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From Cotton Fields to Mission Fields: The Anna Knight Story By Dorothy Knight Marsh
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Born in the south to a slave mother and a white father, Anna Knight grew up in the Jasper County, Mississippi cotton fields. Realizing this wasn’t for her, she taught herself to read and write... More > and eventually became the first in her family to graduate from College. In From Cotton Fields to Mission Fields, author Dorothy Knight Marsh tells her great-aunt’s story. This memoir follows Anna from her early years in Mississippi, around the world, and back again. She graduated as a nurse from Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan and later returned home and operated a self-supporting school for the adults and children. Anna was then appointed a missionary to India, serving nearly seven years. Never forgetting those she left behind, Anna returned to the United States and restarted the school the knight riders burned. From Cotton Fields to Mission Fields narrates the story of a woman of purpose who had no fear, dedicated her life to education, establishing schools throughout the south for all black children.< Less
Embracing the Unknown By Graziella Chabanel
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An inspirational insight into the mind, heart and soul of the trials and tribulations of a non-typical immigrant. Graziella shares her journey describing her struggles and triumphs of her new life in... More > Los Angeles after leaving her native Switzerland. Laden with captivating relatable stories, Graziella's book takes the reader on an emotional, sometimes comical and even philosophical unforgettable voyage. The masterful way the author is able to translate her thoughts, feelings and emotions is second to none. A compelling page turner not to be missed by anyone!< Less
But God...a journey By Carla Engel Ludwig
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"But God is the story of the journey God led Carla Ludwig on after she found out her daughter was going to be a single mom. Despite her objections, God pursued Carla with His heart for single... More > moms and His desire to share His heart with the world through the story of one single mom, her daughter, and the challenges she faced. It is a story affirming all of life's circumstances are allowed by God and turned to good, no matter how they look at the time. Is that hard to believe? ---Then, join the journey< Less
Not Afraid By Jessica Bibb Tisdale
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The true story of a 16-year old boy's battle against leukemia and the reason why he was not afraid.
Damn, I Shot My Horse By Fred Hauptmann
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The coming of age story about Fred, a boy who is sent into the desert with very few resources to help build his family's homestead. Many colorful characters come into his life, among them ranchers,... More > prostitutes, miners and other unlikely mentors. Over eleven hard years as a homesteader, hard-rock miner and buckaroo, he learns to live in solitude and keep his emotions in check. Oh, he also learns to dig a ditch.< Less
The Greatest Good By Davida Coady
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For 20 years, Dr. Davida Coady was first on the ground for global humanitarian crises: Biafra, Bangladesh, Peru, Honduras. Back home she built the Venice Family Clinic into the largest free clinic in... More > America, helped Cesar Chavez establish a new health system for farm workers, marched alongside Dan Berrigan, Pete Seeger, and Martin Sheen, was arrested 50 times, created the first drug court in the Bay Area, and built a drug treatment program that houses and treats thousands of clients every year. Deeply human, flawed and glorious, Davida relates an inspirational life richly and well-lived, driven by the motto: The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number of People.< Less
Your Time Will Come: Jack Yerman and His Incredible Journey to the 1960 Olympics By Bruce Hamilton Yerman
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Jack Yerman's incredible journey to the 1960 Olympics and his gold medal victory is a story of personal triumph intertwined with significant events of the Twentieth Century. This is the inspiring... More > story of a boy who overcomes adversity to become a world class athlete, who is a true champion in character and on the track. Some may read this book and question, "How could so much happen to one person?" Be assured - these stories are true.< Less
Love Personified By Jill Ashby Woodward
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“Material blessings always come and are a great joy at the time they are received. In due time they grow old and tattered and are discarded. They are the source of temporary happiness, but... More > temporary only. True and lasting happiness is in our hearts. It is a peace of mind in the knowledge that we are doing God’s will and living the good life. Being happy is important to good health. Happiness can only be attained by a practice of good thoughts toward all mankind; good wishes for everyone and a true generosity with all our worldly possessions; for truly it is more blessed to give than to receive.” This is the true story of Dorothy Kelley Ashby, a devout Catholic, and her struggle for emotional peace, financial security and happiness for her Pearl Harbor-surviving husband and her family. Dorothy’s life was not a bed of roses! She had her challenges—some beyond her capacity to fix—yet she continued to endure and faced all things with charity, faith, and composed grace.< Less
Cocktails & Conversations By Joel Finsel
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"You can learn a lot about someone from what they order to drink..." A tie-slackened executive spilling his guts over his fourth Pernod, the late night exploits of a perverted chef, the... More > poetic sensibilities of an addict obsessed with starting rumors about herself, a retired orchestral percussionist intent on teaching his son the ways of a gentleman, these and other stories based on real experiences from the Astral Plane, where the owner's sledgehammer brought down a wall to create enough room for Mick Jagger's entourage. Inside are their stories, with splashes of barroom lore and award-winning recipes from one of Playboy's "top ten bartenders in the nation." Bartender Magazine calls it, "Often intriguing, always fun and surprisingly informative."< Less
Bridges Across My Life By Meindert Bosch
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A 97 year old's reflection on his years including his time in World War II.
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
Stories of My Life By Linda Anne Eaton
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Inspirational stories and poems based on the life experiences of a Christian wife and mother.
Windrows: Harvesting the Lessons of Life By Dennis L. Van Haitsma, PhD
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Being born and raised on a farm in a small town in the late 1940’s provides the backdrop for how I have come to view my life today. Growing up in poverty, and considered “at risk”... More > by today’s standards, I rediscover each day how those early days have provided me with many of my richest experiences and that they continue to mold me in ways I might not ever be fully aware. Always having delighted in story-telling and now approaching the twilight of my life, I am stirred by a nagging nostalgia that has inspired me to combine that delight with my passion for playing with the English language. All of this I have done in a modest effort to provide my grandchildren with an opportunity to get to know a little more about their grandfather because the miles that separate us often prohibit me from telling my stories to them in person.< Less
Junny's Marie By Sharon Lamers
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It seemed her mind would shatter like glass from the intensity of the sight of her beloved sister. The crushing silence was broken only by a slow steady drip, drip sound. The sound of blood dripping... More > off the heel of the shoe protruding from under the sheet, echoed off the walls, drilling into Marie’s head. “Dear God, it’s her,” Marie haltingly whispered as the nun stared vacantly somewhere above her head as if bored. Marie felt dizzy. Two years ago on her nineteenth birthday, a furnace explosion killed her mother, and now this. She needed Junny. Junny, the Dutch vernacular for Johnny, was the love of Marie’s life since her first glimpse of him through barn windows in 1932. Gutsy determination and strong human spirit had gotten her this far. She took a deep breath, lifted her chin, brushed past the blank-faced nun and walked out the morgue door.< Less
Lenin, Hitler, and Me By Boris J. Kochanowsky
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Here is the amazing autobiography of a man born to a life of wealth and privilege as the youngest son of a Siberian industrial tycoon. With the coming of the Russian Revolution, his charmed life is... More > swept away, and he is thrust into a world of poverty and oppression. Relying solely on his wits, his optimism, and luck, he makes his way to Germany, where he becomes a successful mining engineer, despite the privations of the German depression. But then, in a single day, his secure position is lost, and he becomes a hunted man. Follow his five-year flight from Nazi persecution through Holland, Belgium, and France, as he strives to achieve his lifelong dream--to reach the US. Confronted with desperate and terrifying circumstances--both in revolutionary Russia and Nazi Germany--Boris J. Kochanowsky tells a story of loss and survival, of horror and heroism, of struggle and hope. With an introduction and epilogue by his daughter, Vera Kochanowsky, this volume includes over fifty photographs and illustrations.< Less
Steel Quarters, The Novel Memoir of the Life of Theola Stacey Sellers Heath Sermons By Barbara Judd
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Steel Quarters, is the name of a real community. It is a place where the people stood strong; exemplified love, strength and togetherness. This was the community of Theola’s birth place. Steel... More > Quarters has become a metaphor to the women in this book, particularly, Theola’s life; her love of family, and her commitment to community, their strength and endurance. The authority and responsibility that the residents of Steel Quarters demonstrated in raising their children and being a mentor to those who needed family became Theola’s role model.< Less
Collected Memoirs from the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center By Clarence Moore et al.
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Collected memoirs from the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center.
Immersion in an American Landscape: An Appalachian Trail Memoir By Jared Carter
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The narrator journeys through the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine over two thousand miles.
LIVING THE TEXT: Memoirs from My Life & Times By Robert W. Perry
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While his greatest sermon is the life he has lived, Rev. Dr. Perry's clear passion is lifting and honoring the power, purpose, and promise of the pulpit. Woven into his personal story is the... More > exposition of the style and substance of his preaching that is instructive for all who preach. In living the text, you cannot preach with integrity that which you do not personally affirm. As Dr. Perry lives the text and tells the story, he provides some guiding principles for transformative preaching.< Less
Changing Seasons of My Life By Linda Anne Eaton
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Inspirational stories and poems based on the life experiences of a Christian wife and mother.
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Home At Last By Beatrice Daniels Reger
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Mrs. Beatrice Daniels Reger has been through hard times as described in her book, but has come out on the other side, giving only God the glory and praise. Her book, “Home At Last,” is... More > about her son, Dennis, as a young boy, and his fight with the rare and serious condition, Aplastic Anemia. This is her story that she has been wanting to share now for over 40 years and Mrs. Reger is hoping, that, in sharing her and her son’s story, she is able to reach others going through the same battle and give hope and insight to those who may take the time to read this book. She hopes that others going through Aplastic Anemia will be able to fight through this, conquer it, leave the hospital they have spent so much time in, and finally be able to say they are “Home At Last.”< Less
Our Lives (Essentially) #2 By Pomona College Class of 1958
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A collection of memories written by the Pomona College Class of 1958 for their 60th reunion.
The Shoestring Letters - A Tribute to the Immigrant By Edgar Madsen
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Kierkegaard said: “To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose oneself.” This is an account of Danish immigrants who took that risk, embracing America to satisfy the inner... More > cry which Isak Dinesen voiced: “Give me a chance to do my very best.” More than a tale of one family’s struggle, the greater immigrant community’s wartime military service is recalled and the way Danes across America vigorously joined hands for their homeland’s postwar restoration. Unforgettable is the photo of a defeated war machine slinking back to Germany after Denmark gloriously defied Hitler, rescuing thousands of Jews from deportation to death camps. This book is a celebration of the culture, religious faith, and grit, which sustained Danes through generations of economic upheaval, wars, and migration. It concludes with one immigrant’s touching salute to all who ventured from their homeland to become Americans, and his rendition, in verse, of Hans Christian Andersen’s “Tin Soldier.”< Less
Refugee: An American Story By Felix Alberto Granados
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This book will take you through the improbable, unconventional and entertaining adventures of the author and his family who fled Cuba after Castro took control of their homeland in 1960.The family... More > was led by the author’s father, an ordinary man with no college education, no building experience and very little knowledge of the English language. He was a man who was not afraid to dream big and with sheer determination, boundless energy and drive led his family, like many refugees, to experience the American Dream. Their story takes you through an interesting twist of fate of a man and his family that had lost their home and country and recovered to provide affordable housing and create thousands of jobs for so many in a country that graciously welcomed them. Arriving in Miami in 1960 with only a few personal possessions, this story will take you through the family’s diverse journey experiencing life in America in this fast-paced autobiography.< Less