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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.
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
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.
“It’s Not About the Sex” My Ass By Steve Cuno, Joanne Hanks
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With wit, humor and style, Joanne Hanks takes you on a wild ride through the insanity of the Mormon-based polygamist cult that was her life for seven years. Get ready to laugh. Get ready to be... More > outraged. And get ready to see polygamy as no one has ever revealed it before. Joanne tells their crazy story with humor, satire—and insight. You’ll share her angst over sharing her husband. You’ll meet her “sister wives,” a prophet calling himself a “celestial stud service” who seeks divine guidance on threesomes, and apostles who dress in weird robes to curse the White House. You’ll fume at gut-wrenching tales of racism, sexual abuse, fraud, and manipulation. And you’ll find out why no one remembers when Jesus destroyed the world on March 26, 2000. “It’s Not About The Sex” My Ass is more than an entertaining read. It’s a cautionary tale about the power of delusional thinking, and a hopeful tale of one family that came to their senses and found the courage to leave.< Less
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
Every Two Minutes: One Woman’s Healing Journey through Sexual Traumas By Rosemary D. Neidig
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As a child, Rosemary D. Neidig learned to be silent and suppress her fears in order to appease her peace-loving mother, who was focused on presenting a perfect image to others. But when Rosemary was... More > diagnosed with breast cancer at age forty-seven, she embarked on a therapeutic journey that forced her to face her lost memories and realize that her perfect world was only a façade. In her candid memoir, Rosemary recalls the events of her life, explaining how daily journaling and weekly therapy sessions helped her to unearth trauma from her subconscious. She managed to resolve inner conflicts and bravely confront an assailant; she also details how she eventually faced the truth and learned to move on as once-buried secrets slowly carried her down a path to forgiveness and healing. Every Two Minutes shares the unforgettable story of one woman’s journey as she moved from behind the walls of secrecy and shame and discovered the power of the human spirit.< Less
"Me? Depressed?" A Story of Depression from Denial to Discovery By Beth-Sarah Wright
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Me? Depressed?: A Story of Depression from Denial to Discovery is an uplifting, inspirational story of hope and healing through depression. In her own words, this well-educated, professional... More > thirty-something wife and mother, describes her journey of an unexpected diagnosis of depression from complete denial to her discovery that depression does not discriminate, is not "her" fault, needs to be openly and honestly discussed and there is always hope.< Less
BE HAPPY: LIFE AFTER LOSS By Susen I. Hickman
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Susen Hickman’s memoir is an engaging story that speaks to the human desire for connection to oneself and others, not only in the face of loss, but in the moving forward to embrace new... More > horizons. Susen’s exquisite imagery and grace-filled poetry drew me directly into the experience of a broken heart that was transported back to wholeness. No one escapes life without loss; there is something for everyone on these pages. Mary Tuchscherer CEO VoiceFlame, Inc.< 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
My Line in the Sand By Chick Keating
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This is a true story taken from the real-life events of an ordinary couple, born into extraordinary times. This book is a memoir, a journal, and a tender and wonderful love story; a walk through... More > history during the times of what is now referred to as the “Greatest Generation.” More so, it is a soul-searching portrait relevant for anyone setting the bar too high, and having the wish, the ambition, the talent and the courage to reach for the stars without fear. Written by Chick Keating< 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
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
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.
Standing On Principal: Because It’s Time for Change By Frank Vetro
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On February 8, 2006, Frank Vetro, the young, popular principal of a school in eastern Long Island, saw his life dramatically altered. On that day, he was arrested and effectively labeled a terrorist... More > who had hidden under the guise of a New York educator. In Standing on Principal, he shares his personal story, detailing his arrest, his nights in jail, the court proceedings, and the subsequent fight to clear his name after the alleged scandal was nurtured into the national limelight. Now he recounts the injustice, and the lack of integrity of individuals who allowed the destruction of his life without a moment’s concern for fairness or truth. Telling a real-life story of deception and scandal, Standing on Principal exposes rogue elements of a system that underestimated the tenacious character of its accused and shows how Vetro sacrificed everything as he refused to be intimidated by a political machine.< Less
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
80 Years of Schooling By Richard Wiegand
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A memoir of the life of Richard Wiegand. This book depicts his life from youth in the late 1920s and 1930s on through marriage, experiences in the Army and his farming career. From farming with... More > horses to GPS-guided tractors, Richard shares his experiences with farming innovations throughout his career. Threaded throughout his memoirs is the strong faith in God that guided his life.< 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
Drawing the Blinds and Riding the Waves, a Memoir By Ellen Schachtel McCoy
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Ellen Schachtel McCoy was born in New York City and spent her formative years and many of her adult years in Manhattan. McCoy moved to St. Louis, Missouri in the late 1990s when she was in her early... More > 50s. With this relocation, she discovered a whole new world, both emotionally and spiritually; one that would change her life forever.< Less
Drawing Strength By Scott Nychay
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Drawing Strength is a family saga about three souls, one song and the power of synchronicity.
Rooftops & Shoestrings By Kay Henkel
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When arriving in Rio, the position and the company had collapsed. Without any knowledge of the Portuguese language, no personal or business connections or prospects for employment, we were... More > immediately destitute. We were ejected from our hotel with only the clothes we wore. For a time, we lived secretly in an office building which was illegal to be in after dark. What food we ate was pilfered off of left over plates at outdoor cafes, or taken from a storage closet full of canned sardines from the importers office whose floor we slept on. After many months we were offered work at a bug infested English Yacht across the bay from Rio. At last we had a bed and food! The description of our lives with unbelievable challenges sufficed our love... (Humorously written) Eventually we were offered remedial work in the Brazilian Interior (Jungle) Life in the Interior, and the incredible adventures. All kept in a diary, became worthy of writing this book.< Less