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by Debra Torres-ReyesIn the 1960s, Frankie Roberts heard a preacher pronounce that a woman’s place is in the home, not in the pulpit. Frankie felt led by the Lord to leave Newark, New Jersey, her husband and to drag her four daughters to Sioux City, Iowa, to start a ministry. In this memoir, the youngest of Frankie’s daughters, the author, narrates her traumatic and abusive childhood as the victim of a religion gone too far. Availing herself of both humor and honesty, Torres-Reyes describes being raised by Penteco... more
by Tommy Ray
Do you sometimes feel there is more out there for you? Would you like to become the best version of yourself?
I know I did. I thought, “if I desire a new life, I simply should rewrite it.” I pondered, imagine creating my dreams into reality, creating the life I have always desired, knowing I can produce these results.
What would that do to my confidence? What would that do to my life?
Through personal experience, inspirational quotes, as well as ... more
by Sandra JollaFinding joy in the midst of turbulent times is not always easy. When you get disappointing news, how do you turn tragedy to triumph? How do you make the bitter sweet? How do you transition from chaos to calm? The author makes her journey with cancer a faith walk filled with excitement and joy as she embarks upon one of the most challenging times of her life. I learned that even though I had mapped out a plan, God had a different plan for my life. This is my story of how I chose to make my journe... more
by Amy ManganThis Side Up: The Road to a Renovated Life is a home and garden editor’s story of a life constantly under construction, none by design. Written with candor, humor and grace, Amy Mangan shares her own home tour, but this one deftly sheds light on job loss, financial shame, home displacement, marital discord, illness and caregiving. Faced with one crisis after the next, Amy discovers how to cope, hope and rebuild, finding a new way home to a stronger way of life.
by Mae Edwards“Stolen Options” is the story of how she survived the constant moving around from foster home to home, being a plumber in the Air Force, an abusive husband, cancer and beyond. Upon surviving some of the toughest years in an unhealthy marriage, Mae later got remarried, this time to her high school sweetheart. She is now a part of a very loving and successful marriage. She currently resides in Waller, Texas, and as her story tells, enjoys riding her motorcycle with her husband, hiking in the mount... more
by John and Mahin GoodallOur memoir recounts the true story of how we met in Tehran in 1969 and how our Anglo-Iranian romance had been accurately foretold by an Assyrian fortune teller simultaneously with the terrifying fortunes of two other girls. We each recount our story individually in the first person as we recall it, putting the reader in the vantage point of understanding what each of us is thinking as he/she wonders how we lovers drawn from such very different backgrounds will ever overcome the very real impedim... more
by Eva G KaneWhen singer/songwriter Eva G Kane discovers her husband’s secret life outside of their 24-year marriage, her world is thrown upside down. Eva tosses her pride aside to undergo a grueling process of self-discovery, navigating through her darkest times by writing songs of lost-yet-hopeful love. Inspired by her lyric “the worst in you is bringing out the best in me,” Eva gains the strength to dig deeper into her husband’s heart and bank records when her initial attempt at forgiveness proves futile... more
by Louis TornilloThis is the dramatic story of Pat Tornillo, young years in the vanished First Ward Italian neighborhood of Newark, his rise to power as the leader of Florida's teachers, his historic achievements in public education, the statewide Florida teachers' strike of 1968, his visionary ideas to reform public schools, and the catastrophic errors in judgement that ended his career. Written from a Federal prison, it is a cautionary tale of what can happen when any leader has too much power without accoun... more
by Connie BombaciHogan’s Hope is the riveting and valiant story of a deaf dog who escaped death during the time when the belief was that deaf dogs needed to be destroyed. It is the tale of a legendary deaf canine champion who, after being rescued from severe abuse, prevailed as he turned upside down the myths of deaf dogs being stubborn, difficult to train, and harmful. Hogan learned American Sign Language, engaged in “normal” puppy activities such as agility, Frisbee, and lure coursing, and provided the hope of... more
by Betsy Kelleher
Betsy Kelleher's world shattered after a phone call on Nov. 17, 2008.
"Hi Mom, it's your son Bob," she heard and she smiled at the way he always began his calls. But her smile quickly faded; Bob was in the hospital. He had just learned he had multiple myeloma cancer of the bone marrow and there was no cure.
For four years and three months, Kelleher found hope in her faith that God could work a miracle. Prayers did not bring healing, and a mother's heart was b... more
by Marc MayfieldOne month after his 45th birthday, Marc Mayfield became a long-haul truck driver, something he'd always wanted to do. Away from home for weeks at a time, he crisscrossed America in 18-wheelers. Drove into sunsets and, often, nonstop through the night. Learned firsthand that truckers paid by the mile are shortchanged with every paycheck, that the federal Hours of Service are as unrealistic as they are dangerous, that every day meant threats to his truck, his cargoes, and his life. But he loved th... more
by Amy Reynolds
by Gregory GOrDonOn July 4, 1990, GREGORY STUART GORDON found himself pushed face-first up against a wall, the business end of a Secret Service agent’s handgun pressed against his head. Gordon had broken into PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN’s Bel Air, California, home. He was on a mission. When questioned about this mission, Gordon knew that what he was about to tell the agents would get him in a great deal of trouble. But he also knew that by telling them that he was there to kill Reagan, his life’s work would finall... more
by Allan GlassI am a college student in Florida who is drafted for the Vietnam War. After taking all of the training and getting ready to leave from Oakland, California, I instead go AWOL, and then classified as a deserter. A fugitive for one year, in and out of jail, covering both coasts, when I finally make plans to leave for Canada from the Presidio Army base in San Francisco,. entering Canada in a most unusual way.
by Marcia MeierSynopsis of Return to Fourth Street, A Memoir Return to Fourth Street by journalist and editor Marcia Meier tells the story of her tragic encounter with a car while walking her bike across the street at the age of five. Knocked to the pavement and dragged nearly 200 feet, Meier loses her left cheek and eyelid and subsequently endures twenty plastic and reconstructive surgeries over the next fifteen years. Return opens in 2016, when Meier has gone back to her hometown in Michigan for the... more
by Adam SiddiqKhaled Siddiq "Charkhi" is only six years old when he and his entire extended family are imprisoned. Following a grand betrayal, Khaled's father and uncles, the respected right-hand men to the King of Afghanistan, become targets of the new regime. Khaled's father is exiled, his uncles are executed, and their families are locked away in a forgotten corner of Kabul. So begins a decades-long struggle in captivity where Khaled faces the hardship of prison life while enduring tragedies as more of ... more