Local forgiveness counselor Ana Holub will be reading from her first book, “Forgive and Be Free,” during a signing event at Village Books in Mount Shasta Friday, Feb. 28.

Local forgiveness counselor Ana Holub will be reading from her first book, “Forgive and Be Free,” during a signing event at Village Books in Mount Shasta Friday, Feb. 28. The free event, which coincides with the Friday Winter Art Walk, begins at 7 p.m. Described as “a step-by-step guide to release, healing and higher consciousness,” the book is “for anybody that wants to let go of their suffering,” Holub said, “though it also works well with traumatic incidents.” Holub has written chapters in other books and has one published book of poetry, “The Edges are Friendly.” Forgive and Be Free took six years of writing “to get it out of me and into the world,” she said. Published by Llewellyn, Forgive and Be Free contains personal stories about Ana’s life and how “Radical Forgiveness” has helped her and her clients. It also contains hands-on exercises and a step-by-step guide to follow Holub’s teachings. “It’s designed for people to do on their own, with a friend or a counselor,” said Holub, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Peace Studies and a Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution. As a mediator and peace educator, Holub has worked with individuals and couples, with prison inmates at San Quentin, and at-risk families. She also began the first Victim Offender Education Program at Siskiyou County’s Juvenile Hall. In the future, Holub said she’s interested in using her book to assist people who are in recovery to remain sober. “It would be used as a complement to the 12 Step Program,” she said. She also plans to offer workshops at the resource centers in Mount Shasta and McCloud in the coming months. Holub said she was able to procure a recommendation for her book from Anne Lamott, author of “Bird by Bird,” who she met through a mutual friend. “Ana Holub’s perspective and wisdom on forgiveness has the power to change your lift at the deepest level,” Lamott writes. “Buckle up. she is an amazing, profound writer.” Former San Quentin inmate for 23 years Kevin Penn had this to say about Holub’s book: “The class we had in San Quentin with Ana opened up many doors, leading us to freedom and a deeper sense of self – even behind bars. This book contains valuable teachings on peace for everyone, no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done.” Penn is now offering peace education and substance abuse prevention in California, Holub said. “I am passionate about what I do, and I’m in love with the freedom that comes from combining honesty, radical forgiveness, breath and stillness,” Holub said. “The journey is spiritual, but not religious. It will move you into a whole new way of experiencing your life – and bring you to true inner peace and a feeling of joy that feels natural and whole.” “Forgive and Be Free” is available in print form at Village Books, Amazon and at Holub’s website, www.anaholub.com; as well as in e-book format for Kindle and Nook.