Sharing Some BOOK “REVIEWS”: Making A World of Difference: Inspiring stories of the world’s unsung heroes by Miles Roston

Article Title: Sharing Some BOOK “REVIEWS”: Making A World of Difference: Inspiring stories of the world’s unsung heroes by Miles Roston
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A BOOK “REVIEW”: Making A World of Difference: Inspiring stories of the world’s unsung heroes by Miles Roston

These are the stories of people who dared to live their dreams, many against all odds. When bad luck, misfortune, or tragedy struck them, they changed their lives, and those around them – thousands of lives.
In this inspirational and daring book, writer and film-maker Miles Roston tells the tales of people from around the world who, despite unlikely backgrounds, have used their skills and energy to change the lives of those less fortunate than themselves. In these financially troubling times, they demonstrate that one person can make a difference, and by doing so live a life of sheer joy.
Who would have thought that a Catholic priest from New York would end up caring for the dying in a Buddhist hospice in Thailand? Or that a marketing executive with a glamorous job at L’Oréal in Paris would open a beauty salon and restaurant in Cambodia staffed by former street kids? And there are more extraordinary journeys: the couple in Amsterdam who built an animal farm for children in a slum; the event planner in Australia via South Africa who organises weddings and corporate events, but also feeds homeless and poor people with fresh leftovers like smoked salmon and caviar; the rebel leader from Darfur who fights for his people from afar; the blonde Australian who champions the rights of sex workers world-wide; the eminent architect who builds bathrooms with and for the Indigenous people, the investment banker from Hong Kong who has helped thousands of children orphaned when the blood supply was contaminated by Aids; or the Methodist minister in America who discovered her husband, a preacher, was gay then devoted her life to helping young people threatened by violence, drug addiction and unsafe sex.
As the book cover says: “What unites the people in ‘Making a World of Difference’ is their passion and compassion.” They are problem solvers, revolutionaries and all real people, just like you or me. Their stories reveal how they discovered their passion, what inspires them, their personal journey and ultimately, how it came to be that they do what they do. What the book demonstrates is that, often far more than governments or large organizations, ONE person CAN make a difference – often a bigger difference than anyone thinks possible.
Most of all, the book contains their secret: That in doing good for others, whether for one human being or thousands, you do yourself a world of good and transform your own life, and gain what one person calls “the contentment of giving.” Each person’s passion is unique, and with passion, we can make a difference in our lives and the lives of others, from one to the thousands.
Often eye-opening, sometimes shocking, ‘Making a World of Difference’ is also a challenge to be inspired by the real heroes in our society who are achieving remarkable things for others, not just in remote corners of the world but on our own doorstep too. This is a book that can change lives – even your life.
About the author:
Miles Roston is a writer and film director. His first book, ‘Kevin’s Questions’, a story of hope and inspiration about a boy orphaned by HIV/AIDS, was widely acclaimed around the world. His film documentaries Make it Real (to me) and 14 Million Dreams also dealt with the Aids epidemic in Africa and its effect on children. He is currently working on his first feature film. Born in the USA, Miles has travelled widely and is now based in the Netherlands.

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AN “INTERVIEW” WITH A FILM-MAKER AND WRITER

Making a World of Difference: Inspiring Stories of Unsung Heroes – Miles Roston
Posted on March 20th, 2010 by Jarvis in History, Motivational, Non-Fiction
Making a World of Difference: Inspiring Stories of Unsung Heroes will both shock and enlighten. Miles Roston provides inspiration to the thousands of people who want to do more to alleviate the pain and poverty in the world but do not know how to start. The answer is here.

To us they seem to be saints or heroes people who selflessly devote themselves to improving the lives of others. Miles Roston has made it his business to search them out, talk to them and discover what it is that motivates them. In this book he tells the surprising stories of several remarkable people from different corners of the globe. But it is not just the stories of their lives and what they are doing for others it is also about their secret: that helping others gives their own lives happiness in ways they could never have foreseen. One of them calls it the contentment of giving.

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Among the heroes in Making a World of Difference: Inspiring Stories of Unsung Heroes is a man in Kenya who has helped street children sniffing glue achieve their dreams; an Aboriginal nurse who makes sure that Aboriginal people run their own medical clinics; an African Methodist minister working with the poor at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh; the Frenchman who left a job at L’Oreal in Paris and started a beauty salon and restaurant to train former street kids in Cambodia; the first sex worker to be the keynote speaker at a major human rights conference in Poland; and the rebel leader from Darfur who learned that he had to listen to his own people, rather than exhorting them only to follow his dream.

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Miles Roston – a film maker as a writer
Readers Advisor on Feb 26, 2010
Categories: Suggested Reads, Author of the month
Making a World of Difference: Inspiring Stories of Unsung Heroes will both shock and enlighten. Miles Roston provides inspiration to the thousands of people who want to do more to alleviate the pain and poverty in the world but do not know how to start. The answer is here.
To us they seem to be saints […]
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Director Miles Roston is a filmmaker who has filmed around the world from Vietnam to Australia to Sierra Leone. His film, 14 Million Dreams, about five orphans of AIDS in Kenya and Malawi debuted on World Aids Day on the Sundance Channel, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and around the world. His other films have also won him various awards and an Emmy nomination. In addition to documentaries, he co-created, and wrote and directed over 20 episodes of Aliens Among Us, a 65 part children’s series blending animation, drama and documentary for Five in the UK, and airing internationally including on the ABC. His dramatic feature film, also set against the background of the AIDS epidemic, is in pre-production with producers Graham Bradstreet, Marten Rabarts and Xoliswa Sithole.
Follow up:
In his inspirational and daring book ‘Making a World of Difference’, Miles Roston tells the tales of people from around the world who, despite unlikely backgrounds, have used their skills and energy to change the lives of those less fortunate than themselves.
These are the stories of people who dared to live their dreams, many against all the odds. When bad luck, misfortune, or tragedy struck them, they changed their lives, and those around them – thousands of lives.
These are “inspiring true stories of the world’s unsung heroes”
“Don’t just live a life . Make a difference!”

Shared by Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)
“Faith is the pillar of strength that allows man to achieve the impossible, reach the unattainable and solve the unfathomable.”
“When you come to the edge of all the light you know,
and are able to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen:
There will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.”
– Barbara J Winter
“God creates us with different gifts. Each one of us comes into the world with a different collection of life circumstances that often severely challenge us, things that give us joy and in expressing our talents allow us to bless the people, the world around us.”
– craig

About the submitter:
Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information, insights and ‘principles’ to help and especially encourage people to make the most of their minds along life’s magical journey … and that brings him the greatest joy.  He is currently writing his own book ‘Quiet, Unsung Heroes’.
Craig’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at

The various books that “Craig felt inspired to write” are available at: www.lulu.com/craiglock
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“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the seemingly difficult path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”
– craig
“When I let go of what (and who) I think I am, I become all that I can be… and am capable of being.”
– craig (as adapted and inspired from Lao Tzu)
“You can cut down the flower, but nothing can stop the coming of the spring.” Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage … and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”
“There are are only two ways to live life”, wrote Albert Einstein. “One is as though nothing were a miracle. The other is though everything were a miracle.”

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