"We Believe in You" - Stories of Courage, Faith, Action

The easiest way to buy the book -- and receive a signed copy -- is to simply mail me a check for $30.00 (includes shipping) payable to Bonnie Hurd Smith and sent to me at 51 Franklin Street, Peabody, MA 01960. EASY!!!


(Note: price includes shipping. The book is 286 pages, soft cover, and illustrated.)

Dear Friends,

I am so pleased to announce my new book, “We Believe in You!” – Twelve Stories of Courage, Action and Faith from American Women's History.

And here’s the thing.

This is not a boring history book.

It’s a celebration of women who changed the world.

It’s a book of life and business strategies from twelve women who achieved great success.

It’s a book of courage and faith.

It’s a book to make women and girls proud.

I am THRILLED to share this work with you because I know you will be moved.

In “We Believe in You!,” you will “get to know” women you’ve heard of – like Abigail Adams and Louisa May Alcott -- in a new way.

You will “meet” women who are unknown to you -- like Maria Stewart and Sarah Parker Remond – and you’ll wonder why you’ve never heard of them.

You will learn their stories, and “hear” their advice to you on everything from having a strong personal support system and believing in yourself to identifying effective business tactics.

You will find attitude and opinions – from them and from me.

You will not find aloof objectivity!

Again, this is not a boring history book – it is extremely relevant to the personal and professional issues we confront today.

Wisdom from the Ages

For women and girls, especially, there are valuable lessons to be learned here about faith, courage, overcoming obstacles, and self-esteem.

Every one of the twelve women in the book wrestled with all these challenges and triumphed. In fact, the book includes an entire section devoted to these personal life lessons – wisdom from the ages, passed on from them, through me, to you.

You will also learn tried and true tactics for your business, organization, or cause. The basic principles haven’t changed over time, even if some of the methods have. These women were very smart, and very successful!

Why this book and why now?

I will tell you, in all honesty, that this book was inspired by my audiences. Time and time again, when I give talks on women’s history or lead walking tours, women thank me for sharing the “gift” of these women. One man, with tears in his eyes, hugged me after my sermon on Margaret Fuller and said, “I had no idea I would be so moved by her story. Thank you.”

Some women tell me that because of the stories they found the courage to try something they had been afraid to try before. Some learned tactics or strategies they could apply to their own situation. Some, for the first time, especially older women, tell their own stories about overcoming obstacles. Girls, in particular, see themselves in a new way. Possibility and opportunity are wide open – they CAN do anything, they have dozens of new role models, and that’s a huge boost to their self-esteem!

The point is, THEY made the historical stories personal. They listened, absorbed, and really “got” how the women I described could, in fact, advise them. Many of you reading this have come to my talks or taken my tours, and you have been part of this process. For that, I am immensely grateful.

Why do I use “we” in the title?

Because I include myself in “we.” I believe in the potential of girls and young women, and so did each woman included in this book. They ALL did what they did to “make the world better” for future generations, as Lucy Stone instructed her daughter, Alice, in Lucy’s final moments.

It is my great joy to connect the dots for you between women’s history and our lives today, and to introduce you to twelve remarkable women. 

Who are the featured women?

For this first volume in what will probably become a series, I have chosen to tell the stories of:

Abigail Adams

Louisa May Alcott

Anne Bradstreet

Lydia Maria Child

Margaret Fuller

Edmonia Lewis

Judith Sargent Murray

Elizabeth Peabody

Sarah Parker Remond

Maria Stewart

Lucy Stone

Phillis Wheatley

That’s an impressive list!

And so...

Buy one for yourself, your mother, your daughter, your niece, a friend, your public library, your school library – I really want this book in the hands of as many women and girls as possible! (And interested men, of course, especially fathers of daughters!)

Please contact me directly about shipping costs if you decide to purchase multiple copies. And if you’re a nonprofit, when you get to my Store please select the “Print and Call” method of payment, which allows you to send a check payable to History Smiths and avoid sales tax. All others can simply use Paypal.

Now that the book is out, I expect to be giving a lot of talks and book signings, so please be in touch if you would like to add me to your schedule. We can discuss speaking fees privately.

And finally…

I simply can’t wait to get this book into your hands!

Thanks so much, as always, for your support!

Your Friend and Colleague, because we're in this together,

—Bonnie Hurd Smith

P.S. As much as this book is about personal and professional development, it IS also a women’s history book. If you know girls or young women who haven’t been introduced to women’s history, this is a great place to start because the stories are lively, quick reads and not boring at all!

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