Diary of a Broken Mind named an International Book Award Finalist

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Beach Glass Books and Emotionally Naked LLC are proud to announce that Diary of a Broken Mind: A Mother’s Story, a Son’s Suicide, and the Haunting Lyrics He Left Behind, by Anne Moss Rogers, with her late son, Charles, has been named a 2020 International Book Awards (ABA) Finalist. The book had already recieved a 2020 Library of Virginia Literary Award nomination, with those results being announced at the end of 2020.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest, said this year’s contest had over 2,000 entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.

Rogers says, “Memoirs about suicide rarely win mainstream accolades. My soul is between those book covers and to have it recognized as award-worthy is such an honor.”

Charles Aubrey Rogers suffered from depression and later addiction, then ultimately died by suicide. Diary of a Broken Mind focuses on the relatable story of what led to his suicide at age twenty and answers the why behind his addiction and this cause of death, revealed through a mother’s story and years of Charles’ published and unpublished song lyrics.

The closing chapters focus on hope and healing—and how the author found her purpose and forgave herself. Diary of a Broken Mind is a poignant and powerful story written with telling detail and searing honesty—and hope. It is an inside look at the issues of depression, addiction, and suicide affecting so many families.

Anne Moss Rogers is an author, Emotionally Naked speaker, suicide prevention trainer, and a TEDx speaker who captures hearts and fills them with hope. Her blog EmotionallyNaked.com reaches 700-1200 visitors per day on subjects of mental illness, addiction, grief, and suicide. Diary of a Broken Mind is her first book and she is currently under contract with an educational publisher, Jossey-Bass (a division of Wiley Publishing) to co-write a book with Kim O’Brien PhD for the educational market about preventing student suicide.

Diary of a Broken Mind is available online at Fountain Book Store, Barnes & Noble, Beach Glass Books, and Amazon.

Charles is cheering his mom from heaven and is currently with the angels writing a new rap song to commemorate the occasion. The angels are trying, without success, to talk him out of including inappropriate language. But Charles won’t have any part of his art altered for the sake of making it more politically correct. And to that end, Mom didn’t either. That’s why this memoir is so emotionally naked.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my youngest son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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