GIVING VOICE TO THOUGHT PROVOKING AUTHORS

 

In 2006, Cubbie Blue Publishing created the imprint Ravencrest Publishing. Ravencrest Publishing was created to give a voice to thought provoking authors and deliver important works inspired by native wisdom and traditions. Ravencrest’s first titles were by CALVIN HELIN, a bestselling multi-award winning author, international speaker, entrepreneur, lawyer, and activist for self-reliance. It’s an unlikely success story, from someone with an impoverished childhood, growing up in a remote Native American village. The son of a hereditary chief, Helin’s first book, Dances with Dependency: Out of Poverty through Self-Reliance, was based on his own experiences, and written to help eradicate the kind of poverty he faced as a child. A seven-time bestseller, Helin’s landmark guide provided a blueprint to help Native American populations break free from “the welfare trap” of government dependence. During his extensive research for Dances with Dependency, Helin learned that the corrosive effects of economic dependency are not limited to the poor, but apply to other social classes, businesses and governments. His second book, The Economic Dependency Trap: Breaking Free to Self-Reliance, Helin speaks to what he calls “the most deceptive pandemic of the 21st Century,” providing a plan for transforming economic dependency into healthier outcomes across all echelons of society – from minority groups, to middle class Americans. This book has won the Gold Medal in the IPPY Awards (Self-Help), and was a finalist in the COVR Visionary Awards (General Interest/Self-Help), Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

 

Ravencrest is proud to include the works of Randa Handler namely The Boy Who Spoke To God which fittingly includes the Mayan. A young Greek boy, in this folk tale, helps feuding Greek, Mayan, Zulu and Chinese tribes find peace & harmony via his dreams of a perfect God. Ravencrest will also release in hardcover Handler’s fun animal tale, If I Were King and her much talked about early reader series. Cubbie Blue & His Dog Dot, Book One.

 

Randa Handler is an international journalist, publicist, and publisher. In 2003, Handler’s publishing company successfully launched an educational series of children’s books that are used as ‘lesson plans’ by elementary school teachers. Handler is currently dedicated to writing and illustrating children’s books with multiracial characters that instill a tolerance and love of diversity.

 

We discovered the perfect author to exemplify our mission in Calvin Helin. Drawing lessons of success from his native history; Helin delivers a message of self-reliance as a way out of poverty, undeterred and unafraid of being politically incorrect. Therefore, it is befitting to launch our new Ravencrest imprint with his Dances’ series.

 

Calvin’s father and grandmother, both hereditary Tsimshian Nation Tribal Leaders, sent him on a quest when he was twelve years old with the sole purpose of making a difference – for the better – in the lives of those less fortunate. This quest, those many years ago, along with his advocacy work of self-reliance on behalf of indigenous nations led to Calvin’s desire to inspire and educate by writing the Dances’ series of books.

 

We are launching this exciting new series with Dances with Dependency, Out of Poverty through Self-Reliance, which will effectively assist the underprivileged of all nations to find their own path to happiness and wealth through self-reliance.

Ravencrest Publishing will continue to introduce titles of wisdom and pioneer ideas by giving voice to literary works focusing on indigenous life and art, with the single-minded purpose of inspiring and educating. In the process we’ve made a commitment to producing books with environmental mindfulness. Whenever possible, we use recycled material and try to promote an educational and green solution. We hope to demonstrate that any business can help safe-keep the planet for our children.

 

GIVING VOICE TO THOUGHT PROVOKING AUTHORS

 

In 2006, Cubbie Blue Publishing created the imprint Ravencrest Publishing to give a voice to thought provoking authors and deliver important works inspired by native wisdom and traditions.

 

Ravencrest Publishing’s first titles were by CALVIN HELIN, a bestselling multi-award winning author, international speaker, entrepreneur, lawyer, and activist for self-reliance. It’s an unlikely success story, from someone with an impoverished childhood, growing up in a remote Native American village. The son of a hereditary chief, Helin’s first book, Dances with Dependency: Out of Poverty through Self-Reliance, was based on his own experiences, and written to help eradicate the kind of poverty he faced as a child. A seven-time bestseller, Helin’s landmark guide provided a blueprint to help Native American populations break free from “the welfare trap” of government dependence. During his extensive research for Dances with Dependency, Helin learned that the corrosive effects of economic dependency are not limited to the poor, but apply to other social classes, businesses and governments. In his second book, The Economic Dependency Trap: Breaking Free to Self-Reliance, Helin speaks to what he calls “the most deceptive pandemic of the 21st Century.”  He provides a clever plan for transforming economic dependency into healthier outcomes across all echelons of society – from minority groups, to middle class Americans. This book has won the Gold Medal in the IPPY Awards (Self-Help), and was a finalist in the COVR Visionary Awards (General Interest/Self-Help), Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

 

“We discovered the perfect author to exemplify our mission in Calvin Helin. Drawing lessons of success from his native history; Helin delivers a message of self-reliance as a way out of poverty, undeterred and unafraid of being politically incorrect,” shares Ravencrest’s Julie Trent.  Helin’s father and grandmother, both hereditary Tsimshian Nation Tribal Leaders, sent him as a child on a quest to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. That quest along with his advocacy work of self-reliance on behalf of indigenous nations led to a desire to inspire and educate by writing the Dances’ series of books. Trent continues, “We are excited to see that his books are inspiring new generations on a path to happiness and wealth through self-reliance. We also would like to congratulate him on becoming a seventh time best seller and being voted one of the top most influential 2016 businessmen.”

 

http://www.canadianbusiness.com/lists-and-rankings/most-powerful-people/39-2015-calvin-helin-eagle-spirit-energy/

Ravencrest Publishing is proud to include the early reader children’s books of Randa Handler namely The Boy Who Spoke To God which fittingly features the Mayan. A young Greek boy, in this folk tale, helps feuding Greek, Mayan, Zulu and Chinese tribes find peace & harmony via his dreams of a perfect God.  Her books are available in all formats. Limited hardcover versions are available of The Boy Who Spoke to God, her fun animal tale, If I Were King, and Cubbie Blue & his Dog Dot, Book one of her much talked series. Paperback versions are available of her bestseller The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter and What’s Up With Mike? ‘Cubbie Blue series’ Book Two. We are proud of Randa’s rave reviews and elated that teachers are finding a way to use her mainstream books in their classrooms. Here’s a few links to ‘lesson plans’ using her books:

 

SHARING MT TEACHER'S LESSON PLAN USING THE THANKSGIVING DINNER PLATTER

LESSON PLAN WITH CHARACTERS OF IF I WERE KING

SHARING MT TEACHER'S LESSON PLAN USING BOY WHO SPOKE TO GOD

LESSON PLAN TEACHING DIVERSITY WITH RANDA HANDLER'S BOOKS

 

Randa Handler is an international journalist, publicist, and publisher. In 2003, Handler’s publishing company Cubbie Blue Publishing Inc., successfully launched an educational series of children’s books, Claire’s Adventures with Miss America 2000, to benefit Veterans. These books are still used as ‘lesson plans’ by elementary school teachers. Handler is currently dedicated to writing and illustrating children’s books with multiracial characters that instill a tolerance and love of diversity.

In 2015, Ravencrest Publishing released The Conference of the Birds, by J. Nicholas. “We would like to congratulate J Nicholas on the rave reviews for his children’s book. A modern cute twist on a classic tale. We look forward to more books by him,” shares Trent.

 

Ravencrest Publishing releases "Conference of the Birds" New Book by J Nicholas adds kid-friendly twist on a classic old tale!

 

Ravencrest Publishing is happy to welcome authors, Isabelle Avadon, Claire April, Beverly Neals, Michael Plaksin and Jason Messinger. Please check back as we will post updates regarding their books.

 

Ravencrest Publishing will continue to discover and introduce titles with pioneering ideas in multi genres by giving voice to literary works that are inspiring and educating while being mainstream. In the process we’re making a commitment to producing books with environmental mindfulness. Whenever possible, we use recycled material and try to promote an educational and green solution. We hope to demonstrate that any business can help safe-keep the planet for our children.

 

 

 

Calvin Helin

 

CALVIN HELIN is a bestselling author, international speaker, entrepreneur, lawyer, and activist for self-reliance. It's an unlikely success story, from someone with an impoverished childhood, growing up in a remote Native American village.

 

The son of a hereditary chief, Helin's first book, Dances with Dependency: Out of Poverty through Self-Reliance, was based on his own experiences, and written to help eradicate the kind of poverty he faced as a child.

 

A six-time bestseller, Helin's landmark guide provided a blueprint to help Native American populations break free from "the welfare trap" of government dependence. During his extensive research for Dances with Dependency, Helin learned that the corrosive effects of economic dependency are not limited to the poor, but apply to other social classes, businesses and governments.

 

A leading authority on fiscal independence, Helin has been widely featured by national newspapers, radio and television addressing rising poverty and unemployment rates. He has hundreds of appearances as a speaker and expert source on destitution in the Native American community, which is said to rival conditions in third world countries.

 

Helin is President and CEO of Eagle Group of Companies LLC, President of the Native Investment and Trade Association, and Director of the Vancouver Board of Trade, GeoScience BC, and the Canada-China Resource Development Foundation. He has received numerous national distinctions as an entrepreneur, social activist and community leader.

 

Helin's mission of economic independence and personal growth isn't limited to adults, either: Helin also serves as ambassador of the SOS Children's Village. A fourth degree black belt, he teaches at the Shudokan Karate and Education Society, a group he founded in 2002 that provides free martial arts lessons to hundreds of disadvantaged inner-city children as a way of teaching them discipline, manners, self-respect, and other important life lessons.

 

He is a U.S. permanent resident under the special Native American provisions of the Jay Treaty.

 

www.calvinhelin.com

THE ECONOMIC DEPENDENCY TRAP: BREAKING FREE TO SELF-RELIANCE

 

Dances with Dependency, Out of Poverty through Self-Reliance. (Book one in the series. Limited Hardcover editions are still available) Helin's `politically incorrect' message, offers key relevance to any taxpaying American, is causing an uproar and is generating heated debates whenever government, poverty and social issues interact this election year. Helin's welfare reforms could jump start our economy freeing up billions to afford health-care for all.

 

From the Inside Flap

What The Press Is Saying............. "

The National Post-January 08 "Sugarcoating nothing. While recognizing and acknowledging the historical reasons and complexities behind the numerous social dysfunctions in Canada's aboriginal communities ...Helin says none of that will change until Natives stop pointing the finger of blame at others and start to take responsibility for their own futures. "

Calgary Sun /2007 "This book is filled with hope and written out of deep love and concern for aboriginal people".

Toronto Sun /2007, "The book takes the reader on an inspiring 10,000 year canoe journey through the mists of time to an era of indigenous self-reliance where tribal civilizations thrived without welfare, unemployment insurance and government transfer payments. The book provides invaluable turnaround solutions to indigenous people and developing nation populations wishing to move forward."

U .S. Department of State article, "Helin wants native people to move forward by reclaiming traditional values of autonomy and self-reliance... to shift his people's focus from grievance to independence through education and economic development... the current handout model is unsustainable as the native population continues to grow".

The Globe and Mail /2007, "What this book says probably should have been said years ago ...I think that all our people should read this book. Even though I am now sixty four years old, reading. "

The Province, “Dances with Dependency, is an important new book...while not glossing over the gloom, it offers a refreshing message of hope--and a strong call to action."

The Vancouver Sun, "Dances with Dependency, reveals that the Canadian government's mismanagement of aboriginal affairs is a welfare trap that has enslaved much of the aboriginal population of this part of the planet, stripping it of pride, ambition, and achievement with the only solution being to walk away from the soul-destroying grip and return to the self-sufficiency that marked first nations before they had contact with European colonizers, about 400 years ago."

Reviews:

Michael McCoy, posted, “I was obligated to purchase for a college class. But I learned a lot and hopefully will put it to decent use in the future for reference”.

 

5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant!

Brown Bear, posted, “Brilliant! A must read for everyone, a lot of good common sense, something we seem to be losing. It's time to take our lives back by bringing back the values and traditions our ancestors used to survive together in harmony not against nature and each other. Humans ‘greatest joy comes from helping others not from constant conquest, domination and greed.”

5.0 out of 5 starsGreat ideas & interesting read

 

M. Serbe posted, “Great ideas and an interesting read. This book is exactly what I had hoped it would be. It provides solid historical facts, straightforward information about the present, and feasible ideas to apply towards the future. It is very insightful about Native American/Canadian Aboriginal circumstances, but the concepts could be applied to many disenfranchised groups around the world.”

 

The Dependency Trap, Breaking Free to Self-Reliance

Summary: This book offers effective strategies to help erase poverty. It advocates self-reliance, policy reform and cultural awareness. Accountability is required from all; the middle class, the trust fund babies and the underprivileged who see themselves as perpetual victims and have fallen into the entitlement trap. True Blue-prints are offered to rescue people from an economic slump and help them improve their life, and re-obtain a sense of self-worth.

Reviews:

5.0 out of 5 starsCalvin Helin's THE ECONOMIC DEPENDENCY TRAP

Top 500 Amazon reviewer, Cyrus Webb, writes, “We all need someone in our lives that will tell us the truth, especially when they see us headed for danger. Calvin Helin is that person for anyone who is not where they want to be in life and want to make changes. Through the book The Economic Dependency Trap, Helin shows us how easy it is for us to dig ourselves into an economic mess and what it takes to not only get out of the trap but make positive strides moving forward.

 

I enjoyed the way the author took his time to highlight that not all bad situations are self-inflicted, but that doesn't mean that you can't be a part of your own positive change. He knows better than some what can be accomplished with hard work and dedication. That is why what he says, in my opinion, carries so much weight. Both informative and inspiring, this is a book that has the possibility to change your life.”

5.0 out of 5 starsCould the aid that America offers instill dependency in millions?

The Midwest Book Review posts on February 10, 2011, “Could the aid that America offers instill dependency in millions? The Economic Dependency Trap: Breaking Free to Self-Reliance" is an argument from Calvin Helin, stating that the welfare programs that America offers heavily leads Americans into a false sense of entitlement and leads them unable to push themselves further and above the limits they put on themselves. Using his own success of coming from nothing to become something, he comes with a very free-market driven argument. "The Economic Dependency Trap" is worth considering for those who want more insight on what may be keeping Americans down.”

 

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https://plus.google.com/RandaHandler

 

https://twitter.com/RandaHandler

https://medium.com/@RandaHandler

 

http://amazon.com/author/randahandler

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/randa-handler

 

 

Books Summaries: (for ages 6-9 even though can be read to younger)

Cubbie Blue and His Dog Dot, Book One:

Synopsis

 Three multiracial seven-year-old boys with difficult backgrounds befriend a special being, Cubbie Blue. Cubbie and his tiny dog Dot have accidently come to their area from an enchanted part of Antarctica. Even though Cubbie is only three inches tall and therefore appears vulnerable, he has supernatural powers; from highly evolved skills in telepathy, to making himself invisible, to even stopping time and the uncanny ability to only see things in a positive light.

 Throughout the series, this new friendship leads to important discoveries for both the boys and Cubbie. In addition to being flown over cities in a magical bubble and exploring realms near and far, Cubbie and Dot learn the true meaning of friendship and how to solve small and big problems while feeling protected in their scary new environment. The bond between them proves that sometimes unlikely allies are found among beings who seem to have the greatest differences. In subsequent books, the tiny creatures are irresistible vehicles for conveying subtle messages, about rights and wrongs while at the same time providing entertaining interludes.  Future topics will include but are not limited to abuse, bullying, protecting the environment, and recognizing true friendship.  With the children’s help, Cubbie Blue is scheduled to go home in the series final installment.

Summary,

What’s Up With Mike? Cubbie Book 2

Derek, Chris, and Brian, three 7-year-old boys, befriend Derek's new neighbor, Mike, who is blind. Cubbie, a 3-inch-tall special being with supernatural powers, and his dog Dot help the boys learn about Mike's limitations and needs. This important knowledge allows the boys to properly welcome Mike to the neighborhood. In turn, the boys help Cubbie escape from the evil soldiers trying to capture him, and he is saved thanks to their bravery.

If I Were King, (Congratulations Randa on winning Mom’s Choice Award!)

Summary

 One rainy day in the jungle, unlikely friends—Zebra, Lion, Leopard, Giraffe, Monkey, Elephant and Chameleon—gather to lament how similar their daily activities are.  Zebra’s imagination and fun-loving nature convinces the other animals to escape their mundane lives by pretending they are king. Playing this game teaches them about their many differences and, more importantly, their own likes and dislikes.  Zebra, upon discovering this information, realizes that it’s okay not to always want to play with other zebras as long as she listens to her inner voice and yields when it warns her of dangers and cautions her to maintain clear boundaries. Immediately she learns that Lion can stop being her friend when he’s angry or hungry.

 

The Boy Who Spoke to God, (Congratulations Randa! Boy Who Spoke To God keeps hitting top 100 bestsellers around the holidays!)

Summary

 Unable to agree on their ideas about God and religious celebrations, four different ethnic tribes—Greeks, Chinese, Zulus, and Mayans—who live together harmoniously most of the year, combining aspects of each of their cultures to make their kingdom strong and prosperous, suddenly become divisive when religious holidays approach. During such times, they cannot agree on the timing or manner of religious traditions, and they each have their own god who looks and dresses as they do. When Niko, a young Greek boy, has several dreams of God, each tribe interprets the various details of his dreams according to its own view of God, further emphasizing the tribes’ differences in beliefs. Subsequently Niko is shunned for having created even more disharmony and for lying to the tribes, or so they think, as no one believes he dreamed of God. To clear up all the confusion and arrive at the truth, Niko begs God to manifest in one final dream. This time God shows him that the tribes’ beliefs are actually different expressions of the same god. Niko concludes that God is like colorless and formless iridescent light and the beliefs of all tribes about their gods are correct as these gods are like colors of the rainbow that derive from white light.

 

The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter (Congratulations Randa for Thanksgiving Platter to hit top teens bestsellers every year and for people using its cover as a Thanksgiving card!)

Summary

It’s 1941, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt has just made Thanksgiving a national holiday in the United States. Takari ‘s family is coming from near and far to celebrate together. While helping her mother prepare Thanksgiving dinner eight-year-old Takari breaks a platter that belonged to her Japanese grandmother. The platter had been an important part of her father’s family heritage, used traditionally by Takari’s grandmother to serve chestnut rice on the Japanese day of thanksgiving. Angry, her mother shoos her away, telling her to go visit her best friend, Little Sparrow, whose family is Native American. He is making a special cornbread just like the one served at the first Thanksgiving dinner eaten by the pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians at Plymouth Plantation. In the process, Takari learns about the history of the holiday and that a similar day of gratitude, when people give thanks for their blessings, exists in many countries including in her father’s homeland, Japan.

 

Conference of the Birds (listed under the Cubbie Blue Publishing banner)

By J. Nicholas

Illustrated by Randa Handler

http://www.amazon.com/Conference-Birds-J-Nicholas/dp/1932824154