A SPARK OF HOPE VOLUME II was published on 11th February 2020 and on 21st February it topped the charts on Amazon to become bestseller No 1 in Poetry and Anthologies.
64 bestselling authors participated in this project aimed at preventing persons from committing suicide.
Volume 1 was published in February 2019 and it was also bestseller No 1 on Amazon in the category Poetry and Anthologies.
The Administration of Motivational Strips Global Forum, the most active writers'forum is very pleased with this achievement and congratulates the 64 authors who participated.
The first person to give a review of the book was Sarika Harikumar Shyam.
This is what she said :
A humble work for a noble cause, that is how I would describe this anthology, SPARK OF HOPE, VOLUME II, published by Brenda Mohammed and assisted by Narendra Rajkumar, Farhana Sait, Destiny Light Speaks and 64 contributing poets of the world.
Suicide, though considered the deed of a weak mind, any human can find himself/herself prone to such a thought at some point in his/her life. We may feel trapped, unable to control the circumstances or the perceived outcome, scared to face life, etc. in such a mental state and sometimes a simple solace from someone might be enough to ward off the negative thoughts. This book serves just as that someone.64 poems by 64 poets from around the world written with the sole intention of uplifting depressed and weak minds and saving lives. Yes, and that’s why I mentioned earlier, a humble work for a noble cause!
Shiju H. Pallithazheth, founder of Motivational Strips has given foreword along with his wonderful write ‘God’s Last Letter’. Brenda Mohammed’s poem, ‘You are perfect just as you are’ for the anthology is a short and sweet consoling dose for the intended readers. Narendra Rajkumar and Farhana Sait have also inked their heart out to reach to the depressed souls apart from being the main team behind this amazing collection.
All the poets have done justice to the topic of consideration, ‘Prevention of suicide and saving lives’ and the anthology has come out as a brilliant work. I would like to name a few poems from the collection like, When by John Fingleton, Depression by Timothy Payton, Gift Divine by Arvind Sharma, Courage by Curtis Raynard, Loaded Thoughts by Sabrina Young, True Story by Noe Basurto, Heal the Soul by Debabrata Mohanty, Reach Out by Sarah Northwood, Suicide Sabotage by Jyotirmaya Thakur, It’s not the end of the road b Renette Dsouza, So Much to Live for by Rosie Caristea and Say No to Suicide by Sahjahan Ali Ahmed.
Apart from the poems, there is a brilliant article by Dr. Amb. Prof. Joseph Spence Sr.Sr, which I recommend as a must-read.
I am happy to be a part of this anthology (Suicide; A Soul’s Cry, is the name of the poem I have contributed) and this is the first time a poem of mine got published and hence this book is very special to me. I express my sincere gratitude to Brenda and the team for giving me this opportunity to be a part of this noble cause.