Author Raykel Tolson is Today’s Honoree

According to scripture, the marriage bed is “undefiled.” For a Christian woman, what, if anything, could her fiancé or spouse ask her to do in the bedroom that would be a deal breaker?

From spiritual coach and motivational speaker Raykel Tolson comes Undefiled, the new, thought-provoking romance novella that seamlessly weaves themes of forgiveness, acceptance, love and intimacy.

Readers are first introduced to Liz, whose 13-year-long relationship with a man produced a son but not a wedding. Liz desires to be married, but she realized too late that she had chosen a man just like her father, who had lied, cheated and ultimately left his family. Alone with her 13-year-old son, Liz longs for the father of her child to return and put the pieces of their family back together. When a “save the date” card arrives and announces her ex’s engagement to another woman, it’s the impetus Liz needs to move forward with her life.

Anthony is a successful man living a dream life and content being married only to his career. Being a fashion photographer keeps beautiful models in his bed but not in his heart. Anthony wants his matchmaking mother to quit trying to marry him off to the women at her church.

When Anthony’s mother suddenly falls ill, Liz and Anthony are thrown together. Attraction is instant, and love blooms quickly. But Liz and Anthony’s happily ever after is threatened by one of Anthony’s disgruntled ex-lovers, and the night before their wedding, Liz learns an uncomfortable truth about Anthony’s past. Can Liz get beyond the shocking reality of Anthony’s past, or will she leave him standing at the altar?

Undefiled author Raykel Tolson is a motivational speaker and spiritual coach who writes both fiction and nonfiction books that encourage readers to think about what they think about. She is a New Thought Christian on a mission to help people get to know God as love, not as judgment. Tolson is a contributing writer for Living Day by Day Magazine and has been featured in The Los Angeles WAVE newspaper and Courageous Woman Magazine. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

To learn more, please visit or connect with her on Facebook at booksbyray, on Instagram at raykeltolson, on Twitter at RaykelT and on LinkedIn at Raykel.

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Author Darleen Miller is Today’s Honoree

Rosalyn Carter said it best: “There are only four kinds of people in the world — those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers,
those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” Yes, It Really Is All About Me is an enlightening book from Darleen Miller that seeks to empower selfless caregivers to create their own personal to-do list that nurtures the mind, body and spirit.

“Whether we are parents, grandparents, teachers or medical professionals, we all belong to a community of caregivers, and we often neglect our own needs,” Miller explains. “As we explore your personal Journey of a Lifetime, this inspirational journal will help define and support your relationship with self.”

Yes, It Really Is All About Me features a journal format that guides readers through a step-by-step journey of self-realization and self-nurturing, beginning with the question, ‘Who am I?’ The book is divided into four categories: Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual, with written exercises, insights from the author and positive statements of empowerment.

Designed for the caregiver who loves others and wants to serve their world, Yes! It Really Is All About Me aims to impact the lives of caregivers by raising their conscious awareness of their own needs and leading them down a nurturing path where they feel loved and appreciated in their service.

At an early age, author Darleen Miller began her own personal journey as a lifelong teacher and caregiver to her parents, grandparents and her three children. During her 47-year marriage, Miller supported her husband’s military career and became his primary caregiver as he battled cancer for the last 12 years of his life. He passed away at their home with hospice care in July 2010. This experiential workbook is a reflection of Miller’s holistic self-exploration in caregiving experiences. Her passion for teaching, writing and healing unite as tools to help fellow caregivers embrace a new conscious awareness of life. Miller offers numerous classes that focus on mind, body and spiritual development with self-empowerment.

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Devereux Florida’s Dr. Manal Durgin is Today’s Honoree

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida Medical Director and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Manal Durgin, M.D., was recently named the “2019 Youth Behavioral Healthcare Professional of the Year” by the Florida Behavioral Health Association (FBHA).

Each year, the FBHA honors distinguished professionals across the state who have made significant contributions in the field of behavioral healthcare. Durgin received the award during the FBHA’s annual conference in August in Orlando, with more than 1,400 behavioral healthcare professionals in attendance.

“For more than 20 years, Dr. Durgin has provided extraordinary care for the children and adolescents we serve,” said Devereux Florida Executive Director Michelle Llorens. “She is loved and respected by our individuals, staff, parents and caregivers alike. Her calm and nurturing disposition shines through in everything she does, especially when interacting with our youth. We are thrilled Dr. Durgin is being recognized in this way, and we are so proud of her many accomplishments.”

Durgin expressed her appreciation for the award and noted, “It is humbling to work for an organization that is so dedicated to serving and supporting individuals in need. My favorite part of my job is working directly with youth and their families. They challenge me, make me smile and teach me important life lessons on a daily basis. I also am grateful for my extraordinary and talented co-workers who are like my second family. I am honored to work alongside them.”

Making a positive impact
Phyllis Musumeci, whose son, Christian, received services through Devereux Florida, credits Durgin with helping her son thrive.

“My son struggled with expressive language and behavioral aggression for many years,” Musumeci shared. “Through Dr. Durgin’s direction, Christian learned how to use functional communication to voice his wants and needs, which then resulted in a decrease in his aggressive and self-injurious behaviors. Dr. Durgin is one in a million, and we greatly appreciate all she did for Christian and our family, and what she continues to do for others.”

About Manal Durgin:

Durgin joined Devereux Florida in 1998 as a chief psychiatrist before transitioning to the position of medical director in 2015. In her current role, she oversees the overall treatment planning and services provided throughout Devereux Florida’s continuum of care, including a child and adolescent psychiatric hospital, residential treatment centers, group homes, foster care, outpatient counseling and prevention programs. Board certified in general psychiatry and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Durgin specializes in treating youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities, along with mental health challenges.

Melanie Brown-Woofter, president of the FBHA, applauded Durgin for her decades of exemplary service.

“The FBHA is committed to promoting the advancement of behavioral healthcare services in our state and transforming the way our society views mental health,” Brown-Woofter explained. “Each year, the FBHA honors distinguished professionals who have made significant contributions to this collective effort. Dr. Durgin’s exceptional contributions to improving the lives of many individuals living with mental health conditions, along with her dedicated advocacy for enhanced support for families, make her very deserving of this honor.”

Kurt Kelly, president of the Florida Coalition for Children, added, “Dr. Durgin is a shining example of the impact that can be made in our communities and the critical focus we must continue having about services and promising practices needed in our communities to protect children and provide support for families.”

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Author Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry is Today’s Honoree

His book, Performing Under Pressure, The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most, became a NY Times bestseller, is published in 65 countries, and was named by INC magazine as one the top 10 business books of the year book.

He advises the US Army and Navy, Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Mercedes Benz and Goldman Sachs and is a performance coach to NFL, NBA teams, and Olympic medal-winning athletes. He has taught executive education at Kellogg School of Management and now spends his time researching and writing (his firm surveys over 40,000 people a month) on the variables that drive performance and leadership.

His firm, The Institute for Health & Human Potential, has been named by Profit Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies and he speaks widely around the world on performance, leadership, disruption, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Boomer Benefits Founder Danielle Roberts is Today’s Honoree

Danielle Kunkle Roberts is a founding partner and senior executive at Boomer Benefits, a national agency specializing in Medicare-related insurance products since 2005. Serving thousands of Medigap policyholders in 48 states, Boomer Benefits helps baby boomers learn the ropes regarding Medicare. Her agency has over 300,000 social media fans in the baby boomer generation.

nationally-recognized expert in the Medicare-sector of the health insurance industry, Danielle is a Medicare Supplement Accredited Advisor and a member of the Forbes Finance Council. She is also a past president of the Fort Worth chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters. She has spoken about Medicare to hundreds of groups over the last decade and has been frequently published and interviewed about the topics of Medicare and preparing for the costs of healthcare in retirement.

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Love Is Greater Than Hate Project Founder Dr. Buck Blodgett is Today’s Honoree

Dr. Buck Blodgett founded and directs The LOVE > hate PROJECT, his new life purpose, as well as The Chiropractic & Wellness Group, S.C., and Wellness Drs. L.L.C. In family chiropractic practice since 1996, and married to his soul mate Dr. Joy since 1985, he was Jessies’ dad for 19 beautiful years. Dr. Buck is a dynamic speaker with a powerful message for schools and community groups. Since Jessie’s passing, he works tirelessly to educate, motivate, and inspire young minds and hearts to add Love to our world and end violence.

In July of 2013, Dr. Buck Blodgett’s 19-year-old daughter, Jessie, was sexually assaulted and strangled to death by a friend.  The story made national headlines as cameras captured Buck and his wife Joy’s journey through their personal nightmare.  When reporters interviewed Buck, he did not speak with anger, hate, or revenge; instead he spoke about resilience, forgiveness, and love.

From immense personal tragedy, Dr. Blodgett founded The LOVE>hate Project. The mission: END violence against women and have all people choose love over hate.  He connects with his audience on a personal level by introducing us to his beautiful, creative, and talented daughter, Jessie, through pictures and videos.  He shares the heart-wrenching details about his only child’s murder and his life-changing call to action to transform culture and end violence against all women.

In his book, “A Message from Jessie: The Incredible True Story of Murder and Miracles in the Heartland” Buck writes about the events that launched The LOVE>hate Project.  Dozens of readers have highly recommended “A Message from Jessie” and given positive reviews saying it is a compelling, honest, and well written story from the heart.

A dynamic speaker with a powerful story, Buck has spoken to hundreds of audiences on university campuses, high schools, conferences, prisons, and community groups. He uses Jessie’s story to educate, inspire and motivate people to be resilient, end violence, and choose love.  Presentations are tailored to the audience, from middle school students to community leaders to inmates, challenging all to claim ownership for creating our shared environment, whether we’ve done anything wrong or not. His intimate and impactful presentation resonates long after he has left the stage.

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Author John J. Murphy is Today’s Honoree

John J. Murphy is a global business consultant, speaker, spiritual mystic, “zentrepreneur,” and award-winning author. He is Founder (1988) and CEO of Venture Management Consultants, Inc., a firm specializing in creating lean, high performance work environments.

As a business consultant, Murphy has delivered services to some of the world’s leading organizations, including ADP, AlliedSignal (Honeywell), BMW, Chase, the CIA, GE, GM, GSK, Hilton, Lockheed Martin, Merck, the Michigan State Senate, Perrigo, Prudential, Raytheon, Spectrum Health, Target Stores, Teva, and the US Navy. As an educator and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Murphy has trained thousands of people from over 50 countries, including Fortune 500 executives, project leaders, military leaders, managers, and black belts. He has mentored dozens of project teams in Organizational Development, Operational Excellence, Business Process Innovation and Lean Six Sigma applications. As a speaker, Murphy has delivered keynotes and seminars worldwide. A critically-acclaimed authority on peak performance, transformational leadership and healthy mind-body-spirit, Murphy is a best-selling author who has published 19 books and appeared on over 400 radio and television stations and his work has been featured in over 50 newspapers nationwide.

Murphy is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BBA Finance) and the University of Michigan’s Human Resource Executive Program. He is also a former quarterback for Notre Dame.

Connect with John J. Murphy on Facebook @Author.John.J.Murphy, Twitter @sageleader, LinkedIn @johnjmurphymystic, YouTube @AuthorJohnJMurphy, Instagram @jjmurphy13 and visit

Miracle Minded Manager: A Modern Day Parable about How to Apply A Course in Miracles in Business releases on October 22, 2019 in paperback and e-Book.

An intriguing parable about bringing more inspiration, harmony, balance, and peace of mind to corporate culture, Miracle Minded Manager offers insightful lessons on how to overcome fear and eliminate stress in all areas of our lives. Murphy teaches readers how to get out of their own way by shifting their thinking to see life—and themselves—very differently. The book integrates teachings of A Course in Miracles (ACIM), a unique, spiritual self-study program designed to awaken us to the truth of our oneness with God and love, along with other great spiritual lessons.


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