Inspiring Hope: One Story at a Time

Global Book Launch 

(Nov. 25 – Dec 13, 2013)

A pair of rocking chairs and two good quilts are the secret to a happy marriage. At least that’s what a New Brunswick maritimer claims in a book that is an antidote to stress and bad news. Inspiring Hope: One Story at a Time is filled with real-life accounts and anecdotes that will improve anyone’s day.

Gary Doi, former school superintendent from Okanagan Skaha School District, created this innovative book project by bringing together 42 VIPs (very interesting people) from different parts of the world. The result is a stimulating anthology of startlingly honest stories focused on the eternal question: What gives you hope?

“The stories are as varied and compelling as life itself,” said Doi. “They stir the imagination, ignite your courage and invite reflection. They inspire hope. In today’s world, that’s a resource in short supply. Yet, we can’t live life without it.”

Doi believes that hope creates resilience which in turn provides the strength to face life’s many challenges. Examples from the book include a California mother who shares her heartfelt story about raising an autistic child and how that experience brought fulfillment, love and gratitude. A teacher in Dubai describes how her bucket-list adventures opened up fascinating opportunities to learn and discover. A retirement coach from the United Kingdom explores a common question facing retirees: What will you do with the rest of your life? And, a university professor writes about the heroic efforts of a sixteen-year-old student in Tokyo who mobilizes community members to raise funds for a small fishing village affected by the Tohoku Earthquake disaster.

A global book launch is scheduled for November 25 – December 13, 2013 with various events and activities to draw attention to the book and its cause. All net proceeds from book sales will be donated to provide resources for the Asturias Academy Library in Xela, Guatemala, a private, non-profit pre K-12 school serving vulnerable students in the community.

Books are available as a hard copy or ebook at (ca/uk).

A second book in the series (Inspiring Hope: One Image at a Time) is being planned for next year. It will feature inspirational photographs, artwork and stories from around the world.


For more information, contact:

Gary Doi, Penticton, BC  Email:

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(2) Readers Comments

  1. What a wonderful idea Gary. Best of luck.

  2. Thanks so much Darlene. Best of the season to you and your family.