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The Testimony of a Black Sheep By Willie Stokes
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The Testimony of a Black Sheep provides an “up close and inside” view into the gang culture. The author uses a continuous and consistent flow of personal anecdotes that vividly describes... More > the dangerous and subservient life of a gang member. I have shared this book with minors who are currently incarcerated in a juvenile correctional facility for crimes committed while associated with youth gangs. It was indeed a “wake up call” for the youth to get a “real” look into their futures. They were able to relate to many of the situations that the author described. Michael Fautt MA Juvenile Probation Counselor Sociology Instructor, Community College< Less
General Olmsted and His Scholars By George Olmsted
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The story of General George Olmsted and his education at West Point, service in World War II and his enduring legacy embodied in the Olmsted Foundation's Olmsted Scholar Program.
Marthaville and More By Joe Barney Berry
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In his first memoir, Joe Berry writes about his childhood in Marthaville, Louisiana. Growing up in a large but poor family, he hunted, swam, and got into trouble now and then. As a man, he left home... More > and found meaning in his family and faith.< Less
Unsung Hero: The Col. Young O. Kim Story By Woo Sung Han
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The story of Col. Young Oak Kim reveals the hidden truth about the role of Asian Americans in World War II and the Korean War. Kim, a Korean American, led the famous 100th Infantry Battalion in World... More > War II. He was instrumental not only on the frontlines of war, but also as a humanitarian. Kim spent the rest of his retired years helping others.< Less
Was it Something I Sang? By Yankee Jack
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Since 1964, Yankee Jack has been bringing his music from Maine to Key West. Relive your favorite memories of seeing Jack and find out about the many lives that he has lived that has contributed to... More > his outrageous songs. Now read the tales behind Yankee Jack’s original songs from his 10 albums.< Less
From Being Considered At-Risk to Becoming Resilient: An Autoethnography of Abuse and Poverty Second Edition By Dr. Rosalinda Mercado-Garza, PhD
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I have written a narrative. Autoethnography was the process by which I wrote about the abuse and impoverished conditions I experienced throughout my young life. Autoethnography was also the method by... More > which I disclosed how I moved from being considered at-risk and became resilient. This story represents my life journey, but it can represent the life of many readers who have lived in the United States in poverty and/or have lived through physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse by family members or intimate others. There were several tenets of resilience utilized to identify the “state, condition and practice(s)” I put in place in order to overcome (Knight, 2007, p. 544).< Less
The Best of Trent By Trent Loos, Teresa Platt
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An insightful collection reflecting the values of rural America, The Best of Trent movingly expresses the hopes and fears of those living and working in rural America. If you love animals, if you... More > love the countryside, you'll love The Best of Trent.< Less
Munich Memoir By Dan Alon, Carla Stockton
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Nothing had prepared Israeli fencer Dan Alon for what he would face when he finally qualified and made it to the Munich Olympics. Despite the years of preparation, the training and the dedication, he... More > could not have known how a single Black September day would shatter his dreams and fracture his life. Surviving the Munich Massacre was the beginning of Dan's 40-year struggle to understand why he was spared, why his was not among the mangled remains of murdered Israeli Olympic athletes left on the tarmac at Feldenfurstenbruck Airport. After years of suffering, Dan found that telling his tale freed him to rejoin the living. This is that story, a story of courage, of hope, and, ultimately a story of love. This is Dan Alon's Munich Memoir.< Less
Blessed are the Peacemakers By Patricia Griggs
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Archbishop Elias Chacour, born in a small Arab village in northern Galilee, experienced the establishment of the State of Israel and the loss of his home when he was eight years old. His parents... More > taught that violence is never an appropriate response to violence, and that Jesus' teachings and example provide a path to reconciliation and peace. Today he is recognized around the world as a peacemaker. He founded schools in Ibillin, Israel, where Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Druze students and teachers learn to respect one another and live together in peace. In this book young readers, as well as adults, are encouraged to become peacemakers wherever they live. < Less
The Stories My Children Didn't Want to Hear By peggy brooks
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Wonderfully soulful collection of real life stories of a young country girl growing up in Southeast Arkansas.
Lost Seoul By Jin Stearns, Carolyn Stearns
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Lost Seoul is the inspirational true story of one man's journey to find his family after becoming lost in a crowded Seoul train station at the age of six. It relays his courage, and never-ending... More > hope, to understand his path in life while discovering unimaginable inner strength along the way.< Less
Tails of the Gypsy Musher: Alaska and Beyond By Hugh H. Neff
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“This one's for the dreamers. Hugh Neff's "Tails of the Gypsy Musher" chronicles Neff's unlikely journey from the big city of Chicago to the remote outposts of Alaska. The story pulls... More > you along as easily as Neff's sled dogs do from competition to competition, from adventure to adventure. Told in a style ranging from light-hearted whimsy to wide-eyed wonder, Neff takes you into his world of beauty and love, where dogs are family and the environment is holy and sacred. It's a road worth traveling. All along the way, the spirit of Neff and his sled dogs shines through, illuminating the way for future dreamers. Geronimo, indeed.” --K.C. Johnson, Chicago-based sportswriter< Less
Born near a Manger: My Life’s Journey as a First Born Son By Joe Simmons
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Born near a manger is the story of Joe D. Simmons, a man from humble beginnings who placed his faith in God in order to become a prosperous family and business man. Never forgetting the teachings... More > of his loving parents Dal and Daisy Simmons; Joe has used their principals for handling the tough situations of life. His story is told through his own eyes as he reflects to his audience the triumphs and tribulations of his childhood, school years, early adulthood, and current life.< Less
2013 Challenge into Change Essay Contest By The Women's Initiative
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Transforming challenging life circumstances into positive growth and change is what this volume is meant to celebrate and hopes to inspire. This book shares a selection of inspirational essays (and... More > poems) written by women who entered the 2013 Challenge into Change Essay Contest. Together, they explored such themes as: physical and mental abuse, mental illness, depression, disability, discrimination, violence, poverty, abandonment, job loss, starting over, teen pregnancy, raising children, faith, and finding a purpose. Everyone has a story to tell. But not everyone tells it. Fewer still write the story down, read it before an audience, or allow it to be published in a collection like this. Yet personal stories of triumph over adversity are the most compelling stories of all. They are wisdom stories. Shared with others, they awaken compassion and remind us of our similarities instead of our differences.< Less
Faith of the Larger Liberty A Biography of the Rev. Dr. Vincent Brown Silliman By Rev. Dr. Richard Speck
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I first encountered Vincent Silliman in the archives of Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1990. I love music, hymnody, and liturgy. Discovering this minister had similar interests piqued my... More > curiosity. On sabbatical in 1998 I began a fifteen year journey to discover the real Vincent Silliman and his importance to the hymnody and liturgy of modern Unitarian Universalism. This book traces his life through his eight ministries until his death. It describes the projects that he was involved with such as three widely used Unitarian Universalist hymnals for children and adults, worship arts material, special ceremonies for honoring ministers at the Unitarian Universalist national assembly, and special worship services and wedding material for use by clergy. He reformed the national ministers association and helped create and lead the Religious Arts Guild which produced anthems, dramas, and other material. He accomplished all this without compensation for what was a labor of love for his adopted faith.< Less
Collins Callin’ – One Man’s Story: The Life of W. Edward Collins By Ed Collins
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From first grade runaway to college professor, from ditch digger and janitor to airline pilot and business consultant, from crippling illness to healing, from troubled past to a life fully and... More > passionately lived. See and discover the events, experiences, and triumphs that lead to one man’s story of seeing the world, finding success, and fulfillment. Share the inside view of the military, aviation, business, education, radio and television, and family entanglements. You know that every man has a story to tell. Sometimes funny, sometimes somber, always absorbing, this passionate narrative captures one life that few can duplicate but with which all can relate. It may even stimulate you to share your story as well!< Less
Gone In A Flash: How To Cope While Grieving By Debbie Brown
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I could not stop reading this book. It is personal, inspiring and a trauma guide for homicide survivors. Our program will be giving out copies. - David Voth, Executive Director, Crime Victim Services... More > Author - Quality Victim Advocacy: A Field Guide "Gone in a Flash is exceptionally well written and gives the reader a firsthand account of the devastating impact of homicidel Ms. Brown offers practical coping skills and reminds us that as survivors we have to establish a "new normal" in our lives, and find new activities to help us refocus our thoughts and activities." - Dan Levey Executive Director National organization of Parents of Murdered Children< Less
Book Group By Sheila Rauch
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This is a book about the love of books, friends and the never ending desire to enrich our souls.
From Victim 2 Vessel By Sheryll E. Roberts
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Sheryll E. Roberts was born in Sylvester, Georgia and moved to Houston, Texas when she turned 4. Graduated from Sam Rayburn High school and went on to Devry University. Ms. Roberts, an incest... More > survivor, overcame obstacles stemming from that hurtful part of her life, such as depression, suicide, and self-loathe. She started Life of Hope After Abuse (LHAA) in 2006. LHAA is a non-profit organization promoting awareness against sexual abuse and helping other victims get the help that they need to overcome this traumatic experience. God has given Sheryll her voice back & she encourages others to use theirs. No Longer A Victim, But A Vessel< Less
Lund and Ohs Genealogies Family Histories By Pernilla (Penny)& Peter Ohs
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Our one great grandfather Ohs/Ochs came from Germany/Prussia to the United States in 1863 where he went off to search for gold and ended up homesteading 160 acres of land in Rock County,... More > Minnesota. Our other grandfather Laurits Peder Lund was born in Ribe, Demark and immigrated with his parents in 1880 where the family settled in Butler County, Iowa. He was ordained to the office of the Holy Ministry on a call from congregations at Luverne, Jasper, and Kenneth, Minnesota. So starts the Lund and Ohs genealogies family histories. We have found and included pictures, letters, and newspaper articles.< Less
Keeping Your Balance On a Side-Hill Ranch By Marsha Schemmer Blake
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True stories of a large, growing family living in a primitive hewn-log cabin in the hills of Northern Idaho from 1930 to 1944. Told in both prose and poetic styling and sprinkled liberally with humor.
You Be Pilot By K-Moses Nagbe
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Edward Pailey Sherman, a well-known evangelical and Pentecostal cleric, rose from humble beginnings to arrive at a height he rarely imagined he would have attained, had it not been for the grace of... More > God. This little book celebrates the path he traveled. In the book, K-Moses Nagbe, the author, also documents at least 40 of well-known African names in West Africa and provides a peek into the philosophical and religious importance of those names.< Less
Making Decisions Is Not Always Easy: A Memoir of Unspoken Words By Annie Ezell
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This memoir is a reminder that better days are ahead if you make the right decisions. For Annie Ezell, making the right decisions only came through patience, prayer, and learning from her... More > experiences. Life events from a young child into adulthood has conditioned her to help guide others through difficult decisions. Her wisdom comes from spiritual guidance and obedience to her calling to encourage others to not give up when they are faced with a difficult situation. ~Her appearance doesn’t tell the story: Open the cover to discover the truth about her life~< Less
Memories In Ink Edgemont A Country Hamlet By Nancy Larimore Hellane
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Nancy Larimore Hellane was born and raised in the little Washington County, Maryland village of Edgemont. Although she left the area following her marriage to Vince Hellane, she never lost her love... More > for the mountain or the little village she called home. This book describes the many fond memories of family and friends who also lived there.< Less
Bed-Sti Jack…..It’s All About Family, Faith and Country: A Personal Memoir By John “Jack” Reynolds
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A FEW YEARS AGO, ONE OF my wife Terry’s long time dear friends from their high school days at Bishop McDonnell High School in Brooklyn, Mary (Fitzie) Hamilton, was writing her memoirs and at... More > one get together she said to me “you have had an interesting life and have been all over the world and met so many important personalities, your memoirs would be a great story of success”. She encouraged me to take on the task. Well thank you Fitzie for implanting this idea in my head!< Less