Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Book Spotlight

Lessons From the Mountain
By Mary McDonough with Beverly Nault
[Available for pre-order by the link above]

If the name Mary McDonough sounds familiar, it may be because she portrayed Erin, (the sensitive middle daughter) on the hit series, The Waltons, for a decade. Continuing her acting career into adulthood, McDonough has appeared on numerous series; ER, Picket Fences, Will and Grace, American Dreams, Boston Legal, and The New Adventures of Old Christine, among others. She has also utilized her communication and media savvy as a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and host of programs for The Travel Channel, The Family Channel, Spectradine, and United Way. Reaching others, it seems, was not just a career choice, but ultimately, a calling.

Perhaps the result of the many years she spent working in and successfully navigating her place in a difficult and highly visible industry, it seemed only natural for Mary to reach out to others. Thus, her work as a Life Coach began. A seasoned public speaker, she works with businesses and organizations of all sizes to help them attain their goals in a more harmonious and effective way. Most gratifying of all, however, is the one-on-one work she does with men and women overcoming the fear and failure associated with career transition, family dysfunction and eating disorders so that they may experience the love, passion and success they so deeply desire.

An outspoken activist, McDonough spent ten years lobbying congress on behalf of women’s health. After experiencing and overcoming her own health crisis, she began performing hands-on work to help others heal and live healthy lives. With “can-do” determination, she adheres to an indomitable “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade” philosophy. Utilizing solutions she created to solve issues affecting her own life, she was founding director of the fundraising organization, Lupus LA, and currently heads In The Know, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating women about their own health.

Among her many interests are issues-oriented and educational film making, teaching and political advocacy. An award-winning Director, Writer and Producer of theatrical, corporate and video productions, the highlight of her career remains the “production” of her only child, Sydnee. Mary lives in Southern California. http://www.marymcdonough.com/.

About Beverly:

Beverly Nault is a graduate of Texas A&M University. Beverly also writes fiction. Her debut novel, FRESH START SUMMER, book one in the Seasons of Cherryvale (Lamp Post, Inc.) is a lighthearted look at what happens when a film crew arrives in a small town. Beverly and husband Gary live in Southern California where they have shared custody of their two grand-dogs, Gracie and Chloe. Their daughter, Lindsay, often steals the pups away to her home in Orange County where she works in advertising. Their son, Evan, will earn a graduate degree in May from Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health. (Aggie Whoop!) http://www.beverlynault.com/.

Lessons From the Mountain explores what Mary McDonough learned from Erin Walton.

I will be reviewing this title!  If you loved the Waltons, I am sure this book will please you!

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