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Booksigning at jackson Area Minority Memtor Nursing (JAMMN) 27th Annual Scholarship Luncheon, Novemeber 9, 2019

The Stroke That Touched My Heart: How Gratitude Transformed a 37 Year Old Massive Stroke Survivor

Book Launch on June 8, 2019:

“The Stroke That Touched My Heart is a powerful work of inspiring non-fiction co-authored by Mia and Myrtle Russell. In this harrowing true-life account, we hear the story of Mia Russell through a year of survival and recovery following a very serious and terribly debilitating stroke. The practice of gratitude becomes a central feature in the lives of Mia and her mother Myrtle, who had previously studied the benefits of journaling and practicing gratitude. As Myrtle takes you through their experiences, there are lessons to be learned about being thankful, even in some of the worst times that a person can live through.”
K.C. Finn


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The Stroke That Touched My Heart Journal

I just finished reading Mia and Myrtle Russell’s heartfelt and enlightening book. It will help us all – highly recommended!! They take tragedy and challenge and still find a way to be thankful and find gratitude! They are authentic, genuine, courageous, vulnerable and priceless! Oh, you will be blessed! Can’t wait for what comes next!
– Monica Ray


I did not want to put the book down. Mia was our private duty nurse when this happened. Our family misses her, and I’m so glad she is doing well. This book is beautifully put together! It really makes you take a look at your life, and see there is ALWAYS something to be thankful about. Highly recommended!
– Elizabeth Elliott


The Stroke That Touched My Heart is a gift from God to Myrtle, Mia, and the world, a journey from crisis to healing. This is an incredible and beautiful testimony of gratitude. Thank you Myrtle and Mia for showing and reminding us of the power of gratitude in everyday miracles that we take for granted. This is an awesome and profound book of thanksgiving and praise to our indescribable Creator.
– Tammy Cherry


Amazing Journey. This book should be on the best seller list. Myrtle and Mia Russell lead the reader through a maze of tragedy, healing and recovery. They do this while challenging the reader to see the good in bad, and show gratitude for tragedy as well as for triumph.
– Bill Marable

small change: a 28- day guide to eating, thinking, and feeling healthier


“What I liked about it was simplicity…(by the way, this is the biggest compliment you could ever get, I have lost 8 lbs.!!!!!!!!). I think that by actually taking the focus off food and concentrating on the whole person, you have created a successful plan. I really like it. I think one of your next steps should be small change: the yearly edition and expand it to month to month to GET US THROUGH THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS!!!!! The book makes me feel important enough to put me as a higher priority than food, and when you can do that, the rest is small change that is much easier.”
– Wanda Roberts, Tennessee Department of Health


“When I first picked up small change, I couldn’t understand why the authors had chosen to publish it in a spiral-bound format instead of a conventional paperback. However, when I realized that the book was full of recipes and meal plans, I thought it was an ingenious decision – the reader can fold it over to whatever page he likes and consult it while he is cooking or on the go. I commend the authors for their practical foresight. I also thought that small change was scrupulously well organized; it was incredibly easy for me to jump from day to day and back again, and I was pleased to see the inclusion of several explanatory prefaces. Finally, I thought the title was wonderful-tongue-in-cheek and clever.”
– Judge’s Commentary, Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards


I learned about small change through my minister and participated in our church’s ‘Biggest Loser’ Contest. What I like most about the book was the meal plans, eating five small meals a day, and the focus on moderation. I only exercised about twice a month. The book was very insightful and this was my first time trying lifestyle changes instead of just focusing on losing weight. In the past I tried diets but never stuck with them, but with small change I decided to stick to it. I weighed 235 pounds when I started the ‘Biggest Loser’ program and after 28 days I weighed 217 pounds. I would definitely recommend the book to others.
– Amy White, Real Life Christian Ministries, Chattanooga, Tennessee


“This book gives credence to the old adage, ‘big things come in small packages.’ This concise resource contains everything needed to attain and maintain a healthy lifestyle (which beats a diet anyway). I am a client, colleague, and friend, so I know it works.”
– Maryann C. Davidson, RD, CDE


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Free Your Mind and the Best Will Follow


“ Great book! A must read. The writer has an inner strength that really admire. A must read for every woman still carrying baggage from childhood toxic relationships and low self-esteem. Inspirational and heart-wrenching at the same time……Definitely a page turner.”
– Shirley V. Sykes, RN


“Someone has said, “Life is what happens when you are making other plans.” It’s true. Everyone has some sort of baggage in their life, but it’s what you do with your problems that makes the difference. Russell writes in chapter 2, “You’ll see that as you change the way you think, you’ll begin to conquer your fears, and when you conquer your fears, you’ll be free to fly.” For Russell, one of those fears was to write-to-publish. Today, she is a successful author, .leads workshops in the southeast, and encourages others in living the good life. This book will help you find peace and fulfillment in your role as a woman.
– Carolyn Tomlin, author; educator


“Once I opened the cover of this book, I could not put it down. It’s an easy read with very simple activities. I have read some self-help books but this by far is the best as far as being able to relate. If you take a little time to perform the activities, the results will appear. The activities are not like finding time to go out to the gym to work out, they can be performed right at home before you go to bed or instead of watching the tv. Wonderful book!! Simply amazing!”
– Machell Elliott Carnes Owner, Professional CPR


“I enjoyed this book and felt such a connection to the author’s experiences as a child and her ability to learn from each chapter of her life. Her ability to go back to the hurt, anger, disappointment and realize that some good actually is able to be discerned from each aspect of our lives is remarkable. Myrtle showed us that when ‘life throws you lemons – you make lemonade.’ I advise this book for the young and not so young, because our youth could/would benefit from reading this book in a book club setting so that discussion takes place and questions get answered. I have advised friends and relatives to get a copy because they won’t be disappointed.” – Jessie Moore-Chatman


Free Your Mind and the Best Will Follow is a wonderful, insightful and instructive book for taking the steps necessary to change one’s life. The beauty of it, to me, is that you don’t have to be religious to understand the principles. The work necessary to make the change is easily understood and I am using it for my first Book Club Conference Call on January 31, 2013! Thanks for the great work that can help so many others.
– Claudette Redic


This book is so inspirational. It is full of good points for everyone seeking positive answers to everyday living. It IS all in how you think. I love how Myrtle uses her life to illustrate how you should never give up on your dreams no matter what. This book will make a good gift for friends or relatives that are going thru some things.
– Dale Fair