For immediate release: The American dream is in jeopardy. Attitudes of want rather than need, expectations to have, rather than to have earned, have replaced thrift and hard work as cornerstones in modern day society. Written and illustrated to restore faith in the American dream, Abraham’s Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream (Ambassador International; May 2012; $14.99, paperback) tells the story of a young boy, who through his faith, imagination and entrepreneurial spirit, sets out to achieve the American dream.
Taking place during the Great Recession, the story begins with Abraham learning that his Mother and Father had recently lost their jobs. With Christmas not far away, and his parents unable to buy gifts for him and his sister, Abraham desperately wants to save Christmas for his family, the reality is, he too, has no money. But dreams can come true…where there’s a will and a way! “Our mission with this new venture is to inspire today’s youth, by instilling in them the values, principles and virtues necessary to achieve the American dream,” says co-author Robert Basmadjian. “Sadly, the American dream is at risk today. In an effort to provide a better way of life for our children, we have inadvertently fostered a culture of entitlement. Although well-meaning, this behavior has contributed to our children’s basic lack of understanding of the role that personal responsibility plays in their lives.”
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, and famed pilot Amelia Earhart all make appearances in the pages of Abraham’s Journey. “Ironically, the very success of earlier American generations achieving the ‘dream’ has now led to a new generation, with very little, if any, motivation to pursue it,” says co-author Kathleen Basmadjian. “Attitudes of want rather than need, expectations to have, rather than to have earned, have replaced thrift and hard work as cornerstones in modern day society, threatening the American dream’s very existence.”
Husband and wife authors Robert and Kathleen Basmadjian currently live in New Jersey. Robert holds a Masters in communications from William Patterson College and Kathleen has a PhD in biology from The Catholic University of America.
To learn more about the authors and their book Abraham’s Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream, visit facebook.com/abrahamsjourney.