The Safety Godmothers

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The Safety Godmothers

The ABCs of Awareness, Boundaries and Confidence for Teens

Authored by Ellen Snortland, Lisa Gaeta
Contributions by Gavin de Becker
Edited by Ken Gruberman
Edition: 1


Do you avoid speaking to your kids about violence? It’s not your fault; you probably don’t know what to say or even how to begin. Reading The Safety Godmothers: The ABCs of Awareness, Boundaries and Confidence will start the conversation for you in a thorough and entertaining way.

This is a book that will change — and possibly even save — your life, or the life of your child. The Safety Godmothers — Ellen Snortland and Lisa Gaeta — know violence reduction and prevention from A-Z. This book is an invaluable compilation of Ellen and Lisa’s personal safety techniques, practical insights and advice, based on their decades of real-world experience. Gavin de Becker, a revered authority in violence prevention worldwide and Oprah’s go-to expert, shares his know-how in three featured chapters.

In addition, there are more than 20 real-life success stories, where all sorts of people overcame dangerous situations by using time-tested, reliable skills that let them set verbal and physical boundaries when their safety was compromised. The results will astound you!


Uh-oh! A creepy guy scared the wits out of you when you were out with your friends. All you could do was freeze, and hope he’d go away. You want to tell your parents about it, but you don’t want to freak them out because you cherish your freedom. The Safety Godmothers, Ellen Snortland and Lisa Gaeta, hear you.

Your friends say, “Get over it!” “Ignore it.” “You make a big deal out of everything.” Nonetheless, YOU want to understand what to do next time, whether it involves bad behavior by someone you know, or from a stranger. It’s bad enough if you’re a girl; boys are “supposed” to know how to handle dicey situations with violent people. Who can they talk to about personal safety without being labeled a “wimp”?

From weekly indignities at school or work, to really scary situations, reading The Safety Godmothers: The ABCs of Awareness, Boundaries and Confidence will help you to be out and about safely. Gavin de Becker, Oprah’s go-to expert, shares his know-how in three featured chapters.

While the subject matter sounds serious, the book is actually a lot of fun. Ellen and Lisa provide “How We See It” commentary that is often irreverent … and sometimes even a little bit naughty! You’ve never had such a good time learning to stay safe.


The Safety Godmothers is not only the name of the book, but also the identity of its two authors, Ellen Snortland and Lisa Gaeta. The Safety Godmothers have decades of experience in training thousands of women, girls, men and boys in verbal and physical self-defense.

Ms. Gaeta is the founder and CEO of IMPACT Personal Safety of Southern California, and recognized internationally as the most experienced trainer in full-force, adrenaline based self-defense.

Ms. Snortland is the author of “Beauty Bites Beast: Awakening the Warrior in Women and Girls,” which is deemed a classic in the personal safety field. She has spoken about and taught self-defense all over the world, and been featured on Dateline NBC.

Gavin de Becker, our “Safety Godfather,” is widely regarded as the leading expert on the prediction and management of violence. He is also the author of several books, including the best-selling “The Gift of Fear.”

The Safety Godmothers wish you the best life has to offer and the inspiration to live a full and courageous life… and kick some serious butt if you must!

Publication Date:
0971144737 / 9780971144736
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Juvenile Nonfiction / Social Issues / Violence

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