjoy Your Work also explores the ins and outs of servant leadership and emotional intelligence. Managers who are interested in creating a positive work environment need to better understand both of these contemporary approaches to leadership.
Written for organizational managers, leaders, and staff who want to understand their workplace, this guide enables you to fulfill your potential. In Quit Your Job, Enjoy Your Work, you can discover how to create a better workplace for all.
Three New Titles in July 2012:
During the summer of 1979, as a young medical student, author Alphonsus Obayuwana was awarded a prestigious national grant to do a two-year research on Human Hope; little did he know it would take over thirty years of his adult life to sufficiently complete the project to his personal satisfaction.
His three major findings and irrefutable conclusions, following three decades of scientific research, are summarized in The Five Sources of Human Hope: Mirror of Our Humanity. Obayuwana thoroughly explains where, how, why, when, and from what five sources humans routinely find Hope in life. He demystifies Hope and takes it forever out of abstraction.
"This book is as educational as it is inspiring. A very thought provoking thesis on the essence of human life. Congratulations and well done!"
--Dr. Kingsley E. Iyamu, Board certified psychiatrist
"An enlightening book with a very fresh approach and novel look at Human Hope."
--Dr. Ann Carter, Psychologist, author, and professor
"Without a doubt ‚Ä¶ the best book I have ever read on the subject of Hope. Truly mandatory reading for every teacher, parent, and mentor."
--Fumi V. Olu-Osifo, School principal, educator, parent
Author Heather A. Wandell, after observing thousands of hours of human workplace behavior and hundreds of hours of monkey behavior, discovered there is a connection! In Monkey Business, she compares the monkeys' behavior to the human behavior and offers unique business and personal life practices to help to move your life forward.
A compilation of previously published columns, these lessons revolve around the themes of creating an environment where possibility thrives, acknowledging our shared humanity, getting along, communicating with awareness, evolving our business paradigm, and opening to optimism. Monkey Business can help you to
The lessons taught in Monkey Business guide you to take responsibility for being the creator of your stories, your life, and your experience -- an ongoing process that takes steadfast, mindful practice.
An invisible, growing monster roams the streets, preying on millions of innocent victims in the United States and overseas. This monster is child slavery, and it is woven into the very fabric of our daily lives. Because it touches every aspect of our lives, however, it can be addressed and solved.
In Facing the Monster, author Carol Hart Metzker calls attention to the plight of t he world's children who live a life of modern slaver y. She tells how an unexpected encounter with a n eleven-year-old girl led her into the dark world of human trafficking, forced sex trade, and child slavery. Metzker's quest to find hope, to help end slavery, and to aid survivors took her as far as children's shelters in remote villages in India and as close as a special home just miles from her front door in Pennsylvania.
Facing the Monster narrates the stories of rescued child slaves and paints a poignant picture of the plight of hidden victims worldwide. Metzker's inspiring chronicle reveals the monstrous truths about child slavery, provides an action plan to become an agent of change, and presents solutions to end it. It shows how one person's actions can change the lives of many and that everyone can take a step to fight child slavery.
World peace may seem like an impossible dream. Not only is it counter to human nature, but there are also many political, economic, and cultural obstacles to overcome. In Transition to Peace, author Russell Faure-Brac contends war is not a necessary evil; there are more effective and rational ways for the United States to defend itself.
In this analysis, Faure-Brac examines where world peace stands now and how it relates to the rapidly changing world. He combines the nonviolent power of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King; the concept of Peaceful Warriorship as found in the martial arts of Aikido and Ninjutsu; and the Permaculture ideas of Earth Care, People Care, and Faire Share to form the basis for peace programs and three peace principles that he proposes as a new national security policy. Faure-Brac then lays out a plan for making the changes.
Though world peace might be a challenging prospect, Transition to Peace shows that is possible to achieve it, and the United States can lead the rest of the world in the right direction.
by Chris Rodell
Includes a foreword by golf great Arnold Palmer
Chris Rodell likes to consult with a five-year-old anytime he needs a reminder as to what is important in life. In his uplifting, humorous, and spiritual guidebook Use All the Crayons!, Rodell encourages others to become universally happy by becoming more colorful, interesting, and, most importantly, fun!
Endorsement by Arnold Palmer: "Use All the Crayons is an Interesting and amusing trip through precisely 501 wide-ranging tips around life surrounding thirty-three short essays about life that are thoughtful and insightful."
Rodell insists that colorful people are invited to the coolest parties; with that goal in mind, he presents over five hundred tips and entertaining, Dale Carnegie--like anecdotes that provide a glimpse into how he has successfully transformed his life into one not focused on money or fame, but instead on inspirational experiences, laughter, and fulfillment. Accompanied by personal diary entries, Rodell shares simple ideas for living a more colorful life, including adding the title "Rev." to all subscriptions and charitable donations, keeping handfuls of confetti ready for impromptu celebrations, and understanding the advantages of getting a $75 wrist tattoo of an $18,000 Rolex instead of the real thing.
Like a box of crayons, we are all born with an astounding range of color options. This effervescent guidebook combines populist common sense with a healthy dose of optimism in the hopes of teaching others how to make every day as vivacious as the brightest crayon in the box.
Visit Chris at his All the Crayons! website.
Awakening the New Masculine is a bridge from the first wave of the mythopoetic men's movement of the last twenty-five years to what is only now beginning to emerge. Gary Stamper points the way to the second wave of men's work with humor, intelligence, and the kind of compassion that holds men accountable--daring, insisting, and giving them the tools they need to step up to a new way of being men.
You're going to awaken to the real possibility of becoming the man you've always known you could be, stepping into the truth of who you are in your fullness, cultivating potentials that have called to you, bringing your full presence and awareness to every moment for yourself, your loved ones, and the planet.
The ability to sell yourself and your ideas may be the most essential skill for achieving business success. Even so, society demeans selling and salespeople, perpetuating stereotypes that make us cringe. In Selling with Soul, author Sharon V. Parker attacks those attitudes head-on and explodes the myths about salespeople being unprofessional and driven by self-interest.
Selling with Soul counters many of the negative notions of selling by explaining why it is an honorable profession that creates value for all when it is done with empathy for the customer and a firm commitment to principles. Parker helps you learn the skills and attitudes that result in successful sales careers, and she shares the lessons that can result in a successful, balanced life--lessons she learned during a twenty-six-year career in sales.
In this, the second version of Selling with Soul, Parker includes a review of sales basics, updated with how people buy today. She also shares ideas for finding and keeping new business, and she presents lessons in the soft skills so essential to selling with integrity and empathy: listening, conflict resolution, understanding personal styles, dealing with temptations and compromise, and creating a life consistent with your values.
Selling with Soul helps heal the split between job and spirit. It shows how problem-solving, creating value, and treating others with empathy and integrity are the keys to selling--and living--with soul.
An examination of Social Awakenment, History-Long Vision, Holistic Social Understanding & Strategies of Transformation, as viewed by five United States Citizens in 2011; Lead author Gene Marshall with coauthors, Ben Ball, Marsha Buck, Ken Kreutziger, and Alan Richard
Though vast changes are necessary, we believe humanity can find a vision and plan of action that is both satisfying and realistic. Our aim is to fertilize the fruitful imagination and courage it will require to walk this Road to Eco-Democracy.
This book is not about making piecemeal repairs on understandable problems. It is about contributing to a massive social transition that we will never fully understand in our lifetimes. We who call ourselves "progressives" tend to each be doing our own good things, but in the main we lack a comprehensive overview of how we exit the deathtrap into which humanity has cornered itself and how we construct a social vehicle within which humanity can survive and thrive.
We see the fully progressive vision as an intimation of a much better future, but also as a fight against a set of illusions that characterize our age. Our fight is against a set of lies that are given "sacred" standing in the hearts and minds and commitments of most people -- resulting in a set of compulsions that enslave rich and poor alike. It is a fight against a matrix of malice toward realism, toward real people, toward the real Earth -- a malice that sickens the whole of humanity and undermines the wider community of Earth life.
Wise, insightful, forthright, systemic, and clearly written, with moments of special brilliance. The framing of "The Forces of Transformation" and "The Role and Limitations of Electoral Politics" are particularly distinctive and useful contributions.
--David Korten, author of Agenda for a New Economy, The Great Turning From Empire to Earth Community, and When Corporations Rule the World
I hope The Road is read and discussed by groups of friends and neighbors across the country. Sidestepping the political stalemates of the day, the authors name the basic problems facing our society, explain why "taking the long view" is crucial (but largely missing), and propose the processes by which we might create an eco-democracy.
--Charlene Spretnak, author of Relational Reality, The Resurgence of the Real, and States of Grace
I was enormously cheered by The Road from Empire to Eco-Democracy, which sets out a comprehensive menu of today's myths and why they must be revisited. In contrast, these days I'm often depressed, not so much by the disasters unfolding before eyes, but rather by un-integrated, non-systemic band-aid solutions, which have become public policy staples. The Road neither trivializes the challenges nor tumbles into the trap of simplistic solutions. Yet beware, the many proposals in the book are neither trivial nor easy.
--David Sanborn Scott, Ph.D., Vice-President (for Americas) International Hydrogen Association, Founding Director, Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, Univ. of Victoria, Canada, author of Smelling Land: The Hydrogen Defense Against Climate Catastrophe
"Ten years ago I could easily have cleared that pond." "I'm okay until about the fourteenth hole; then I can feel myself getting tired." "I've had to shorten my backswing; otherwise, my old back will keep me up all night." Sound familiar? As much as we may hate to admit it, at sixty-plus we're different from younger golfers both physically and mentally. While this isn't necessarily bad, it does impact how we play. In How to Drop Five Strokes without Having One , author Dr. John D. Drake explains how awareness of these changes can allow us to adapt; we can still lower our scores and get more fun from our favorite pastime. Drake offers specific techniques and strategies geared toward seniors that can be readily adapted to every facet of your golf game: tee box, fairway, bunker, and green. How to Drop Five Strokes without Having One provides not only easy-to-apply suggestions for lower golf scores, but also tips on how to reduce anxiety and tension. With photos included, How to Drop Five Strokes without Having One helps solve the unique problems encountered by aging golfers and helps you lower your handicap while enjoying the game.
by Lee Rice
Despite the failure of many entrepreneurs to become successful, the future growth of the US economy depends on new capital formation that leads to jobs and growth. It is important, therefore, that governmental policies not impede this process. Explore how sixteen entrepreneurs from Virginia and Maryland took risks to become successful. They focused on customer service, good employee relations, and other innovations to overcome the recent recession and other obstacles. These entrepreneurs and others like them prove that Adam Smith's eighteenth-century "invisible hand" theory continues to be true. Entrepreneurs embrace change that is disruptive in order to deliver better products to customers. Ultimately, they enrich not only their own lives, but also the lives of their employees, their customers, and their communities. Good entrepreneurs can succeed in all areas. Whether it's food service, health care, engineering or another field, they always find a way to get the job done. Discover how they do it, gain an appreciation for their accomplishments, and learn how you can experience similar success in Journeys of Entrepreneurs.
by Factna Joseph Harte
For Monsignor Fachtna Joseph Harte, walking with Christ every day of the year was a privilege that was unrivalled. In this memoir, he narrates his journey to priesthood -- from answering the call, to walking the roads with the Lord, proclaiming His kingdom, listening to Him in one's heart, and going among His people with compassion and love. They Shall Bear You Up begins in the country parish of KilÔ¨Āan, near Killala Co Mayo in the Diocese of Killala, where Harte knew from an early age he desired to serve the church. He discusses his family background, his upbringing, and his experiences of the Irish strife against the British. The story follows his schooling and his subsequent move to the United States, where he was called to begin a ministry of tourism in Orlando, Florida, holding the Ô¨Ārst service in a hotel ballroom in 1975. He served in Orlando until his retirement October 31, 2007. A testimony of faith, They Shall Bear You Up emphasizes that as human beings we are never alone and that for those who wish to carry out God's will in their lives, "nothing is impossible with God." Through many and varied stories, Harte shows that the priesthood is not for weaklings, but for men of strong faith who live close to the angels.
You were a high-potential individual contributor. Your skills were valued. You received great performance reviews, a few raises, and promotion into management. Then things soured. The road to the top became a glass ceiling. Others passed you by. You worried about your job security. You are not alone. You are a sergeant major, and you are struggling to understand why your good efforts don't lead to equally good outcomes. In The Sergeant Major Syndrome, authors Roy Jacques and Mary Hobson seek to help you to understand and deal with these dynamics. Written by a former organizational sergeant major and a manager of sergeant majors, The Sergeant Major Syndrome is both a diagnostic tool and an action plan. It helps you understand what a sergeant major is, and it outlines a plan for strategizing what you can do about being (or not being) a sergeant major. Jacques and Hobson describe what the sergeant major can do to thrive in the tribal organization and how he or she can be valued at the project level. It also provides advice on advancing into the officer corps. Stop pressing your face against the glass ceiling and find the stairs.
And Don't Rain on My Parade
Meet Dean A. A. Poyadue. Dean is many things to many peopleóa son, a husband, a college student, and an employee. He is also a man living with Down syndrome. Just Call Me Dean is his remarkable story, which he tells with a little help from his mom, Florene.
Deanís innocence and wisdom will capture your heart as he takes you on a journey through the key events of his life, from early childhood to the present. Discover how, with a can-do attitude and the help of his family, Dean has conquered lifeís milestonesócollege, employment, marriage, independence, and more.
Full of inspiration of anyone whose life is touched by someone with special needs, Just Call Me Dean seeks to help professionals enhance their empathy and skills. Parents of special needs can broaden their expectations for their own children as they learn of Deanís accomplishments. Finally, Deanís story can help educate the general public about the millions of Americans living with disabilities.
Dean challenges us to seek out lifeís adventures. Are you up for the challenge?