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Author James Hackley speaks at book donation to libraries in Harford and Cecil counties

Members of Iota Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. made their annual book donation at the Harford County Public Library's Abingdon branch on April 12. They were joined by James Hackney, front row, center, author of the donated book, “Body, Mind & Spirit: The Awakening,” and library officials and staff.
Members of Iota Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. made their annual book donation at the Harford County Public Library's Abingdon branch on April 12. They were joined by James Hackney, front row, center, author of the donated book, “Body, Mind & Spirit: The Awakening,” and library officials and staff. (Submitted photo, The Aegis)

He just may be the most blessed individual you'll ever meet.

During two book dedications in Harford and Cecil counties Saturday, sponsored by the Iota Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., James Hackley, the best selling author of "Body, Mind & Spirit: The Awakening," gave eye-opening speeches on losing weight, reducing stress, meditating, and mastering other healthy lifestyle practices.

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The events, held at the Abingdon and Perryville libraries, provided the author with an opportunity to discuss his personal success story which includes losing 50 pounds in just four months. In doing so, Hackney also freed himself from a dependency on high blood pressure and cholesterol prescription medications.

Hackley said decided to write the book during a five-mile run where he experienced a transformational moment. The book is not just another weight loss book, he explained, it's a "negativity loss" book.

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Although Hackley touches on his Christian faith, he said the book "transcends any particular belief and can be applied regardless of your faith."

Every year, the fraternity's social action committee, selects a book to donate to all 11 library branches throughout Harford County. Last year, Iota Nu began including the seven Cecil County library branches, as well.

The focus of the donated book is typically in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). But after reading and being inspired by Hackley's book, the committee felt it was one that had to be available to inspire others.

The selection of the book this year was made even more special by the fact that Hackley was available to present his book at both dedication events. Discussion of the book allowed for an open dialogue with all who attended.

Hackley, a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., covered key topics, including organic foods, caloric intake, meditation techniques, and spiritual health. He personally expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to tell his story in hopes that it will help someone else on their journey to a better understanding of body, mind and spirit.

The Iota Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was chartered in 1970. The chapter's mission, in line with the fraternity's cardinal principles, focuses on manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplifting communities through a variety of service and educational activities.

The Iota Nu Chapter, which is comprised of college-educated men from Harford and Cecil counties in a variety of civilian and military careers, believes that improving communities is a team effort, and members are dedicated to remaining an integral part of that team. The chapter sponsors ongoing community initiatives, including tutoring programs, honoring local veterans, voter registration events, supporting Habitat for Humanity builds, and more.

To find out more about the Iota Nu chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. please visit http://www.ques-iotanu.org.

Melvin Adderley is chairman of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's Iota Nu Chapter's Social Action Committee.

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