Bestselling Author, Scholar, & Advisor to the United Nations
“The way she moves from viewing monuments to how the war spawned a maelstrom of madness is as thrilling as it is chilling. What Penny and her family learn about themselves and human courage is a testament to the endurance of our species and the hopes we all have of creating a world that works for all.”
Russell F. Robinson
CEO, Jewish National Fund
“A compelling and wonderful story. An awakening for sure! The motto of the Jewish National Fund is to teach our leaders that you must stand up and be counted. Her book exemplifies that.”
Rabbi K’vod Weider
Temple Beth El of South Orange County
“Penny S. Tee shares from the heart. She is passionate about peace, personal growth, and gives us permission and invitation to take bold steps in our own lives.”
Carole Lieberman, M.D.
Author of Lions and Tigers and Terrorists, Oh My! How to Protect Your Child in a Time of Terror
BLASTED from COMPLACENCY blasts you into a beautiful, spiritual, and magical place, Israel. There, author Penny S. Tee guides you along her journey from bar mitzvah rites to bomb shelters and back, all the while keeping you entertained and well-fed like the good Jewish mother that she is.
Featured on ABC"s Hit TV Show "Secret Millionaire"
“Blasted from Complacency is fascinating! If you want to read an inspiring story of hope, faith and courage, then read this amazing book by my friend Penny S.Tee!”
Author of Beginner’s English One
A fascinating journey across the Israeli-Palestinian divide. Penny S. Tee tells a human story that stands apart from politics and paints an honest picture of what life is like for those who must live in a constant state of war. Yet, at the same time, it also provides that rarest of commodities in these dark times: hope.
VP Judaism in Action at TBE
Penny is an engaging and charismatic speaker who speaks from the heart with authentic emotion. She is a strong advocate for her passion of global peace and understanding.
Author of Tips to Fight Dry Eye That Work
Penny S. Tee’s life was shattered—in the best sense possible. Everything about her life changed after the terrorist attacks. The unexpected changes they brought about is what makes BLASTED from COMPLACENCY a thrilling and essential read.
Cindy S. Rubin
Orange County, CA
What do you get when a vacation goes awry in a war zone? You get BLASTED from COMPLACENCY, Penny S. Tee’s warm, compassionate, and often passionate tale of her journey of self-discovery to peace and making the world a better place to live. It is a must read for anyone who has ever questioned their purpose in life. This page-turner will leave you yearning for more of Penny’s gentle and self-deprecating humor, sprinkled with sage advice. Not to be missed: Penny’s comprehensive list of resources so you may begin your own journey of self-discovery—in the express lane.
Lynette M. Smith
Founder and Owner of AllMyBest.com and GoodWaysToWrite.com
Penny S. Tee’s BLASTED from COMPLACENCY is a dynamic yet thoughtfully written personal account of the author’s frightening, life-changing experience on a 2014 vacation in Israel, when bombs started flying and bomb shelters became her family’s alternative accommodations. As a reader, I felt I was right beside her and her family through this terrifying experience. She imparts an appreciation for Jewish tradition and history and how important Israel is to Jews worldwide. Yet she also shows empathy for the Palestinian civilians, whose lifestyle and future are in the hands of politicians who seem to value propaganda more than Palestinian lives. Penny’s life’s purpose, to contribute to peace between Palestinians and Israelis, is admirable, and I wish her every success in the steps she takes on this very personal journey that’s so important to the world.
Penny S. Tee’s book, BLASTED from COMPLACENCY, opens the door of hope to someday finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The first-hand experience she lived during a family trip to Israel opened her eyes to her life’s purpose. Penny’s transformational journey is inspiring, and the life lessons she shares are an amazing tool for anyone trying to fulfill their life’s calling. On either side of Israel and Palestine are human beings who have stories that need to be heard, without assumptions and with true empathy. Penny’s book is a must read to start to understand the history of the area and what people who are immersed in the conflict go through.
Lila M. Larson
Author of Small Business Big Growth, 50 Tips to Get Clear, Get Focused, Get Better Results
As you journey with Penny S. Tee on her family vacation in Israel, you will experience her anxiety, fear, and her constant monitoring of social media as she sought to keep her family safe under the ever changing and increasing signs of discord. Upon her return to the United States, she sought to gain knowledge from her insights and experiences, seeking to understand what had happened and to find a way to channel her learning into making a positive impact on the world. Her explanation of what can be done by each of us to seek peace wherever we are is worthy of note and encourages us to follow this path. Let us join Penny as she continues her journey to transform the world, one day at a time.
Charlene A. Derby
Author of “A Boy Learns to Bake Series”
BLASTED from COMPLACENCY is ultimately a love story—love for one’s country of ethnic origin, love for family and friends, love of self, and a surprising empathy for those who are perceived as enemies. Penny S. Tee weaves her family’s story of a vacation to Israel with her insights gained from finding herself in the middle of the 2014 Israel/Gaza conflict. Her work is a gift to those seeking to better understand both what is going on in the Middle East and their personal reactions to it. It is a gift of love.
Mary Sue Rabe
Founder and Director of Women Healing the World, and Author of Stand There and Look Pretty, Darlin’
As a mother, I could feel the anxiety in every turn of the page as Penny S. Tee shared her journey with her husband and son through Israel, the country of their faith. BLASTED from COMPLACENCY is an enthralling account of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the ground during the bombings. As a result of her experience, Penny has met and is working with peacekeepers to make a difference in the world, and she invites the reader to also become involved. An excellent read.
Israel’s Pioneering Impact on Global Food, Water and Energy Security
I am such a geek. This article is about what I learned and researched afterwards at the 2020 Jewish National Fund Virtual National Conference and this session was on “What’s in Store for the World: The Future of Global Food, Water, and Energy Security. I am just one of thos...
Israel’s Pioneering Impact on Global Food, Water and Energy Security
I am such a geek. This article is about what I learned and researched afterwards at the 2020 Jewish National Fund Virtual National Conference and this session was on “What’s in Store for the World: The Future of Global Food, Water, and Energy Security. I am just one of those people who get exc...