Author Gabriella van Rij has written three acclaimed books to date and has recently published her third. With a brave and honest voice, she writes as she speaks, touching on the social issues that plague our society and providing practical solutions for those who are facing discrimination or who feel isolated due to their circumstances.

Gabriella’s Latest Book: Watch Your Delivery

 

Most of us know we can stand to improve our communication style… but how? And what if we don’t know what we are doing wrong?

 

In Gabriella’s third and most recent book (based on one of her popular presentations of the same name), we are shown hilarious scenarios of communication gone awry, told in comic and story format. But more importantly we are given a glimpse of what it means to watch our delivery and how to become the kind of communicator others will want to be around.

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    “How we speak to each other is a golden key for kindness, for sure… “Thank you” for your great work in this area!!”—Dr. Aliah K. MaJon, Founder of the Next 50 Years Project

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    “Watch Your Delivery was a gentle and funny reminder about how easy it is for me to change my tone for the better when dealing with my students and clients. It’s so important to take that breath and remind yourself that HOW you speak and communicate can change your results for the better and make others feel taken care of. We should ALL use this approach that Gabriella proposes, especially since we live in such a me-first world!”—HollyJean Cosner, Pilates Master

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    “This comic-story style has an essential reflection on confronting these repetitive situations in our daily lives… Our delivery should be practiced daily to significantly improve our communication.”—Dr. Claude R. Talmant, Social Psychologist

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    “Common sense is not so common nowadays, but this little book gave me the inspiration to dig deeper.”—Lisa Raphael, Artist, Photographer & Producer

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    “Gabriella’s new book Watch Your Delivery creates a space where it’s safe for me to gain emotional intelligence. It’s so hard to own up to my faults, but Gabriella uses humor to help me feel like we are all connected, and I shouldn’t be ashamed. I can just focus on becoming a better person. I highly recommend this book!”—Joseph Falasca, Advertising Executive

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    “This is what people need, a better way to talk to each other. I’m learning a lot. Thank you, Gabriella!”–Ranka Burzan, professional organizer

 

I Can Find My Might has been specifically written for students, parents, and educators.

 

Gabriella’s personal experience creates a boots-on-the-ground approach that is nothing short of magical.

 

Does it ever go away? No, it doesn’t… I’ll never get used to the bad words. I’ll never get used to the extreme meanness. What are they whispering? I’ll continue to pretend not to care. But, boy, do I care…

 

Meet three-year-old Gabriella, adopted from Pakistan into a Dutch family when cross-cultural adoptions were unheard of. Short, brown-skinned, and with a lazy eye problem, Gabriella must learn how to survive in a strange new world where she is picked on for being different from her family and her school peers.

 

In this gripping part memoir and part self-help book for students, readers are invited to closely experience Gabriella’s stormy childhood, which will encourage empathy while also helping students see the uniqueness they are each blessed with.

 

A perfect book—not only for the student who is feeling hopeless or helpless due to bullying at school, but also for those children who have bullying tendencies. In a revelatory way, author and kindness activist Gabriella explains how both bullies and those being bullied are mirror images of each other and what children should do with this knowledge.

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    “I just finished reading Gabriella’s book, I Can Find My Might. It is a must read for anyone who works with children. Gabriella gets to the heart of how a child really feels when they are bullied and made to think they don’t fit in anywhere. It then goes a step further to show us how bullies tend to get caught up in circumstances beyond their control. As an educator for thirty-eight years it has helped me to know that I need to help each child find their Might. This book needs to be placed in school libraries around the world.”—Elizabeth Seng, Teacher, Our Lady Of Grace Catholic Academy, Illinois

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    “Be prepared for an emotional first-person journey, a fascinating read with an endearing experience shared what no parent wants to imagine could ever happen to their child. I Can Find My Might is influential in increasing awareness in students and also to the teachers and staff all over the world about all forms of bullying. This will help reduce and prevent emotional pain through understanding the challenges of a child and help us understand that people are more alike than they are different. A very powerful and emotional message, which will make a definite impact. To Gabriella I firmly believe that what you are doing is making a difference and you are saving lives.”—Peter Lawrence, Senior Publishing Consultant at AuthorHouse, Indiana

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    “As a high school teacher, after reading I Can Find My Might, I realize that the students I encounter daily suffer a similar plight as the children in the book. Gabriella is able to connect a very sensitive and controversial issue (bullying) to students of all ages. Expressing not only those situations of the individuals who have touched her life, but her own experiences, including the most tragic step of all. She has the knowledge and, unfortunately, the experience that allows her to speak to all children, as well as adults who still have issues due to childhood bullying. As you read her words or have the pleasure to hear her speak, you get the feeling that this is not a job but a lifetime passion for her. As a teacher, I need to pick up the ball of Human Kindness and be there for the students on my campus. This book should be a mandatory read for all children and educators in school.”—Tom Kellogg, English Teacher, Tulare Union High School, California

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    “WOW! Loved it! Read it all on my cell phone. I can tell you how much I hate that. I like to turn pages, but I couldn’t stop reading it…”—Teresa Kellogg, a Parent, California

With All My Might, Third Edition. A three-year-old girl makes the journey from an orphanage in Pakistan to a diplomat’s house in the Netherlands.

 

This is the fresh and candid memoir of international activist, author, and speaker, Gabriella van Rij. Over a series of interviews set against the backdrop of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Gabriella shares with journalist Mark Grijsbach an honest and mesmerizing account of what it was like to be one of the first cross-cultural adoptions in the 1960s.

 

Young Gabriella’s struggles with intolerance, bullying, racism, and feeling like she did not belong followed her throughout most of the first part of her life but are narrated in such a brave and wise voice that readers will feel empowered as they watch her journey toward becoming the woman she is today.

 

This book is a must-read for social activists, those considering adoption, and for anyone looking for a story that touches on the universal topics of belonging and family. Now in its third edition, this acclaimed book, With All My Might, is a classic and rightfully deserves its place in our hearts.

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    “You really come through in it I believe. An image comes into my mind—of you swimming and sometimes floundering in a rough sea. Then somehow you find a surfboard and, with both feet on the firm surface, you ride the wave to the shore—ready to go back with your board into the sea and ride again!”—Helen F., Venice, FL

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    “Thank you for writing a very inspiring book. I read the book cover to cover in one evening. For me, that is fantastic, as I don’t get much time for myself, with two foster boys, 8 and 11, and two biological daughters 17 and 21, and I also work outside the home. It was a book I just couldn’t put down. I’ve been told you’re on a second book, and I’m looking forward to it. My 21-year-old daughter also read the book and enjoyed it. Thanks so much for sharing your story.”—B., Mission, BC, Canada

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    “My dear sister friend. You radiate gratitude and optimism throughout the pages of this book. I have never seen you without a big smile and a ready hug for everyone you meet. It’s amazing you did not become hardened or debased by your struggles but grew in both strength and wisdom.”—Ingrid D., White Rock, BC, Canada

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    “Author Gabriella van Rij was a half-hour guest on my television program, Conversations With Gloria Greer. Gabriella was one of the most interesting and articulate guests that I have interviewed. (And my guests have ranged from Benjamin Netanyahu to the late Betty Ford.) Gabriella’s book With All My Might is an example of how a person can succeed in life with intelligence, determination, and pride despite obstacles. Her story is fascinating and so is she.”—Gloria Greer, Palm Springs, CA

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    “WOW. Gabriella’s easy-to-read style combined with her fascinating account of her young childhood and adopted, overseas family is compelling. The backdrop of the recent Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada is refreshing. And, the message is inspiring.”