Blurb! Books of the Week: Kelly Rouba’s ‘Juvenile Arthritis’ and Alan Smith’s ‘UnBreak Your Health’

Well, our Blurb! hosts have gone and done it again. So impressed were Sally Shields and Dr. Kent with last week’s batch of blurbs that they selected not one but two titles as Blurb! Book of the Week.

Kelly: Admirable achievements by any standards.

Kelly: Admirable achievements by any standards.

First up (via alphabetical order) is Kelly Rouba, author of Juvenile Arthritis: The Ultimate Teen Guide.

Though diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age two, Kelly never sat around in a self-pitying funk.

Rather, she forged a career for herself as journalist, public-relations pro, motivational speaker and, as the author of Juvenile Arthritis, a JA advocate.

Kelly, who hails from Hamilton, N.J., currently works for EAD & Associates, an emergency-management firm specializing in special-needs populations, and is also a Disaster Assistance Employee with the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security/FEMA.

Her 304-page self-help book is a comprehensive resource for those who suffer from JA, as well as for their friends, family members and caregivers.

CAPTION: Alan: Salubrity is the mother of invention.

Alan: Sickness is the mother of invention.

Alan E. Smith‘s story is equally inspirational.

Several years ago, the Plano, Tex., resident’s digestive problems and deteriorating health prompted him to seek treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Unfortunately, doctors there told him that, though he wasn’t going to die, there was very little they could do to treat his condition.

A few weeks later, Alan discovered a book by Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., titled Biology of Belief. That in turn taught him that thoughts and feelings could directly influence the function of human cells – which in turn led him to Rob Williams’ PSYCH-K process.

With the first signs of improvement in his health, Alan became so excited about complementary and alternative therapies that he began offering PSYCH-K workshops in Plano – as well as penning UnBreak Your Health: The Complete Guide to Complementary and Alternative Therapies.

Today, he tells us, he enjoys the best health he’s had in decades.unbreak-your-health-cover

Every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, Sally and Dr. Kent review not books themselves but prerecorded pitches from five writers whose literary works are hot off the presses.

And each scribe gets a mere three minutes to convince the hosts that theirs is the book worth cracking. But if they succeed, they capture the coveted Book of the Week title.

That means Sally and Dr. Kent post it prominently on the Blurb! website, just as they did with Kelly and Alan’s books.

To top it all off, the winning author gets a guest spot on the show, during which to pitch his or her book live to listeners worldwide, just as Kelly and Alan will appear on tonight’s show.

To tune into Blurb!, click here.

To hear Kelly and Alan’s winning blurbs and learn more about Blurb! – including how to submit your pitch for an upcoming show – click here.

To read more about Juvenile Arthritis, click here.

To read more about Unbreak Your Health, click here.

To see all our Blurb! Book of the Week winners to date, click here.


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