Sharing: our stories, our selves, our success (Vol 4), by Lisa Browning

When I published the first volume of Sharing: our stories, our selves, our success in December of 2013, I had no intention of publishing a second one ... let alone a third or a fourth. I had intended for the volume to be a standalone anthology, of women’s empowerment stories. It was not until a male friend of mine, after having read a couple of the stories in Volume 1, stated that I should do a men’s volume that I actually considered it. “Are you going to write for me?” I asked him. When he said “yes” I knew my decision was made, and Volume 2 was published in November of 2014. Volume 3, a second volume of women’s stories, followed in December 2015 ... and then there was a bit of a hiatus until Volume 4, the second volume of men’s stories, was published in December of this year. It took a while to get enough men to commit to sharing their story, a reality I attribute to the fact that a lot of men just don’t want to be vulnerable. I am so grateful for the 16 men who shared their stories in this volume. Their courage, their honesty – and, yes, their vulnerability – is to be commended. Books are available through the One Thousand Trees online bookstore at

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