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A Basket of Words: Twenty Years of Writing Together By Ruth Cox, Patricia Cavanaugh, Meredith Stout
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All writers have experienced feelings of isolation and intimidation when they are faced with a blank page. For over twenty years, three women discovered that engaging together in the writing... More > process—rather than working in solitude—rewarded them with a gratifying friendship and a growing anthology of work. This delightful collection is proof that writing need not be a lonely endeavor.< Less
The Bush Still Burns By Rev. William T. Lowery, Sr.
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The long, arduous journey of Rev. William Lowery Sr. began when he was just six years old. In the front pew of Meade Chapel, he watched the musicians tune up and the pastor prepare for the morning... More > service. "When I grow up, I'm going to be just like Pastor John Shafer," he thought. This autobiography follows the life of Rev. Lowery, sowing of his wild oats, reconciliation, and his ministry.< Less
Detoured Destiny By Jessica Davenport
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Jessica Davenport tells her inspiring story and details her journey to recovery after suffering a life changing stroke due to birth control.
Radiant Truths; SPIRITUAL JOURNEY OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN DESCENDANT of CAMEROON DNA TEST By Karimu Shaw M.S.
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Scientific research indicates that the DNA encoded within each cell in our body has important implications about who we are on more levels than our physical characteristics. As we read about Karimu... More > Shaw’s journey—its physical, mental, and spiritual aspects—we become witnesses to the truth that there are ancient memories alive within our DNA at the cellular level, and in the “inner space” of our soul. Perhaps it was Karimu’s beloved ancestors, speaking directly into his spirit-soul who, early in his life, implanted within him the seed desire to have DNA testing. Karimu’s heart longed for “home,” that part of us that is beneath the surface of our existence while being a reflection of it. Each step on his outer path home became a steppingstone to his inner Self, to his acquaintanceship with the Whole of who he is. In that same way, may Radiant Truths be a blessing to all of its readers. Michael Bernard Beckwith founder, Agape International Spiritual Center author of Life Visioning< Less
Through Their Eyes By George Steffner
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When General Mark W. Clark became president of The Citadel he determined to make the military college's plebe year the toughest in the world. This is an account of how thorough a job he did and a... More > description of the lives of some of the cadets who endured what he created.< Less
The Woman Who Saved An Island By Jane Fishman
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As more and more coastline is lost to rapacious commercialization and outrageous governmental taxes, we have someone like Sandy West, now 101 years old, who put her family fortune into keeping... More > Ossabaw Island wild and free of development when many wanted to buy it to build resorts and gated communities. Read about her fights with the state of Georgia to preserve this pristine barrier island, some 15 miles from Savannah, Georgia. Learn how her parents, moneyed people from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, bought the island in 1924. See why Sandy decided to share it with artists, writers, musicians, philosophers and, yes, astronomers. Enjoy all this through the observations of a writer who over the years has become Sandy’s friend and advocate. Jane Fishman has had full access to the humor, perspicacity and integrity of Sandy West and to the beauty of the island. The color version of “The Woman Who Saved an Island” includes 50 breath-taking photographs and encaustic renderings by artists Betsy Cain and Carmela Aliffi.< Less
The Woman Who Saved An Island (BW) By Jane Fishman
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As more and more coastline is lost to rapacious commercialization and outrageous governmental taxes, we have someone like Sandy West, now 101 years old, who put her family fortune into keeping... More > Ossabaw Island wild and free of development when many wanted to buy it to build resorts and gated communities. Read about her fights with the state of Georgia to preserve this pristine barrier island, some 15 miles from Savannah, Georgia. Learn how her parents, moneyed people from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, bought the island in 1924. See why Sandy decided to share it with artists, writers, musicians, philosophers and, yes, astronomers. Enjoy all this through the observations of a writer who over the years has become Sandy’s friend and advocate. Jane Fishman has had full access to the humor, perspicacity and integrity of Sandy West and to the beauty of the island. This black & white version of “The Woman Who Saved an Island” includes breath-taking photographs and encaustic renderings by artists Betsy Cain & Carmela Aliffi.< Less
Petey Stories: Life in the Land of the Red Sun and Black Snow By Pistol Pete Racher
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This is a collection of colorful memories that will make you laugh, cringe, and sigh as you discover what it was like to be a boy in the 1930’s. Set in South St. Louis, just West of Anheuser... More > Bush Brewery, Petey’s father was an emigrant from Romania. His mother was born in St. Louis. After his father lost his butcher shop during the Great Depression and his mother was sent away to recover from tuberculosis, Petey's Grandmother and two Aunts raised him. The experiences in these stories range from hilarious mischief to the mysterious wonder of childhood. "Pistol Pete" Racher is a beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.< Less
The Problem Is Not Available: 364 Days In Sudan By Anila Prineveau Goldie
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When Anila Prineveau Goldie accepted the job offer to teach in Khartoum, Sudan, she set out to overcome her fear of living in a Muslim country through befriending the local Sudanese. Written in a... More > conversational style, her informative, entertaining, and authentic short stories will inspire you. You will experience a Hadendoa medicine man saving her life, a Muslim family keeping vigil over her when she is terribly ill, a feast prepared in her honor by women from a local mosque, an erotic wedding dance, and mortar fire exploding next to her hotel. She weaves together vivid descriptions of the exotic Sudanese Muslims along with insight, wisdom and lessons learned. A deep respect for all humanity shines through on every page of The Problem is Not Available: 364 Days in Sudan.< Less
Who Will Polish the Silver?: A Southern Baby Boomer’s Remembrance By Marie Land Avery
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Marie (“Missy”) estimates that as the hostess for family celebrations she has polished 6,720 fork tines front, back, and in between. She’s seen her duty, and she’s done it. In... More > Who Will Polish the Silver? she shares the stories about her life growing up in the 1940s South, surrounded by several generations of an eccentric family grounded in its lineage and formed by the expectations accompanying that lineage. It was a time when Victorian manners and Civil War pride still permeated the culture. Framed by Missy’s legacy of the family silver which symbolizes her heritage and its responsibilities, Who Will Polish the Silver? follows her through rapidly changing decades toward her inevitable status as an aging baby boomer. A young girl’s recollections growing up in Statesville, North Carolina, are juxtaposed with the older Missy’s later broader experiences; this alignment demonstrates that the values and self-image acquired in childhood endure.< Less
Wednesdays Are For Remembering By Joann Sherrod W. Sigler
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Joanne Sigler's third and final collection of her column as printed in the Shreveport Times: 2011 - 2014
Go Beyond By Jean Hartley
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I got polio in 1941 at age eight before the Sabine and Salk miracles. Today I use an electric scooter and deal with a variety of post polio symptoms (PPS). This book is mainly about post polio... More > because it has been my life's companion. Disability can have both humorous and light-hearted perspective as well as include serious research data. There is a balance between the serious downside of limitations and the exciting upside of pursuing a full life. I have experienced both sides. I hold a similar worldview with others who are limited in mobility. When it comes to struggling with our scooter or wheelchair in a small toilet stall or forgetting to recharge our batteries-we are really just one tribe.< Less
A Husband and Three Lovers By Understanding Israel
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A memoir written by a mother who lived for twenty-six years in a religious commune and its influence on both her life and the lives of the children. Both a humorous and biting look at the author's... More > experience in an iconic time of great social unrest in American history. This memoir was written to add to the limited amount of personal memoirs about that era and its impact on the children of that dream of utopia and social change.< Less
Useful Junk: God's Power to Transform By Robert L. Lawrence
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This book is an autobiography of Robert Lawrence a missionary living in Sonora Mexico. It covers his turbulent life from a rebellious childhood, through the prisons of California, to Mexico missions.... More > His conversion to Christianity in Jail, his miraculous deliverance from 27 years in prison, and from threats to his life are shared in a way that gives the reader insight into the way God has guided and provided for Robert to prepare and lead him to their groundbreaking mission in Sonora, Mexico. Robert and his wife Alicia are in the process of founding Mexico's first government accredited Seminary in the history of Mexico.< Less
What is a Real Grandmother? By Harry J. Lawrence
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"What is a Real Grandmother?" is a beautiful tribute of a loving grandson, to his cherished grandmother. Harry shares Ms. Oddie with us, so we can truely see her amazing style, quiet grace... More > and a godly faith."< Less
Real Love II By Beverly Broadus Green
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Real Love is the detailed journey of celebrity mom and extraordinary woman, Beverly Broadus Green, mother of four sons, including rapper/hip-hop artist, Snoop Dogg. If you have ever wanted a behind... More > the scenes look at the life of the mom of a high profile world-renowned rap artist, this book will give you what you are looking for. With its highest highs and lowest lows, Beverly Broadus Green intimately shares her journey from her roots in the deep south to the bright lights of Hollywood. She gives an exceptional glimpse into what it really takes to live a life you truly love. It's more than a sharing of her experiences, but it's her story about how she learns just how deep God loves her and that it is His love that is truly the real thing.< Less
The Battle for Breezy Point By Sebastian Danese
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On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck Breezy Point, home to many New York City first responders. Firefighters from the Roxbury, Rockaway Point, and Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Departments... More > remained on duty throughout the storm, ready to assist our neighbors. That night, our quiet, oceanfront community was ravaged by the hurricane’s winds and waves, leaving 202 homes destroyed and 2,219 severely damaged. Another 126 homes were then devoured by one of the largest residential fires in New York City history. In the weeks following, our actions became international news and an inspiration for a massive recovery effort. Despite freezing temperatures and primitive conditions, volunteers from across the globe fought to save and rebuild our battered community. During this time, we witnessed incredible acts of bravery, sacrifice and selflessness by the volunteers and residents who struggled to carry on. This is our story.< Less
Let it Be By Katie Scott
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With a desire to seek direction from God, and determination to discover my purpose, I questioned, "What is the reality of spirituality? Where will God take me?" In complete surrender, the... More > design begins to unfold over a period of eighteen months as I journal an authentic accounting of my spiritual quest, revealing how I learned to "see, hear and feel" the power of Spirit which led me to discover true inner peace, an abundance of joy, new direction...and, an opportunity to meet my soul mate. While I may be a professional at renovating and restoring homes, God showed me that He is the professional at renovating and restoring souls. The glory of a renovation is turning something broken into something beautiful. This is the story of my in terior design, my design from within, a classic and timeless renovation.< 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
On Becoming Human: A Memoir By Lynne Stewart
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Lynne's memoir takes us from the chaos and cruelty of her dysfunctional childhood home, to subsequent haphazard psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, to the mental health client self-help movement and... More > beyond, as she finds her, voice, connection and relationship to humanity. Twenty of her original drawings and paintings illustrate the facets of her journey.< Less
Unsung Hero: The Story of Colonel Young Oak Kim 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... More > World 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
Tailor Made For Life - A Story of Survival During the Nazi Holocaust By Jack Zaifman, as told to Deanna Bosco Sass
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This is the extraordinary story of faith, survival and courage, of a young man who survived the death camps of Auschwitz and Dachau, and came to America to teach others the lessons of hope, tolerance... More > and love.< Less
We Remember When By Fuller Village Residents Assn.
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We Remember When is a collection of personal memories - some dating as far back as World War I and the Great Depression - recalled by a cross section of the residents of Fuller Village in Milton,... More > Massachusetts. Included are poignant stories about their coming of age, including World War II as seen through the eyes of the servicemen and women who fought and served in it, those who experienced it from afar, and an unlucky few who survived it in Nazi concentration camps under the most inhumane conditions imaginable. The genesis of this book is attributable to one resident, Betsy Buchbinder, who recognized that Fuller Village is comprised of a rich blend of individuals representing all walks of life in terms of race, religion and nationality, thereby ensuring a widely varied yet balanced wellspring of life experiences. We're confident the reader will find that many of these memoirs speak to them both personally and in ways they had not previously experienced or thought possible.< Less
The View from Down Here is Just Fine: Clay Dyer on Life, No Limbs, and Fishing By Scot Laney
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The View From Down Here is Just Fine is the incredible story of Clay Dyer. Born without arms and legs Dyer went on to become one of the top professional bass anglers in history. Funny, enlightening... More > and inspirational, this story is appropriate reading for children and adults alike. Written by Scot Laney, the first (and still only) opinion columnist in bass fishing. Writing for BassFan.com, Laney has spent his career writing about the world of bass fishing.< Less
Orphan Journey By Frances Jones
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The author relates fond memories of growing up in Buckner Orphans Home in Dallas, Texas, before her adoption at age eighteen. She tells her story in a humorous yet touching manner that transports... More > the reader to the simpler times of the post World War II era.< Less