Thoughts do count
A self-help book by Porirua’s Wendy Betteridge has placed fourth at the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Unpublished Manuscript and Book Awards.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Pokeno resident Mary Ballard won a $10,000 award in the Unpublished Manuscript category for The Snowflake Clouds, providing practical guidelines for people suffering from depression to develop a belief in self.