About the Book
This book is a heart-felt, moving memoir of the author’s father and her journey to find inner peace and renewal of life. She shares her life story from a child to the present with beautiful photos included throughout the book. She shares her struggles and pain when her father gets diagnosed with cancer and has to say goodbye. Her hunger for God leads her to a journey to Medjugorje that brings the inner healing and peace that she was looking for.
And then it came into view…Medjugorje! The chartered bus with thirty-five enthusiastic pilgrims moved slowly down the narrow dirt road. Multiple private stone homes bordered one another on the side streets. contrary to what I expected, the village was silent and peaceful.
It was May 1998 and I tried to grasp the reality of being here. Months ago, I never would have imagined that my own miracles would bring me to this tiny, remote village in Bosnia. I didn’t suspect that my life would be changed forever after my experience witnessing the six visionaries having apparitions with Our Blessed Mother Mary, Queen of Peace.
About the Author
Alberta H. Sequeira, was born in Pocasset, Massachusetts. Her father, Albert L. Gramm, was a One Star Brigadier General in the Army, and she spent her childhood in various towns across the different states traveling. She lives in Rochester, Massachusetts with her husband, Al.
Ms. Sequeira is a four-time award winning author, a Motivational Speaker, and an Awareness Coach on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She is the producer, director and co-host to the NBTV-95 Cable TV Station out of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Her memoir A Spiritual Renewal: A Journey to Medjugorje (March 2012) is about her relationship with her father, learning too late about his remarkable military life and her spiritual changes with three miracles that take her on a ten day pilgrimage to Medjugorje a tiny, remote village in Bosnia.
June 19, 2009, she published her second memoir, Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round; An Alcoholic Family in Crisis, about her young alcoholic marriage of fourteen years behind closed doors to Richard Lopes of North Dighton, Massachusetts and their two daughters, Debbie and Lori, living in silence with confusion and fear. It’s a roller coaster with Richie’s struggle trying to combat his alcoholic addiction.
The sequel Please, God, Not Two; This Killer Called Alcoholism (2010) is the continuation of their lives after Richie’s death, and the story follows her daughter, Lori Cahill, who went down the same path as her father, and died in 2006 from the same addiction. This book contains some of the author’s speaking engagements to alcoholic abusers privately at halfway homes and substance abuse rehabilitation centers.
On September 25, 2013, Ms. Sequeira has completed her first Narrative Non-Fiction book What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholics and Addicts; In Their Own Words, which she considers to be the conclusion to her other two books on addiction. This is a book of testimonies from thirty-four recovering addicts from all walks of life from the United States and Canada with their testimonies on what hasn’t and isn’t working in their recovery programs. Her next book will be her first fictional The Rusty Years. She wants readers to know there is a lighter side to her.
Alberta is a co-founder to Authors Without Borders and a director, producer and co-host to the NBTV-95 Cable Show out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. She co-authored with the group and published their first book Loose Ends; A Hodgepodge of Short Stories.
Alberta is an educational instructor with three hour workshops on “How to Self-Publish Your Own Book With Create Space” and “Bring Your Manuscript to Publication.” She offers speaking engagements on “The Effect of Alcohol Abuse on the Whole Family” or “A Spiritual Change Within.”
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