Cross Your Heart  -     By: Judy Kirwin
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Cross Your Heart

Word Alive Press / 2014 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 122
Vendor: Word Alive Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 7.99 X 5 X 0.26 (inches)
ISBN: 1486605567
ISBN-13: 9781486605569
Ages: 8-12

Publisher's Description

What is at the heart of cyberbullying? Fifteen-year-old Kyle Newman is about to find out. After hearing the shocking news that a classmate committed suicide due to online harassment, Kyle believes his insulting Facebook message was the cause. He races home to cover up his involvement, but then is struck by a truck and plunged into another world.

Helplessly trapped, Kyle concludes this is his just punishment, but everything changes when a mysterious stranger comes to his rescue. Kyle is challenged to go on a difficult journey where his choices will determine his destiny. Will he discover a crossroads leading to forgiveness from his crippling guilt? Or will he miss the signs?

Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.

-Proverbs 4:23, NLT

About the Author:

Judy, trained in mediation, is passionate about using healing words to resolve conflict. She and her husband Peter have co-authored and facilitate two workshops: Treasuring Differences and Cracking the Conflict Cycle. They live in the Greater Toronto Area and are almost empty nesters.

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Author: Judy Kirwin
Located in: Canada
Submitted: January 27, 2015

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am a Christian, married, mother (blended family of six, all grown) and work full time in the media/publishing field. I am passionate about using healing words to resolve conflict.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I’m disturbed over the number of young people committing suicide as a result of being bullied or cyberbullied. It is evidence of a growing feeling of desperation and hopelessness in our culture. Government programs can address the symptoms of bullying, but they do not get at the root cause. It is an issue of the heart as the Bible says “out of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matt 12:34). Cross Your Heart, a fictional allegory, examines the "why?" by following a cyberbully's journey from guilt over the suicide of a peer towards freedom and purpose.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope that after reading Cross Your Heart, one will become more aware of the impact of their words upon their listener and think before speaking. As Ephesians 4:29 says, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  My husband, Peter, and I have co-authored and facilitate two workshops: Treasuring Differences and Cracking the Conflict Cycle.

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