Eddie's book, Principles and Practices of Nonviolence: 30 Meditations for Practicing Compassion due to be available November 2, 2020. Eddie drew his inspiration for this book from individuals like Martin Luther King Jr., Ghandi, Marshall Rosenberg and others. 

Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi both believed nonviolence to be a way of life. They are remembered as pioneers for nonviolence and for their social justice and civil rights movements. This book presents principles and practices of nonviolence and offers a way to practice nonviolence in our current times and in our day to day lives. 

Praise for Principles and Practices of Nonviolence: 30 Meditations for Practicing Compassion

“With each chapter, comes wisdom and a clear invitation and request of how to practice these principles of Nonviolence. This book is enriching to the soul, nourishing to the spirit and essential for our individual and collective healing. A book for our times!”

Sylvia Haskvitz, Certified Trainer/Assessor with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, Author of Eat by Choice, Not by Habit; Practical Skills for Creating a Healthy Relationship with Your Body and Food and contributing author to Healing Our Planet, Healing Ourselves, The Power of Change Within to Change the World.

“Eddie is our modern-day Gandhi, beautifully sharing 30 approaches for all of us to listen, empathize, and love. He eloquently fills each chapter with moving quotes and sayings from his mentors and heroes, relating them to his own experiences and then leaving us with an inspirational and stimulating skill builder. These skills enable us to identify strengths and areas of growth as we strive to reach our place of joy and unconditional happiness. Eddie is not telling us that this growth and change is easy, but he is telling us that it is so worth it and it will change the entire trajectory of our lives!” 

Judy Knapp, Founder of PreventionWORKS


Principles and Practices of Nonviolence brings to light the practices of nonviolence of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. in the disposition of a casual read, but with a great deal of insights. It provides easy to incorporate practices for compassion in everyday situations for individuals from all walks of life. What particularly intrigued me about this book is that it calls you to truly look inside yourself and ask yourself how you can empathize with the person who hurt you, which can be a tough endeavor for many of us when in a difficult situation. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to gain perspective on compassion and nonviolence in all aspects of life.”                                          

Shabila Vijay, Resident Services Manager

A very powerful, eye opening and inspiring book on nonviolence and how we can see the good where we thought there wasn't any. The author brings Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others' thoughts on actions of nonviolence; It will help you look within yourself and others and come away with why we treat others based on a preconceived mindset. The book gives hope and an example is when the author writes, "Remember that when we practice nonviolence and hold others in positive regard, we can contribute to changed hearts, social change and a new future." 

Karen Jordan, Former Staff Sergeant, United States Air Force


Essentials for Cultivating Passionate Volunteers and Leaders

Eddie's book Essentials for Cultivating Passionate Volunteers and Leaders is now available for sale at and other retailers. If you prefer a Kindle version you can purchase the book at for $4.99.

Here are what some reviewers had to say about his book:

“Eddie offers practical ideas, inspirational stories and powerful support for finding and retaining volunteers to enrich and enhance your organization’s goals. His ideas and delightful examples spring from his experience and varied learning over many years of cultivating and nurturing volunteers and leaders."

Sylvia Haskvitz, CNVC trainer and assessor, author of Eat by Choice, Not by Habit and contributing author of Healing Our Planet, Healing Ourselves

"Mr. Zacapa provides straight forward, practical ideas for engaging and inspiring employees and volunteers to perform at optimum levels for the good of any organization. His short and very well written book inspired and validated my own principles applied during my own, lengthy career as a CEO of a nationally respected affordable housing developer/operator. Eddie Zacapa understands the importance of finding passion in those we lead and offers excellent tips on how to apply empathy and understanding for the promotion of work excellence."

Rob Pearson, CEO, Santa Barbara Housing Authority

"Reading Eddie’s book brought up so many emotions. I have known Eddie for a few years and I can attest to his commitment, passion, professionalism and compassion. In this book, he shares his own experiences on how to lay down a fertile space for volunteers and dissects the importance to nurture them in a kind and respectful manner. Eddie provides concise examples on how to provide a bounty of opportunities not only for volunteers but for the community they serve. The book is insightful and inspiring."

Ruth ZermeƱo-Rodriguez,
Peer Counselor, Family Advocate

“No one who works with volunteers should miss reading Essentials for Cultivating Passionate, Inspired Volunteers and Leaders. Eddie speaks from rich experience and a compassionate heart. The "essentials" he provides are spectacular for both their simplicity and depth! The book is remarkable for its brevity and comprehensiveness. It will become a core manual for leading volunteers in our church. In my humble opinion, Eddie is like our Santa Claus (you'll have to read the book for this to make complete sense) because he is giving our leaders the opportunity to serve, grow and contribute to our volunteers.”

Karl Ortis, Pastor, Western Hills Church

"Eddie powerfully lifts up the concepts of 'love thy neighbor' in this book. He illustrates how volunteering time and skills to our communities teaches teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, critical thinking, project planning and other important life skills. Eddie especially captures how human beings can bring out the best in each other through volunteerism. He also reminds us to preserve and treasure our interconnectedness as global citizens."

Ami Pascual Spear, Founding Director, South of Market Foundation, Community Economic Developer practitioner 

"This guide will help any organization that is looking for long term volunteers to bulk up their staff with heart."

Gloria Webster, Volunteer

"There are over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. The vast majority of those rely on volunteers to be able to live out their mission. Eddie’s book provides a simple, yet effective, framework for recruiting and retaining volunteers. This is a very helpful read for anyone involved in volunteer work in any capacity, whether you lead volunteers or whether you are a volunteer."

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