Still Standing

Still Standing

by Doris Ruiz
Still Standing

Still Standing

by Doris Ruiz


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Still Standing is a collection of inspirational stories that reflect the lives of people from different social-economic situations and periods of time; these compelling stories are as relevant today as they were back then. The common thread among the characters in this book is their level of faith and perseverance when faced with life's difficulties.

Hanna Soto is an immigrant employee in the 1950's of a sweatshop who faces gender discrimination. Joel Bentancourt is forced to make a moral decision about an inheritance. In "Unresolved" Elena and Susana are victimized by family secrets that force them to face the many hard realities. "The Waiting Room" is an autobiographical account of the author's diagnosis of ovarian cancer amidst the 2020 pandemic. A diagnosis (as a young woman) with anxiety disorder compounds her dilemma.

Although the character's outcome is not always predictable, at the end of the day, regardless of life's challenges, they are all Still Standing.

At the end of each chapter, there is a "Reflection" section where the reader has the opportunity to reflect on their own lives as it pertains to the stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798881123048
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 02/07/2024
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.18(d)

About the Author

Doris Ruiz, a daughter of Cuban immigrants raised in Newark, NJ, attended high school in Puerto Rico. As a single mother, she earned degrees including an economics-focused business management associate, a Spanish literature bachelor's, and a biblical studies degree. She was president of the Latino Civic Association Board from 2001-2003 after spearheading heritage, toy, school supply, and turkey community drives. From 1997-2000, Ruiz was on the NYC Department of Probation Community Service Initiative board. For the past decade, she has run a baby food pantry supplying others on Staten Island. Ordained a minister in 2019, Ruiz co-wrote and presented a 1998 Black History Month play for the NAACP at the College of Staten Island. Currently incorporating a Christian publishing ministry, she has worked in education for 29 years while raising two sons and four grandchildren. Ruiz believes all people deserve dignity and respect, and that we must use our gifts to better others' lives. Her favorite verse is Matthew 25:35-36, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked.
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