Beyond Words

An Intersection of Philosophy, Inspiration, and Poetry

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Inspired by the unprecedented events of 2020, Beyond Words: An Intersection of Philosophy, Inspiration and Poetry brings to life a mosaic of thoughts and perspectives about subjects and emotions born of human experience and illuminated by a year gripped by wonderment and uncertainty.

The year was possibly the most tumultuous year in modern history. It challenged the fortitude of humanity; stretched the fabric of society; and stress-tested governments and institutions worldwide. Through seemingly endless, exhausting news cycles, the world was force-fed a daily diet of crises: a global pandemic, world economic stress, political upheaval across the globe, racial injustice and inequality, public health disparities, wildfires and other global disasters, unemployment, homelessness, food insecurity, devastating hurricanes and flooding, United States Presidential Election and the discovery of a COVID-19 vaccine.

This book’s perspective about subjects predisposed by the events of 2020 showcase myriad of suggestions relating to life, hope, the future and other subjects. Although these subjects have been contemplated by cultures throughout history, the events of 2020 magnified them through pervasive technology and greater awareness about the subjects and their influence on how humanity thinks and lives.

The book uses philosophy, inspiration and poetry to narrate nonfictional themes that inspire thought about personal beliefs and create the opportunity to consider ideas that go beyond conventional and superficial points of view.

As you gaze into the window of emotions surrounding these thoughts, you may see reflections of your own emotions. It may prompt an examination of your own beliefs and inspire how you can best navigate an uncertain future.


  1. Gee Raney

    “Beyond Words” a beautifully written book of inspiration and poetry that will forever be a part of my decor. Shortly after I received the book, I found myself sifting through the pages with my morning cup of tea enjoying turning every page. So bright and harmoniously done!

  2. Joni D. Goodman, CPTD, CDTLF

    Each message within this book stirs up emotion that allows you to process difficult feelings and grow. Thank you for this gift!

  3. William Peel

    In “Beyond Words,” Russell Richard embraces the emotions of generations mired in the vagaries of our pandemic world. This proverbial work will never be fully absorbed. It will take multiple readings to grasp its poetic intersection of ideas and inspiration. “Beyond Words” warmed my heart, piqued my mind and challenged my convictions. Russell is a poet with a keen ability to personify the abstract. The rhythm and pace of the prose caused me to pause, probe, and penetrate my emotions.. This seminal work will have a prominent place in my library and pull me back into its pages time and again.

  4. Joni D. Goodman, CPTD, CDTLF

    “Beyond Words” is a book that I pick up and ponder with deep reflection. The passages are meaningful, wise, and thought-provoking.

  5. Matthew W Lewis

    I have known Russell a little over a year and he has been truly a blessing to my professional career. “Beyond Words” is just like Russell, thought provoking and presses the envelope on your perspective on things in life. Russell is superb human and the book is as well. A must read!

  6. DJ

    The words that best describe “Beyond Words” – in MY MIND are in no particular order….

    Astonishing! Breathtaking! BRILLIANT! Comforting! Breathtaking!! Astonishing!! Passionate!! Meaningful!! Phenomenal!! Personal!! Reaourceful!! Intuitive!! Sophisticated!! Truthful!! Motivating!! Thought – provoking!!

    In lamen terms Mr, Mr. Richaud blew me away with this wonderful piece. It STILL feels like he painted art ditectly into my mind. I honestly wish I could frame every page!

    I’m a fan!!!

  7. Eric Bolton

    “Beyond Words” is an extraordinary book that creates enlightenment and wisdom. If you enjoy philosophical thinking & stoicism, you will enjoy this read.

  8. Isabelle Perreau

    “Beyond Words” is a unique book, different than anything you have red before! Its original combination of images and words sumptuously expresses deep thoughts. It needs to be ‘visited’ little by little, ruminated—as Nietzsche would advise—in order to grasp its substance.
    It is about the different dimensions of the human being and the metaphysical question of existence.
    To finish I would just say, ‘Bon Voyage’ in the magnificent journey this precious book represents.
    And thank you Russ for an invaluable gift!!

  9. Irma Diaz Gonzalez

    Love at first sight, love at first read. From ‘Hope Speaks’ to ‘Inequality Speaks’ to ‘History Speaks’ and the others, Russell Richard’s “Beyond Words: An Intersection of Philosophy, Inspiration and Poetry” is a thought provoking, inspirational, and meditative book. For this reason, I do not recommend you read straight through from cover to cover. It would be far better to read 2-3 pages at a time, letting the words and wisdom of the message sink in and sensing the truth to which they point. A book to be shared, savored, and relished.

  10. Andrew Smith

    I have to say I was intrigued by the global insight the book gave on the world of business. I truly feel this insight is needed throughout every workplace, if the business is going to be successful, and it needs to start here in the USA.
    Andrew Smith

  11. Lisa Darling

    I did not read “Beyond Words” by Russell Richard. I couldn’t.
    The themes—ranging from hope to silence, finesse to purpose, knowledge to nature—are among the most compelling and interesting.
    But this book is no cover-to-cover read. Instead, it was a deep dive, a real perusal, of one theme at a time for me. And I loved each one.
    Russell Richard writes poignantly and powerfully, giving the reader ample opportunity to reflect and ponder. Rather than read it cover to cover, I recommend you enjoy it as I did and do – one section at a time in those moments when one is open to reflection and thinking, uplift and challenge.
    When you do, you’ll encounter memorable quotes, thoughtful poetic exploration, one man’s philosophy, and without question, this book will cause you to engage with your own. Enjoy. Wallow. Engage. I didn’t read it, but I did all of these things and more.

  12. David Staas

    Russell’s words are poetic, uplifting, and expressive. I’m so glad he was able to capture his thoughts and share them in this format. Each passage eloquently captures a topic that touches our common humanity. In these times, we all can benefit from reading more books like this – reflective and thought provoking.

  13. Katherine R.

    Philosophical, inspirational, and poetic—your coffee table needs this book, “Beyond Words!”
    Russell thank you for bringing life to many of our secret thoughts and feelings in such a crucial time. Simply brilliant.

  14. Armani Ghrissi

    A book that takes you on a journey like no other. Unique concepts and wonderful usage of words!

  15. Diana Del Pilar

    “Beyond Words” will captivate and expand your mind with what I call ‘channeled truths.’ Its subtle poetic rhythm is like music whose purpose is to stir your spirit. Russell has taken some of the most poignant subjects that made headlines and impacted our lives in 2020, and lifted themes that emerged from this shared global experience. “Beyond Words” beautifully personifies words such as Future, Hope, Justice, Death, Persevere, Knowledge, and Nature. Each word speaks to the reader with revelation. My favorite poem in the collection is The Speaker, and I truly believe that all readers of this book will feel hope and be inspired to expand their conceptualization of the subjects brought to life in the book. Well done Russell.

  16. Susan

    “Beyond Words” is a truly inspirational and thought-provoking work of art. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking solace.

  17. Anonymous

    Honorable Carol Mims Galloway,
    Finish reading the book. I really enjoyed. It has meaning and purpose. Your thoughts on each topic were brilliant!
    It sequences of life journey is most inspiring! Thanks for sharing your vision so elegant!!
    ‘Your book overall rating is superb and well worth reading!’💘

  18. Mark Poag

    “Beyond Words” reflects the inspiring nature of its author, and I found the combination of the text and images comforting, especially in times of stress. Thank you, Russell!

  19. Dr. Melanie Johnson

    This illustrious book is as beautiful inside as it is on the outside. How inspirational you are to journey through life with such depth of perspective. Love it!

  20. Jeff Cains

    Brilliant Russell I have certainly been helped. This book provoked me to do an analysis of each section after reading. I have been helped spiritually, my thought process magnified and enlightened. This book is BEYOND WORDS. May GOD bless you Russell. Inequality Speaks and Sisters are my favorites passages I will purchase plaques.

  21. Gil Staley

    A fantastic and thought provoking book! As a table book, I have noticed my guests will pick it for a quick read, thus ensuring an interesting conversation.

  22. Chris McCarthy

    Russell, combining philosophical ideas, words of inspiration, and poetry — what an awesome and original concept for a book!

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