Charlene’s Books

TwelveGifts-New-Cover-300x286The Twelve Gifts of Birth

There is no more magical moment than when a newborn baby is laid in a mother’s arms. What was for many months a dream and a mystery is now a miraculous new person at the threshold of a life filled with possibilities.

Through a tender, inspiring tale, The Twelve Gifts of Birth reveals the birthright inheritance that all children receive at this moment. Wise women, otherwise known as fairy godmothers, announce the twelve gifts in the form of blessings and show how to use them to enrich one’s life.

This keepsake book encourages new parents to nurture and protect the wondrous qualities that have been bestowed on their tiny miracles. When shared with young children, this message helps form within them a strong foundation of self-respect and values. For teens and adults, this story offers healing and hope during times of diminished self-esteem and uncertain transition. It reminds all readers to see the dignity that is inherent in themselves and others.

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Cover The Twelve Gifts for HealingThe Twelve Gifts for Healing

In every life there are times of overwhelming pain, loss, and uncertainty. Through a compassionate, inspiring tale, The Twelve Gifts for Healing offers words of encouragement that remind us to reach inside to find peace and strength whenever we face hardships. This beautifully illustrated keepsake book provides readers with renewed faith in themselves to help them through the difficult times — whether the challenge is an illness, divorce, or the death of a loved one.

The Twelve Gifts for Healing opens with a story of a troubled woman searching for healing with the help of Mater, a wise woman. Her discovery and the twelve affirmations that follow give readers comfort, hope, and a sense of peace, as well as the promise of opportunity in the midst of loss. With a gentle yet powerful message, The Twelve Gifts for Healing encourages readers to become more aware of their own gifts and to help others to see theirs in turn — making The Twelve Gifts for Healing a cherished companion on life’s journey.

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Cover The Twelve Gifts in MarriageThe Twelve Gifts in Marriage

Anyone who’s ever said “I do” knows that a successful marriage takes commitment, hard work, and patience. Marriage is a journey, one that requires a couple to use all of their inherent gifts if they are to steer a true and steady course. The Twelve Gifts in Marriage provides insight that all couples on this journey will cherish.

The Twelve Gifts in Marriage opens with a parable: an elderly couple cautions a young bride and groom that their life together won’t always be blissful or easy, but that their love will grow deeper with time if they remember to practice twelve innate gifts — among them strength, faith, and compassion. For the couple just starting out in their life together, this fable will help them navigate the road ahead. For the couple in the midst of their travels, it encourages appreciation of destinations reached as well as perspective on what is yet to come.

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What happens when we tap into rich resources we all have within us? Ordinary days sparkle with extraordinary moments and all areas of our lives are enriched.

In this empowering book, Costanzo shares examples of triumphs, transformations, and healings that result from using our inherent gifts of strength, beauty, courage, compassion, hope, joy, talent, imagination, reverence, wisdom, love, and faith. Each story inspires us to stay in touch with our inner gifts, especially when fear, hurt, or anger has derailed us.

How did Touchstone Stories come to be? In 2000, while promoting her bestselling book, The Twelve Gifts of Birth, Charlene traveled America in a motor home. It was then, while visiting schools, shelters, prisons, and places of worship, that Charlene began to watch closely for evidence of “the twelve gifts” in herself and in others. This daily practice became a personal quest, one on which she invites us to join her. The stories within are intended to spark memories of using our gifts and to build our own collection of touchstones.

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Cover The Thirteenth GiftThe Thirteenth Gift

Ever since she wrote The Twelve Gifts of Birth, Charlene mused about a scene in its opening. What might have happened when: “The wise women came to understand that the twelve royal gifts of birth belong to every child born anywhere at any time. They yearned to proclaim the gifts to all children, but the customs of the land did not allow that.”

The Thirteenth Gift visits that time and place within a little known fable. While on assignment in Eastern Europe, Claire, a U.S. journalist who reports about the plight of abused children, learns of the local fable when she stoops for a stone. The deceptively simple story about “the thirteenth gift” has a profound effect on Claire, which soon transforms her marriage, her work, and the way she sees the world. The Thirteenth Gift is both a cautionary tale and an inspirational one as it shows a way through the perilous consequences of greed, arrogance, and abuse of power to an uplifted state of consciousness and community. The Thirteenth Gift invites readers to renew their sense of wonderment, which can lead to freedom from fear and to a greater experience of hope, beauty, and joy in daily life.

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