by Kirkland Gable
Publisher: Star Cloud Press
Year of Publication: 2009
Page Count: 284
Winner's Way is a life-enhancing novel. It was awarded a Hewlett Foundation grant for combining a powerful story with practical ideas about relationships, career achievement, happiness, and success. The events in the story are linked to references that provide information, resources, and suggestions for use in daily life.
The story centers around a college student, Mark, who is caught between family obligations and having an enjoyable life. In college, he has trouble with his courses, family, and health. When he is close to giving up, he seeks help from a wise and engaging gardener, Sensei. During adventures with Sensei, he discovers a way to skillful living.
This story about courage and discovery is a guide to life's hidden opportunities.
"Winner's Way is an inspiring tale of life situations that readers can easily relate to. Readers can take away many lessons and apply them to their own lives."
—Etienne Emanuel, Peace Corps Volunteer, Ukraine
"The hero, Mark, is everyman for all of us. His struggles typify what is true for so many of us - the search for something exciting, inspiring, and meaningful. Mark's teacher, Sensei, is the kind of teacher we all wish we had. Winner's Way is a rare and wonderful treat for anyone seeking richer self-understanding, compassion, and substance."
—Timothy Zeddies, Ph.D., Private Practice, Austin, Texas
"Winner's Way creates a new category of fiction where magical realism meets do-it-yourself. The ideas in this story and the author's notes are wildly creative and yet as practical and useful as you are likely to find in any non-fiction book."
—Sandra Ryan, Literary Critic, Oakland, California
About the Author:
Kirkland R. Gable has combined three careers. His career as a psychologist began with an Ed.D. in counseling psychology from Harvard University and later a Ph.D. in social psychology from City University Los Angeles. He has specialized in the treatment of severely delinquent youths and women shoplifters. His graduate research at Harvard involved paying delinquents for participating in interviews and positively reinforcing their prosocial behavior. These techniques greatly reduced the crime rate of these youths compared to a similar group of delinquents.
He has been an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School. He has also served as the Chairperson of the Crime and Delinquency Review Committee of the National Institute of Mental Health. He was a Chairperson of the American Psychological Association Ethics Committee. He is currently a Professor Emeritus at California Lutheran University. Kirkland is also a lawyer. He has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and was on the staff of the Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review. He has written or co-authored eight books and monographs on law and psychology and published over fifty articles. One of his articles on the legal rights of mentally ill patients was cited in a majority opinion of the United States Supreme Court.
He is also an inventor. He and his twin brother, Robert S. Gable (also a psychologist and lawyer), are the co-inventors of the electronic location monitoring system widely used for the home detention of offenders. The Gable brothers have written extensively about the use of electronic monitoring as an alternative to imprisonment and as means for effectively rehabilitating offenders. Kirkland also has patents on a novelty radio and a car camera. He has a patent pending on energy storage systems.
Kirkland says he will finally select a career when he grows up.
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