Steve Ward

Steve Ward's passion to encourage others facing life-threatening or life-altering challenges was driven by his personal experience with cancer and subsequent heart attack to become an appreciative survivor. Steve's contagious positivity and insights offer perspectives to help others channel decisions to choose paths for their best future.

Mr. Ward's energetic passion has grown to requests to speak before tough audiences facing life-threatening painful challenges. Though these are tough audiences, Steve's ability to relate with compassion and hope leaves audiences with comfort and inspiration to never give-up.

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"The book is quite remarkable for its inclusivity"

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Hometown La Crosse, WI

Day job Retired

Favorite word Gratitude

Unexpected skill or talent Writing and Public Speaking

Passion in life Soften the pain of people facing harsh life challenges.


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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-1475995589
Page count: 224pp

A personal collection of observations about overcoming life’s harsh obstacles and finding positivity in the darkest of times.

In this series of short meditations, cancer survivor and motivational speaker Ward (Finding Your Positives, 2012) shares numerous insights gleaned from his own challenges, and universal strategies for fighting depression, seeking out new experiences, and finding balance and peace. He writes that leading a life of goodness is of paramount importance and emphasizes faith, forgiveness, humor and communication—tools that allow one to actively engage not only with friends, family and other people, but also with everyday trials. The book is quite remarkable for its inclusivity; even though the author is clearly religious, he embraces the varied spirituality of others, emphasizing the importance of faith no matter what belief structure lies behind it. Ward offers personal anecdotes only occasionally, with little ego, and usually as an impetus for readers to think critically about their own hardships. The book’s philosophy of active engagement extends to how readers interact with the text, which provides short questionnaires and numerous lists of suggestions on how to pursue goodness, with blanks provided for readers’ contributions and ideas. Ward’s “notes” offer insights into such topics as coping with unexpected grief or prolonged malaise; they also offer financial advice and guidance aimed specifically at parents, artists and caregivers. Other notes are more general, making the book a resource to revisit rather than a one-off read. Like most motivational writings, it employs rhetoric and metaphor excessively but not recklessly. For example, when it introduces a metaphor, such as a baseball allegory in “Life’s Note 48,” the prose sticks with it and never mixes it with another. Such simple competency lends greater credence to the overall text.

Atypical, engaging self-help fare that offers well-meaning advice for living.

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

FINDING YOUR POSITIVES YOUR PERSONAL SELF-HELP PLAN FOR OVERCOMING LIFE'S TOUGHEST CHALLENGES
Slef help, self improvement, inspiration, motivation

Shares a plan to deal with the struggle of coping as a result of either facing a life-threatening or life-altering challenge.

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ISBN: 978-1-4759-3126-6
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