Author of the Month: Cherie Kephart, A Few Minor Adjustments

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Cherie Kephart, a young woman who longed for adventure, traveled the world from the remote villages of Central Africa to the majestic coastlines of New Zealand until a mysterious illness thrust her to the precipice of death. The persistent health challenges led to years of suffering, during which her symptoms time and again were undiagnosed by well-meaning medical doctors and healers who were sometimes competent, sometimes careless, sometimes absurd, and always baffled. The anguish, the uncertainty, and the relentless pain would have caused many people to simply give up and end their lives—and Cherie came close. Told with brutal honesty, astonishing wit, and a haunting vulnerability, A Few Minor Adjustments is an unforgettable memoir that will move you with its fiercely inspirational account of one woman’s incredible journey to find life-saving answers. In the end, she finds much more than a diagnosis.


Cherie Kephart, M.A., is an award-winning writer and inspirational speaker, best known for her memoir, A Few Minor Adjustments: A Memoir of Healing, which has won several awards including the San Diego Book Award for Best Published Memoir. After receiving an outpouring of heartfelt responses, Cherie was motivated to write a companion book, The Healing 100: A Practical Guide to Transforming Your Body, Mind, and Spirit. Her third book, Poetry of Peace, chronicles her discovery of healing at a deeper level, celebrating the decadence and darkness of life. Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in numerous publications and events such as the San Diego Writers Ink Anthology, the SDMWA Memoir Showcase and Anthology, the San Diego Poetry Annual, the Magee Park Poets Anthology, the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery Annual Summation of Poetry and Art, the Oceanside Literary Art Walk, the Wild Lemon Project, and the Transform Your Life classes. By sharing her experience and insight, Cherie continues to inspire people throughout the world on their writing and healing journeys. Connect at: CherieKephart.com

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