Bettie B. Youngs, Ph.D., Ed.D., is the critically acclaimed author of 36 books translated into 28 languages. Dr. Youngs is a former Teacher-of-the-Year, and University Professor. Widely considered an expert with a pulse on social issues, she is a frequent guest on television and radio talk shows, including The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Oprah, Good Morning America. Time magazine, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, The Washington Post, New York Post, Redbook, Newsday and Working Woman have all recognized her work. Though Bettie's earlier work focused on education and developmental issues for youth, family and educators, in recent years she is best known for her series of poignantly written short-story books that clearly and warmly elucidate the human spirit, captivating the American psyche and winning her wide-range appeal with audiences young and old alike. Bettie is the recipient of numerous publishing awards, including having an Imprint bearing her name. She is Founder and CEO of Bettie Youngs Books Publishing Co. and Founder and co-publisher of Teen Town Press, and a popular reading series for kids. She can be reached at

  In 1915, after a cooking fire singed his sister Mabel’s lashes, Tom

Lyle Williams watched in fascination as she mixed petroleum jelly with burnt cork and coal dust and applied it to her lashes. Inspired by Mabel’s simple beauty trick, he created what would become a billion-dollar business that remains an icon a century later. He named it Maybelline in her honor.

Throughout the 20th century Maybelline inflated, collapsed and thrived in tandem with the nation’s upheavals. While glitz, glamour, and scandal swirled from behind the gates of his Rudolf Valentino Villa, Williams launched the careers of Betty Grable, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Debbie Reynolds and others. His influence was everywhere: he held the sole ad contract for the Miss America pageant and to Grace Kelly’s wedding; he was the first to place an ad on TV: the Feds investigated Maybelline as a monopoly.

He revered women, none more than his brother’s wife, Evelyn—his lifelong muse. Entranced by her “roaring charisma,” he called her the “real Miss Maybelline” and based his ads on her persona: beautiful, hardboiled and daring—a woman who at age 76, got a facelift, breast implants and opened the Maybelline Dinner Theatre in Arkansas. Invited guests included stars, dignitaries, and Gov. Bill Clinton. The next day she was dead, victim to an arson fire in her home; bizarrely, her 13 wigs lined up on the lawn nearby. To this day the case remains unsolved. A tale both epic and intimate, alive with the clash, the hustle, the music and dance of American enterprise


"It was my honor in 1996 to present Millard Fuller with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our country's highest civilian award.

The House That Love Built is a most remarkable account chronicalling the founding of Habitat for Humanity, the largest non-profit housing ministry in the world, Millard's being fired, and the inception of the Fuller Center
for Housing." President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States

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FOREWORD by Larry King

  Bettie Youngs Books brings readers a carefully selected line of books about remarkable life journeys. Each of our authors offer narratives of powerful and insightful experiences that have allowed them to create new paths in their lives and new processes to better get to the heart of issues we all have in common: wanting to live more fully, creatively, zestfully, and abundantly.  Whether forced by circumstances or pursuing their dreams against all odds, these are people who expressly see life as possibility and have achieved an extraordinary personal victory: living life on one’s own terms.

Within the pages of our books you will find our authors’ clear perspectives, often times arrived at after cataclysmic events forced their hand and changed their fate. Always true stories, our authors are strong and enduring people, and reading about them is to walk with them in the shoes they have worn on their remarkable journeys. It is a revelation to learn why and how the obstacles they faced not only changed their own lives forever but helped them discover new callings—and hence, create for themselves a life of abundant purpose.

These are life inspiring books. Stories that will grip you as you read them, and that will show you the myriad possibilities we are all presented with to reawaken our passion for life and reaffirm our faith in the indomitability of the human spirit. It is our goal to bring these beautiful books to PRINT —and to FILM!

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