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Grateful Steps’ Newest Poetry Book is by Abby Bates:
In the Pastor’s Study


In the Pastor’s Study is a book of poetry that follows the course of the authors’s journey into self-awareness. In her words: “Due to learning difficulties and struggles with her parents, I wasn't a top notch student. My high school teachers encouraged me to express myself through poetry. The administration at the private school I attended recommended that I transfer to public school, hoping that I would not feel the pressure to succeed. So, I transferred in the middle of my tenth grade year from private to public school. So, I transferred in the middle of my tenth grade year from private to public school. But I did not know how to put my thoughts and feelings into spoken words.
“In 1978 a new minister, Reverend Dent C. Davis III, became the pastor at the church I grew up in—Oak Forest Presbyterian.
“I connected with him immediately, very deeply at all levels, and he became my counselor. In the three and a half years that he counseled me, he helped me greatly to put feelings and words together, and I wrote many new poems. I had been "awakened" spiritually and emotionally.
“Reverend Davis moved to Tennessee in 1981. Over the next eighteen years, I saw four different counselors.
“Finally in 1998, I met the Reverends Anne and David Morgan and moved my church membership to New Hope Presbyterian Church. I knew I had come "full circle"—back to some real help. David became my counselor for the next twelve years.
“My poetry along with counseling has been my “saving grace” through the years. I’ve been able to dispel anger and many other confusing—for me—feelings.
“Asking for and receiving counseling is a sign of strength and courage and has helped me overcome and work through my weaknesses, feelings and fears.”


THE BOOK IS HERE


In the Pastor’s Study

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ABBY BATES, an Asheville native, is a 1974 graduate of Enka High School and a 1985 graduate of Southwestern Community College with an A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education. Abby also attended Asheville Country Day School (now Carolina Day) and Montreat College. Abby is in her sixth year of employment at the Child Care Center of First Presbyterian Church. In her spare time, when she is not writing poetry, Abby enjoys scrapbooking, journaling, collage making and choral singing.


Becky LedBetter is an Asheville, North Carolina, native. She earned her education degree from Western Carolina University and Masters of Ed. from University of South Carolina. She taught for thirty-seven years in public elementary schools in Georgia and North Carolina, dabbling in art all along the way. She lives in Mills River, North Carolina, with her husband, Christopher, and their three “four-legged children.”
Becky has chosen watercolor as her favorite medium because of its versatility. Nature is a true inspiration for her paintings. She is inspired by the natural world of plants, animals and landscapes. This is her first illustration collaboration using pen and ink drawings.

iversityf Georgia in graphic design and did post-graduate study at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the

Paperback
88 Pages
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978-1-945714-30-6


(828) 277-0998 micki@gratefulsteps.org


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Grateful Steps’ Newest Book is by Christine Davison Page
and is illustrated by Dana Margaret Irwin:
NAUGHTY NOEL


Based on a true story, Naughty Noel is about a cat who loses everything and finds his way home for Christmas. Without Grandma, Noel is forced to leave the comfort of the little house with pink shutters in Florida and embark on a year-long journey. There are adventures and misadventures along the way. It’s a scary world even for the toughest cat, and at times, he wants to give up. Ultimately, Noel discovers a home and family in the spirit of Christmas!

THE BOOK IS HERE!

Naughty Noel

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CHRISTINE D. PAGE received a painting of her mother’s beloved cat as a Christmas gift from her daughter and was inspired to write Naughty Noel. Christine enjoys photography and writing short stories and poetry. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Utah and later studied fine arts and photography at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her short stories are regularly published in the La Honda Voice.
Christine is an international flight attendant and a volunteer with Airline Ambassadors International (AAI). She is also a mission and child sponsorship coordinator for Shepherd of the Hills Children’s Foundation in the Philippines. A portion of the proceeds of this book will go to AAI (airlineamb.org) and to the orphanage. Christine lives with her husband, Philip, in Asheville, North Carolina.


DANA MARGARET IRWIN has been creating art since her childhood in Greenville, South Carolina. She earned a BFA from University of Georgia in graphic design and did post-graduate study at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the Art Students League of New York, Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania, and Pythagorian School of Art in Samos, Greece.
Dana’s publishing career spanned both coasts as art director for Avon Books, Hearst Magazines, Mother Earth News, Peninsula Magazine, Northern California Home & Garden, and Lark Books. She is a member of the Saints of Paint, a local art fundraising group benefitting non-profits and artists. She lives with her dog and two mischievous cats in Fairview, North Carolina.
Universityf Georgia in graphic design and did post-graduate study at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the

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32 Pages
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978-1-945714-36-8

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Invisible: Fiction but Painfully True
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by Angela Evans

Have you ever wanted to be invisible?
Were you willing to die for it? I am.

I will be skinny. Next year when I come back to school, I will not be fat, and these people will not torture me, Derrick thought as he sat on the bus the last day of school.

* * *

I will not have to come in feeling this way ever again. I am going to be the one thing that I want the most next year. It is not skinny or popular; all I really want is to be invisible.


. . . so says the troubled young man whose life is the purpose of this book. Invisible is a moving story with social significance. It follows the journey of a young man who succumbed to anorexia/bulimia triggered by a childhood of bullying. Usually a woman’s disorder, there were few resources specifically for males at the time of his life. His story is told from the perspective of his sister.

Angela Evans is an educator who works professionally with clients with physical and developmental disorders. She also serves cancer patients with her nonprofit, Waters of Hope, which provides supportive kayaking experiences to improve quality of life. She lives in Zirconia, North Carolina, wth her family.

I will be skinny. Next year when I come back to school, I will not be fat, and these people will not torture me, Derrick thought as he sat on the bus the last day of school.

* * *

I will not have to come in feeling this way ever again. I am going to be the one thing that I want the most next year. It is not skinny or popular; all I really want is to be invisible.



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198 Pages
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978-1-945714-19-1




Joy on the Mountain: Guarded Secrets Revealed
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by Wilma Styles

Joy on the Mountain: Guarded Secrets Revealed is a new book by native Western North Carolinian Wilma Styles. This is a story from the days of Native Americans and US colonists. The author is part Cherokee and is a descendant of WNC Johann Adam and Catherine Henkel Biffle.
In the story, Margaret, a Cherokee, is mysteriously summoned with her friend, Carolyn, to Pine Mountain Cemetery, not knowing what to expect. As wind moaned, lightning flashed revealing a stranger surrounded by a pale blue light at the head of her grandmother’s grave. His message “from the Great Eagle” sent Margaret on a quest in search of answers to her family’s secrets.
 

The author has previously published three books: When I’m in His Presence, Angels of the Ages—a trilogy (Outskirts Press), and Forbidden Heart (Outskirts Press). The new book, Joy on the Mountain, is published by Grateful Steps, an Asheville-based traditional, independent, non-profit publisher located at Crest Mountain in West Asheville. Joy on the Mountain can be purchased at the Grateful Steps Bookshop and other area bookstores. It may also be obtained online  at  www.gratefulsteps.org, at www.Amazon.com and at www.barnesandnoble.com.



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446 Pages
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978-1-
945714-21-4


   
Near Death: The Experience
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by Steven Cox

A variety of characters with corrupt moral behavior are subjected to a bizarre experience in which they perceive they have faced eternal torment unless they return to their life without the person they have wronged and mend their ways for twenty years, at the end of which time they are given a choice. 
The book is fast moving with a plot that constantly challenges the reader's interpretation skills.
By the author: “At some point, all of us will look back on our experiences, remembering the life-altering events that molded us into who we are . . . and sometimes, those events never happened.” 


Born May 23 1977, Steven Cox grew up in Concord, NC. Life was rough, but it was also fun. He moved to Burnsville, NC, when he was 15. Life in the small mountain town wasn’t any easier, but it never got less fun either. Steven currently lives in Asheville, NC, working as a sous chef in one of the better joints near one of the rivers. Been through it a few times. Hopes to write a bunch more books . . . for many reasons.


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330 Pages
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978-1-935130-58-1


   
Office in Back

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“It’s hell fighting like this!
I won’t do this anymore! What’s happened to us?
You’re not the man I married. We hardly speak anymore,
much less do anything together.”
 

C.J. faces the harsh reality he could become a two-time divorcé. He chalked up his first marriage as a mistake and simply let Cullen walk away without a thought to reconcile, despite telling her on their wedding day, “This was the best decision of my life.” Yet, the words he is hearing from his second wife, Leeta, are hauntingly familiar. But what if his first marriage wasn’t a mistake? What if he has just made the same wrong steps in both marriages? How does he save his second marriage from the same fate as his first?      C.J. had vowed to Leeta, “Till death do us part” and meant it. However, C.J. fears that at the rate they are going, their death and parting might not be due to old age but due to their own rage. One morning after another raucous fight with Leeta, C.J. is jogging down familiar streets, wondering, What exactly went wrong between Leeta and me? In the midst of his ruminations, a sign he had never noticed before catches his attention:

Jane H. Levy,
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Office In Back.

Surprised at his own actions, C.J. finds himself standing in the waiting room confessing to Ms. Levy that he hasn’t been happy in his marriage for a long time. Too many fights that go on into the wee hours of the morning . . . and frequently he can’t even remember what started the fight in the first place.      Leeta skeptically agrees to join C.J. in counseling. And thus begins C.J.’s journey, as he desperately struggles not to have another failed marriage to a woman he loves.

Linda Harley is a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a North Carolina Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, bringing over thirty years of experience to individuals, couples and families/stepfamilies. She lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina, with her three horses, one dog and a cockatoo.


Office in Back
by Linda L. Harley
ISBN
978-1-945714-18-4
List Price $14.95

Why does God Pull Teeth?
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Why Does God Pull Teeth? helps children understand the purpose of baby teeth and the process by which a beautiful smile is ultimately achieved. Beautifully illustrated, the 28-page paperback includes an excellent educational section with colorful depiction of in situ baby teeth and adult teeth. There is also a helpful glossary, with simple definitions.


Besides helping parents explain the tooth phenomenon to their children, it has great appeal for dentists’ offices.


The author has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and for many years worked with adolescents with behavioral and learning disabilities. After home-schooling her own kids from middle through high school, she continues to teach, write poetry, work part time and stay involved with several volunteer organizations.
The illustrator has an Associate’s Degree in Drafting and Design, having worked for many years in the field. She is a retired Licensed Practical Nurse. She enjoys reading, painting, cooking, hiking, gardening, Internet research and crafts, including jewelry and soap making. Since becoming a professional clown (aka “Pansy Jo”) in 2006, she and her clown partner, entertain at Adult Day Care and Assisted Living facilities.

Hardcover
28 Pages
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978-1-945714-16-0


A Mighty Forest, A Mighty World

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A Mighty Forest, A Mighty World is an easily accessible and timely allegorical review of our past, our present, and a future that still longs to be. Whether recalling the dynamic, centuries-old history of the Americas, the rift between environmental care and industrial productivity, or some elemental struggle we might wrestle with internally within our individual lives, it provides--in poetic simplicity--a concise picture of the path we've taken from an “idyllic youth” . . .  to the inevitable and impossible conundrum of where we are.
And as for the way forward? Here, for some, may lie a surprising and refreshing re-introduction. For all, it is hoped, a humbling and powerful reminder of mankind's greatest ally . . . and greatest hope.

A Mighty Forest
A Mighty World
by gn holt

An allegorical review of
where we’ve been,
where we are,
and where we’re called to go

ISBN 978-1-935130-19-2
List Price $8.95


Soon to Follow:

Pale Rider by Chuck Waters
Tablets of My Heart by Mary Pitts
Chameleon by Joanie Dickson
In the Pastor’s Study by Abby Bates




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