Being Authentic: A Memoir

Yearning to find your Authentic Voice? Uncover the process to participate more authentically in the project we call humanity•••

Rare are the spaces in which we can look inwardly at who we are. There is no horizon to do so more intimately than reading one’s biography. Reflect on what and who you are. What constitutes your core self? What should that be?

While there is no such thing as an “Authenticity Expert,” you now have a viable alternative. Morhaf Al Achkar obtained his Ph.D in education and is currently a practicing family physician at the University of Washington. He was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Since then, his research has focused on the experiences of patients living with cancer. His first book is based on interviews he did with 39 patients who live, like him, with advanced illness. He explored how these patients find meaning, cope, and build resilience. Using his own experiences and deep knowledge of philosophical concepts, Morhaf shares his understanding of authenticity from the perspective of someone aware of his own finitude.

By following along with his fascinating life story, Morhaf invites you on a journey of dialogue and reflection to live a more authentic and purposeful life with integrity. 

By engaging with the author’s story in Being Authentic, you will: 

  • Garner the bravery to look at your own and be more authentic
  • Strive to connect with the poet, artist, writer, dancer, and actor in every one of us
  • Discover how other people around the world live, treasure their input, and be tolerant of unconventional behavior
  • Learn how to heal, forgive, and let go of resentment to live a more positive life
  • Develop better coping skills and become more resilient in the face of pandemic-like events
  • And much, much more!

Being Authentic: A Memoir™ is the second book in Dr. Alachkar’s self-help series. The first was on resilience and meaning.

Dr. Alachkar’s Memoir shares genuine emotion, heartbreaks and great successes, and encourages us to be our authentic selves. This Memoir highlights our humanity’s purpose to share our story and of our fear of being forgotten after death and yet to live each day. If you like easy and genuine reads that tell it to you straight, then be sure to get your FREE Kindle Copy of Morhaf’s Being Authentic

Get your Kindle copy to find your Authentic Voice Today!


Meet Morhaf Al Achkar

My name is Morhaf Al Achkar. I was born in Aleppo-Syria in 1983. I migrated to the United States in 2006 after finishing medical school. I also obtained a Ph.D. in Education from Indiana University. Currently, I am a practicing family physician and associate professor at the University of Washington.

In 2016, I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Since then, my research has focused on the experience of patients living with cancers. My first book is based on interviews I did with 39 patients who live, like me, with advanced illness. I explored how these patients find meaning, cope, and build resilience

Writing my memoir was my attempt to reconstruct my narrative. I did not want to be defined as a cancer patient nor as someone living with resilience despite cancer. I wanted to be me again: A Syrian Immigrant.

Dream On!: The Alarm Clock of Your Life Hasn’t Gone Off Yet

Mine has been no ordinary life and I would like to take you along on my journey. So many dreams of serving others have been fulfilled. But I do not leave it there. I also help you to take action to fulfill YOUR dreams. Learn some practical strategies. 
Here’s where we are going: 

1.Peace Corps. I joined at the age of 60 and spent 2 years in Botswana working on the AIDS pandemic 
2.I served on the Africa Mercy hospital ship for 7 months in Madagascar
3.I went to New Guinea to serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)
4.I served with Samaritan’s Purse in North Vietnam, Liberia (post Ebola), Greece (the refugee crisis), Jordan (a Bedouin hospital), South Sudan (the youngest nation on earth) and Nepal (on earthquake rebuilds). I went multiple times to some of these locations and learned so much!

My theme is, don’t give up on your dreams! It’s not too late! I will teach you how to resurrect old dreams and remodel them. Or how to create a new dream. Many have had their dreams shattered lately. Don’t let a virus steal your dream! You can do this!! Don’t give up!! Many of my stories occurred between the ages of 60-71. It’s not too late to make a difference or to start off in a new direction. Let my life be an inspiration. Dream On!

BAD TIMING SOUTH AMERICA (MIS)ADVENTURES 2020 - ASIN B08F7ZQZ5H

A lifetime dreaming about a visit to Antarctica and South America was to be realised in 2020. After 18 months of planning the anticipation and excitement levels were high as tourists entered the aircraft for Argentina, both were relaxed and looking forward to what lay ahead. Five days into the trip and one day before entering the boat for the Antarctica adventure it all suddenly changed. Travel restrictions and border closes began in response to the World Health Organisation’s declaration that COVID-19 was a world pandemic. A time of uncertainty and confusion faced decision makers. Understandingly countries were looking after themselves and their citizens, tourists concerns relegated in importance. The race was on to escape from the isolation of Ushuaia on the Southern tip of South America to a main international airport and then back to Australia. In this book Jane N. Hughes provides a personal insight into experiences she and her husband faced as fleeing tourist in this unusual situation.

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Meet Jane N. Hughes

Hi, Jane N. Hughes here a new author based in Melbourne Australia. I have just published my first book based on a lifetime dream vacation to South America and Antarctica then getting caught on the covid-19 and the events which unfolded after that. As a first author I enjoyed writing the book and wanted to share my story with others. I hope you enjoy reading the book and provide honest reviews.

Franchetti Mon Amour

Franchetti Mon Amour is a collection of great family stories set in a small town in Algeria, it expresses the deep bond and hilarious antics of rural village life. The story is refreshingly innocent with a Little House on the Prairie feel, and conveys a clear mentoring tone like To Kill a Mockingbird. It is a story of coming of age through difficult times. It is a story of faith. It is a story of love. But most of all, it is a story of hope, a hope beyond all reason.

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Bucket To Greece Volume 1

Bucket to Greece is a delightfully comical account of a British couple starting over in a new country, complete with imported cats, whilst discovering the joys and pitfalls of adapting to a strange culture.

When our hero, Victor, needs a pseudonym to avoid embarrassing his wife after deciding to pen a book about moving to Greece, he dusts off his original name of V.D. Bucket, the name he was stuck with after being abandoned in a bucket as a baby. As Victor adapts to his adopted homeland he battles an obsession with the exacting hygiene standards he demanded during his illustrious career as a public health inspector against the rather less exacting standards of rural Greece. His attempts to master the complexities of the language lead to a number of embarrassing misunderstandings.

Crossing paths with the local undertaker, Spiros, was a stroke of good luck for Victor and Marigold, since he just happened to have a house to sell in the charming Greek mountain village of Meli. Of course Spiros didn’t explain the strange arrangement of an Albanian living in the stone shed at the bottom of the garden, or mention the old lady’s next door filthy habit of burning plastic every morning. He also failed to mention his late uncle had plunged to his death from the roof terrace, but did a wonderful job of selling them on the spectacular views.

If you’re a fan of Greek travel and culture, then this book is a must.

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