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Teri Rizvi, the founder and director of the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, brings a powerful, original voice to a collection of essays that shows why our dreams matter. Woven throughout her writings is a deep faith in what’s possible when we open our hearts.

A journalist and storyteller who has traveled widely, Rizvi writes with grace and eloquence about her marriage, which spans two cultures and two religions in a world that’s too often divided. Her lyrical writings illuminate our shared humanity through a series of small, everyday moments — a child’s T-ball practice, a socially distanced parking lot lunch with a friend — as well as recollections of major life milestones such as joyful weddings in foreign lands.

The book takes its title from a phrase that Martin Sheen uttered when he received an honorary degree from the University of Dayton: “Remember this above all: One heart with courage is a majority.”

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Braughler Books


The book's prologue is made available for download with the permission of the author.

Edited by Julie Fanselow, illustrated by Julie Lonneman, e-book narrated by Sheri Saginor.

Named one of the best anthologies of 2022 by the Catholic Media Association

Finalist in 2022 International Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest in nonfiction: inspirational category.

One Heart with Courage: Essays and Stories