Monthly Archives: July 2009

Book Review: Wandering Educators

WanderingEducatorsToday Dr. Jessie Voigts at Wandering Educators published a review of The Weight of Silence. It is an extremely thoughtful, insightful review and I thank her. Below is an excerpt of the review – click here to read it in full.

You might also like to check out the recent Austin American-Statesman newspaper review and feature of the book, by Books Editor Jeff Salamon.

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Last month, we interviewed Shelley Seale, author of the book The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India.  I have to be honest – this book is very difficult to put down. It is extremely well-written, and even though aspects of the story are difficult (children living in poverty, orphans, child labor, AIDS, etc.), Shelley writes so compellingly of the possibilities of change that I was filled with hope instead of despair. This is because of the way that Shelley presents her life-changing work in India, with the Miracle Foundation – as that of hope, joy, hard work, and best of all, the children that are the future of India.

The Weight of Silence is not only a story of a personal journey but the also journey of hundreds, thousands of street children – some of whom are lucky enough to be taken in by organizations and people that care. That these children have an opportunity for the future – and also to be kids again – is a miracle wrought by countless people who care and strive to change their world. In this book, we learn of precious children, and each one becomes important to us. We also learn of the dedicated people who care for these children, giving up wealth or a comfortable home to truly change the lives of so many. After you read the book, each photo will resonate with you – the smiling faces have meaning and context and joy.

In The Weight of Silence, Shelley shares disheartening statistics about child labor, child trafficking, AIDS and its impact on families (and India), lost kids, and more. Yet, interspersed within is a great story of hope, a slice of hard work and courage and the amazing resilience of children to adapt and find joy in the smallest of things.  I laughed and cried when I read The Weight of Silence…and re-read it right after I finished. Somehow, these kids and their smiles work their way into your heart, and lead you to believing that despite the terrible circumstances of their lives, their extraordinary selves can shine through and make a path to a good life. It doesn’t always happen – there are too many kids, too many people willing to take advantage of them – for each story to end happily. Yet, there is enough hope in the kids and the people who believe in them that some WILL succeed – and will change the world. We care about these kids, deeply.

Thank you, Shelley, for writing such a powerful book that has touched the lives of so many, many people.

Click here to go to the Wandering Educators review!

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Book Signing at BookWoman & other Events

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Just because the initial book launch and Virtual Tour for The Weight of Silence are over, doesn’t mean I’m not still scheduled for more cool in-person events, feature reviews and radio shows. Here’s a little update on a few exciting things coming up in the next week!

BookWoman Book Store Signing – Tuesday, July 21 at 7 pm
Come to the awesome BookWoman store, where I’ll be speaking briefly about the book, showing a short photo slideshow presentation of these beautiful kids, and signing books. If you’ve never been to BookWoman, it’s a really cool independent, women-powered book store in North Central Austin. Stop by at 5501 N. Lamar – hope to see you there!
Click here for a Map Click here to order The Weight of Silence from BookWoman

But – before the BookWoman signing there are a couple more interesting events I hope you’ll check out!

Creative Soul Radio ShowSaturday, July 18
Join Shelley and host John Williams on the blog talk radio show, discussing the book’s subject and my journeys in India. Listen online.

Austin American-Statesman Feature Story – Sunday, July 19
image_6346124Read the books section on Sunday to check out a feature article about me and the book, by Jeff Salamon! Jeff is the Statesman’s books editor and writer, which is somewhat ironic, given that he is a self-described “slow reader.” As The Reader, Jeff will blather on about virtually anything that contains words — books, magazines, newspapers, websites, comic books, fortune cookie fortunes, etc. — as well as provide running updates on local and national literary events. Read the article.

And last but not least – on Tuesday July 21, before the BookWoman signing, tune into KOOP Radio 91.7 fm Austin at noon for a 30-minute show called Idea Lounge. Host Khotan Harmon will interview me, in one of her series of in-depth interviews that explore ideas, beliefs, strategies, skills, and resources that help shape a fulfilled life.
At noon, tune into 91.7 fm on your local radio, or go to and click “Listen Now.”

Thanks for following along on the exciting events surrounding The Weight of Silence publication. And, if you’ve read the book, I hope you’ll consider writing a review on