Roslyn is best known for the awe-inspiring story of survival, resiliency, faith and triumph of the human spirit as told in her internationally acclaimed book and multi-media stage production, Meant to Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit.,
She speaks for faith-based groups, community organizations, schools, corporations and more.
In Meant to Be, resiliency speaker and author Roslyn Franken reveals the unforgettable true story of her parents, John and Sonja Franken – two unlikely survivors of World War II. While John must fight for his life as a Prisoner of War in Japan, Sonja endures the horrors of Auschwitz and a series of other Holocaust concentration camps in Nazi Europe. Remarkably, John survives the Nagasaki atomic bomb and Sonja escapes death in the gas chambers on three separate occasions.
After suffering endless tests of faith and fortitude at the hands of their brutal captors, the war ends and the two are brought together in the most extraordinary of circumstances to rebuild their lives as one based on love, resilience and commitment. When Sonja is diagnosed with cancer and John suffers a massive heart attack, they triumph once again by calling on the same daring and determination that allowed them to survive the war.
Diagnosed with cancer at the young age of 29, Roslyn turns to her parents’ examples of resiliency and NEVER GIVE UP attitude as inspiration in her own fight to beat cancer and become a long-term survivor.
How did John and Sonja survive? How did they meet? What did Roslyn learn from her parents about survival, resiliency, faith and love that can help us all live better lives and make our world a better place? The answers to these questions and more are what make up the amazing story that Roslyn shares on both the page and the stage in her book and multi-media presentation, Meant to Be.
Her parents' story was the subject of a television documentary that was nominated for a Gemini award and a movie adaptation of her book, Meant to Be, is currently in development for production as a feature film.
Let your guests experience Roslyn's engaging combination of masterful storytelling with photos, live music, video clips plus much more. These original audio-visual elements add tremendous impact and intrigue for a truly unique and memorable experience for you and your group.
What event organizers are saying...
"Roslyn Franken's presentation of her book, Meant to Be, was breathtaking! From the moment she began telling her parents' story, the entire audience was completely captivated. The entire room was filled with tears, laughter, gasps and sighs as they hung on her every word...This is such a powerful story everyone needs to hear!!
~ Russel O. McKee III, Pastor, Harvester United Methodist Church, Land O'Lakes, Florida
"Roslyn, what an amazing story on such an important topic, and one that should be shared with all! Your presentation was emotionally charged, uplifting and you presented in a manner that was both entertaining and inspiring. Your ability to connect to a variety of personalities, cultures, and ages is a true gift and you would be a huge asset to ANY group who is looking for an amazing, one-of-a-kind speaker."
~ Rabbi Mendy Yarmush, Chabad Wiregrass, South Tampa, Florida
"I would like to thank you, Roslyn, for your presentation about your book, Meant to Be. It was one of the most profound presentations and stories we have had the pleasure of at our meetings in the past 36 years and the first to receive a standing ovation.”
~ Robert Nemchin, Vice President, Capital Business Association
MEANT TO BE: A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit
by Roslyn Franken, ISBN: 978-0-9784274-1-2
"Wonderful book. Amazing story. Beautifully written..."
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In the Media
Roslyn Franken has been a guest on numerous television and radio shows and featured in newspapers and magazines across North America and abroad.
Highlights include television appearances on NBC Daytime, ABC Action News, CTV News, CH at Home, A-Channel Television, Rogers Daytime and Shalom Ottawa.
Radio interviews include: CJAD 800 Leslie Roberts Show (Montreal's #1 News Talk Radio Station) WBAP News/Talk 820 Texas, 92.9FM Voice of Barbados Radio, Women Power Talk Radio, CBC Radio;
Print media attention includes: Tampa Bay Magazine, The Canadian Jewish News (Canada’s largest national Jewish newspaper), Ottawa Citizen, USA Today, International Business Times, Florida Today, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Business Journal, Capital Style Magazine, Challenge Magazine, and Due West magazines, just to name a few.
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THE A LIST: 9 Guiding Principles for Healthy Eating and Positive Living
by Roslyn Franken, ISBN: 978-0-9784274-0-5
ABOUT THE BOOK
"This is an easy-to-read book, with true-life stories from the author to add credibility to her message. She can talk the talk because she has walked the walk. Ample space given within the text to challenge the reader and make it an interactive exercise. Readers will come away motivated, and feeling positive about making realistic, measurable changes towards a healthier lifestyle and disposition." - Truman W.