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May 23, 2019 07:45 AM PDT


On reading the first volume of the HEALING OF THE WOUNDED SOUL series, many people found deep healing for their inner pain. The concept that Jesus carried our emotional wounds to the cross was completely new to many of them. What a relief they experienced when they realized they could express their deepest emotions without fear of sinning and being condemned or of making God Angry.

Yet for some, the pain continued. For others, their memory of what happened remained as frightening as before they had brought it you Jesus for healing. Why were some healed and others weren't? In this volume, the author deals with these "hard" and "difficult cases.

Other difficult areas dealt with include such questions as, why is it so hard to live victoriously in some areas of life and not in others? Why is it so difficult to control one's anger, while the thought of robbing a bank may be no temptation at all? What can we do about these "weak spots" in our character? How can we close these "open doors" that give room to the enemy in our lives?

How can we deal with the praise given to us without becoming proud? How can we feel happy about the way God uses us without taking His glory to ourselves.

In this volume, the author speaks from her counseling practice to these and many other difficult questions.

Arline was born on a farm in SW Penna in a family of pastors and missionaries. She always felt called to missions. After nursing school. she studied Spanish in Costa Rica, where she met her husband. In Columbia, her husband taught and she counseled student pastors.

May 23, 2019 07:41 AM PDT

Puckett Cornelius Jones and the GworrmGast" by S Margaret Exler

Thirteen-year-old Puckett Cornelius Jones believes there’s more to life than what he sees around him. He doesn’t like school, he’s tired of eating dinner out of a can, and he’s tired of the news on TV. Of course, he’s never been to Orr where the breezes are fresh and sweet, the trees are a bit strange, and you can create weengbeeng. He’s never been to a place where you can shoot Wrawls and Skyrunners in the clouds, or where you and your friends can be turned into tarantulas, eaten by Mole Goblins, or transformed into Dark Ones and batwolves. But Puckett’s life is about to take a curious and deadly turn. His refusal to accept darkness and fear . . . and his deep yearning to know himself . . . are about to be challenged. Puckett’s story begins when he sees the ghostly image of an old man beckoning to him above a blackened pool . .

"Puckett Cornelius Jones and the Shadow of Isninsl" by S. Margaret Exler

'Magic'. Deception. Deadly Secrets. What's going on? Puckett is eighteen now and still wondering about the fear, anguish, and destruction humans allow on their planet. He's been summoned back to Orr, unaware that he's a major player in the game of a devastating adversary. The reason for the summons is deliberately hidden, but a visit to the Eight Bells Inn and a frightening and deadly encounter in the forests of Pottles Patch soon make it clear. Puck and his brave group are separated, and their task takes them through the perilous Soggy Downs, the great Festival in Wackerbarth, the magical city of Dragoslava, the horrors of Dawn's Perch, and unexpectedly . . . to the deadliest game of all.

I was 8 years old when I started sleeping with my favorite book, not my stuffed toy. We were quite poor at that time and generally sent to school unkempt, our hair unbrushed, our clothes awry and filled with wrinkles, and we were given sandwiches made with one slice of bologna. My brother and I were always hungry. I was an avid reader in my teens and ate up classic literature from England, Spain, France, America, and Russia. I also became fascinated by the influence of world religions and the direction cultures took because of them.

When Tolkien's books came to America, I read them 6 times nonstop. I tend to be a fan of books with depth and layers of meaning that move the heart to tears as well as laughter, books that inspire excitement and the intense desire to soar and expand one's self. My own writing style is influenced by all of this. I've worked as a journalist in New York, focusing on book and movie reviews as well as interviews, and lived and traveled in Europe. On one very rainy gray day in Holland, I was standing alone in my living room when the scent of Hawaiian flowers came out of nowhere and the idea of the magical and powerful White Forest was born.

May 23, 2019 07:37 AM PDT

If Boston's Buildings Could Speak by Freddie the Fish written by Lauren M. McGrath

Have you ever walked Boston's historic Freedom Trail? My service dog HONEYBOY and I would love to lead you but if not this time this is the next best thing!!!! It serves as a guide to some of the revolutionary voices from the heart of Boston and the development of the markets. It was written to meet the Massachusetts curriculum objectives for 8-11 year olds.

About the Author

Hi EVERBODY !!! I am a Retired National Park Interpretive Ranger (Boston National Historical Park = BNHP, 1997-2011) due to my dis ABILITIES. I wrote this story a long time ago as a pre-visit for the BOSTON students who participated in a program called If Buildings Could Speak which ended with a fun puppet show. ( my puppet was Leo the lion the heaviest) In 2013, my fellow alumnus LINDSAY LUI (a scholar at Boston University) was killed while running the Boston "FREEDOM" Marathon. Th is tragically served as the inspiration to revive this story so her family would have a memento yet I was unsuccessful. 5 years later, I have NOT given up on my DREAM. Th is version NOT only HONORS her but Native Americans, African Americans, Women, the BRAVE VISIONARY minute men and ALL service persons and dogs. Th ey were (and are) willing to lose EVERYTHING for my RIGHTS. NOW this story illuminates the IMPORTANCE of keeping OUR WORLD WATER ways and PLANET CLEAN. REUSE, RECYCLE and SPEAK OUT and thanks for sharing.

May 23, 2019 07:33 AM PDT


Imagine what it would be like to wake up one morning with a disease you knew nothing about. You panic. Your family panics. Your friends wonder what’s wrong. You become known as The Sick Kid at school, and your whole life changes.

Imagine losing control of your body. You twitch and shout and are labeled a “nuisance” and a “freak.” You try a bunch of wacky remedies and advice from quack doctors. You drown yourself in drugs and alcohol because it’s an escape. And one day you try to give up on everything, including life.

I promise this book isn’t as depressing as it sounds. In fact, it can be funny sometimes (if you have a warped sense of humor). Read what it’s like to wake up with Tourette’s syndrome one day. Learn what it’s like to try pseudoscience when doctors give you answers you don’t like. Learn what it’s like to be a generally bad kid and then growing up and realizing how dumb you were. Join me and three other brave souls who have tried to get by for so long, and learn what it’s like to think of yourself as broken—when all along you were better than you’ve ever been.

Tyler Oberheu was diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome at age 17. He had brain surgery last year to help himself cope with the condition. He graduated from DePaul University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and is currently going for his teacher certificate. He plans to teach a high school English class in the near future.

May 23, 2019 07:28 AM PDT


Sailing on Broken Pieces is told from the triple perspective of a sibling, caregiver and emergency room doctor who treats people with mental illness in the emergency room and copes with the same concerns at home. It is told through vignettes from the emergency room intertwined with common symptoms of mental illness. The goal of Sailing on Broken Pieces is to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.

Oscar winning Best Actress, Jennifer Lawrence said: ""It's just so bizarre how in this world if you have asthma, you take asthma medication. If you have diabetes, you take diabetes medication. But as soon as you have to take medicine for your mind, it's such a stigma behind it.""

Sailing on Broken Pieces is unique from this triple perspective of ER doctor, sibling and caregiver of a person with mental illness. One in 3 Americans (65 Million) is a family caregiver for persons with mental illness. Sailing on Broken Pieces provides strategies and insights on how to cope while providing support for their family member.

Dr. Gary Rhule is a board certified Internal Medicine physician, and healthcare management consultant. He worked for many years as an emergency room doctor where many persons are affected by physical illness, as well as mental illness. He honed the vital life skills to cope with mental illness as a result of working in the emergency room. He is interested in improving the mental health system, removing the stigma of mental illness, and closing gaps in health disparity. He was born in Jamaica, and has lived in the U.S. since his teenage years. He now lives in Connecticut with his family.

May 23, 2019 07:22 AM PDT

THE JOURNEY TO BECOME by Laura Blackburn

The Journey To Become is where life's variations and the steps that life takes can lead you to see the truth, live the truth, and find truths in your life. Never forgetting truth of you.

As the world walks and evolves around us, the mind takes in a great ordeal of life, yet it is where we place it in our own minds to grow with it.

The writings show you that if you place yourself forward to walk ( with life ), you place yourself ( in life ). To accomplish yourself, to become a part of the journey.

Within the book there are many examples that show that in life there would be a poetic path, that reminds us that we all have to become through life's justices, and even injustices.

The poems are of uplifting Justice to your heart and mind, taking you on a journey through life’s truths as they live in front of us. And that they are reminding us that they continue to live through

life’s pathways.

The journey of life is of such greatness, that in the steps that life presents and how we endeavor it, or how we become, makes us a part of life’s greatest gifts.

The paintings within the book are the authors original oil paintings. Showing that to love this life, and what it holds for you in your mind and heart, (can take you to forever ).


May 23, 2019 07:15 AM PDT

Journey of Hope to Heaven & Back
I was born and raised in small town USA, Bellevue, Ohio. Being a farmer’s daughter, I worked long hours on the farm including milking cows at 4 A.M. with Grandpa and Dad. I loved it! My story is about my strong, stubborn workaholic character developed from hard work required in farm life, to one of totally trusting God. At the age of 35, I underwent my first open heart surgery and stroke. Going forward, I survived 26 years of two to three surgeries each year for cancer, 4 open hearts, mini-strokes, vascular disease, many other health issues, and a head-on collision with a 18-wheel tractor trailer.

It wasn’t until I experienced Heaven the second time that I realized God has a purpose for me just as He has for each one of us. Jesus sent me back with this message of hope for you, “Tell my children that I love them, and will be coming back soon.” How does a person continue to be joyful in the midst of tough trials? Come along with me on my journey of hope to Heaven and back. Read about my humorous conversations with Jesus, my moments of joy, laughter and tears. Because He has a plan I am still here to share my story. All of us have an appointment with Death we will keep. Then what? Will it be Heaven or Hell? God says for us to choose who we will serve. He really does have a plan for you that is amazing, joyful, and fulfilling. I pray that my journey will bring you hope of eternal life with our Heavenly Father. God bless my friend!

Jeanne L. Enstad
I am an educator, my career: Preschool teacher, 4-H Program Director for Ohio State University, Extension Program/Center Director for OE Learning, Family and Service Center for ford Motor Company, curriculum and grant writer, speaker, author of the book, ” A Journey of Hope to Heaven and Back”, Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award. Ohio Volunteer State Award, Cancer Survivor Award, Bellevue School Board President, Vice President And Member.

May 23, 2019 07:11 AM PDT

The Spirit of Crystal River by Michael Petellat

On April 19, 1861, President Lincoln proclaimed a blockade of Southern states that had seceded from the Union. The stage was set for men to use stealth to get wares to Cuba and supplies to the sons of the South. Down in Crystal River, Florida, people do all they can to stay alive, and the businessmen do all they can to make money.

Two businessmen need to transport goods by ship, Captain Jim Blackworth is called. He has a new scow called The Spirit, and he knows his way around the dangerous Florida coast. He claims that, at night, no one will know where he is; the Indians call it the art of invisibility. But first, the captain needs a fourth crew member to succeed.

He finds what hes looking for in a young man named Red whos tough and self-sufficient. Soon, the captain and his crew set out on the dangerous adventures of the high sea while the Civil War rages back home. Can they avoid detection as they help Crystal Rivers good people survive, or will an ocean battle sink The Spirit and her dedicated crew?

May 22, 2019 08:01 AM PDT


The Mennonite Crime Drama is Back!

Ric Catches up with Series Stars
Ryan Robbins and Alex Paxton-Beesley
About Their Unconventional and Compelling Series,
Returning for a Second Season on WGN America, Tuesdsays @ 10/9C

Award winning actor Ryan Robbins currently stars in Facebook Watch’s groundbreaking new series, Sacred Lies. His feature film credits include Warcraft: The Beginning, In the Shack, opposite Sam Worthington, and Life on the Line, opposite John Travolta. His countless TV credits include roles on The Good Doctor, Deadly Class, Snowpiercer and Battlestar Galactica.

Alex Paxton-Beesley most recently starred in the second season of Cardinal. She first came to audiences’ attention for her role in Copper, and followed with a recurring role on Guillermo del Toro’s series The Strain. Her other TV and film credits include The Listener, Private Eyes, Minority Report, Wynonna Earp, Warehouse 13, The Firm, Impulse and Murdoch Mysteries, among others.

Inspired by true events, season two of WGN America’s Pure picks up with Anna (Paxton-Beesley) going it alone after Noah disappears for a year. As the new head of her home, Anna finds herself doing what she needs to do in order to protect her family, even if it means reorganizing the cocaine pipeline while answering to the Mexican cartel’s boss. In an attempt to shield her children from their involvement with the drug cartel, Anna finds herself in the very center of the drug ring she and Noah (Robbins) attempted to take down.

Season one of the series took us deep inside a closed, secretive subculture through the eyes of a conflicted, good-hearted man trying to protect his family and preserve his faith. Inspired by true events, “Pure” is the journey of Noah Funk, a committed Mennonite pastor, whom with his strong-willed wife, Anna Funk, are determined to rid their community of the scourge of drugs and its nefarious ties to a trans-border smuggling alliance with ruthless Mexican cocaine cartels. Despite their greatest efforts, Noah and Anna found themselves thrust headlong into a desperate world of violence, greed, and betrayal. Alyson Hannigan joins the series as a recurring guest star.

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May 21, 2019 08:13 AM PDT

The True Story of Corruption, Greed and
the Real Murder on Music Row

Country Music Singer Sammy Sadler is Blowing the Lid Off a
Scandal that Brought Down an Important Industry Magazine and
Shined a Light on the Darker Side of the Nashville Music Scene in
His Much Anticipated Memoir…

A Hit With a Bullet - And he's talking with Ric

In 1989, chart director for Cash Box magazine, Kevin Hughes, was shot and killed in cold blood. Rising Country music artist Sammy Sadler was also hit but survived. Now, 30 years later, Sadler is telling the story of how in a few seconds his dreams ended and a 13-year homicide investigation was launched. That investigation was led by detectives Bill Pridemore and Pat Postiglione (now the star of Investigation Discovery’s Deadly Recall). Their findings would reveal corruption, chart-rigging, and payola that would rock the music industry for many years to come.

The autobiographical mystery-thriller, which took over 10 years to complete, chronicles Sadler's remarkable journey from wide-eyed Country music newcomer whose latest single had been marked with a bullet (indicating its fast climb up the chart), to being placed "under suspicion" for a murder that would capture international headlines in the decade that followed.

Sadler recounts his struggle to overcome debilitating injuries (both physical and mental) as homicide detectives follow various leads, and the hardship of reconciling his passion for Country music and a desire to rebuild his career when their investigation reveals a darker side of Nashville's music industry.
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