Biography

title: Certifiably Deranged

author: H. Leon Greene

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography/History • date submitted: 11.30.2012 • author id: GrH9822611

word count: 393

Content

Everyone needs a hero, but maybe "hero" isn't the right word. We need someone to serve as a role model, as an inspiration. But the phrase "role model" doesn't describe taking huge risks to achieve a lofty goal. It doesn't communicate the independence needed to challenge a system, to ignore conventional wisdom, to resist societal and family pressures to conform to a mold, to avoid the temptation to waste one's life on "success." We all need that kind of person to inspire us, someone who proves that good can still overcome evil in this world. This history reports the founding and development of Hospital Loma de Luz in Honduras, one of the poorest countries of the world. Many friends thought that Dr. Jeff was "certifiably deranged" for his vision and persistence. His story is typical of the struggles experienced by missionaries with an impossible dream.

About the Author
Dr. Leon Greene, who has served over 40 years in the practice of cardiology (John Hopkins Hospital and Harborview Medical Center at the University of Washington), did short-term missions for 15 years, and has been a full-time medical missionary now in his seventh year at Hospital Loma de Luz on the North Coast of Honduras. Author of over 200 medical articles, he has also published If I Should Wake Before I Die (Crossway Books) and A Guide to Short-Term Missions (Gabriel Resources). The supporters of Hospital Loma de Luz would all likely be interested in purchasing this book, as would anyone involved in missions or contemplating a life of service in missions. Promotion would include the Cornerstone Foundation constituency.

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title: Silo Country

author: Mireille Livingston

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Autobiography • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: LiM1894011

word count: 155

Content

This is the first book of a series "The wind blows wherever it pleases." Silo Country covers the period from first grade to the end of middle school. In the French countryside of the 1970s, at a time when Catholicism is superficial and atheism is prevalent, Amanda, a five-year-old girl, sets out on a quest to find eternity. But does eternity belong only to the imagination of children? This determined little girl, of modest circumstances, turns onto a narrow path that only the bold should travel. Behind Amanda's quest, the story is about a God who seeks to establish a vibrant relationship with a young girl, through daily life and the means at hand. The series is authentic and filled with the light of the Christian hope. It targets Christians and non-Christians of all ages.

About the Author
The writer grew up in France as a citizen. She has been married since 1987 to a dedicated American husband and father. Together, they have served for over twenty-five years in the midst of Arab Muslim populations. They benefit from a solid support base of churches and individuals. Their mission family (AWM-Pioneers) has always been fully supportive of their ministry and has advertising potential.

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title: St. Elmo's Fire

author: Molly Ellen Miltenberger

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: MiM5963412

word count: 90

Content

This is life after traumatic brain injury. The summer that the author turned 15, a speedboat hit her in the head and caused a severe brain injury. She writes that, while she was in a deep coma and doctors considered pulling the plug from life support, God caused a miracle - but it was "three excruciatingly painful years later [that] God worked the real wonder: He brought me to place of mental, spiritual, physical and emotional salvation." St. Elmo's Fire is the story of this painful healing process, told through the voice of the victim, as it was "seen from my own experience stumbling through mental instability and darkness. It's meant to be a doorway in a black place, and a light to both those that love and to those that suffer."

About the Author
The writer's academic background includes the B.A. in the Liberal Arts, Culture & Philosophy from New St. Andrew's College, and a Certificate in Backpack Journalism & Digital Media from the World Journalism Institute in New York City, and a Certificate in Creative Writing from Exeter College of Oxford University (pending, August 2012).

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title: Miss Ruby From Texas

author: Celia Jolley

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: JoC9590111

word count: 114

Content

Miss Ruby From Texas is the story of a girl named Reuben. Her life is the panorama of the tales of the pioneer days of Texas, from humble beginnings in the early holiness movement, to a college coed. The story follows the young girl from dry town Peniel, Texas, to dry town Pasadena, California. Despite a controlling mother, she breaks free with a love story sealed by a kiss and a happy ending. The writer states, "Just as Flora Thompson captured life in rural England in the classic Lark Rise to Candleford, so I have attempted to preserve what life was like for Miss Ruby from Texas who was born in the same year, 1898. Miss Ruby, who became a writer, an artist, a schoolteacher, a social worker, a pastor's wife, a mother of six as well as an ordained minister, achieved a creativity deserving of the fame of her father Uncle Bud Robinson. The manuscript offers a glimpse into this period of the holiness movement this time through the eyes of a young girl coming of age.

About the Author
The writer graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University, cum laude. She has had articles published in Christian magazines and has illustrated Everybody's Buddie a book for Beacon Hill. "A fifth generation pastor's wife, I am passing on the heritage to my six children and thirteen grandchildren who love a good story."

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title: My Life's Hurricane Deck

author: David E. Harper

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 7.26.2011 • author id: HaD8294111

word count: 499

Content

David Harper floundered to recover from a near fatal accident he experienced at sixteen that left him a paraplegic. For more than 42 years he's lived in a rugged rural landscape. Harper plunges into the pages of his life's story with enthusiasm marginalizing his wheelchair. Referring to it as his hurricane deck, he writes with the hope of inspiring all ages to live life to its fullest potential. When our lives fall into ruin it's hard to press toward recovery. Many regard their handicaps as thwarting their potential. Harper chooses to focus the reader on their personal potential. He believes recovery from ruin lies in remaining potential. Pointing the reader to the hope they will find in Jesus Christ, he urges them to seek their remaining potential and enjoy the adventurous life God offers. Tapping his nose he says, As long as there's air moving through this thing a person has potential in life."

About the Author
Retired from the Bureau of Land Management, the writer has served in both a civil and elected capacity. He serves as president of the board of Alpha Omega Institute and for many years has helped in the Scouting program. Even though a new author, Harper comes with many potential endorsements that include: Marcia Hornok, Managing Editor of CHERA Fellowship published by IFCA International, Lance Witt, author and teacher, Founder of Replenish.net and Executive Pastor at Saddleback Church, and Dr. John D. Morris, President Institute for Creation Research.

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title: Silo Country

author: Mireille Livingston

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Autobiography • date submitted: 7.26.2011 • author id: LiM1894011

word count: 155

Content

This is the first book of a series "The wind blows wherever it pleases." Silo Country covers the period from first grade to the end of middle school. In the French countryside of the 1970s, at a time when Catholicism is superficial and atheism is prevalent, Amanda, a five-year-old girl, sets out on a quest to find eternity. But does eternity belong only to the imagination of children? This determined little girl, of modest circumstances, turns onto a narrow path that only the bold should travel. Behind Amanda's quest, the story is about a God who seeks to establish a vibrant relationship with a young girl, through daily life and the means at hand. The narrative is soaked in sound family ties, Christian values in a very secular world, and a French heartbeat. It is authentic, lively and filled with the light of the Christian hope.

About the Author
The writer grew up in France as a citizen. She has been married since 1987 to a dedicated American husband and father. Together, they have been missionaries for more than twenty years among an unreached people group. They have taught family counseling in North Africa. They are the proud parents of four children, one of whom is adopted. The writer has enjoyed being a Cub Scout leader on the border of the Mediterranean Sea.

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title: Certifiably Deranged

author: H. Leon Greene

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography/History • date submitted: 2.25.2011 • author id: GrH9822611

word count: 393

Content

Everyone needs a hero, but maybe "hero" isn't the right word. We need someone to serve as a role model, as an inspiration. But the phrase "role model" doesn't describe taking huge risks to achieve a lofty goal. It doesn't communicate the independence needed to challenge a system, to ignore conventional wisdom, to resist societal and family pressures to conform to a mold, to avoid the temptation to waste one's life on "success." We all need that kind of person to inspire us, someone who proves that good can still overcome evil in this world. This history reports the founding and development of Hospital Loma de Luz in Honduras, one of the poorest countries of the world. Many friends thought that Dr. Jeff was "certifiably deranged" for his vision and persistence. His story is typical of the struggles experienced by missionaries with an impossible dream.

About the Author
Dr. Leon Greene, who has served over 40 years in the practice of cardiology (John Hopkins Hospital and Harborview Medical Center at the University of Washington), did short-term missions for 15 years, and has been a full-time medical missionary now in his seventh year at Hospital Loma de Luz on the North Coast of Honduras. Author of over 200 medical articles, he has also published If I Should Wake Before I Die (Crossway Books) and A Guide to Short-Term Missions (Gabriel Resources). The supporters of Hospital Loma de Luz would all likely be interested in purchasing this book, as would anyone involved in missions or contemplating a life of service in missions. Promotion would include the Cornerstone Foundation constituency.

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title: Women Changing the World:

author: Shannon McLaughlin

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 1.31.2011 • author id: McS9538011

word count: 317

Content

About the Author
Shannon McLaughlin is an ordained minister who served four churches and as a hospital and hospice chaplain. She also founded two Christian non-profits. The Barnabas Project established two year transitional housing in Chicago for homeless and abused women with children, settled homeless families into permanent housing in partnership with World Vision and established a rural home to rehabilitate Latin King Gang Members. McLaughlin also established Women Changing the World to partner women in the US to support widows and orphans in East Africa. Shannon McLaughlin speaks enthusiastically at conferences and retreats on the work and lives of the Evangelical women of the 1800s who changed their world for Christ. These women inspired the author in her projects of compassion. The author has a passion to introduce these 19th century role models to a new generation of women seeking to transform their world with a message of hope. She is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Covenant Church and can promote books through their publishing arm as well as retreats and conferences. Her work has been featured on ABC News Chicago, Chicago Tribune and feature articles in Virtue and Cornerstone magazines.

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title: A Heart to Serve:

author: Katherine J. Horning

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 11.30.2010 • author id: HoK4524510

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Content

The is a biography of Pat Hamilton who faithfully served for 25 years at two missions in Haiti. The events of the book are real, but the authors have created additional characters and situations around those events. At age 52 "Miss Pat" felt called to be a medical assistant at a clinic in the Artibonite region of Haiti. After that clinic closed, she responded to a plea to run a nutrition program at the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, where she spent the next twenty years with a variety of responsibilities as that mission expanded. Her last four years were spent at a newly established satellite mission. Throughout her ministry to the people she loved, she felt that God was truly using her in service to his children. The authors' purpose is to pay tribute to an exceptionally dedicated spirit-filled woman and to show her love for Haiti and its resilient but struggling people.

About the Author
Katherine J. Horning is a retired English teacher who has made ten trips to the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission since 2001. She has written four previous books, one of which (Fears, Hopes, and Dreams: A Story of Life in Haiti) was about the above mission as it ministered to the people of that area. That book has sold well to short-term missionaries who visit the mission and to people in churches connected with the mission. Ms. Horning has a BA from Hiram College and an M.Ed. from Xavier University. Co-author Martha J. Nordsieck (martha.nordsieck@foresthills.edu) has made nine trips to the same mission since 2000 and is currently a French teacher with a good understanding of the culture and background of Haiti's struggles. Since she will be retiring after this current school year, both authors would be available to speak at mission conferences and supporting churches of the mission who know Pat Hamilton and who would be interested in hearing about this tribute to her. Ms. Nordsieck has a BA from Denison University and an MA from Indiana University. Both authors are members and ordained elders of Calvin Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Amelia, OH, which is a supporting church of the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission. co-author:

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title: Conversations With William Booth

author: Gordon Moyles

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 7.24.2010 • author id: MoGNonUS10

word count: 200

Content

An imagined interviewer has a series of conversations with the noted founder of The Salvation Army, bringing together much of what Booth said on various occasions about his early life, his loves, his ministry, his preaching style, his personal habits, his travels around the world, and his total mission. This yields a revealing, sometimes humorous, always engaging look at the Army, its successes and failures, and at the man who has been called "the greatest evangelist of the nineteenth century."

About the Author
Dr. Moyles is professor emeritus of English literature at the University of Alberta. He has written extensively on academic subjects but now devotes his time to writing Salvation Army history. His most recent books include I knew William Booth and Come Join Our Army (Crest Books). He is the official historian for The Salvation Army in Canada.

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title: Forgiveness: Heart and Soul of the Christian Message

author: Jeremiah Kinney

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 7.24.2010 • author id: KiJ4734210

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Content

The treatment here goes beyond a study of how to deal with hurt and forgive another person. It covers the biblical theology behind the topic of forgiveness--mankind's need for God's absolute and total forgiveness through the work of Christ. He writes, "Many struggle with feeling forgiven, relating to God despite a struggle with sin, finding joy and repentance, and being sure we are kept by God's power."

About the Author
The writer is pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Muncie, Indiana. He is a graduate of Grace Seminary and currently is in a degree program at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Cell phone 765-702-3424.

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title: As Black from White

author: Sally Graham

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 5.25.2010 • author id: GrS509210

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Content

As Black from White is the story of God's amazing "Damascus road" intervention in the life of Sally Graham, a woman steeped in drug and alcohol addiction, raising three children and desperate to end her abusive marriage. Having spent time in jail and believing her hope for a normal life was over, Sally embarked on a premeditated plan to murder her husband. This is the story of God's response to a crisis prayer and the remarkable transformations which followed.

About the Author
The writer states, "Raised in a middle class atheist home, my life took a turn for the worst which lasted nearly 20 years and included drug addiction and jail. I have since written this book and speak and preach and churches and lecture about how to help families in need. I have a degree in counseling from Tabor and work as the children and families worker for prison fellowship in South Australia. www.asblackfromwhite.com.au. My story has been told in Christian Woman Magazine, Challenge newspaper, Eternity News, and The War Cry among others. I am working on a second book due to public interest." Alternate phone (08) 83955330.

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title: The Little Country Church on Freeman's Hall Road

author: John Ehrlich

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 5.25.2010 • author id: EhJ3410210

word count: 300

Content

This is the true story of Liberty Baptist Church in Nottingham, NH beginning in 1977 when it began in total obscurity and isolation in a dilapidated, worn out church building that had not been utilized for over 50 years. In 1985 it became the fastest growing church in NH when God did something no one even suspected could happen on a back road in rural NH. Hundreds of people were saved there including some of the meanest, roughest and toughest men in the area, former drug addicts, a tarot card reader, barroom brawlers, motor cycle gang members, heavy drinkers, ex convicts, a former Wiccan, former Jehovah Witnesses, old Yankees. LBC was a different kind of church that reached people who in all likelihood would not have been reached by any other church. Many nationally known leaders, including Dr. Hyman Appelman, Jerry Falwell, A.T. Humphries, Mack Evans, and others had a part in this story and each were amazed at this church. It includes the high points of the pastor's and the church's ministry and also the extremely low points of both. "Those who have read the manuscript have stated they did not want to put it down when they started, and that they both laughed and cried as they read."

About the Author
The author was the pastor of LBC, beginning the work in Nottingham, through the time of tremendous growth, through the extremely discouraging times. No longer in the "full time" ministry, Pastor John ministers in an RV park during the winter months in Naples, FL. He has authored three other books, one self-published entitled The Second Coming of Jesus Explained So Anyone Can Understand It. He holds a DMin degree from Covington Theological Seminary.

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title: Glimpses Beyond Me

author: Sheryl S. Montgomery

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Autobiography • date submitted: 4.24.2010 • author id: MoS8719010

word count: 355

Content

Delivering suspense, action, suffering, and laughter, Glimpses Beyond Me is pseudonymous Audra Shelby's encounter with Islam, Muslim women, and personal crises as she served as a missionary to Yemen alongside husband, Kevin*, and four children. She writes, "My true story gives transparent glimpses behind the Great Commission Call and behind the Islamic veil. Delving deep into the lives of Muslim women, I found my contemporary philosophies winnowed as I struggled personally to answer, "Is God who he says he is?" My story ultimately gives glimpses of God revealing who he is in extraordinary circumstances.

About the Author
The writer served nine years as a Southern Baptist missionary in the Middle East where she shared the lives of Muslim women, reaching behind their veil to communicate God's message. The daughter of career missionaries, she has served as an editor for religious education curriculum and as the director of a county literacy program. She continues actively involved in reaching un-reached people around the world at Faith Comes By Hearing. The writer will publish under a pseudonym to protect ongoing work in the Middle East.

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title: Precious Son:

author: Norman M. Carson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 2.21.2010 • author id: CaN1501010

word count: 135

Content

This autobiography describes the life and loss of the author's eldest child, who died of AIDS in 1994 at the age of 40. The author presents two theses: (1), the inexplicable departure from the Christian faith of a Christian youth, that grieved his parents deeply; (2) the trauma affecting this evangelical Christian family, first, by the son's embracing homosexuality with the attendant shame it caused and, second, the years of terror and sorrow as the parents watched the inevitable progress of the disease. The incursion of AIDS became a constant matter or prayer and the parents determined to show unconditional love to their son throughout the remaining years of his life. The book concludes with the parents' testimony to the grace of God in bringing them from deep sorrow to all-encompassing joy through their commitment to Jesus Christ.

About the Author
Dr. Norman M. Carson is a retired professor of English, having taught at Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania for nearly 40 years. Dr. Carson graduated BA in English, Geneva College (1947), MA in English, State University of Iowa (1949), and PhD in English, Boston University (1961). Dr. Carson is also an ordained minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America and is the author of Received in Grace (2000), and the author of many articles, book reviews, and poetry for numerous evangelical Christian publications.

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title: Where Strangers Cross:

author: Kevin Avery

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 1.20.2010 • author id: AvK7670710

word count: 246

Content

They come from two different words. Jiang Long grew up as an intellectual atheist in rural China. Kevin Avery grew up 8,000 miles away with Christian parents in the suburbs of the United States. Separately, they encounter a transforming Jesus, and when God brings them together to work with international students in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it changes the course of their lives. God calls Kevin and his wife to go to China as missionaries, while Jiang becomes a bivocational pastor of an international church in Tulsa. While in exchanged countries, they learn to embrace the same vision: to disciple the nations. This crisscrossing of paths involves conversions, physical and spiritual crises, cross-cultural and cross-national interaction, maturing faiths and discipleship.

About the Author
As ordained pastors, both authors have ministered to people globally. Avery has an MDiv degree from Truett Seminary at Baylor University and a BA in English from Oklahoma Baptist University. He has written articles for various newspapers and periodicals. Long grew up in China but earned an MBA from Oral Roberts University. He is currently president of International Village ministry. Their combined contacts include seminaries, universities and churches across Oklahoma and Texas. In addition, Avery and Long hope to take full advantage of the internet. Long maintains www.international-village.org. A website for Where Strangers Cross would offer discussion groups, articles and study helps to enhance the book. Co-author: Jiang Long, 4105 Dornoch Lane, Norman, OK 73072; 918-520-0103; info@International-Village.org.

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title: Journey

author: Debbye Graafsma

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 10.28.2009 • author id: GrD2810409

word count: 452

Content

Journey is an enhanced historical, biblical account of the lives of Mary Magdalene/Mary of Bethany and Simon the Pharisee, and supporting characters. The book addresses possible and/or probable occurrences in each life, in regard to personal discoveries. The characters come to awareness of personal need for health and growth. In doing so, they must choose what they will do with the person of Jesus. The text describes ancient Rome in such a way to make it relevant and pertinent to our present Western culture; also describing ancient Israel in such a way that readers are led to discoveries regarding the differences between relational Christianity and religious traditions.

About the Author
The writer has been in pastoral ministry for over 30 years. She has written several internationally published worship songs: "To Him Who Sits on the Throne", "Mighty Warrior". A licensed and ordained minister in the International Foursquare Church, she serves as a pastoral counselor and worship leader in her denomination. Author's note: "I have asked my pastor, Jack W. Hayford to write a foreword for my book."

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title: The TourGuide:

author: Michael A. Laker

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 10.28.2009 • author id: LaM9752709

word count: 210

Content

In The TourGuide, the writer reveals how God brought him to faith in Jesus Christ in the midst of a guilt-driven psychosis (1980-1981). Several sessions with a psychiatrist had failed; meanwhile, the writer's obsessive daydreaming at work - his futile attempts to escape his problems - became self-analysis instead. In a complex fantasy he called the Library (a metaphor for his mind), an alter-ego protagonist named Our Hero interacted with several characters, each one representing a different facet of the writer's personality. And into this mix came The TourGuide, a character representing God's influence on the writer's thoughts and the key to guiding him to his commitment to Christ (Part One). In Part Two, the writer shares how God has helped him recover from mental illness while guiding him through a career in nursing and a successful marriage.

About the Author
The writer, a Lay Delegate to Oregon Free Methodist Conference for several years (from Allen Creek Church), currently attends Jerome Prairie Bible Church. He expects to offer comments from pastors, church leaders available for book jacket.

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title: Through Charlie's Eyes

author: Laken Lovely

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 7.17.2009 • author id: LoL3720409

word count: 220

Content

Through Charlie's Eyes is a novel based on the true story of a young man that battled a rare form of leukemia shortly after turning sixteen. It is approximately 50,000 words. Charlie was a star athlete, class president, and class favorite. Everyone looked up to Charlie and he had made it clear that a bright future lay ahead for him. However, the day after his sixteenth birthday, Charlie was diagnosed with leukemia. This book chronicles his sixty-two day battle with this monstrous disease and reveals the beauty in life and death.

About the Author
The writer states, "I've been working on this novel since the death of my younger brother on New Year's Day of this year. It is a real labor of love that is written through the eyes of my little brother who left me a composition notebook with his scribbled handwriting and asked me to tell his story for him. Charlie started a foundation before he passed away; he named it the LiveLovely Foundation." The foundation would implement marketing of the book (livelovely.org).

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title: Rooted in His Love:

author: Leen J. van Valen

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 7.15.2009 • author id: vaLNonUS09

word count: 420

Content

This is a complete and up-to-date illustrated biography of the famed South Africa Bible teacher written in a popular, semi-academic style and fully documented with a names index. It consists of 20 chapters, of which the last is an evaluation of his theology. The book is published in the Netherlands as Geworteld in Zijn liefde and accessible in PDF on the site www.ljvanvalen.nl.

About the Author
First published in Dutch in December 2008 by De Banier, Apeldoorn. The author holds rights for translation and distribution in other countries.

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title: Lily, Be Free

author: Talitha Day Fair

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 4.26.2009 • author id: DaT4658009

word count: 205

Content

Schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses are too often regarded by psychiatrists as permanent, incurable, to be partially moderated through medication, or as symptoms of sin by some Christian counselors. The writers would argue against both positions: both leave the person in pain and without hope of a productive, happy life. Lily contends that wholeness is possible for many Christians who suffer from psychosis. Diagnosed with schizophrenia in college, Lily fought her way to health through spiritual development, psychotherapy, and life style and has been free of symptoms for thirty years. Lily, Be Free is a factual account of her healing process told in dramatic narrative form. The story not only offers guidelines to recovery from mental illness but presents psycho-spiritual principles for readers seeking healing from childhood hurts and desiring growth in spiritual and mental maturity.

About the Author
Talitha Day Fair, PhD, has been a practicing clinical psychologist for over twenty years. She holds an AB in pre-medicine and psychology from Asbury College, an MS from St. Francis College, and a PhD in psychology from Andrews University. She currently heads a Christian counseling program in her hometown of Warsaw, Indiana. She has presented papers at national conventions of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies and has led seminars on psychological topics. She was published in Christian periodicals in the 1970s and in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity in 2004. Her greatest qualification for writing this story is that she lived it with Lily.

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title: Beyond the Rapids:

author: Evelyn Puerto

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 4.25.2009 • author id: PuE6301709

word count: 235

Content

Raising children as believers in a culture increasingly hostile to Christianity is challenging for parents. This book tells the true story of a Ukrainian pastor, Alexei Brynza, and his wife, Valentina, who endured persecution yet raised their four children as believers. Spanning the years from the Great Terror of the 1930s to the time when believing in Christ was no longer a crime, the story of a close-knit Ukrainian family that quietly endured will encourage parents struggling to pass their faith on to their children. The Brynzas' four children, feeling trapped between the church and pressure from the communist system to conform, wrestled with the choice between faith and the temptations of ambition, popularity, love, or wealth. This story demonstrates how the faithful prayers of Alexei and Valentina influenced their children's decisions, giving hope and inspiration to parents of wayward children.

About the Author
Evelyn Puerto's background in health care marketing and missionary service in Russia, where she taught management, have given her experience in public speaking and promotions. Alexei Brynza had a working relationship with John MacArthur spanning seventeen years. Alexei's son-in-law was interviewed by June Hunt on her radio program, has spoken in numerous churches in the United States, and has committed to request a foreword from John MacArthur and endorsements from his contacts.

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title: My Life as Best as I Remember It:

author: Dik LaPine

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 3.24.2009 • author id: LaD5488009

word count: 204

Content

The writer states, "This is the story of my life, but I have written it as the stories come to me. When I have given these stories from the pulpit in the past, I have had the entire congregation laughing so hard that they think they are having a revival. I am writing this compilation of stories to make people smile. The only common thread to these stories is that I had a part in them. I was there for most of the events in this book. I observed them from my perspective at the age when I did observe them. Years ago, someone asked me from where all my cartoon ideas came. I told them from real life. As a defense mechanism, I find reality to be funny."

About the Author
A published cartoonist now for over twenty-five years, the writer has been a regular in all the popular Christian magazines from Leadership to Charisma. He has had thousands of cartoons published over the years all over the world. He holds a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and has self-marketed cartoons over the years by personal letters and phone calls.

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title: A Circle of Friends

author: Katherine Kirkpatrick

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 2.23.2009 • author id: KiK9812509

word count: 150

Content

Internationally acclaimed author Madeleine L'Engle not only created works deemed classics, but inspired generations of writers attending her workshops, as well as those who were fortunate enough to meet her in personal or professional encounters. In heartfelt stories of transformation, friends and students reveal how this beloved author influenced their lives and their work. Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007) published sixty books in her lifetime, including children's and adult fiction, poetry, and biographical books. She began teaching writing in the 1960s when her children attended St. Hilda's/St. Hugh's, an Episcopal school in New York City. She continued to host workshops at the convent affiliated with this school for the next forty years. As told from the perspective of "her flock" (and a few of her contemporaries), this book is a testament to the gentle ministering of a wise and great-hearted lady.

About the Author
A Circle of Friends includes contributors who are well known in the fields of literary fiction, children's book writing and illustration, biography, theology and spiritual growth, and writing for the stage and screen. Author/poet Luci Shaw tops the list with thirty published titles to her name. Most importantly, all the writers in this collection knew Madeleine L'Engle personally and, in many cases, enjoyed close friendships with her that spanned decades.

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title: Lessons From a Broken Chopstick:

author: Mary Anne Phemister

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 12.18.2008 • author id: PhM6018708

word count: 107

Content

Born in China during World War II to missionary parents living under harrowing circumstances, Mary Anne Phemister describes her impassioned father in tones that resemble Nathan in Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible as well as Pearl S. Buck's father in Fighting Angel. Beginning at the tender age of four and a half, the author describes boarding school life in Hong Kong and Vietnam. As a teenager, she was sent away to an unusual high school in Florida (Hampden DuBose Academy) where Christian notables such as Billy Graham, Philip Howard, and Jack Wyrtzen sent their children to be unconventionally educated in "the culture and refinement of the Old South." Phemister eventually learns to forgive her peculiar and controlling father.

About the Author
Target Audience: Memoir/Travel; missionaries, and missionary sending organizations; those curious about irregular missionary families; adults who also have grown up abroad; people with relatives overseas; those interested in intercultural studies; "old China hands;" alums of that "unusual school in Florida." Mary Anne Phemister not only grew up in South East Asia but also details her return visits as an adult to the various sites of her youth, including Vietnam and The Peoples' Hospital in Wuzhou, South China, where she was born. She is the author of 32 Wheaton Notables: Their Stories and Where They Lived (Prairie Publications) and editor (with Andrew Lazo) of the forthcoming book, Mere Christians: Inspiring Stories of Encounters with C.S. Lewis (Baker, Spring 2009).

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title: Paul Rader: An American Evangelist

author: James L. Snyder

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 10.30.2008 • author id: SnJ344708

word count: 250

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Paul Rader (d. 1938) was a Chicago pastor (Moody Church), visionary, and mass evangelist, a pioneer in we now call the mega-church movement. His ministry included the first coast-to-coast religious radio broadcast, leadership of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and an influential role in the start of Awana, HCJB radio, New Tribes Mission and the "tabernacle" movement of the 1920s and 30s. Among those converted or deeply influenced were Charles Fuller and Henrietta Mears (and through her Bill Bright and Dawson Trotman). Richard Nixon is said to have come forward in a Los Angeles crusade. Rader is one of the most overlooked evangelists and fundamentalist leaders in American church history. He ranks with Moody and Billy Sunday in the background to the later evangelical movement. Photos available.

About the Author
Rev. James L. Snyder received the Reader's Choice Award in 1992 for his biography of A. W. Tozer. He has been a minister in the Christian and Missionary Alliance since 1973 and has written over 20 books and published over 200 articles for Christian periodicals. His weekly religion column is syndicated to over 150 newspapers.

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title: Deceived No Longer:

author: Michael Angelo Fazio

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 10.23.2008 • author id: FaM02072b08

word count: 135

Content

The writer states, "My book is not only a historical account of my journey from monastery and priesthood to marriage and United Methodist ministry. The story is told through the lenses of spirituality and psychology, noting the original deception, its childhood roots, and the miracle of grace that led to unmasking the deception. It is a testament to the fact that with God, it is never too late. A midlife retreat at the age of fifty-two was the turning point. The book is also a testament and call to live a Christian life which is whole in its quest for union with God. After ordination, the Lord led me into a series of successful ministries. In the course of these ministries, a former Peace Corps volunteer named Mary came into my life. I struggled with my priestly commitment and a deepening relationship with Mary. To get free enough to follow the Lord's will, I had to go on an inner journey to discover my idols. How I did so is the essence of the story."

About the Author
The writer's allegory of the spiritual journey, The Ascent of Mount Mandala, is being published by Oak Tara in 2009. He is promoting that book and other writings and musicals by speaking at churches and church related groups. This manuscript is an autobiography, "but it could not have been written without my lifelong journey to bring psychology and spirituality into a working unity."

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title: In Context:

author: Dan Graves

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 8.24.2008 • author id: GrD4920208

word count: 160

Content

In Context presents the context of 69 "Velcro" quotes: well-known or memorable sayings from Christian history that stick in the mind. These were selected to cover each century and as many major movements and significant events as possible, and are presented so as to be easily readable and awaken popular interest. Every quote, and its context, is as accurate and authentic as the historical record will permit.

About the Author
Ken Curtis founded Christian History Institute in 1984 to popularize church history. The organization's previous books, including Dates with Destiny, the 100 most important events in Christian history; From Christ to Constantine: the Trial and Testimony of the Early Church; and Great Women in Christian History have attracted a wide readership. Dan Graves' is the author of the successful Scientists of Faith and for over a decade has been a researcher and web developer for Christian History Institute. [Christian History Institute has a large mailing list and will promote this book through its web site, through the Vision Video catalog and the VV web site. CHI expects to purchase a large number of copies for sale through its channels.]

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title: Where the Earth Ends:

author: Alice Gibbons

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 8.24.2008 • author id: GiA9596908

word count: 300

Content

This is a collection of six first-person true stories featuring the world of individuals who live on the Island of New Guinea and are emerging from a Stone Age lifestyle. A boy, the only son of a war-chief, refuses his heritage. When he meets a strange being who bursts into his world, a missionary, he becomes a follower of Jesus. In midlife our hero becomes the church leader of thousands of people. A chief far greater than his father. A six-year-old girl is the only child of her parents when they become missionaries to a distant tribe. Rebels capture the family and force them to walk three days into the dense jungle where there is no food. God delivers them in an amazing fashion.

About the Author
Alice Gibbons, with her husband Don, worked with the Christian and Missionary Alliance among the tribal people of Papua, Indonesia, for more than 40 years. Her first book, The People Time Forgot (Moody Press) tells the full and almost unbelievable true story of the Damal people. She has an extensive network of contacts among missionaries, their supporters, and homeschoolers.

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title: Shining After Rain:

author: Lorne F. Thompson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 7.25.2008 • author id: ThL4860308

word count: 141

Content

This is the story of a young man trapped by the police, who to escape arrest, dove headforemost through an upper window, plummeting to the waiting concrete below. The story begins with the young man's arms immobilized in casts and head bandaged lying in a jail cell struggling to endure mental and emotional trauma. He remains in jail eleven months awaiting sentence for robbery. Encouraged by his mother he daily reads several chapters from a cell-placed Gideon Bible and shortly experiences the biblical new birth.With fixed resolution he persists in studying the Bible. When court day arrives, instead of receiving expected probation, he is shocked with a maximum sentence of up to twenty years in prison.The rest of the story entails God's rearing of the "newly born" young man in prison in the midst of fear, dread, anxiety, and trials spawned by his new environment. When he is later released on parole, he emerges from prison with vision for his future and adament determination to attain it - he is not the same person who a few years earlier smashed through glass and crashed on concrete!

About the Author
The writer attended Detroit Bible Institute, was awarded a BS degree from Western Michigan University, served pastorates in the Great Lakes region, taught English for twenty-four years in the secondary public school. He now resides in Saginaw, Michigan, where he enjoys writing in retirement.

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title: Total Rebellion:

author: Roger L. Van Ommeren

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 5.25.2008 • author id: VaR9356108

word count: 250

Content

After God called 8-year-old Willie to be a preacher, he fled like Jonah. His escape to alcohol and drugs trained him to be a pusher. He resisted any form of education and regarded schooling as a white man's trick. He dropped out of high school and lived high on a good income from his drug trade. He liked fine clothes, the admiration of others and the company of attractive women. Eventually his business led him to Parchman Penitentiary. Willie's mother prayed for him, and after many years her prayers were answered - Willie was delivered from his addictions. He earned a college degree, and the Lord gave him special lessons in being like Jesus. Today he is a preacher and has his own radio program.

About the Author
The author has a doctorate in journalism and has numerous articles in professional and scholarly publications. He worked with newspapers and taught journalism at four universities.

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title: She Found It In The Clouds

author: Sharon M. Jones

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Biography • date submitted: 4.23.2008 • author id: JoS9454208

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She Found It In The Clouds is about a young girl's journey, beginning in the safe place, gently tucked inside her mother's womb. Her grandmother and her aunt cared for her after her birth because her mother was not able to take care of her. The woman who gave her life separated herself from her. As she wrestled with the thought of giving up her first child, a question overshadowed her mind. Was she making the right decision to let her baby go or not? Her grandmother and aunt raised her in Jamaica then as she transitioned into her new life with her new parents; she experienced excitingly unforgettable adventures as she and her family experienced new continents. As Sharon grew into her teenage years, she began wondering why her mother had not personally raised her, and questioned the reasons behind her adoption as a baby. Sharon tried her best to mask the empty feelings buried deep within her heart, those feelings of loneliness, and the sense of emptiness, which radiated from within the core of her very soul. Sharon found herself questioning if she would ever experience real love. Her family chose not to talk about her life with her. Her life seemed full of nothing but secrets.

About the Author
Audiences are exposed to Jones's work through motivational speaking, publicity appearances, concerts, and interviews. They relate that she is polished, eloquent, down to earth speaker, experienced attention grabber, and an energetic user of the various genres as promotional tool. Rich texture based on tense, sound, and word choice ideas and resources for fresh confidence to write for new generations of readers.

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title: A Man, a Maid and a Milking Stool:

author: James McConnell

category: nonfiction • subcategory: History/Biography • date submitted: 1.23.2008 • author id: McJ9763008

word count: 252

Content

The Scottish reformation in 1560 was an almost completely bloodless revolution of both a religion and a nation -- a nation that had been ungovernable for the previous 400 years. The revolution also led within just a few decades to the establishment of the world's first constitutional monarchy (in Scotland and England) and to the world's first system of universal public education. This remarkable revolution was made possible by the fierce personal independence and faith of the Scottish people, from nobleman to peasant, and the spirited dedication of a peasant's son by the name of John Knox. The manuscript offers a fast-paced and somewhat light-hearted narrative showing the changes that an energized and dedicated individual can bring about when he or she is motivated by seeking God's will and does not care who gets the credit.

About the Author
In addition to those interested in biography, history in general and church history this book will find a particular audience with the 3,000,000 Presbyterians in America who are presently undergoing trials, divisions and a testing of their faith. James McConnell worked for 32 years as an independent architectural consultant on projects throughout the United States, the Middle East and Europe, and won national awards for technical writing in specialized trade publications. He has served for 28 years as a Presbyterian elder, most of that time as a ruling elder, teaching adult church school and leading small group Bible studies. He has long had an intense interest in American and European history, and spent the last five years studying John Knox and the Scottish Reformation before being led to write this book.

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title: Hannah More: The Artist as Reformer

author: Mary Anne Phemister

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 8.23.2013 • author id: PhM6018713

word count: 37,000

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Hannah More: The Artist as Reformer (working title) The brilliant Hannah More, a celebrity in her time, is almost forgotten today. Why is she not included in the canon of English literature? Moderns disregard Hannah’s writings, finding her difficult to deal with due to her strong Christian views. They ignore the major roles she played in the abolition of slavery, opening schools for the poor, and reforming the manners of the great. Yet, like her mentors John Wesley and John Newton, she never left the established Church of England. Despite ugly criticism, Hannah persevered, paving the way for other Christian women writers and poets such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Fanny Crosby.

William Wilberforce sought Hannah’s aide in the campaign against slavery. (Her character appears in the 2007 film Amazing Grace.) Samuel Johnson called her “the most skilled versificatrix in the English language.” He sought out her company at the Bluestocking Literary Society meetings. Born in obscurity in 1745, Hannah died leaving nearly £30,000 to her charities, (today’s equivalent of $2,000,000), —an unequaled amount for a woman writer 200 years ago. Her writings changed hearts and prevented a revolution in England, as happened in France. Great Britain issued a postage stamp in 2007 in her honor.

About the Author

 

 

Mary Anne Phemister had never heard about the talented Hannah More until she discovered her while reading a biography of William Wilberforce. Phemister’s passion for telling people’s stories (especially unsung heros) has led her to publish 32 Wheaton Notables: Their Stories and Where they Lived (2003), Lessons from a Broken Chopstick: A Memoir of a Peculiar Childhood (HannibalBooks, 2009), and co-author Mere Christians: Inspiring Stories of Encounters with C. S. Lewis (Baker, 2009). She speaks to many church and civic groups from her keen interest in history and biography. Mary Anne and her pianist husband, Bill, live in Wheaton, Illinois.

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title: Our Road to Olympic Gold

author: Ben Peterson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 9.30.2013 • author id: PeB5309413

word count: 75,000

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Ben and John Peterson grew up in a God honoring family in rural Wisconsin. No one could’ve imagined the Olympic Games for either of them. As a wrestler, Ben lost all seven varsity matches by pins in his first year of wrestling and never placed at the state high school tournament. Yet he received a wrestling scholarship to one of America’s top wrestling universities where he earned two NCCA Championships. Then he made 3 U.S. Olympic teams and won gold and silver medals.

John had a serious knee injury delaying his start in wrestling. He never qualified for the state high school tournament and placed just fifth as a senior in a small college national tournament. And yet John also made two Olympic teams and won silver and gold medals.

The Peterson brothers’ wrestling experience has God’s fingerprints all over it. Ben tells the story of how they progressed in their wrestling and their faith from grade school all the way to the Olympics Games. Each chapter tells another segment of the successes and failures they experienced as athletes learning to trust God and progress in wrestling.

About the Author

Ben Peterson competed and succeeded at wrestling’s highest levels: (1) Olympic gold and silver medals; (2) on three U.S. Olympic teams; (3) 2 x NCAA individual national champion; (4) on two national collegiate championship teams; and (5) 28 years of college coaching experience at a Bible College.

Ben has also written more than 80 published articles in WIN Magazine, a national wrestling publication; more than 80 articles in The Crossface, a Wisconsin wrestling publication; and more than 25 articles in Wrestling USA Magazine, another national wrestling publication.

Ben Peterson trusted Christ as his savior while in Junior high. His faith in Christ grew through the years of wrestling. Serving the Lord and teaching others to trust Christ has been his passion ever since.

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title: Keep Paddling: The True Story of How God Turned Tragedy into Victory

author: Duane Miller

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 11.28.2014 • author id: MiD4464614

word count: 34,000

Content

On July 21, 1970, a storm raged around an eager group of campers on Opeongo Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. Should they push on with ther wilderness canoe trip of turn back? Their decision turned an adventure into tragedy, resulting in the death of three young men - Don Enzor, Chuck Schnittker, and Tim Meadows.

The deaths of these three young men set the stage for the Lord revealing Himself in powerful and unexpected ways. This poignant, firsthand retelling of the canoeing accident takes a look behind the scenes and shows in very understandable ways, some of the pieces of the puzzle of how God is at work in the grand scheme of things. It shares many of the life lessons the Schnittkers and the author learned as they walked through the healing process. It is a journey through the deep waters of grief, guilt, and depression, into hope, peace and a new sense of purpose. It is a journey into the very heart of God.

About the Author

(Working Title: Keep Paddling - The True Story of How God Turned Tragedy Into Victory)

Rev. Duane Miller is an ordained minister with the Christian and Misssionary Alliance.  He has degrees from Malone University (B.A., 1975), and Denver Seminary (M.A. 1978). He has served as a youth pastor and solo pastor in churches in New Jersey, New York, and Ohio since 1978. He also has extensive experience as a wilderness canoe guide. He has spoken at numerous churches, youth meetings, and camps about the canoeing accident.

Duane Miller self-published a book and corresponding curriculum aimed at helping parents fulfill their biblical responsibiity for the spiritual training and nuture of their children.

Duane Miller contributed a chapter in the book written by Nancy Kennedy, Miracles and Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories of Survival (Leafwood Publishers, 2014).

He also contributes to a blog for the Children's Disciple Making Ministry website for the C&MA, "CMAKids", www.cmalliancekids.com.

 

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title: Reflection of a Jewish Convert to Christianity

author: Gail Anastasion

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 2.7.2015 • author id: AnG2922315

word count: 45,000

Content

    

I am in the process of writing a memoir that explores the psychological

and social repercussions of being a Jewish convert to Christianity. I

examine the joys and pitfalls of integrating my faith into my identity

over the last thirty years.

 

I live in the same Jewish community in which I grew up and where my family

has been active for several generations. I discuss the cultural tensions

of living on the boundaries of two communities as well as the difficulties

had in communicating across the secular-supernatural divide. Because my

journey does not fit the stereotypical experience, I have leaned on the

paradoxical understanding of being “a congregation of one.”

 

After describing the angst from my secular Jewish years, I detail the

arguments for God in natural theology that led me towards spirituality in

Judaism. My subsequent study of the Holocaust led to an interest in

theodicy. My unexpected epiphany came as a result of encountering the

Jewishness of Jesus and the significance of his vicarious suffering on

the cross. I recount a six-pronged, lay study in which I compare Judaism

and Christianity.

 

 

Through essays and personal stories, I illustrate how the Jesus I have

come to know is profoundly connected to the liberal, democratic values of

my youth. By weaving stories about my Mother into research themes such

as redemption, atonement and resurrection, I show how, as the wounded

healer, she guided me towards spiritual wholeness.

 

About the Author

 

After reading a short piece I wrote twenty years ago, my friend, Philip Yancey

-as well as his editor, John Sloan- encouraged me to continue writing. Only recently

did I take pen to paper. I intend to go to the Colorado writers’ conference in an

effort to hone my skills and get further direction.

My work-part meditative and part research-could help those who don’t fit the

rigid categories of belief in our culture. Because I often define myself in opposition

to the popular religious culture, I have tried to cultivate a theology of moderation.

 

                                  The Center of my Conversion 

 

                        

Holocaust survivor Eli Wiesel has written extensively about his encounter

with evil and its effect on belief. Weisel’s play, God on Trial, is based on an

experience he had in a concentration camp. Rabbis, scholars, factory workers

and farmers-prisoners of every type-decided to put God on trial, to judge his

character. Addressing both covenantal and individual suffering, the jurors

presented classic Jewish arguments across the spectrum.

 

One Job-like character, after throwing up his hands in the face of the Lord’s i

nexplicable purposes, remembers God’s retort: “Have you ever given orders to

the morning or sent the dawn to its post?”

 

The free will defense that let God off the hook seemed logically consistent

to some. Others complained that they weren’t personally to blame for Adam’s sin.

Any consequent fall from grace made God into a cosmic sadist who rigged the

game from the start.

 

Ultimately, the jurors judged God’s character guilty. After their pronouncement,

one of the leaders turned to the group and asked, “What do we do now? Quietly

and succinctly, the leader said, ”Now, we pray.”

 

Agreeing with the verdict on an instinctual level, I wondered how they could go

through the motions of prayer-addressing an alien, pagan God. Furthermore, would

God prefer this kind of agonized fidelity to being ignored out of hand?

 

Is God ultimately responsible for allowing evil? Not having any answers, I felt an

unbridled desire to somehow even the score. As part of a metaphysical conundrum, I

wanted the almighty to somehow experience the ultimate psychic insult of abandonment.

In my human frailty, nothing else would satisfy.

 

 

Wiesel’s book, The Night, describes the Allied air raid on Buna when all prisoners were

confined to their blocks. Two cauldrons of soup were left unattended. Many watched in

horror as a man lifts himself up to eat. As he stands over the soup, he is shot and falls

lifeless to the ground. 

 

The Nazis erected a gallows in the central square to hang two adults and a boy who

had attempted to steal food. The prisoners broke into agonizing cries as they watched

the slow, tortured strangulation of the child at the end of the noose. One man spoke up,

wondering how God could be present in a world with such cruelty. “Where is He?” he asked

rhetorically. Another, from behind, answered, “God is hanging there on the gallows. Any

other answer is blasphemous.”

 

When I read this, a dreaded melancholy seized me, putting a stranglehold on all

meaning or purpose. Suddenly, a transfiguring grace stirred my soul lifting me to a

level where it has remained to this day. The metaphor of God on the gallows participating

in our pain elevated my spiritual imagination and defined the nature of my search over

the next two years.

 

 

                               ***

 

 

The first time I read the New Testament book of John, I threw myself across the

bed in a flood of tears. All assumptions about Christian anti-semitism were more

than confirmed. Passages critical of the Jews and those focusing on the exclusivity of

salvation called to mind every negative stereotype of Christianity I had growing up.

 

When I learned more about the cultural and historical context of these passages, I

recognized a family quarrel within Judaism rather than a diatribe between Christians

and Jews.* Unfortunately later church translations had actual anti-Jewish bias built

into the core text. Recognizing this, many Christian theologians admit that the Church’s

negative attitude towards the Jews paved the way for the Holocaust.*

 

 

 

 

I went immediately to a local Christian bookstore hoping to find an anti-dote to my

spiritual panic. I found, instead, Philip Yancey’s Where is God When it Hurts? Pictured on

the cover was a close up of a brilliant, vermillion rose- reminding me of a Hallmark greeting

card. I worried this could be another trite treatment of a very serious issue.

 

In it, Yancey- scholar, mystic, and philosopher-presents the Christian theology of pain in an

intelligent and nuanced manner. The ideas found here, like a healing balm on an open wound,

helped me resolve issues I had wrestled with for years. My imagination became baptized as I

began to fit the pieces of the puzzle together. I was reminded of the CS Lewis, quote, “I believe in

Christianity not as I believe that the sun has risen because I see it, but because by it, I see

everything else.”*

 

I could separate the true meaning of the cross from the sordid symbolism that had grown up

around it in the Jewish mind. As to my earlier question, “Where was God during Holocaust?”

I realized He was where He has always been-on the cross in complete identification with a suffering

world. Pope John Paul, formerly the Bishop of Auschwitz, said in front of the crematoriums, "

This is the Golgotha of our age.”* With that statement he somehow linked the cross and the

gas chamber into one common destiny.

 

 Peter Berger writes how, Jesus-rather than being a guilty bystander-choose to freely share

in the innocent pathos at the heart of creation.He entered into the full tragedy of human

existence, in all of its shame and despair.

 

 

            an immensely powerful process of redemption has been

            released…in Christ’s suffering and death on the cross…

            at the extreme point of God’s humiliation, God shares

            all the pain of creation and inaugurates its repair.

            And Christ will return as victor and restore the creation

            to the glory for which He intended it.*

 

 

 

 

 Resembling a metaphysical boomerang, one can ever get so far away from God, in

 mental or physical agony, that he isn’t brought closer still through identification with Jesus

 on the cross. His indwelling spirit inhabits the precise substance of every person’s doubt

 or alienation, conforming to the uniqueness of every soul. Every imaginable sorrow is

 subsumed under his last cry, from Psalm twenty-two “My God, My God, Why hast thou

forsaken me?”

 

In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus agonizes over God’s will in his upcoming ordeal.

Scripture recounts his sweat falling like great drops of blood. *As Mauriac said, “The son of

man became a pendulum swinging between man’s torpor and God’s absence-from the absent

father to the sleeping friend.”

 

 Simon Veil, the Jewish-Christian mystic and philosopher, describes affliction as being the worst

form of suffering a human being can endure.* It is irreducibly private and isolating-taking

a bite into the substance of a soul more than mere physical suffering. Christ had soul

trouble-the inestimable sorrow caused from separation from God.

 

 In The Crucified God, Jurgonne Moltmann focuses on the spiritual suffering that we as finite

creatures inevitably experience. Jesus breaches this divide as the God-man.

 

 

 

             When God becomes man in Jesus of Nazareth, he not

             only enters into the finitude of man, but in his

             death the cross also enters into the situation of

             man’s god-forsakenness. In Jesus he does not die the

             natural death of a finite being, but the violent

             death of the criminal on the cross, the death of

             complete abandonment by God. The suffering in the

             passion of Jesus is abandonment, rejection by God,

             God does not become a religion, so that man

             participates in him by corresponding religious

             thoughts and feelings. God does not become a law, so

             that man participates in him through obedience to a

             law. God does not become an ideal, so that man

             achieves community with him through constant

             Striving. He humbles himself and takes upon himself 

             the eternal death of the godless and the godforsaken

             so that all the godless and the godforsaken can

             experience communion with him.*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karomazov, a chapter entitled “Rebellion”tells of a

conversation between saintly Alyosha and the rebellious Ivan. Ivan describes a searing tale

of suffering in which a young boy who accidentally killed a landlord’s favorite hunting dog.

As punishment, the eight year old was made to strip and run from a pack of dogs. They tore

 

 

him to pieces in front of his mother. Alyosha asks Ivan what punishment the

 

 

landlord deserves. Ivan said he deserved to be shot, but that would not be

 

 

   enough-even hell would not be enough. In Ivan’s words:

 

 

 

 

 

          If the suffering of children go to swell the sum of   

          Suffering which was necessary to pay for truth, then I

          don’t want harmony. From love of humanity I don’t want  

          it…it is too high a price: it is beyond our means to

          pay so much. And so I give back my entrance ticket, and 

          if I am an honest can I give it back a soon and that I

          am doing as soon as possible. It’s not God that I don’t

          accept, Alyosha, only I most respectfully return the

          ticket to Him.

 

 

 

Peter Berger discusses what sort of answer would have been humanly

acceptable to Ivan. He concludes that though God understands and

endorses Ivan’s anger, it is misdirected. For reasons we will never

understand, God permits satan to initiate evil. The process of kenosis

begins when God enters into our pain and inaugurates the healing of

a fallen world. The love expressed on the cross as well as the power

evidenced in resurrection provide the final reconciliation of God’s

goodness and his power.

 

All of the human beings in Ivan’s episode have a destiny beyond this

life. Both the child and the mother will be infinitely comforted and the

perpetrator of the crime, if unrepentant, will face God’s justice.

 

Amy Carmichael, a missionary to India, experienced a series of calamities

in the mission field, leading to a time of great spiritual despondency.

After the loss of a dear friend, who died a very painful death of cancer,

she wrote:

 

             At last a day come when the burden grew too heavy for

             me. It was like the tamarind trees about the house

             were not tamarind, but olive And under one of those

             trees our Lord Jesus knelt, and He knelt alone. And              

             I knew that this was His burden, not mine. It was He

             who was asking me to share it with Him, not I             

             who was asking Him to share it with me. After that

             there was only one  thing to do: who that saw Him

             kneeling there could turn away and forget? Who could

             have done anything but go into the garden and kneel

             down beside Him under the olive trees? `

                          

 

 

 

 Robert M Franklin, an African American theologian has written about the

 innocent suffering experienced by blacks and how they find empowering

 comfort in the conviction that a just God will someday even the score.

 Most icons, art and Passion plays present Jesus as a sanitized, gentile

 figure-almost a manicured, middle class citizen. Anglo-American

 religious art fails to show the dirty, broken body of a sun baked

 Palestinian Jew who endured torture for hours.

 

 Since the slave period, however, blacks have understood and portrayed

 Jesus as a grass-roots leader, victimized by state-sponsored terror. In

 focusing on Jesus’ humanity, black theology has stressed his socially

 marginal status. African Americans may revisit painful memories of young

 men who were hanged from trees as the local townspeople looked on with

 satisfaction. They have a gut identification with what the young Jewish

 mother must have felt as well as with the agony of the disciples who

 were too powerless and afraid to try to avenge their leader.

 

 In his book Jesus and the Disinherited, Christian mystic and African 

 American theologian Howard Thurman said, “whenever we sanitize the

 grotesque image of the suffering servant, we again inflict violence upon

 his identity and mission. He endured each moment of that suffering; we

 dare not minimize it to suit our sensibilities.” Not surprisingly, the Rev.

 Martin Luther King Jr. always carried Thurman’s book in his briefcase.

 

 

                                        ***

 

 

 Being divine, Jesus experienced a separation from God unlike mere human 

 distance. In my utter selfishness, I needed to compare myself to one who

 suffered more. Knowing this, He enacted the very thing I had earlier wished

 for. God experienced the ultimate psychic insult of being abandoned by God. I   

 was blindsided with unbearable gratitude. Every aspect of my being- my self  

 esteem, my purpose, and my sorry nature- were nailed to the cross and defined

 by His grace. I was forever changed.

 

 

 

 

 

 Being rejected, cursed, and crucified, Jesus descended into the depths

 

 

 of hell- then rose victoriously so that we can reach the other side

 

 

 of sin, despair and death. If God can bring something positive out of

 

 

 this, He can bring meaning and purpose to any tragedy-even in an age

 

 

 

  of Auschwitz. Knowing that my circumstanc is never the result of blind

 

 

 chance but overseen by a sovereign God gives me hope that God will

 

 

 ultimately right all wrongs, punish all evil and answer all questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Studies have shown that the physically ill have a higher threshold of pain

 

 

 in the presence of a loved one. This is an apt metaphor for being in

 

 

 relationship with Jesus. As the ultimate codependent, he takes on what

 

 

 every mother, sister, father or friend and cannot bear and still remain

 

 

 healthy. Though God doesn’t take away the pain, as we abide in Him and He

 

 

 in us, we benefit from an infinite support group-Father, son and spirit-

 

 

 relating to one another in the penultimate, mystical joy of shared suffering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Jesus’ vicarious suffering became the centerpiece of my understanding-

    enabling me to make a “mustard seed” of commitment in faith. My state of

    mind was best reflected in the passage, "0’ Lord, I do believe, help thou

    my unbelief." (Mark 9:23—24) While there were many areas I had not yet

    studied, subsequent reading only confirmed the truth I was coming to know.

 

 

 

 

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title: The Radio Signal: A World War II Tale of Hope and Sanctuary

author: Friedhelm Radandt

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 2.7.2015 • author id: RaF9800415

word count: 66,000

Content

The Radio Signal is the story of two families during the 1930s and 1940s, one from Germany’s bucolic Pomerania and the other from Poland’s urbane Warsaw. Each family has four children, and both eventually are thrown into refugee existence. Their vibrant faith imbues their actions with courage and trust. The Radandts hold worship meetings in their home during WW II and reject the pressure of the local party leaders to have their sons attend a residential school for future Nazi leaders. Across the border, the Jobs – members of the active German Baptist community in Poland – have to deal with the frightening fact of a death sentence from the Polish resistance movement for Ludwig, the researcher and developer of radio tubes. Driven from their homes and forced to give up the only safety they’ve ever known, the Radandts and the Jobs each embark on harrowing, yet thrilling parallel journeys across war-torn Germany. This memoir offers a seldom-seen perspective on the Third Reich: that of children growing up in the era of the century’s most horrible events. During the war, neither family knew of the other. Neither family knew that their paths would ultimately cross.

About the Author

With my MA and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago, I served a total of twenty-five years as Christian college president. Since my retirement I have researched various aspects of the story at hand, while also drawing on my own and my wife’s vivid memories of WW II. The book is written for families, particularly Christian families (ages 10 and up). The home school market would find this memoir useful as a way to grasp the complexities of various geo-political and historical aspects surrounding WW II. Alumni of the college where I served would likely be interested in this story. Photos and documents are available to support the narrative.

 

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title: A Bid to Come and Die: The Impact of Dietrich Bonhöffer’s Leadership Against the Nazification of the German Protestant C

author: Michael Haggard

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 7.29.2015 • author id: HaM1230315

word count: 46,167

Content

Can one man make a difference in a nation that denies its citizens basic rights, makes war against its neighbors, uses its power to destroy the Jewish race, tries to control the message of the Christian Church, and kills Christian leaders who resist? All of these events occurred in the nation of Germany beginning with Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. 

In order to conform the Protestant Church to the racial ideals of National Socialism, Hitler led a campaign to Nazify the Protestant Church in Germany. He passed legislation prohibiting the freedom of speech. He intimidated church leaders. He influenced church elections and installed Nazi-friendly leaders in critical positions. 

From 1933 to 1943, Dietrich Bonhöffer performed critical roles against these efforts to nazify the German Protestant Church. He helped author the Bethel Confession for the Confessing Church. He led German congregations abroad. He led an illegal seminary for the Confessing Church from 1935 to 1940, and he was involved in the conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

The impact of his labors against the nazification of the German Protestant Church was great. The example he set as a spiritual leader is still studied today and he continues to inspire millions.     

About the Author

Dr. Mike Haggard has a doctor of philosophy degree in church history with minors in the Old Testament and theology. He serves as the director of the Northeast Campus of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Schenectady, New York, where he also teaches as an assistant professor of church history and Old Testament. He is an associate pastor at Grace Community Church in Ballston Spa, New York. 

Dr. Mike Haggard is a twenty-year veteran with the United States Army. He served in combat during operations Urgent Fury on the island of Grenada in 1983 and during Desert Shield Desert Storm in Iraq in 1991.

 

 

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title: Bring Him to Me: No One Is beyond the Reach of God

author: Sally Ann Zito

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 8.7.2015 • author id: ZiS4831615

word count: 97,000

Content

Frank Majewski is abandoned, abused, and rejected. By the time he turns twelve, he has all the makings of a juvenile delinquent. Frank is arrested so many times, he spends the majority of his high school years behind bars.

But when Frank turns nineteen, he meets Jesus Christ and his life is instantly changed. He shares his new faith with everyone he meets and begins to lead hundreds of bikers, hippies and drug addicts to Christ.

Set against a backdrop of the 1960’s, Bring Him to Me is the true story of a powerful Detroit evangelist, proving that no one is ever beyond the reach of God.

About the Author

After logging more than thirty hours of interviews and carefully investigating the events that took place during Frank Majewski's life, I believe I am the best qualified to write this story.  While long hours devoted to historical research lend authenticity to my account, what best qualifies me to write this book is that I have known Frank for forty years. As a teenager I sat cross-legged on the carpet as he preached, and watched in amazement as hundreds of young people gave their hearts to Christ.  

Bring Him to Me is not only a gripping tale, it is an evangelistic tool that can reach across age, gender, and cultural barriers.  I am committed to making my book available in book stores, churches, youth homes and prisons by way of newspaper and radio interviews as well as partnering with organizations such as Prison Fellowship and The International Network of Prison Ministries.  

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title: Encourage to Faith

author: Kevin Murray

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 11.18.2016 • author id: MuK3469516

word count: 72,000

Content

ENCOURAGE TO FAITH

The Presumptuous, Mostly Accurate Account of One Man’s Journey into the Heart of God 

Kevin Murray

Book Premises and Objectives

We are invited on an eternal journey into the heart of a loving God. All we have to do is accept. The book spans the life of Kevin Murray—from seeker to skeptic to believer to encourager. Kevin’s fresh and candid telling of the struggles and triumphs in his own life illuminates the clarion call for all of us—turn back to God and cling to the only relationship that will ever fulfill our deepest desires. 

People are struggling to get from their heads to their hearts how to relate personally to the God of all creation. They pretend otherwise, but they know they’re drifting and that they miss God desperately. Readers of this book will reignite their passion to embrace the God of the Bible as true north. They will find that the eternal journey into God’s heart was never meant to be a burdensome trek. Rather, it is a journey bathed in love and grace from a Father Who cares deeply about what is best for us and Who has the capacity to bring it about.

The book answers the questions “Who am I?” “Why Am I here?” and “Where am I going?” It is unabashedly philosophical in its presentation and both encouraging and persuasive in its teaching. The biographical story line presents the case that true meaning in life is found only in God, while at the same time exposing the misleading arguments of the skeptics who deny God. It also highlights the believer’s ongoing need to be filled with Jesus in order to be free of the false idols of this world and to grow into maturity of faith.

Market

The subject matter of the book will appeal to a broad range of readers. It is the story of the author’s spiritual journey which overlays the point that all men must make a journey. In that way, its ultimate appeal is to the human dilemma and to the One and only solution. 

Likely readers will be Christians ages twenty and up who are in need of encouragement that leads to lasting change; intelligent men and women of faith who want rational encouragement, but not technical jargon; devoted churchgoers who desire to carry the torch of faith throughout the week, not just on Sundays; believers who are not actively engaged in their faith due to past disappointments or confusion, but who would like to reengage and continue to grow; believers who feel distant from God, but long for deeper intimacy with Him; believers who would like to explore all the dimensions of the gift of faith; seekers who want accessible answers to their objections and obstacles to faith; Christian book lovers appreciative of an encouraging story line with thoughtful prose; readers seeking ultimate truth who prefer an appeal to the mind which also touches the heart.

About the Author

Qualifications: Founder, Encourage to Faith Ministries, fisherman for Christ, and writer at heart.

The thought occurred to me midway through the writing of this book that I might get raptured before I finish. I admit to having a fleeting angst that that would be a shame, which is solidly on the pathetic side—an ill-conceived thought that only proves I still hold on to too many things of this world. “Say, God could you wait a bit? I’d like to finish this book first. At least hold off until after the playoffs this weekend.” I have a short view of God at times. However, I write my admission of failure without shame, for I know it’s not my final say. This is: Get lost feeble feelings and fleshly ways. I want what God wants. Period. And I believe He wants this manuscript to see the light of day. I hope you will consider it.

Kevin writes a blog called “Encourage to Faith” which reaches over 2,000 followers (www.encouragetofaith.org). Its purpose is to encourage the hearts of men and women to move closer to the heart of God. The topics cover the subjects of faith, compassion, life application, perspective, prayer, and encouragement, all from a biblical worldview.

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title: Yoder School: A Memoir of Learning

author: Phyllis Swartz

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 3.23.2017 • author id: SwP4314017

word count: 79,451

Content

A young girl uprooted from her Amish Mennonite community in the mountains of western Maryland, leaves the cloistered three-room Yoder School, where her mind never stalls and where she has already decided to become a teacher. She finds herself in Flint, Michigan, where no one knows a Mennonite. There she encounters fights, the Flint riots, and tries to keep from getting bullied for wearing a head covering to school. She wonders how she can learn to be a good teacher if she doesn’t have one. But she finds a place at the table in the school cafeteria with friends who learn to see her without first noticing the covering on her head.

 

She pursues her college diploma against odds through the post-Sputnik decades, searching in each new classroom for the enchantment of Yoder School. She finally finds it again at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she graduates with the hippies. Along the way, she learns how to be different, how much people are really the same, and that, if you want to go home again, you must create that home within yourself from pieces you’ve picked up along the way.

About the Author

Phyllis Swartz has taught language arts at a middle school, high I.Q. students in a gifted program, parents in a home-based program, college students as an adjunct, and inmates at a state penitentiary.

She holds degrees and certifications from Antioch, Ohio State, and Ashland universities.

She has published in Christianity Today publications, produced curriculum, and written bi-monthly articles for her local newspaper.

With her husband, who is a conference pastor, she has presented in many churches. She also facilitates learning style workshops.

She plans to launch a book blog to post short excerpts and teaching tips.

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title: A Congregation of One

author: Gail Baker

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 10.27.2017 • author id: BaG2922317

word count: 87000

Content

Part reflection and part research--A Congregation of One recounts my spiritual coming of age against the backdrop of a loving, albeit quirky family--whose secular Judaism was cultivated in opposition to South Carolina’s Bible Belt culture. The day I told my dad that I had embraced Christianity, he said, “If you were younger, I could put you over my knee and spank you.” At thirty-seven, I had insulted my Jewish family and every generation preceding them. Despite challenges over the last thirty years, I have integrated my belief into my personal identity.

 

Life began to unravel when Michael, our nine-year old, developed serious emotional problems. After a thirty-five-year struggle with depression, drug addiction, and an eating disorder, he revealed that a stranger had sexually molested him as a child. In my desire to resolve suffering on a deeper level, I realized that the Christian worldview held the only promise of making sense out of our grim reality.

 

Over the fifteen years of guarding my privacy, I attended to my inner life by writing, reading, praying, and meditating. Cultivating a faith of my own apart from culture war extremes, I viewed myself as “a congregation of one.”

About the Author

I have studied the interface between Judaism and Christianity for thirty years and can build bridges of understanding. Though my account occupies the space between Judaism and Christianity, it will resonate with the growing number for whom traditional sectarian categories do not apply. My proposed audience, as cited in a 2015 Pew Center Survey, consists of those who have changed their religions and those who have disaffiliated.

          

The Christian writer Philip Yancey, a friend of mine, sai,d “Gail Baker Anastasion has a unique and richly inspiring story, which she tells in compelling fashion. I’ve long encouraged her to get this memoir written.” 

 

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title: Mountain Raised

author: Enoch Sutherland

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 11.14.2017 • author id: SuE4950817

word count: 34629

Content

Mountain Raised is the story of how Billie June Sutherland overcame the adversities of her childhood as a coal miner’s daughter in West Virginia and went on to be an influential woman who role modeled faith and love to her family and community.

Along the way, she encountered many hardships, including a tragic mine explosion, racial prejudices, and the loss of loved ones. These are juxtaposed against the humorous interactions of a small town, the joys of raising a family, and an amazing love story.

This book illustrates the practical struggles of life and how faith triumphs over tragedy. Billie June’s life shows that leaving a legacy isn’t about wealth, publicity, or spectacular achievement. Rather, it is about loving people well, learning to laugh easily, and being resilient when challenges come.

Billie June’s story is told in a relatable way that has a message of hope for everyone. It illustrates the impact that a faithful life can have on others. Along the way, it is sure to bring both tears and laughter to all who venture to read its pages.

About the Author

Enoch Sutherland is the grandson of Billie June Sutherland, the central character in the book Mountain Raised. He grew up listening to the amazing stories of her childhood and wrote them with the hope that others would find the same inspiration from them that he always has.

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title: Never Dared to Imagine: A Journey of Life after a Spinal Cord Injury

author: Jenny Smith

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 6.6.2018 • author id: SmJ4029118

word count: 52300

Content

While tumbling on wet grass, 16-year-old Jenny Smith lost her identity as a gymnast and her physical independence after sustaining a spinal cord injury. She had no way to deal with the losses in her life or the shame and embarrassment of needing help with the most basic of daily activities. Slowly Jenny rediscovered how to use her gifts and talents in other settings. She became more confident in her abilities after meeting other women with disabilities at the Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant. Jenny found freedom and independence through wheelchair sports. From pushing down the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, to rolling down the catwalk during New York’s Fashion Week, she has experienced much more than she ever could have ever imagined. Faith, determination, and the support of family and friends allowed her to surpass the physical limitations she experienced after becoming a quadriplegic. Jenny’s story provides hope that there is life after a tragic injury.

About the Author

I have lived with a spinal cord injury for 28 years. After distributing wheelchairs in developing countries for eight years, I now use my master’s degree in counseling to support and encourage missionaries. I am contributing writer for Bard Care with over 30 published articles. I am building a following on my website www.jennysmithrollson.com and my Facebook Page. I accept speaking engagements at churches, schools, and universities.

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title: Cultivate Courage: Finding God Faithful Even in Fear

author: Sarah Frazer

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 6.18.2018 • author id: FrS2530318

word count: 50000

Content

In the civil affairs office in Zhengzhou, China, they handed us our daughter. After fifteen months of paper chasing and the agony of waiting, we finally had her. With four layers of clothes on, she was huge. So heavy. I tried to look into her face, but she wouldn’t focus or make eye contact. I handed her to my husband, and we studied her. Smiling with with relief, I thought, “It is over now, right?”

A horrible feeling crept into my soul while we waited to fill out more paperwork. The room with no heat felt suffocating. She would not look at us. Her body was limp, like a rag doll. The wait of her head was too heavy. Only a soft meow sound escaped from her parched lips. In that moment, I realized our lives would be different. Our normal life at home would change forever. Her medical needs were more significant than we had anticipated.

We had anticipated her to be minor-special needs. Her only diagnosis was “high muscle tone.” When she arrived to us with extremely low muscle tone, I knew something was wrong. In fact, she could barely sit, crawl, or even hold her head up. The drool poured from her mouth. While playing, she never looked at the object, she only used her peripheral vision. While we were in China, I struggled. My plan for our family was slowly coming undone. Fear began to plant a seed in my heart.

After arriving home I was just trying to survive with four children seven and under. Our new daughter needed as much help as a newborn. I had to struggle through the pain of losing my dreams, the guilt of attachment struggles, and the crying. She would scream for hours in grief, frustration, and for reasons I never knew. I felt so helpless.Was I supposed to be her mother? I felt like a stranger and the babysitter. Fear turned to grief and I wept through the pain. When I thought about the past, it brought guilt and shame. The future only held uncertainty. What would her quality of life be? Who would take care of her when we were gone? I hated myself for resenting the whole situation, but God showed me that all of my grief, anger, and frustration stemmed from fear. My mother bought me a little sign from Hobby Lobby a few weeks after returning home. It said: Practice Courage Every Single Day. I wept in exhaustion and maybe a little jet lag. Courage was the very farthest thing I felt, and it seemed utterly impossible.

In my book, Cultivating Courage, I share how a seed of fear was planted in my heart which led to a season of debilitating anxiety. Before fear grows into a weed, I’ve learned to rely on the daily process of cultivating courage through the study and truth of God’s Word.

Through the process of studying God’s Word, specifically the Psalms, I found a seed of faith to plant in my heart instead of fear. By cultivating this seed, through daily Bible reading, a new courage has bloomed in my life. Many of our fears are mirrored by the author’s of the Book of Psalms. In this book, I will walk the reader through my story while also bringing out truth from God’s word, especially the Book the Psalms to help her find God faithful, no matter what she faces. My book walks the reader through that journey, providing a reflection questions at the end of each chapter for further help in cultivating courage.

About the Author

Each Fall, Spring, and Summer I lead a Bible study with a group of 4-10 women. I’ve been holding in-home Bible studies for over six years. I have facilitated many different types of Bible studies as well as attended over 15 years of Bible studies at local churches. I have a B.A. in Bible Studies from Trinity College and Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana (2006-2012).

I have been writing a blog for over eight years. In the past five years, I’ve developed a blog to provide tools for deep-rooted Bible study. In 2015, I had 72,098 page-views for the year, with an average of 6,000 monthly views. In 2016, I had 157,584 page-views, with an average of 30,000 monthly page-views. In 2017, my audience continued to grow. I had 559,330 page views, with an average of 75,000 monthly page-views. Right now I have an email list of over 4500 subscribers, growing around 200-300 new subscribers monthly. 

I have been published in the Be Still magazine by the Daily Grace Company. I am a regular contributor for a new magazine, Iola, published in Britain. I have also had an article published in Kindred Mom. I am a contributing writer for “Thrive Moms” which has several thousand readers on both their app and email list. I have also been published in our adoption agency’s quarterly magazine, Lifeline, which reaches thousands of adoptive parents.

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title: THAT ONE PERSON

author: ANN BAKER

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 6.18.2019 • author id: BAA9270819

word count: 85457

Content

THAT ONE PERSON is the true story of a God-appointed stranger who saved a little girl with her love. Have you ever thought about that one special person who entered your world—perhaps unexpectedly—and changed the course of your life, sometimes forever? We all have one. We may even have more than one. Other times, we’re that person for someone else. Times when the unexpected occurs, over which we have no control. Some of those moments are happy. Some, not so much. Others are simply devastating. This memoir is about those people, and those moments.

I wrote this book to encourage others during their difficulties, and to encourage them to inspire others during their seemingly hopeless situations. My mother was an abusive teenager. When a doctor told her that I probably wouldn’t make it past third grade, she said that I was too much of a burden and it would have been better had I never been born. But God had a different plan I didn’t know anything about faith or courage at the time but He saw it all. He did what I couldn’t do for myself and sent a complete stranger into my life, who changed everything.

 

About the Author

CREDENTIALS

                Annie Farris is an award winning writer and motivational speaker. Several of her articles have been published.    Pat Boone wrote, “THAT ONE PERSON is one of the most powerful testimonies I’ve read in a long time … of overcoming and victory in this sad and broken world.” Endorsed by several licensed counselors and ministries, she also has a professional background in marketing with an interactive website www.AnnieFarris.com . Her audience is people of all ages who need encouragement.

 

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title: A Dog Named White Boy

author: Nate Van Noord

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 12.6.2019 • author id: VaN4820219

word count: 70000

Content

Nate Van Noord grew up in suburban Detroit in one of the wealthiest counties in America. But like many Detroit suburbanites in the 90s, he rarely ventured into the city. In 2006, however, with Detroit just being named the murder capital of America, he moves into a multi-racial, intentional Christian community in inner-city Detroit. Over the course of these last thirteen years, he recounts living next door to drug dealers, surviving a neighborhood shootout, and getting punched in the face on the basketball court. He takes us along on his journey of black friends questioning his motives for being in Detroit and teaching in the worst school district in America.

This is also a coming of age story about a young man whose mom cries every night as he decides to take literally Jesus’s call to sell all his possessions and give to the poor. Van Noord comically recounts eating out of dumpsters, sleeping in an abandoned factory, and floating down the Detroit river on a homemade raft. After his father and grandfather worked so hard to bring his family into the middle class, he pursues a life of downward mobility from biking through Detroit’s harsh winters to taking home a toilet he finds in the bushes. He weaves an inspiring narrative of being a missionary to his neighborhood and city but first discovers he has a lot to learn about race, class, community, and the faithful lives of those already there. He spins his tale about the city in his backyard he never knew - from being the worldwide symbol of urban decay to bankruptcy to its rise from the ashes - discovering hope in a place most would have never expected.    

About the Author

Nate Van Noord lived and traveled extensively through Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East before finding a home in inner-city Detroit for the last 13 years. He is a graduate of Calvin University and a former staff worker with the international ministry The Navigators. He currently teaches in Detroit public schools and is a three-time winner of National Public Radio’s Moth StorySlam Detroit.

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title: Der Kleine Lump

author: John Paugstat

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 5.8.2020 • author id: PaJoDe11520

word count: 85000

Content

I knew the boy well:  He was born into a near-destitute family in a unique era defined by the Great Depression and extending through WWII.   His family was atypical in heritage, faith, lifestyle, character, and appearance.  His mother wore a prayer covering and plain dress that belied her fiery nature and her dramatic past as a peasant maiden who endured the horrors of revolution and war.  His American-born father had a dogmatic “German” personality,  made more rigid and narrow by his conversion to a (very) conservative, pacifist’s faith.  The boy’s family of seven lived on less than an acre of land that contained their primitive house,  an outhouse, and five dinky outbuildings that sheltered a menagerie of animals and stuff (junk).   The boy’s neighborhood was defined by modern, middle-class homes on neat and orderly lawns.  The resulting contrast was like a wart on the face of a lovely maiden. As the author, I know first-hand the misery and pains of poverty resulting from cold and hunger.  Accordingly, I intended to write a book about the harshness of poverty and its ill effects on a boy. Yet, the life of this boy in poverty had an unexpected mystique and appeal to me.  He enjoyed adventures born in poverty beyond the dreams of most boys.  I would have liked to have been that boy—and so I was.  As such, the anecdotes and related events in this book are true to the limits of memory.  That reality enhances the intrigue that starts with my mother, who affectionately (most of the time ) referred to me in German as “Der Kleine Lump” (The Little Rascal).

About the Author
Poverty:  I lived it; I endured it,  and I was shaped by it.  Consequently, I can write with authority about it.    Toward effective presentation, for most of my corporate life, I wrote a family of texts on a wide range of subjects for a diverse audience.  I also taught and spoke at conventions,  and at corporate and church-related functions.   I wrote one book with four in various stages of development.  Feedback to these was and is favorable. .  

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title: Irrevocable: A Story of Human Aphasia and Divine Grace

author: John Espy

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 8.24.2020 • author id: EsJoIr20420

word count: 283000

Content

Pam Espy was just 53 when a stroke left her with severe language deficits and memory impairments. Her therapies ran their course. Our church welcomed her, but expected nothing from her. Yet, as her husband, I clung to the promise that God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). I believed that she was not diminished, only broken — like me, like so many who are marginalized inside and outside our churches. Together, we have walked a journey that has not been recovery so much as manifestation and laying bare. At times this has meant disinhibited rage, when she called the police on me, or when I snapped. More often, thankfully, we have laughed, as words and all our devices fail us. This is a stroke memoir, proceeding first chronologically and then topically. It is also a work of reflection, drawing on Scripture, poetry, neuroscience, and more than 40 accounts of other stroke and brain injury survivors. Ultimately, it is a love story, a meditation on what remains when everything is shaken.

About the Author
I am an instructional writer, serving most recently as Curriculum Development Specialist for the Christian aid organization World Concern. I have published a study of Romans 7 in the journal New Testament Studies, and provocative essays at the website Relevant.com (on such topics as the Syrian refugee crisis and the testimonies of the not-yet-healed). I created and maintain the blog Bible Weigh Station.

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