The Imagine Project: Stories of Courage, Hope and Love shares the inspiring life stories of 39 seemingly ordinary people from across the United States. The soulful photographs invite you to read further to see the person behind the stories they tell, stories of experiences that shaped their lives and sent them on paths unforeseen.
* They are real people; teachers, soldiers, fathers, daughters, athletes, farmers, young and old, rich and poor, educated, sophisticated and down-to-earth.
*They are like everyone, and everyone has a story. Sometimes these stories may seem simple and unremarkable, but if we look and listen closely, we discover tales of love and strength, hope and courage, perseverance and grace.
This book will touch your heart and soul, it shows us with simple clarity that what makes us human is our ability to get up after we fall, our potential for inner growth, love and compassion. Reading this book will feel like visiting family and friends.
A MULTI-AWARD WINNING BOOK! The Imagine Project has won:
- Next Generation Indie Awards: First in Motivational Category and a Grand Prize of 3rd in overall Non-Fiction
- Benjamin Franklin Awards: Silver in the Inspirational Category
- Beverly Hills Book Awards: First in the Inspirational Category
- USA Books: Finalist in the Inspirational Category
- Hollywood Book Festival: Honorable Mention in the Inspirational Category
See and hear some of the heroes of The Imagine Project.
Being on the Meredith Vieira Show was a dream come true for me. My passion is to bring hope, kindness, compassion and the awareness that everyone has a story back into the world. Meredith Vieira gave me the first opportunity to spread my message on a global scale. The experience was incredible. Her team of a very hard working staff were as kind and gracious as Meredith herself. They spent hours (sometimes very late at night) designing and working on my clip. Their hard work paid off because the live show and the videos are amazing. It truly depicts what the project is about.
Recognizing that everyone has a story, rewriting your own story (if needed), keeping a positive and grateful outlook on life will bring more kindness and compassion to you and those around you–as well as the awareness of new possibilities in your life. When you have the awareness of possibility then good things happen. Hopefulness brings new adventures and new opportunities. I hope you will find The Imagine Project inspiring and motivating.
If you, or you know someone, would like to write their story, please refer them to this page http://theimagineproject.com/submit-your-stories/. If you, or someone you know, would like to have me come and speak, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love to share the message of hope!
A collection of photographs and inspirational stories of individuals who have overcome obstacles or worked toward humanitarian causes.
In this debut coffee-table book, Maroney brings together dozens of personal stories, each accompanied by photographs of the narrators and identified with thematic titles—gift, heritage, winning, resolve, etc. Each narrative is a series of sentences beginning with “Imagine…” followed by an element of the narrator’s story: For instance, “Imagine…appreciating what you’ve left behind only after seeing this new and different land,” says a woman who moved back and forth between Japan and the United States. Or “Imagine…standing at a stranger’s door, a can of paint and paintbrush in your hands, hoping they will let you paint their house—for free,” from a man who found new purpose in good deeds after his wife died. Some stories reflect the narrator’s triumph over a difficult past—a teenager who grew up in the foster care system and went on to win a national financial literacy competition, a musician who performs despite being born with cerebral palsy, etc.—while others are more about the individuals’ choices, such as using yoga as the basis for a microfinance operation. A few of the featured individuals have been associated with headline-making events, such as the ER staff who treated the mass-shooting victims in Aurora, Colorado, and a Columbine High School graduate who learned forgiveness. But most share victories on a smaller scale, acclimating to an adopted homeland or touching lives through low-budget philanthropy. While all the contributors’ stories are uplifting, they avoid the clichés of motivational speeches, and the spare prose keeps even the most tragic stories from becoming maudlin. The book is well-designed, too—a simple blue, black and white palette allows the words and pictures to draw the reader’s full attention.
An attractive, compelling collection of stories and photographs related to conquering adversity and imagining vibrant possibilities.
“Like a deep, reflective conversation, the stories and images in this book will captivate your heart and soul.
It will remind you of the power of the human spirit to overcome any and all obstacles.”
— Rick Smolan, co-author of A Day in the Life of America and CEO of Against All Odds Productions
“The Imagine Project awakens your heart to kindness and inspires your soul to courage.
It is a must-have for every coffee table in America.”
— Rev. Jody Stevenson, professional speaker and author of Doorway to Your Destiny
“You will forget your own troubles as you read the inspiring stories of people
who have overcome obstacles much greater than yours.”
— T. R. Reid, nationally known reporter and PBS documentary filmmaker
“As life continues to grow more fast-paced and complicated, opportunities to pause and reflect on the
courage, dreams, and generosity of others seem to be vanishing. The remarkable individuals
celebrated in this very special book are true heroes —each one a wonderful and inspiring example
of what each one of us is capable of when confronted with life’s unexpected challenges. In this age of celebrity
obsession and far too many reality television shows, “Imagine” offers us a much-needed reminder
that the seeds of authentic greatness—courage, compassion, and enlightenment—lie within
each and every one of us, just waiting to be awakened.”
— Tom Martin, President, Tom Martin Media, LLC
“The Imagine Project, by Maroney and Masitti, presents a series of brief yet fascinating and
inspiring accounts of individuals, no different from ourselves, who have overcome seemingly
insurmountable difficulty through courage, grace, and above all…love.
The book’s simple yet stunningly beautiful layout allows the reader to pause and reflect on these
remarkable people and the heroic accomplishments portrayed within its pages.”
— Bill Bartlett, Director, Imagine Project Inc., a not-for-profit creative arts foundation dedicated
to the belief that art has the power to change lives