Valera — A Military Mustang

A Military Mustang: The Extraordinary Life of Captain John W. Arens
by Charley Valera

Captain John W. Arens has teamed up with Charley Valera, the best-selling author of My Father’s War. Together they have created A Military Mustang, an autobiography about the life of Captain Arens. Follow the journey from a young boy during The Depression to Captain of a U.S. Navy ship. Too young to join the Marines at 15, John persisted and began his career serving our country at 17 in the Merchant Marines until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Read about John’s extraordinary 37 years of military service. Follow him from a paratrooper, to Arctic diver trained by Navy Seals, to Army Ranger, to Captain of U.S. Naval Vessels. Truly a military mustang worth reading about.

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Hayton — No Long Goodbyes

No Long Goodbyes
by Pauline Hayton

No Long Goodbyes

Wracked with guilt over the tragic deaths of her husband and young son, Kate Cavanagh leaves 1939 Britain to start a new life in Burma, where she falls in love and marries teak plantation manager Jack Bellamy, a widower with two young children. The 1942 Japanese invasion destroys their idyllic life in Burma. With Jack away fighting the enemy, Kate must embark on a perilous 250-mile journey, on foot, with her children and their Indian ayah. They brave monsoon-sodden jungle, swamps and mountains along with half-a-million terrified, civilian refugees fleeing to the safety of India. Death from disease, exhaustion, and starvation surrounds them. Corpses litter the trail. Vowing not to lose another child in her care, Kate needs every ounce of courage and determination she can muster. Will it be enough to ensure their survival through some of the world’s most inhospitable terrain?

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The 15 Minute Guide to Parenting
by Carol S. Kennedy

 

This is a self-help, hands-on Christian Workbook. It may be used as a companion to THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PARENTING FROM A TO Z SO HELP ME GOD, also by Dr. Carol Kennedy. Or, it can easily be used as a resource for individuals or families as a stand alone tool. This workbook is a catalyst for discussion and application for families. Choose one topic at a time and apply it to your own situation. Have fun with this guide!

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A Second Taste of Chocolate for the Soul

by Dr. Carol Kennedy

Second Taste of Chocolate

Do you like chocolate? Do you find it sweet, satisfying and delicious? God’s Word can be the same. Once it becomes part of your daily diet, you will hunger for it. This book is the second in a series of AWARD WINNING TASTE OF CHOCOLATE FOR THE SOUL books.

Dr. Carol shows the reader how God’s Word can sweeten relationships and solve problems through stories and psalms. The first section showcases psalms written by her and grandson Tyler. What a delightful journey!

A favorite grandson psalm:
“God, You Are Like Ice Cream to Me”.

Popular stories/testimonies:
“God Will Knock Your Socks Off!” and “Kaleidoscopes Need Light.”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could get people as excited about God’s Word as they are about chocolate?

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RJNelson — Dirty Waters

Dirty Waters: Confessions of Chicago’s Last Harbor Boss

by R.J. Nelson

Dirty WatersIn 1987, the city of Chicago hired a former radical college chaplain to clean up rampant corruption on the waterfront. R. J. Nelson thought he was used to the darker side of the law—he had been followed by federal agents and wiretapped due to his antiwar stances in the sixties—but nothing could prepare him for the wretched bog that constituted the world of a Harbor Boss.

Director of Harbors and Marine Services was a position so mired in corruption that its previous four directors ended up in federal prison. Nelson inherited angry constituents, prying journalists, shell-shocked employees, and a tobacco-stained office still bearing a busted door that had been smashed in by the FBI. Undeterred, Nelson made it his personal mission to become a “pneumacrat,” a public servant who, for the common good, always follows the spirit—if not always the letter—of the law.

Dirty Waters is a wry, no-holds-barred memoir of Nelson’s time controlling some of the city’s most beautiful spots while facing some of its ugliest traditions. A guide like no other, Nelson takes us through Chicago’s beloved “blue spaces” and deep into the city’s political morass. He reveals the different moralities underlining three mayoral administrations, from Harold Washington to Richard M. Daley, and navigates us through the gritty mechanisms of the Chicago machine. He also deciphers the sometimes insular world of boaters and their fraught relationship with their land-based neighbors.

Ultimately, Dirty Waters is a tale of morality, of what it takes to be a force for good in the world and what struggles come from trying to stay ethically afloat in a sea of corruption.

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Dahl — Giddy as Charged

Giddy as Charged: The Happy Manual

by Mary Clista Dahl

Giddy as Charged
A quick and entertaining read that takes you from learning about humor to rediscovering yours through insightful passages, amusing anecdotes and self-examination. This self-help book is a must read for all adults; everyone needs an occasional humor boost. Complete with a workout, list of humor barriers and personal assessment, this volume offers general tips and initiates self discovery. Enjoy for yourself or pass off anonymously to the grumpy people in your life.

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Reconciliation of the Heart: Memoir of Mary Clista Dahl: A Healing Journey to Joy, Love and Compassion

by Mary Clista Dahl

Reconciliation of the Heart
You may just like this book if you grew up in the 1960’s, 70’s or 80’s, have ever been diagnosed with anxiety or a “mental illness,” (or know someone who has) prefer to be treated with kindness, contemplated suicide, thrived as a non-traditional student, use music as an escape, play in or appreciate nature, have ever been in love, cherish being a parent, treasure friendship, kept a journal, desire to escape media drama (social and otherwise), want to tell your own story or to learn to be perpetually happy. Or just want a fun, easy, happy read!

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The Agency: In the Defendant’s Chair
by Lynn Yvonne Moon

In the Defendant's Chair
Imagine kissing your children goodnight, make love to your husband, and wake up confused in a courtroom. This is the nightmare and reality of Early Sutton. Early’s devastated to learn her husband and children were brutally murdered over three months ago. Her young attorney discovers that other women across America are also waking up accused of murdering their families and they too, have no memories. With the help of The Agency, Early’s answers are answered as her world is absorbed into a government conspiracy that centers around the experimentation of the human genome. In The Defendant’s Chair examines the inner working of our Government and a secret society as they manipulate the human genome in evil seclusion.

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The Agency: Dysfunctional Bloodline
by Lynn Yvonne Moon

Dysfunctional Bloodline
Damara Van Brunt teaches Economics for Duke University. Life is simple and wonderful until that eventful day her brother calls from the hospital. Her mother has died; murdered. Trying to accept the truth, Damara also tries to sort through the family secrets. Carrie Clark comes to help her distraught friend, but both are thrown into a whirl wind adventure that takes them from Montana to New York City and finally, to Damara’s birth place of Manitoba, Canada. But unknown to both Damara and Carrie, the murderer is following their progress closely. But Carrie is anxious to answer the question why each first daughter is murdered on their fortieth birthday?

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