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The Advocate

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Advocates come in various forms and speak in many forums. Attorneys advocate to judges, juries, and government officials for a decision in favor of their clients or causes. Individual citizens advocate before town councils and other government tribunals. Parents advocate to school officials on behalf of their children. The sick and their representatives advocate to hospitals and insurance companies for better medical treatment. The falsely accused and wrongfully imprisoned write petitions for themselves or others, seeking a second chance at justice and freedom. Friends and families must sometimes advocate to one another to change or improve the conditions of their relationships.
Jesus advocated to us during his ministry and now advocates to God on our behalf.
A common feature of all advocates is that the outcome of their efforts is not always certain, even if they believe their position is morally or legally correct. Someone else will be making the decision. But what is certain is that for every advocate there is always help and encouragement available, before, during, and after the moment one stands up to speak.
Such help can be found in
The Advocate:Encouragement for those who speak out for others or themselves, by Paul B. Taylor, an attorney at the Office of the United States Attorney where he has practiced for many years as a civil litigator representing the United States and its agencies and officers.



The Advocate
by Paul B. Taylor
ISBN 978-0-9962490-7-2
List Price $14.95


Sidestepping the Pit

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Suddenly, the hand that had been gently, but insistently guiding me forward clenched my shoulder with a viselike grip, and I was forced into a wooded area just beyond the church grounds. I had no way of knowing what was to come, but I whimpered, “I want to go home now.”

Knight Chamberlain was nine years’ old when he was raped and sodomized by a stranger in 1965. Follow Knight’s confounding, surprising, and ultimately life-affirming journey to forgive his attacker and find the courage to share his story in hopes of helping others.

Sidestepping the Pit
by Knight Chamberlain
ISBN 978-0-9962490-9-6
List Price $9.95



London to Kabul

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When Wayne walked in stoned to the Warren Stanley shoe store in Orlando, Florida, one December day of 1971, he had no idea it would lead him halfway around the world to Afghanistan. Inside the store, a girl from a group called the Children of God approached him and invited him to join them. Needing more than the “peace and love” of the hippie movement of the 1960s and feeling they were in a spiritual void, Wayne and his brother joined the group, a group that gave them a purpose for living.

Many great countries later, Wayne looked into the eyes of an Arab girl, a girl who melted him and loved him like no other. Soon the love between them was all that mattered. Not their backgrounds, not their nationalities, not their religions.

About the Author

Wayne Cox left the Children of God when he returned to America in 1978. He sold real estate in Florida, landscaped in Kuwait and worked as an avionics technician on private and commercial aircraft. He and his wife and children live in North Carolina.

London to Kabul
by Wayne G. Cox
ISBN #978-1-935130-70-3
List Price: $13.95


Convict Lake: Behind the Badge

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At this time when law enforcement is being judged by about every aspect of interaction with the public, wouldn’t it be interesting to know what is going on when the officers get together away from work? In Convict Lake, fellow officers share such information around a campfire while enjoying some leisure time on an annual fishing trip. The stories are incredible and true in this creative nonfiction publication.
Humor, murder, tenderness, decapitation, fire, sadness, indifference, anger, thievery, family disputes, stabbings, shootings, riots, serial killers, and human stupidity is the world behind the badge. Journey with five LAPD veteran officers to California’s High Sierra as they discuss the politics, cases, and eccentric personalities of the Los Angeles Police Department. Often heartbreakingly blunt and gruesome, you’ll live and feel the gamut of police work during the height of the 60’s hippie movement to present day.

Convict Lake: Behind the Badge
by Mike Krecioch
ISBN 978-1-935130-96-3
List Price $15.95



Potluck, Message Delivered: “The Great Smoky Mountains are Saved!”


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In 1929, newspapermen from North Carolina and Tennessee hiked from opposite sides of Clingmans Dome, the highest mountain in the Great Smokies, for an important celebration. Although the country was entering the Great Depression, citizens from both states raised enough money to create a new national park. J.R. Horne loaned his homing pigeon, Potluck, for the expedition. After the journalists shook hands across the stateline on Clingmans Dome, they released Potluck to carry their goodwill message home. Both states had come together in a spirit of friendship to protect their precious forests. Inspired by true events, Marci Spencer records Potluck’s historic flight announced the good news to waitiung crowds waiting: “The Great Smoky Mountains are Saved!”



Potluck, Message Delivered: “The Great Smoky Mountains are Saved!”
by Marci Spencer
ISBN 978-1-935130-85-7
List Price $14.95



This, That and the Third

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The book analyzes a crime that shattered the Fayetteville, North Carolina, community in 2009 when five-year-old Shaniya Davis was allegedly sold by her mother, Antoinette Davis, to cover a $200 drug debt she owed to the man who then raped and murdered the child.
Hickman digs to uncover the difference between Antoinette Davis and herself through narrative journalism, relying on research and autobiography to weave the facts surrounding the crime into a meaningful discussion of the difference between a monster and a saint.


This, That and the Third
by Abigail Hickman
ISBN 978-0-9962490-8-9
List Price $12.95



Reticent

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There is grief hidden behind every hand raised in farewell, every soft bell of laughter. We wear our loss like a winter coat, bodies bowed under the heavy burden. Some flaunt the mound of fur, while others hide in the folds. This collection is for the perspicacious chameleons—the quiet gatherers of stray glances and uncomfortable silences—for the terrariums you carry within your eyes, absorbing the tears of others with your moss-covered lashes. May your homes never shatter.


Reticent
by Abby N. Lewis
ISBN 978-1-935130-88-8
List Price $9.95

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The Nog Story: A Tale about the Origin of Eggnog

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A beautifully illustrated and heartwarming folk tale about a family in Ohio raising “pods” from which eggnog is created. The book promotes imagination, annual celebration, and goodwill among friends and neighbors.

The Nog Story: A Tale about the Origin of Eggnog
Written by Gail C. Heller, Illustrated by Stephanie Tian
ISBN 978-1-945714-05-4
List Price $9.95

Connecting with the Divine Equine


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Historically, a deep spiritual relationship with horses was reserved for the most dedicated of horsemen or women who had the luxury of training for years to find a spark of that special connection. Others are left with reading about it in books or vicariously experiencing it through Hollywood’s fantasies of horses.
However, it is possible for the majority of today’s riders to find that divine connection while riding. One does not have to become an expert horseman or woman to achieve that deep level of communication and understanding.
To reach this level of communication, the rider must achieve the main goal of horsemanship, which is to bring the horse energetically up into his higher chakras and connect through the horse’s fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh chakras.
In order for the horse to open his chakras, he must be able to trust the rider. Connecting with the Divine Equine, by Catherine Hunter, takes the reader through a thorough process to achieve that trust.



Connecting with the Divine Equine
Written by Catherine Hunter
ISBN 978-1-935130-80-2
List Price to be determined


For What We Stay Alive

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A colorfully intriguing collection of poems and photographs.

For What We Stay Alive
by Haley Skeen
ISBN 978-0-9962490-3-4
List Price $9.95




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