Blog Tour Stop: Acts of Forgiveness by Ted Karpf

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Synopsis for Acts of Forgiveness

In 1980s America, coming out as gay as a father and husband was a significant journey for anyone to make.  Coming out as gay as a priest guaranteed immersion into controversy, contradiction, and challenge.  This book tells of the Reverend Canon Ted Karpf’s navigation of new social and romantic journeys, all within the context of this priestly vocation in the Episcopal Church.

Covering from 1968 to 2018, Karpf recounts his vivid memories, life-changing dreams and resonant reflections on living al I’ve of faith in a socially and politically tumultuous period.  His narratives are crafted as poetic meditations on enduring values and meaning, which can remind any reader that we are neither abandoned more alone, and that forgiveness is a fulfilling way of living in a wold of contradictions.

Review of Acts of Forgiveness

I absolutely loved this book.  It is raw and just hugs you.  It is heartwarming, and gives you the reality of how society is.  To be a gay priest is something you don’t hear very often.  They are like a unicorn, and I love knowing that there is someone out there who will not judge.

About Ted Karpf

The Reverend Canon Ted Karpf is an Episcopal priest and public health expert, certified Gestalt therapist and adjunct faculty member at Boston University School of Theology.  He is an international human/gay rights activist and resides and offers spiritual direction in northern New Mexico.

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Blog Tour Stop! I Asked the Wind by Valerie Nifora

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Synopsis for I Asked the Wind

I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry is a journey into romance, love and loss through poetry. The poems published in this collection span over 15 years of writing. Often starting with short rhythmic patterns, each poem’s lyrical tone is filled with inspired words to express the deep emotion experienced in the intricacies of romance.

Handwritten in a journal and hidden away until this publication, the poems chronicle the journey into and out of love. Written in three parts, the book enables the reader to transverse the intensity of romantic love, from the first moment of falling in love, to the intense pain of heartbreak.

Beautiful and powerful in its lyrical and simple verse, the reader is immediately immersed in a world of sensuality, passion, desire, and innocence; all woven together into a tapestry of human emotion. Each poem transports the reader to a story through the art of poetry. Drawing on natural elements such as the sun, sand, wind and moon, this collection explores the light and darkness of romantic love, leaving the reader questioning if love was ever real at all

Review for I Asked the Wind

What better way to promote a poetry love book than on Valentine’s?  I love poetry.  And anyone who has been in love, has been through heartbreak as well (well, pretty much everyone).  I love the way the poems have been written.  So fluid.  So real.  Please, pick up the book, and get lost in the contents!

About Valerie

Valerie Nifora was born and raised in New York to Greek immigrant parents. For over twenty years, Valerie was Marketing Communications Leader for a Fortune 50. She served as a ghost writer for several executives and has executed award-winning campaigns using her special gift as a storyteller to inspire. Her first book is a collection of romantic poetry that explores innocence, sensuality, passion, desire, heartbreak and loss through the lens of her personal experience spanning over 15 years. Her beautiful and powerful voice immediately calls forth a time of leather-bound books and invites the reader to find a comfortable chair and begin their journey through the powerful human emotion of love. Valerie holds a B.A. in Communications from Emerson College and an M.B.A. from Fordham University. She is married and a mother of two amazing sons.

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