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The Rebellious Missionary: My Years as a Medical Missionary in Haiti By Dollie Bennett-Milfort
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The Rebellious Missionary: My Years as a Medical Missionary in Haiti tells the story of my years working as a medical missionary in a clinic in Haiti. It is also the story of how I fell in love with... More > Haiti and the people of Haiti.< Less
GUNZ AND GOD: The Life of an NYPD Undercover By Stevie Stryker, Rocco Parascandola
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Some people complain about the problems around them. Others do something about them. This is the real-life story of Stevie Stryker, who grew up in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood, then became an NYPD... More > undercover — Stevie Gunz, his fellow officers called him. He locked up countless bad guys using his biggest asset, his ability to talk. It’s a skill he learned as a kid in church, where he listened, not always willingly, as his father, a strict Pentecostal minister, held sway with his mesmerizing sermons. But Stryker broke his father’s heart, joining the Marines instead of heading right to college, only to make amends later in life. After retiring from the NYPD due to a debilitating illness, he paid his father the biggest compliment he could, becoming a minister and preaching the word of God.< Less
Higher Love: The Miraculous Story of a Family By Paul Campion, Randy Johnson, Bobbi Buchanan
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Fate. Divine faith. The laws of attraction. Free will. Or a shared calling to achieve a greater good. Whether we believe in supernatural forces or random odds, we speculate over what brings together... More > two people who consider themselves soulmates. HIGHER LOVE, the epic true story of a gay couple’s lifelong struggle to be recognized together as the parents of four multiracial children, draws readers back to this question—a question with no clear answer, but only the beauty of possibility. In its magical telling by Paul Campion and Randy Johnson, two of the plaintiffs in the SCOTUS case that would legalize same-sex marriage, the memoir shows us the higher purpose of the obstacles Paul and Randy tackle as gay dads to build a family and live their dream.< Less
The Life of Marine Sergeant Joseph Davis Caskey: Fearless, Fallen but not Forgotten By Gerald and Debbie Caskey
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This is a memoir of a young Marine Sergeant who was Killed in Action in Operation Enduring Freedom in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Sergeant Joseph Davis Caskey was twenty-four years old on June... More > 26, 2010 when the vehicle he was riding in hit an IED. The story of Sergeant Caskey is an account of the patriotic courage and passionate commitment of a faithful and fearless young man. He was a man of strong Christian principle and sterling character. This is a story of grief and loss and provides a powerful message to those who are dealing with their own pain and hurt.< Less
My Life Story By Theodore B. Halpern
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Theodore B. Halpern was born in 1930 in Vienna, Austria. Forced to escape the Nazis and leave Teddy with his grandmother, his family fled to the United States. During an air raid when he was ten... More > years old, Teddy and his grandmother lost sight of each other and would not reunited for several years. This is where Teddy's solitary journey of survival begins.< Less
It Started With A Pencil: Memoir, Leslie B. DeMille By Willma W. Gore, Dianne DeMille, PhD
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This memoir of Leslie B. DeMille chronicles his passion for creating art throughout his life. He started at a young age with pencil sketches of the backs of heads of the people in front of him in... More > church. Through the winning of three first place awards for his oil paintings at ages 11, 15, and 16, he was validated that this is the road he should take. In order to learn more about art and promote his work, he moved the family, his wife and five children, ages ten and under, plus the dog to California. Subsequently, he became internationally renowned for his work and inspiration through his galleries, workshops, and demonstrations. This story relates his accomplishments and the stories along the way.< Less
My Life, My Illness, and My Assurance in God (in black & white) By Patricia Miller
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Patricia "Pat" Miller has lived in or near the rural community of Stanton, Michigan most of her life. As a young woman she graduated from the Butterworth School of Nursing in Grand Rapids... More > never dreaming how crucial her medical education would be years later when confronting her life-threatening battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. This is her true-life story of courage overcoming challenge to resume an active, meaningful life. This heartfelt, page-turning remembrance speaks of blessings and hardships, as well as the treasured love of her family & friends. But most of all it is the story of her close walk with God who continues to watch over her.< Less
It Was That Dang Red-Headed Preacher's Kid! Episodes from My Whimsical Childhood By Jim Ed Hardaway
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Funny, inspiring, and reflective with a small side of irreverence. This preacher’s kid offers honestly written snapshots of antics and experiences that shaped a boy and built a man.... More > You’ll meet your own story through Jim Ed’s words and almost be persuaded you, too, need two first names. Visit the small Texas towns that become characters in the pages; feel the humidity and be romanced by the big hearts and Southern hospitality. Best read with a plate of tacos.< Less
Joel Dunton of Franklin, Massachusetts and Four Generations of His Descendants By Sandy Dahlfred
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This genealogy documents the Dunton family of Franklin, Massachusetts beginning with the mysterious Joel, who was killed by a kick from his plow horse at the age of forty-two, through four... More > generations of his descendants. Any New England Dunton who has been trying to find his or her place within the family should read this book.< Less
The Life & Times of Betty Hupp McKain By Betty Hupp McKain
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The Life & Times of Betty Hupp McKain is the author's story in her own words.
Where Two or Three Are Gathered By Margaret McGee
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This book is sure to capture your full attention as it takes you on a heartwarming journey about a British war bride and an American soldier,a voyage across the Atlantic on the Queen Mary Ocean Liner... More > and the many historically detailed and memorable family events that followed. As the stories unfold, the reader is sure to agree that absolutely nothing in this world happens by mistake. With the personal and endearing experiences, hopes and dreams, joys and sorrows, shared by this large, Catholic family, united by a strong faith and unconditional love, the reader will become completely absorbed and enlightened.< Less
The Village Tavern By Nathan Pollack
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People in recovery tell their intriguing stories; you can hear them in meetings all over the world. This, however, is a group of a dozen or so alcoholics who died in their disease, posthumous... More > first-person stories not nearly so cheerful or optimistic as those others. They still reveal their underlying mutual support and affection, modestly muted.< Less
The Writing Room: Stories from the Lives of Callanwolde Writers By Callanwolde Writers
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The Writing Room: Stories from the Lives of Callanwolde Writers is a collection of 18 stories excerpted from the memoirs of writers of the Memoir Seminar taught by June Akers Seese at the Callanwolde... More > Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Each selection tells a complete story illustrating a compelling facet of the life of the writer. The contributors are diverse and represent every stage of life. The volume includes a preface by June Akers Seese, an introduction by the editors, and notes from each of the writers. Five of the authors comprise the editing team: Sarah Kegley, Gretchen E. Maclachlan, Jim Monacell, Bill Moore and Lori R. Muskat. Other writers included are Ellen Jones, Shani T. Godwin, Shelley Scher, Robert Roth, Paul R. Thim, Chelsea Cook, Ralph Freedman, Park Morgan, Rebekah Durham, Gwen Filardi, Don Bender and Lori Feig-Sandoval< Less
This I Believe By Lynda J. Keagan
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Deeply reflective and personal, This I Believe is an intimate journey through explorations of spirituality, philosophy, and the recovery of a healing heart that will surely make you think about your... More > own perspectives of the world we live in - while helping you feel reassured that you are not alone in your struggles.< Less
Journey Through the Roses By Barbara Dutton
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In this collection of memories, Barbara Dutton shares reminiscences of life growing up in Texas, falling in love with the love of her life at age 15, and moving to Colorado to farm and raise a... More > family. Though her life has not been without struggles, her strong faith has carried her through the difficult times.< Less
Humble Roots: Earl and Caroline By Lona Root Haskins
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An epic of a poor humble family’s survival. A poignant portrayal of a beautiful woman from the northern Wisconsin countryside and a man from the city who met at the end of World War I, fell in... More > love and married. It is about raising a large family in sometimes destitute situations, and about how alcoholism affected their life, the failures of Prohibition, and a father driven to desperate measures. It is about their hard work ethic, and how finally owning property gave them a new determination to make something of their life. You will be transported back to a time of country life before electricity, indoor plumbing, washing machines, or tractors, through the years of the Great Depression and the Dustbowl, and about how the Works Project Administration rescued families from a life of total poverty, about the emergency shipyards of World War II providing a living wage to unskilled laborers, and a family apart, with life in a logging camp, and the building of a new town.< Less
A History of Los Angeles Unified School District " Adopt-A-School" Program 1978-2004 By William Johnston
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History of LAUSD and ARCO's development of the Adopt A School Program. The Los Angeles Dodgers participation is highlighted, along with the staff of LAUSD who directed the program.
Letting Go: Holding the Family Together Through Mental Illness By Ronald Belanger
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I'm just an average guy. I expected to live an average life. This is the story of how I dealt with the disabilities of three of my children and the developing mental illness of my wife. I want to... More > encourage people living through similar challenges to keep going. I learned to navigate the system and get the help I needed for my family. I hope some of what I learned can be helpful to others. Everything is a process.< Less
Blessed Eleven By Philip Quinn, JoAnn Quinn, Lainie Quinn
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This book is about a man who believed he was destined to be a Jesuit priest. He struggled with living free in an unfree world. He chose people over rules and that gave him the title of rebel. As... More > you journey through Phil’s life, you will discover his life as a Jesuit, his struggle to leave the Jesuits, his life as a family man, his fight for the underdog, his fear of death, his death sentence, and his presence. You will walk though his struggles throughout life and how he overcame his fears. You will see how he became known as Blessed Eleven to those who knew him.< Less
This is Your Life: Edgar "Buddy" Galvin By Minerva Bloom, Matthew Bloom
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This book encompasses experiences that span almost a century in the life of Edgar "Buddy" Galvin. From notes and memory, Buddy reflects on the major highlights and lessons gleaned over that... More > time.  His story illuminates events in his lifetime; from his childhood growing up in Baltimore Maryland during Prohibition and the Great Depression, his long lasting affair with music, and his work as a 1st class ship-fitter where he witnessed the launching of the first Liberty ship the SS Patrick Henry. Buddy relates in an intimate fashion, his experience in the United States Navy as a Long Range Aerial Navigator aboard B-24 Liberators, while on anti-submarine patrol out of Dunkeswell, England. He also gives a personal account of his participation in the search for Flight 19, one of the great aviation mysteries. His life has been enriched with his travels around the world, family and friends, civic work, and his continuous commitment with volunteer efforts in the South Florida community.< Less
"You're Crazy" - Volume One By Craig Lewis
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You’re Crazy Volume One compiles twenty-five first-hand accounts of people from the punk scene who live with mental illness, addiction and trauma. This volume also includes two stories of punk... More > rockers who are allies to those of us who struggle and their experience. This book exists to help empower the writers who are sharing their personal experiences so that they can be better understood. It also exists to help show that we are not alone in this world and that life can get better. It’s a necessity in our community. We all deserve to be heard. You’re Crazy aims to help decrease the stigma that the authors, and those like them, face while dealing with mental illness, addiction and trauma. By sharing their stories they are putting themselves on the line as they take ownership of their lives and experiences while demonstrating the reality of their lives. These stories educate and inspire, increasing understanding and empathy while reducing stigma.< Less
Faith and Courage in a Time of Trouble By France Pruitt As Told to Judy Priven
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This book tells the story of a nominally Jewish Belgian family who spent more than four years during the Second World War as refugees in the south of France. The narrator was five years old when the... More > family left Brussels and ten when they returned. At first, the family lived openly in a rented farm, supporting themselves as farmers. But they eventually had to go into hiding and were sheltered by families in the region who risked their lives by doing so. In June of 2005, several members of the family returned to the region to dedicate a granite bench in honor of the courageous efforts of its people. Speeches and pictures from the dedication ceremony are presented at the end of the book.< Less
A BLADE OF GRACE - PAPERBACK By VICTORIA HUGGINS PEURIFOY
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In life we learn lessons in one of three ways: by experiencing them, observing them, or through the wisdom gifted to us by a loving elder. In Victoria Huggins Peurifoy’s prose and poetry we are... More > privileged to actually learn by all three methods. As a writer, Victoria (or as she is affectionately called “The Axiom”) delivers her personal story so honestly and intimately you at times believe she is talking about you or you start to think you are her! But what ultimately comes through is the fact that she, as an elder, imparts the insights she has gained. Too often in today’s literary world, memoirs or autobiographies become nothing more than sensationalized “tell all” exposés. Their only value comes from shock. Not true with “A Blade of Grace.” Victoria tells her truth without making herself a victim, villain or vixen; which ultimately makes her a heroine. I have nothing further to say but; put on a pot of coffee, sit in your favorite chair, and enjoy! Elijah Pringle, Editor and Host of Poetry Quid Pro Quo< Less
First Rate Living By Dave Stone
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First Rate Living by David A. Stone
TO RISE THEN ROLL By Tracy Tarvers
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In 1997 Tracy Tarvers,at the age of 34, suffered a traumatic brain injury and her spinal cord was damaged. She has used writing as a tool to assist her in recovering memories, rebuilding skills, and... More > communicating. Today, as an active quadraplegic she shares the story of her recovery.< Less