It’s hard to believe, but Athlone author, metaphysical healer, and chiropractor, Dr Mary Helen Hensley, is launching her second book in as many weeks.
The Pocket Coach - a book of motivational quotations - will be launched on Friday night, February 21, and follows her first children’s book, The Chakra Fairies - A Magical Mantra for Children which was launched last week.
The Pocket Coach will be launched by Aron O’Dowd, who is one of Ireland’s top rowers and an energy speaker, who also happens to be blind.
When US-born Mary Helen was a child, her father, who was a football coach and Baptist minister, gave her a prayer book written by John Bailey, a Scottish Presbyterian minister.
“There was a prayer on each right hand page, and on the opposite page there were my Dad’s motivational quotes, and he was a great motivational speaker,” said Mary Helen.
Mary Helen’s father, Dick Hensley, died in August 2012. A few months later, Mary Helen started sharing some of his quotes on Facebook, and got a phenomenal response. She decided she would write a book based on her Dad’s motivational quotes.
“I knew people had liked them a lot, so I extracted all Dad’s quotes, and left a blank page for the reader to write their own thoughts and called this new book, The Pocket Coach, so people could easily carry it with them,” she said.
“My Dad was known as ‘Coach’, hence the name of the book, and I checked all the quotes as far as possible, to make sure they were totally authentic, and my Dad’s original quotes.”
The book is illustrated with sports activities such as rugby, Taekwondo, triathlon, swimming, kayaking, cycling, golf, horse-riding, yoga, etc.
The launch takes place at The Bounty in Coosan at 7pm on Friday. The event will include food, DJ and trad session, and is an open and free event to the public.