Thoughts do count

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

A self-help book by Porirua’s Wendy Bet­teridge has placed fourth at the Ash­ton Wylie Char­i­ta­ble Trust Un­pub­lished Man­u­script and Book Awards.

It’s Your Thoughts that Count trans­lated the Cam­borne res­i­dent’s ex­pe­ri­ences as a train­ing con­sul­tant, coun­sel­lor, coach and mum into ev­ery­day advice.

As we re­ported in Novem­ber last year, Ms Bet­teridge penned the work after years of rep­re­sent­ing Eng­land in sports and, later, coach­ing teams to vic­tory.

She wrote the book to in­spire oth­ers to think pos­i­tively, with a core phi­los­o­phy that the qual­ity of our lives re­flects the qual­ity of our thoughts.

Ms Bet­teridge, who could not at­tend the awards in Auck­land on Au­gust 19, was ex­cited to be short­listed for the award and ap­pre­ci­ated the recog­ni­tion.

She said it was one thing to write a book she was proud of, but an­other to know that ‘‘ some­one out there re­ally liked it’’.

The Ash­ton Wylie Char­i­ta­ble Trust of­fers one of the largest mon­e­tary prizes for lit­er­a­ture in the coun­try, with two awards of $10,000.

The awards, run in as­so­ci­a­tion with the New Zealand So­ci­ety of Au­thors, are in their eighth year and recog­nise ex­cel­lence in writ­ing in the mind, body, spirit genre.

Keith Hill of Auck­land won the $10,000 award in the book cat­e­gory for his work The God Rev­o­lu­tion which ex­plores how the ideas, per­cep­tions and con­cepts of God have changed over the last 400 years.

Po­keno res­i­dent Mary Bal­lard won a $10,000 award in the Un­pub­lished Man­u­script cat­e­gory for The Snowflake Clouds, pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal guide­lines for peo­ple suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion to develop a be­lief in self.

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