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ABOUT SEEING THE JOY IN AFFLICTION

Seeing the Joy in AfflictionTitle: Seeing the Joy in Affliction
Genre: Religious
Author: Michael Shelley
Publisher: iUniverse
EBook: 128 pages
Release Date: October 8, 2004
ISBN: 978-0-59577-656-6

Based on the author’s personal experience with physical and emotional affliction, including terminal brain cancer, Seeing the Joy in Affliction deals with the tough questions:

Why do Christians suffer? Is it a lack of faith?
Is suffering part of God’s plan for us?
How do we respond in obedience to various kinds of suffering?
What is the secret in unleashing God’s power in the midst of our suffering?
How do we minister to others when we are suffering?

Learn the ultimate secret for dealing with these and other essential questions about growing in your faith.

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ABOUT MICHAEL SHELLEY

 

Mike Shelley is a professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology and attends Christian Life Center in Dayton Ohio. He has taught Bible classes for over 30 years. He and his wife Sherry have three children?Maria, Andrew, and Joshua.

 

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ABOUT SO WHAT DO YOU THINK

Title: So What Do You Think

Genre: Self Help/Personal Growth

Author: Clair Swinburne

Publisher: iUniverse

EBook: 112 pages

Release Date: July 28, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-46202-936-5

This psychology guide for teens presents an overview of how the mind works to give you a clearer understanding of how to look after your mental health.

We all need to take care of our mental health. But just how do you accomplish this? In So What Do You Think? author Clair Swinburne helps teenagers understand the natural workings of the mind and uncovers interesting facts about what affects our reality to provide insights into how to achieve positive results in life.

So What Do You Think? examines the attitudes, outlooks, and mindsets that produce success in life. It reviews how the mind works and how it can impact your behaviour, your reality, the things you attract into your life and your body. This analysis will provide a greater understanding of how to look after your mind and it will give you a deeper knowledge about what works for you and what doesn’t.

Using anecdotes and humour, Clair helps you learn new perspectives and strategies that can improve your well-being and produce more positive attitudes and results. So What Do You Think? also outlines ten practical techniques to help you begin looking after your mental health now.

 

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ABOUT CLAIR SWINBURNE

Clair Swinburne is an experienced teacher who has taught in the United Kingdom and Ireland and for many years has worked as a pastoral leader and mentor. She is also a master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming. Her positive interaction with teenagers prompted her to write the So What …? book series. She currently lives in Ireland.

 

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David BurnsworthDavid Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. Southern Heat is his first mystery. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years, the setting was a foregone conclusion. He and his wife along with their dog call South Carolina home.

His latest book is the southern noir/mystery, Southern Heat.

Visit his website at www.davidburnsworthbooks.com.

Would you call yourself a born writer?

First of all, thanks for the opportunity to reach your followers. As for being a born writer, I guess I have some attributes that help. (I’ve also got a truckload that get in the way, but that‘s another story.) I like to develop stories in my head and like to get lost in books. I love listening to people communicate, both in what they say and what’s implied by how they say it. I’m also very interested in motive. I’m not a great linguist and my wife always knows my motive in every situation, but I try to make my characters quicker and wittier than I could ever be in real life.

Southern Heat 7What was your inspiration for Southern Heat?

The book is set in Charleston, South Carolina. I lived there for five years and the place has never left my head. I began with a ten thousand foot overview of my experiences from that time, created some characters that I thought fit the setting, and whittled them all down to what became the book.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

Environmental and animal abuse—I’d like to contribute more toward conservation and preservation of our land, and protecting endangered species especially from poaching.

Taking advantage of the unfortunate—I believe that those with should be helping those in need, not abusing them.

The underdog—I love the picture from China of the one man facing off against a tank in the city street. That is who I want my protagonist to aspire to be.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

It took six years from the first word until a contract. Thanks to the South Carolina Writers Workshop, I learned how to write. Then Killer Nashville helped me get in front of the right people.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I am not so much disciplined as more of an opportunist writer. I have to work around a day job and spending time with my wife.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Tying up all the loose ends. Every time I added a plot twist or new scene, I created the opportunity to leave some detail hanging.

What do you love most about being an author?

The vain side of me says seeing my name on the front cover of a book. The better side of me says hearing that people enjoy reading what I wrote.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

My publisher is Five Star, which is a small imprint with Thorndike / Cengage. I am very happy with them. They’ve been great to work with throughout this process, which was entirely new to me.

Where can we find you on the web?

www.davidburnsworthbooks.com

www.facebook.com/BurnsworthDavid

@DavidBurnsworth

ABOUT SUMMER IN THE HEART


Summer in the HeartTitle:
 Summer in the Heart
Genre: Fiction
Author: John McMillan
Publisher: iUniverse
EBook: 256 pages
Release Date: May 9, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-46200-974-9

“That summer in the heart which is known only in youth.”

Summer in the Heart is a lyrical evocation of the innocence, fun and liberation of growing up in the 1960s. Moving into and through his teens, Jim Mitchell must put his County Antrim village childhood behind him and adapt to the wider world of grammar school and the life of Belfast city.

In the process the reader accompanies Jim on a series of marvellous episodes. There is the self-conscious torture of his first school dance; playing truant from the formidable Cheyenne Bodie’s maths class; and the secrecy and fear that surround the summer love he finds with his country sweetheart June.

Subsequently we follow Jim’s progress through the coffee bars and streets of Belfast, new friendships and the love of city girl Katie, to his first real taste of freedom on a working holiday at an English seaside resort in the long hot summer of 1964. Jim progresses from the self-doubt and alienation of early adolescence to the beginnings of emotional maturity. The disparate settings and characters of the novel are conveyed with equal power, small worlds portrayed in a poetic way, with delicious feeling and humour.

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ABOUT JOHN MCMILLAN

 

John Kerr McMillan was born in County Armagh in 1948 and educated in Belfast, London and Bournemouth.

His first novel “On A Green Island” was published in 2001 to general critical acclaim. Peter Berresford Ellis writing in the Irish Democrat described it as “a powerful story, a fascinating first novel from a talented writer”; Edward Upward commented “the strength of his love for rural Ireland is beautifully conveyed” and Philip Callow praised “a narrative that grips the reader from the first page.”

Married with two daughters, John now lives in Somerset where his time is occupied with writing, lecturing and his family.

 

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ABOUT BEYOND THE DREAM

Beyond the DreamTitle: Beyond the Dream
Genre: Biography/Memoir
Author: Irene Snow
Publisher: iUniverse
EBook: 398 pages
Release Date: June 28, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-47598-255-8

Until the age of four, Irene Snow lived happily with her mother and gentle, doting grandparents. The return of her father, a rough and tough soldier, at the close of World War II set the stage for rebellion and dissention in her young life. He was a strict disciplinarian, and she resented his authority from the outset. What’s more his arrival introduced her to the baser emotions of jealousy and hatred, which were previously beyond her ken as the reigning princess in Grandma’s   house.

As she grew older, her life became a search to regain the pedestal she lost, no matter what it took. As a young woman, she fell in love with a married German and had his child out of wedlock. Aware of her father’s deep and abiding enmity for “the enemy,” she reveled in his displeasure; he in turn vowed to disown his grandchild. Irene’s seven-year love affair ended with her marriage to a Canadian widower, but her wedding was closely followed by a tragedy that ignited her darker emotions and eventually brought her to a nervous breakdown, psychosis, and utter darkness.

She turned to the field of psychology in the hope it might shed light on her self-defeating behavior. While her studies provided many answers, they did not lead to peace. Finally, she embarked upon a spiritual journey that led her to “A Course in Miracles.” Once she began to reach out with love, her life changed dramatically.

 

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ABOUT IRENE SNOW

 

Irene Snow lives in Canada with her husband, Len, and their pet cat. They are currently enjoying their retirement, especially the happy hours spent with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Irene, a high school graduate, has spent a significant portion of her life in the pursuit of learning—an ongoing process.

 

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Islam in the Heartland of AmericaTitle: Islam in the Heartland of America
Genre: Religion/Spirituality
Author: Imam Omar Hazim
Publisher: Xlibris
EBook: 279 pages
Release Date: January 28, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-45685-798-1

“The purpose of this book is to inform and educate the general public of how Islam is taught in a mosque in the heartland of America. It includes the Friday khutbah (sermons) by Imam Omar Hazim and several other Imams (Spiritual Leaders). The hope is to help to clarify some of the
misconceptions and distortions about the religion of Islam. In addition to the sermons, there will be articles from other publications, excerpts of sermons and photos. Included also is information about the diversity among the Muslim population in the Heartland of America. This book is very timely, as Islam has been reported as being the fasting growing religion in the World. For anyone who ever thought about or wondered what is taught in the Friday services at a Mosque, this book is a must read for them.”

 

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Christopher ZoukisChristopher Zoukis is an impassioned advocate for prison education, a legal scholar, and a prolific writer of books, book reviews, and articles.  His articles on prison education and prison law appear frequently in Prison Legal News, and have been published in The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, Blog Critics, and Midwest Book Review, among other national, regional, and specialty publications.

Mr. Zoukis is often quoted on matters concerning prison law, criminal law, prisoners’ rights, and prison education.  Recently, he was the focus of an article at Salon.com concerning America’s broken criminal justice system and potential solutions to the current crisis.

When not in the thick of the battle for prison reform, prison education, or prisoners’ rights advocacy, Mr. Zoukis can be found blogging at PrisonLawBlog.com, PrisonEducation.com, and ChristopherZoukis.com.

His latest book is The Directory of Federal Prisons: PrisonLaw.com’s Federal Bureau of Prison Facility Directory.

Directory of Federal PrisonsQ) Would you call yourself a born writer?

A) I would say so.  From a young age I have enjoyed writing, but it has been in my adulthood — particularly the past few years — that I have written professionally.  But do keep in mind, just like anything else, the only way to become good at something is to practice.  For a writer, that means to read and write regularly.

Q) What was your inspiration for the Directory of Federal Prisons?

A) The Directory of Federal Prisons is one of those projects that just needed to be done, and now.  I regularly contribute to PrisonLawBlog.com and PrisonEducation.com.  Not a week goes by when we don’t receive an email from a friend or family member of a federal prisoner trying to reestablish contact, but they don’t know how.  There are only so many emails you can take from mothers and children of federal prisoners desiring to write to their loved ones before you have to stop what you’re doing and fix whatever the problem is.  In this case, the problem is that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has very restrictive correspondence policies and very specific mailing addresses for its prisoners.  In an effort to help connect families, we devoted our time, resources, and effort to producing the Directory of Federal Prisons in the hopes that it will help families stay together, regardless of if a term of incarceration is involved.

Q) What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

A) While the Directory of Federal Prisons focuses on factual data concerning the Federal Bureau of Prisons, I often contribute to national prison law outlets such as Prison Legal News and also to a number of online, general readership publications.  In this writing, I focus on prison education, prisoners’ rights, and social justice topics.  Lately, I have been writing a lot about solitary confinement, prison disciplinary hearings, case law updates, and many other prison-related topics.

Q) How long did it take you to complete the Directory of Federal Prisons?

A) From start to finish, it took around 6 months to research, write, and prepare the Directory of Federal Prisons for publication.  As a directory, the most challenging part was locating the research required to fulfill the project, then figuring out how to incorporate it.  In the end, I think the Directory of Federal Prison came out better than we could have hoped.  It is now helping to keep families together.

Q) Are you disciplined?  Describe a typical writing day.

A) I’d say that I’m very disciplined, in an unconventional way.  I write every day.  I do so for several hours each day.  But I don’t always stick to specific projects as I might plan.  Instead, I work on what is currently inspiring me.  This way my writing is always the best that it can be and as engaging as possible.  I try to stay energized by the content.

Q) What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

A) Obtaining the research was quite a challenge.  While yes, there are many websites that purport to provide basic character profiles and contact information for federal prisons, not many have the correct information.  Most have badly outdated information, but it is presented as if it is current.  While the Federal Bureau of Prisons does have a website, it is cumbersome to navigate and even they don’t make all of the information contained in the Directory of Federal Prisons readily available.  So, researching this project was quite a challenge.

Q) What do you love most about being an author?

A) Being able to make a difference in the world around me.  I spend every day in the social justice arena.  I advocate for prison education and prisoners’ rights through my writing constantly.  My books allow me to reach a wider market, and possibly impact public collective belief and even public policy.  It’s this potential for change that drives me forward.  With every word I have the power to make millions of lives better, and I fully intend to do so.

Q) Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self-publish?  What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

A) The Directory of Federal Prisons was published by Middle Street Publishing.  Middle Street Publishing is a small press which focuses on social justice issues.  They primarily publish content online, but are now expanding into print, too.  Since Middle Street Publishing is such a small, close-knit bunch, Dr. Randall Radic and myself were very involved in the publishing process.  We assisted with editorial and production decisions, along with spearheading the promotion and marketing of the Directory of Federal Prisons.  While it has been exhausting, we believe that our involvement has made a world of difference.  To date, the directory has been a resounding success.

Q) Where can we find you on the web?

A) I can be found blogging regularly at PrisonEducation.com, PrisonLawBlog.com, and ChristopherZoukis.com.  I also regularly contribute to Blog Critics, AND Magazine, and Prison Legal News.

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