Saturday, September 24, 2011
First Christian Church
The Public is
2011 book party!
Do you know who you are and why you are here on the earth, as a mortal, for this given period of time?
Do you know how and why your part called spirit life steers the flesh house, which is chemical life, into all varieties of environments and from those chosen environments comes a form of force with eternal substance that makes you, You. Author George Barton will show you how these earthly exposures become a part of You and will continually affect only your existence.
Read about chemical life compared to spirit life and discover fulfillment that can be enjoyed during this mortal life with no regrets. For with you in charge, no longer do you have to be a victim of circumstances.
You the mortal was written with the hope and prayer that whosoever reads this on-going story will give serious thought to who they are and why they are here. Because each and every spirit life will exist somewhere for eternity after being released from their chemical body.
The decision you make today about this book will affect your life today and years to come. You may or may not be able to correct the past for the better, but you will be exposed to a simple method for improving your life the rest of this day and days to come.
So, this day, will you take charge of your life and prove to yourself that you are a winner?
With her love life in shambles, Danielle McKinnon is ready for a change…a big change. So when a letter arrives from an attorney in Georgia, stating that she’s the beneficiary of a distant relative’s estate, it’s an opportunity she can’t pass up investigating. A trip to Atlanta reveals her inheritance includes ownership of Stratford Hall, a historic, secret-laden, 200-year-old, antebellum manor in the midst of the Appalachian Hills.
But while ownership of this manor seems like a dream come true, there are others determined to claim the estate for themselves. They’ll stop at nothing, even threatening Dani’s life in an effort to scare her off. Add to the mix her dashing new love interest, Attorney Justin Harcourt; the delightful Irish caretaker of the hall, Mrs. O’Brien; and a mysterious cowboy, who always seems to show up when she needs him most, and things couldn’t get more complicated.
Drama unfolds as Dani struggles over tough choices. Is her desire for a new beginning and the obligation of her birthright enough to risk all? Is her infatuation with Justin jeopardizing her new-found faith in God and the possibility for true love?
Victoria, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, is a business co-owner, active in her church and community, and speaker for various women's groups. In her spare time she indulges in her passion to write inspirational romantic suspense.
Educated at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Victoria resides in Oklahoma with her husband of almost forty years, William, her best friend.
In november of 2010 Victoria's first novel, "A Legasy of Love" was released. Her next novel, Bittersweet Justice" will be released in the fall of 2011.
Carrie Ann Cook is a published author, illustrator and free-lance photographer. She holds an AA and BS in Elementary Education. Having certified for teaching in several states, she has taught elementary grades as well as genealogy, writing and computer classes at the Northeast Technology Center, Afton, Oklahoma. She has also served the Miami (Oklahoma) Public Library as Genealogy and Local History Specialist. Currently, she is the publisher at Gregath Company, Inc. and Webmaster to assorted sites. Carrie has been active in various service and lineal organizations throughout the years. Today she is serving the Oklahoma Division UDC for the 2008-2010 administration as state Historian as well as several assorted chapter offices in other organizations. At the age of 40, she has been public speaking on genealogical, historical and writing/publishing topics for nearly two decades. A life long learner, she enjoys new insights offered while attending educational opportunities both nation-wide and in Oklahoma.
Publications In Progress - Ottawa County Families, Volume IV; various indexing projects, etc.
Fredrea Gregath Cook, Immediate Past President of Gregath Publishing Company, is the third generation in her family involved in both genealogical and historical research, writing, teaching, lecturing, and touring, as well as the printing and publishing industry. She is a published author of genealogical and historical material, including college level textbooks and has developed and taught genealogical research and writing courses of study at colleges and universities. Fredrea has been lecturing for over 40 years. She is active in numerous genealogical, historical, patriotic, lineal and professional organizations, as well as local community groups. In 2008, she was elected to a two year term on the Genealogical Speakers Guild Board of Directors.
Publications In Progress - History of the Seneca Indian School; Ottawa County Families, Volume IV; various historical publication preservation projects
Books featured at this Festival:
Civil War in Texas and New Mexico Territory: Many heroic actions were taken by Hispanic soldiers who have not gotten much recognition for their efforts. 112 pages, map, Appendix, Bibliography, photos, illustrated by Andy Thomas ($12.95/pb).
Civil War in the Indian Territory: From the bloody battle of Wilson's Creek in August 1861 until surrender June 1865, the Civil War in Indian Territory proved to be a test of endurance. 112 pages, maps, Bibliography, index, illustrated by Andy Thomas, forward by Whit Edwards ($12.95/pb).
Civil War in the Ozarks, Cowritten by Phillip W. Steele: According to the New York Times, the Ozarks were the site of "the first serious conflict between the US troops and the rebels." 136 pages, map, Appendix, Bibliography, index (revised, $14.95/pb).
Civil War in Tennessee: This illustrated history begins with Shiloh, Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga, and Stones River and ends with the terrible carnage that was Franklin. 144 pages, map, Appendix, Bibliography, illustrated by Andy Thomas ($14.95/pb).
Haunted Ozark Battlefields: The author researched battlefields across the Ozarks while he participated in hundreds of re-enactment events. In the soldiering process, over the years, he has gathered some great stories and excellent pictures. Many from his vast, personal collection are found in this new book ($12.95/pb).
Steve Cottrell is a former high school teacher and a graduate of Missouri Southern State College and Pittsburg State University. As an author, his work, published by Pelican Publishing Company, focus on Civil War history. Steve has been active in battlefield preservation and monument projects. He has been a consultant for the History Channel and quoted and referenced in the nationally respected periodical, "Civil War Times." Steve is a member of the Missouri Civil War Re-enactors Association, Inc. He ahs participated as an extra in battle scenes for several films including the Emmy Award winning television miniseries, North and South, and he Academy Award winning epic motion picture, Glory. Also he and his son Grant participated in the action scenes for the acclaimed National Park Service film, Thunder in the Ozarks, shown everyday to visitors at beautiful Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas.
Books featured at this Festival:
Shadow of the Hawk: Zona’s new novel, Shadow of the Hawk, is set in the Folsom area of New Mexico around 1800. A young Indian family is separated from the tribe.One family member disappears as the family tries to connect with the rest of the village. It is adventure fiction as seen through the eyes of a young Indian boy as he is forced to mature much too fast for his years. This is family reading for all ages. For more information contact Zona Crabtree.
Gray Wolf: Gray Wolf is the first book of the early frontier adventure fiction Corn Cave Series. Little Bear was the one who found the Indian girl and helped her escape from the white trappers. His brother, Gray Wolf, and another young brave got the job of taking her home. Three young people started out across the wilderness. Could they survive the harsh winter elements while trying to escape capture by the ruthless white men looking for them?
The Travelers: In The Travelers, the second book of the Corn Cave Series, Gray Wolf is having disturbing, prophetic dreams involving people he doesn't know. Wolf and Otter need to get back home. Friends offer to help them back across the big river, but another journey must be made first, and they end up in the camp of white traders. Will Wolf's spirit guide work for him in this unknown territory?
White Dove: This early frontier adventure fiction is the third book in the Corn Cave Series. "The scream cut through the darkness like a knife. The sound sliced through the night and then trailed off into total silence." Gray Wolf has returned White Dove to her own village after her rescue from white trappers. White Dove has promised to wait for Gray Wolf to come back, but Tall Grass is intent on having her. Even with Wolf gone, Dove feels his spirit guide is protecting her. After training with the village healer, Dove is forced to take over the healing of the village. Tall Grass does everything he can to change Dove's mind about him, including putting himself and the village in danger.
The Return: Gray Wolf is anxious to return to White Dove, but his own village is threatened. He is needed to help his family move and build the new village. When he finally embarks on his journey, he faces the wilderness with only a horse and a young wolf as companions. Before he reachs Dove's village, tragedy overtakes him. Dove's people find him, but he is in no condition to claim the young woman. Everything seems to be working against the young couple in this fourth book of the series. Has his spirit guide, the gray wolf, led him in the wrong direction?
Zona Crabtree graduated from Texas Woman's University. She taught Speech and English in Dalhart, Texas, before meeting her husband, Joe, and trading teaching for farming. In 1968 they moved to Missouri. Self-published books include the four book CORN CAVE SERIES and her new book, Shadow of the Hawk. Other writing is included in Alzheimer's Anthology of Unconditional Love, Ozark Writer's League Echoes of the Ozarks III, IV, V, and VI, and The Ozarks Reader. Zona writes a weekly column, Hoots from the Hollow, for the Tri-County Sentinel, Aurora, Missouri.
"I was motivated to compile the work I call “Confederate Soldiers - Veterans of Northwest Arkansas” for a number of reasons. First, of course, is a life long love of history. I thrilled at the stories I heard adults telling about the sometimes not so good “old days,” both by grandparents with their friends and relatives, and by the old men that sat around the court-house square on wire-benches that the young local wags called “Buzzard’s Roost.” This was out west and was a retirement destination for professional people from Missouri, Kansas and Texas. Like all aged “kids,” I wish I had had a recorder to have preserved all the tales and sage advice those kindly gentlemen had to offer. I also went to town as often as I could to be with my Dad’s parents, because they had a “Carnegie” library on the same block where they resided. From the age of six or seven I spent every minute I possibly could there reading every history book they had, even those that I supposedly wasn’t old enough to read. My mother always told her friends that she never had to worry where Billy was, 'if he had disappeared he was at the library.'
"Why Confederate soldiers and veterans? So many of the stories that I heard concerned the South’s struggle for independence. My mothers’ family was from Tennessee and Missouri. Several of her grandfather’s were Southern officers killed fighting for the South, with grandmother’s forced to raise large families as widows. I heard stories of Jesse James saving the family farm in Missouri from one of her relatives. The Feds put huge liens against their property to finance Federal troops to keep them in line because they were Confederate sympathizers. They said Jesse and Frank had saved a lot of people’s farms that were in jeopardy for the same reason.
"My fathers family was from Virginia and South Carolina. During the 1940’s and 1950’s, my grandfathers’ sister, “Aunt Marion,” would come out west to visit and was always bubbling over about her work with the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It seemed she was always going to or just coming from one of their conventions. They would talk a lot about the “War” and “Reconstruction.” She once gave me a $1000 Confederate War Bond the family had purchased and told me to hang on to it, 'The South was going to rise again!.'
"A few years back, my sisters stopped by and we all went on a “family genealogy” trip to Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and the Carolina’s. My interest was mostly Confederate era information and I was shocked that there wasn’t that much about the individual soldiers of the Southern armies available for someone that hasn’t much time to spend to dig for it. One of my great-grandfather’s relatives boasted that he was a charter member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and their goal was to preserve and protect the reputation of the Confederate soldier. How can you do such a thing when you don’t have them enumerated and a biography on each one available on the local level? It seemed that the SCV’s main interest was re-enactment and sitting around a campfire chewing the fat, which is very important as far as it goes, but some of the main thrust is lost if that is the main thing they do. Another reason I want to do this through a historical organization is that my children have absolutely no interest in what I am doing and the whole thing would be chucked in a dumpster if anything should happen to me.
"Dorothy Miller first became interested in old cemeteries when she was employed with the Benton County Road Department and she was detailed to take County Jail prisoners to clean and cut trees and bushes from along the county right-of ways and later to clean old abandoned cemeteries. She noticed that so many of these old graves were either unmarked or marked by a plain field stone. At that time, I was just getting into finding Confederate soldiers’ names and burial places and she would look for the soldier’s marker if he happened to be in one of the Cemeteries they were working on. She found that some had no marker and others perhaps a simple rock from the woods. She feels that any man who risks his health and life for his government is entitled to a decent marker, and when she discovered that the Veteran’s Administration will provide one at no expense to the family, it has become her cause to get these veteran’s the recognition they deserve.
"Dorothy has always loved puzzles, and when she discovered how difficult it is to find these men and link them with other information, she jumped into this project with both feet! She loves to call it her “Cold Case Files of the Civil War.” Bless her Soul!"
- William W. Degge
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