Changing Leviathan: A Memoir and Primer

John B. Muller

Pages: 168
ISBN: 978-145753-590-1
List Price: 19.95
Category: Nonfiction
Available: March 2015
Edition: Perfectbound

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With globalization and shifting economic conditions, the coming decades will be an era of disruption for higher education. Not only are operational ineffi ciencies raising tuition to unsustainable levels, but traditional learning models and delivery systems are not guiding and inspiring students to reach their potential. With mainstream institutions slow to change, some 50 million working adult students are looking for better options. CHANGING LEVIATHAN uses the success of Bellevue College/University (Bellevue, Nebraska) as it moved from a small, bankrupt college to a leading online university and pedagogical innovator. As president from 1986-2009, Dr. John Muller guided the institution in implementing a truly comprehensive and disruptive approach to increasing the potential of working adults to create value for our economy. The institution’s story offers important lessons for higher education in America today. CHANGING LEVIATHAN immerses the reader in the complexities of successful disruption and presents a model for a 21st century university. Bellevue has achieved signifi cant net operating margins solely from tuition revenue while winning national awards for quality and innovation. For anyone interested in higher education today, CHANGE LEVIATHAN is a must-read primer as our educators and administrators work to meet the demands of today’s students and design a sustainable future.

The Adventures of Fairyella the Tooth Fairy and Dragonfly Floyd

Martha Haris and Kimberli Haris

Pages: 24
ISBN: 978-145751-039-7
List Price: 12.99
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Available: April 2012
Edition: Perfectbound

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Every child, all over the world, loses a tooth now and again. There are many fairies, even tooth fairies, but with no identity. I wish to give all children, Fairyella the Tooth Fairy, with her companion Dragonfly Floyd and their never-ending adventures.

Mandy and Thelma

Billie Thomas

Pages: 160
ISBN: 978-145753-866-7
List Price: 12.95
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Available: June 2015
Edition: Perfectbound

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Life is composed of diff erent stages; there’s cradle to teen to adult, middle age to senior, and senior to what?

Mandy is that senior; one who can live for the day and let the “what” take care of itself.

When her daughter Bonnie insists on her moving to an assisted living facility, Mandy is livid. She soon finds out the amenities far outweigh living on her own. St. Mark’s off ers a posh suite of rooms, meals in a four-star dining room, one’s own aide, and best of all–people!

For Thelma, a doll beloved by Mandy, St. Mark’s is a paradise. A whole new world opens to her at the stroke of midnight when she and all the other solace toys meet in the library of St. Mark’s.

Secrets abound among the residents of St. Mark’s, and most of these are revealed when all the toys gather in the library and discuss the day’s events.

Billie Thomas resides on Long Island and has been an accomplished artist for many years. Her avid love of mysteries inspires her literary style and lends a touch of her life experiences to each novel that readers can relate to.

Billie is one of four children who grew up in Linden, NJ. Her father heavily influenced her life, having to support the family with a variety of jobs. She remembers fondly her Christmas holidays, when her father would buy a Christmas tree that was too large for the house. He would always have to cut the top off the tree. He would place his Christmas village around the oversized tree and run old trains he had rewired after finding them in other people’s attics while cleaning them. To this day, she was amazed the house did not burn down.

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God Is and Can Work Through You Too!: Testimonies and Reflections from My Life

Floret Ikome

Pages: 120
ISBN: 978-145753-862-9
List Price: 16.00
Category: Health, Self-Help & Spirituality
Available: July 2015
Edition: Perfectbound

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My testimony is true. Every quoted scripture is correct and every event can be verified. I do not testify of myself, because I am nothing without God, and I could never bring these things to pass, let alone orchestrate them so beautifully. But rather, I testify that God is, can work through you too, and has brought to pass all the things in this book through many people. To Him alone be, all the glory and all my praise. Whether you are already a Christian or someone still trying to “find” God, this record of God working in my life and in my generation will strengthen your faith in Him, and help you realize that He has qualified you also for His service. He is ready to work through you too if you are available and willing. He will supply the ability if you let him! Do not disqualify yourself! I trust God, the orchestrator of these testimonies and the one who has brought you in contact with this book and made it possible for you to purchase or otherwise receive it, to open your eyes to see Him in this record and your heart to receive Him. May you give Him the right and freedom to work in and through you also for His glory and your edification in Jesus, Christ.

Mr. Ikome was born in Cameroon to Baptist parents and baptized when he was about twelve years old. Living in the United States of America, he attended a crusade in Washington, DC in August 2002 by evangelists Benny Hinn and Reinhard Bonnke where he rededicated his life to Christ. Shortly thereafter he was “led” to Bethel World Outreach Church, Maryland where he has remained an active member teaching 4th grade Sunday school classes, among other things.

The Jolly Roger: An Airman’s Tale of Survival in World War II

William C. Atkinson

Pages: 316
ISBN: 978-145753-951-0
List Price: 24.95
Category: Autobiography & Biography
Available: July 2015
Edition: Perfectbound

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“There were no visible flames, only intense, searing heat. At once, his entire flight suit caught fire, and with no conscious thought he reached for his parachute at his feet against the waist window bulkhead. Instinctively, he tucked it under his arms like a football and dove through the open window, the force of the leap tearing loose the attachments to the airplane of his headphones, throat microphone and oxygen mask.”

From The Jolly Roger

James C. Atkinson began life the descendant of an impoverished farming family in rural east-central Mississippi. While a high school senior, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and, like so many young men of his generation, left his home to fight for his country in WWII.

After a year of rigorous training, he was qualified as a Radio Operator/Gunner on a B-24 bomber, and what began as the adventure of a lifetime for Sgt. Atkinson, ended in horror and tragedy in the war-torn skies over Ploesti , Romania.

Though this is Dr. Atkinson’s personal story, it is not unique. Rather, it is representative of the stories of legions of young men from the Greatest Generation who would face the challenge of rebuilding their lives after rising from the ashes of the most destructive war in history.

William C. Atkinson is a Physician Assistant in Orthopedic Surgery, an instrument-rated private pilot, former off shore sailor and avid fl y fisherman. He is a student of WWII history and a WWII aviation enthusiast. He lives with his wife, Patty, in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Living, Loving, Learning in an Angry World

Life Skills for Living

Pages: 180
ISBN: 978-145753-337-2
List Price: 14.95
Category: Nonfiction
Available: March 2015
Edition: Perfectbound

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In this book, Anger Solution Network has compiled the essence of understanding and controlling one of our strongest emotions. I had already seen and heard the life changing results of presenting these concepts to prisoners, deacons, teachers, ministers, and business staff in the United States, as well as other countries. While the ministry book is Bible based, there is enough empirical information to satisfy evidence based, balanced approach with faith and science. Its proposition is applicable to both the individual reading it and the teacher demonstrating the ideas. This book can be a game changer.

Colonel (Retired) Joseph P. Burchfield, III retired from the Unites States Air Force after thirty years of honorable service with numerous honors. He served as a commander of two large intelligence units; Inspector General and Assistant Director of Operations for a world-wide Command; flew 100+ combat missions in the SEA conflict and hundreds of hours in the EB-47 and B-58 aircraft. He holds a Master of Arts in Lay Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Tx.; a Master of Arts in Management from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI; A Bachelor of Science from West Alabama University, Livingston, Al and completed Pastoral Care Training at the Ecumenical Center for Health & Religion, San Antonio, TX. Since January 2004 he has been the executive director of Anger Solutions Network (ASN), Inc. From January 2001 to January 2004, he was the regional director of ASN. From January 1994 to 2001, he was a volunteer chaplain to Bexar County Adult Detention Center. After his USAF retirement, he became the founder and director of Alamo Defense consulting of San Antonio, TX. Currently he is an active deacon and Sunday school teacher at Trinity Baptist Church, a core member of the FCA Officials Huddle and a high school football official. He is married with two grown children and four grandchildren. Finally, he is a master, certified anger management, stress management and conflict resolution instructor/facilitator with ASN.

Last Light Falling: Into The Darkness: Book II

J. E. Plemons

Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-145754-003-5
List Price: 16.95
Category: Fiction
Available: July 2015
Edition: Perfectbound

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Arena has left the nation’s administration with a dead president and a weakened military, and while the tragic memories continue to scar her, the government struggles to regroup without its leader. For the people who still remain in hiding, it’s evident the country is all but lost, and with Russian operatives taking over, the nation’s hope of recovering is grim.

After months in hiding, Arena and her brother, Gabriel, fight to survive the aftermath while they trudge through unkindly terrain across the country to rejoin their friends, but what they soon discover may staunch their journey. The government’s failed attempt to rebirth a broken nation has caused civil unrest like no other.

After reuniting with their friends, Arena’s decision to stay changes when she discovers the secrets of a refugee camp behind a clandestine group of rebels, known as the Southern Resistance. With an opportunity to escape to a permanent safe haven, Arena risks her life to lead the new fellowship. But the darkest days are upon them, and with a new war brewing, Arena’s path will take a dark turn as her survival is in jeopardy.

Into The Darkness captures the cruel truth behind our darkest secrets which may often cause us to question our faith. In this graphic second installment of the Last Light Falling series, J.E. Plemons continues the grim story of Arena Power’s fate, testing her faith while she and her brother search for an answer to their survival in a brooding world filled with chaos.

Peggy’s Pantry

Peggy King

Pages: 96
ISBN: 978-145753-729-5
List Price: 11.95
Category: Health, Self-Help & Spirituality
Available: July 2015
Edition: Perfectbound

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God has a vision. He created me, and through me he sent me to people who had a vision. They spoke God’s word. For an example, when I was 10 years old I had a Sunday school teacher who gave me a Bible, and a picture of a man knocking on a door. She told a story of a man named Paul, who was traveling on the road to Damascus with a vision to intimidate the Christians, but as he traveled he was stopped and given a heavenly vision.

I in return received a desire like Paul’s. Therefore I have a vision to write the experiences and poems, all inspired from the visions given to me. I have included dates in this book. Not to take away or date the material but to show that all happens and unfolds in God’s time.

I was born in August of 1943 at home in Indianapolis, Indiana. At age two my family moved to Evansville, Indiana. It was a simpler time back then. The doctors came to your house to deliver babies. We had Ice Boxes, which were metal boxes with a door that we opened to place a block of ice in (that we bought off the Ice Truck, which delivered to everyone). The ice cream man rode a three-wheeled bicycle that had a big box attached to the front of it; he had a bell on the handle bars that he would ring so we would know he was on our street. I loved Fudge Bars. We never locked our doors, and we knew our neighbors.

My sister Jean and I spent a lot of summer days in South Eastern, Kentucky. I enjoyed the country, Stearns pond, and Grandma Grace’s cornbread and fried apples. At age 4 I remember we rented from an elderly lady Mrs. Curtis, and my sister Jean and I were sitting on her piano bench; Mrs. Curtis played, and we sang Jesus Loves Me. I remember all day preaching and dinner on the ground. I thank God for the strong spiritual foundation my mother and grandparents impressed upon my soul as a small child. I view my childhood with great gratitude.

Words

James Allen Spisak

Pages: 128
ISBN: 978-145753-819-3
List Price: 11.95
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Available: July 2015
Edition: Perfectbound

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…search for the song that lies locked and hidden in the keys of a piano, the strings of a violin, the chords of a human voice. – “TALENT” In this book, James Spisak goes searching for his voice. He finds it through poems that speak of love: for nature, for humankind, and for the One who created them both. Filled with thoughts on the passage of time, chances lost and taken, fate, and the power, beauty, and grace of God, these poems will inspire the reader to embrace life in all its forms. In the end, we remain grateful, to have something that remains, to remind us of a better day and a fond memory. – “THINGS”

James Allen Spisak is proud to share his first published work, Words, with you. He was married for 51 years to his beloved wife, Betty Lou. His children, James and Lisa, are proud of their dad’s accomplishments, as well as forever grateful for his love and dedication to his family. James is a veteran, having served in the Korean War, and is active in his church where he is a tenor in the choir. He began writing poetry in 2008, all in free verse and filled with inspiration from his life experiences. His heartfelt words are now being shared with you.

Starfish Leaders: Five Leadership Fables of Personal Regeneration

Rebecca Merrill

Pages: 156
ISBN: 978-160844-593-6
List Price: 10.99
Category: Health, Self-Help & Spirituality
Available: August 2010
Edition: Perfectbound

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If we’re honest, most of us doggedly resist the hard truth that only by living through the process of being broken by life, and experiencing all that comes with that brokenness, can we achieve meaningful personal growth. It is on the other side of deep, soul-searing pain where we most often stumble upon the rare qualities of wisdom, humility, insight and compassion, waiting patiently for us. Starfish Leaders tells the stories of five heretofore “successful” individuals who each must endure deep personal pain, and through that process find new meaning, purpose, and passion in their lives. These broken individuals regenerate into newly resilient Starfish Leaders who emerge from their pain to lead with a whole new sense of personal power and direction.

Rebecca Merrill is an author, speaker and executive coach who works with senior leaders in both entrepreneurial and established companies. She lives with her husband and two Australian Shepherds in Durham, North Carolina.