There is often an emotional letdown after giving birth. It’s normal. They call it “The Baby Blues.” And it usually goes away. But one in eight women sink into the darkest shadow of sadness imaginable: Postpartum Depression.
Andrea Freeman escaped from its hellish depths, and lived to tell her courageous story.
Book available 10/31/2015
“For years I wrote about my life and kept the stories in a drawer. Aside from their value as a way of putting my tears on paper they seemed to hold no real purpose. However after my friend and I discussed the theory that our choices equal lessons to be learned I went back to some of the papers and realized how strong an influence those moments were in my growth. I saw my life growing in a series of stages some stages bombarding me in rapid succession while others took decades but always coming to a full circle the development of who I am.” – Anna Sharon Logan. This sometimes poignant sometimes humorous recounting of the lifelong struggle and sheer determination of Anna Sharon Logan in View From An Apple Tree A Memoir of Courage themes life as she knows it – the triumph of the spirit. This uplifting memoir is a testament to the merit of perseverance
From the 1940’s as a youth, on into the twenty-first century as a grandfather, the author details a romp through childhood From memories to a life well lived as an adult. He recalls somewhat challenging, yet prosperous times, as he rummaged through the many ups and downs that life has to offer. The title, “Jack of all Trades, Master of Won”, is essentially the author’s way of telling his grandchildren that despite roadblocks along the way, he has “won at life” and all it has to offer. He offers an interesting insight into the struggles that families faced after World War II and into the “fabulous fifties”, as America began to realize there was hope of prosperity for all. The nineteen sixties were called “Camelot”, truly one of the greatest of decades for America and all its people. During this time when all young men were required to register for the draft at age eighteen, the US Army dramatically shaped this author’s life, as he previously had been a somewhat wayward youth in his teenage years. A three year enlistment in the US Army was followed by his college years, an athletic career, a wonderful marriage, fatherhood, and a long and lengthy, successful coaching career. Amusing stories of youthful teenage pranks, some of them even on the “troubling side” make for interesting reading. He received many second chance opportunities as a young adult and vowed to make the most of them. Originally intended to offer his personal story of life in the forties, fifties and the sixties for his grandchildren, it has evolved into a family history
Through the use of everyday experiences Bruce shares how God is available to us and meets each of us where we are. The stories inspire as a personal devotion or in a group/business setting.” Terra Lynn Dearth, (National) Director YMCA Christian Leadership Conferences and Rag/Leathers Program “Bruce has a gift of taking an everyday situation and finding God’s fingerprints. It’s a down to earth approach to making our spiritual walk come to life.
I relate to his writing and am inspired to open my eyes to try to find real lessons in my own life.” Bob Kahle, Executive Director Fairview Lakes YMCA Camps “Bruce Boyer’s writings inspire Christians who desire to discover the peace and joy in everyday moments. I highly recommend this book as a devotional. Reading it is an opportunity to help take a break from the demands of everyday life and consider the Glory of God as shown through acts of kindness and grace in our community.” Mayor Dawn H. Morgan The first two chapters of this book provide Bruce’s perspective of his son being lost in the Amazon rainforest, and how their rescue changed many lives. This true story has been nationally featured on two different Discovery Channel dramatizations; I Shouldn’t Be Alive (Into the Heart of Darkness episode) and Secrets of Survival (Lost in the Amazon.)
“Bruce Boyer is a sweet spirited man of God and this truth soaks through all of his devotional writings. His approach of taking the everyday event and seeing the way, the love, or the mission of God in the world today, will build up sensitivity in you to see God in your own life everyday as well! If you are an everyday man or woman of God looking for Him in your life you will love this devotional journey.”
Pastor Keith Speaks, Senior Pastor
Hales Corners Lutheran Church
Hales Corner, Wisconsin.
“Bruce Boyer’s writings remind us that God is always working in our lives, through every situation and circumstance. These short, easy to read devotionals help you reflect on our God and Savior Jesus Christ through a powerful message and include questions to reflect on, scripture, and a prayer. This time of reflection on God’s greatness will prepare you to enjoy the blessings God has already planned for you that day.”
Oscar Manuel Aguirre, Executive Director
Pan de Vida Foundation
“Bruce impacted many lives in his strong career living out the true Christian Mission of the YMCA every day. Touchpoints of Faith is a wonderful capstone for his work and meaningfully extends his calling to serve others. For each of us, our daily walk and work as leaders and citizens of the world will be encouraged and guided by the rich inspiration found in these chapters of thoughtful devotions created by Godly women and men.”
Andy C. Calhoun
YMCA Director, 1972-present.
“Within the YMCA organization there are always opportunities to share tried and true, faith-based lessons. We are constantly seeking tools and resources that reflect the good news of God’s grace. Bruce Boyer’s devotional book allows staff and participants the chance to share the Christian Mission through stories and experiences found throughout its pages.”
Rosemary Suess, Executive Director
Jerry Long Family YMCA
A Funeral Director’s Triumph Over Adversity Danny Jefferson remembers being laughed at and bullied. He remembers talking too loud and too much. That’s what deaf people do. His roller coaster journey through life will lead you from heartfelt tears to joyous laughter, as well as admiration for his many accomplishments along the way. Enjoy the ride!
Liz is a 17 year old girl from Savannah Georgia. She enters Mercy Hospital’s Nursing School in Baltimore Maryland. It’s Fall of 1941 and the city is fully engaged in preparations for war. Ship-building railroad troop transportation and the presence of several military installations in close proximity keep Baltimore busy. Liz’s room-mate Jo Brennan introduces Liz to a friend of hers Jimmy Stuart. Jimmy is a Corporal in the United States Fifty Army and is stationed nearby at Fort Meade. The two are attracted to each other but find it difficult to meet often due to the pressures of their vocations. Liz has classroom instruction as well as floor duty Jimmy’s duties at his base allow him an occasional week-end leave. Just as their romance warms up it is cooled by the unexpected deployment of Jimmy’s unit overseas. Liz is stunned by this incident but seeing it happen to many of her friends helps to lighten the blow. Her own duty calls her to diligence in study and instruction both in the classroom and on patient floors. Much of the learning is done in Medical Doctor guided tours of hospital wards using patients as the best way for the nurses to understand what the textbooks can’t convey. As the weeks of separation stretch into months letter-writing and photos become the only way to continue the relationship which Liz and Jimmy have established. The letters reveal sometimes in vivid detail how different their lives have become. They are carried along by the history-making events of a World War and the consequences of that event are completely unknown. Following the lives of these two young people is the stuff of this story. Will Jimmy survive the bloody battles that he is facing? Will he come home whole and hearty will he come home at all? And Liz – will she still find Jimmy the smiling blue-eyed sandy haired soldier she’s come to love?
“Rocks in My Pocket and Mud on My Boots” is a collection of mostly first person short stories recounting people encountered in a geology career, events that shaped that career, and memorable adventures. Although autobiographical, it is not an autobiography. It does not address any of the author’s scientific accomplishments or failures, but are anecdotes of impacts on the life and times of the author. Some names have been changed to avoid identifying characters.
The book does include some of the author’s philosophy, thoughts, and rationale. It also lists some of the most important people who positively influenced his career. As he has said, “I had the most interesting, challenging, and sometimes exciting career
I could ever have imagined for a country farm kid who grew up milking cows.”
This is the best action GeoSuspense adventure novel since Arthur C. Clarke’s posthumous Richter 10. Lee Gerhard is not just a successful petroleum geologist and great professor, he is a master storyteller, and this is one of his best.
On August 5, 1960, house mothers met Joe Knight and his four siblings at the gate of the Baptist Children’s Home in Thomasville, N. C., took their hands, and walked them to the next chapter of their lives.
Joe Knight, who was ten years old, looked back at his mother, Ruth Talley Knight. She was trembling and crying. Her heart was broken. Having to feed them possum stew turned out to be the last straw. She had to give up her children.
That night Joe recalls sleeping between two sheets for the first time in his life. And was able to go to an inside bathroom!
Since 1950, the year Buck Knight deserted his wife and children, the Knight family had lived in squalor moving from shanty to shanty; some with no electricity, most with no indoor plumbing.
Buck Knight would return, though. On November 22, 1963 he showed up at the Children’s Home and kidnapped his children. By the grace of God Joe Knight lived to tell his remarkable story. Hard as it is to believe, Pentecostals, Pokeberries and Possum Stew is a true story.
Brace yourself for its many twists and turns…
Imbued with mystery and romance, this provocative novel pays homage to Naomi Wise, an orphan who lived in Randolph County, North Carolina during the early 1800s. Like Naomi, author Sandra Redding grew up near the banks of Deep River. There, as a child, she heard the sad tales and haunting songs describing how the orphan was murdered by devious Jonathan Lewis, the man who promised to marry her. The author revives feisty Naomi on these pages. Possessing neither family nor dowry she works on a farm from dawn to dusk to survive. Though men succumb to her charms, her free spirit offends the delicate sensibilities of many women. As Mary Ruth, a farm wife who migrated from Pennsylvania, and Arabelle, an escaped slave, attempt to guide Naomi from harm’s way, the three women bond, bravely sharing sorrows and savoring triumphs.
Conducting Matters is delightful! It is the true story of a tiny, sparkling, tree-climbing, Southern girl with a deep love of music who rose to a highly respected professional position that allowed her to dynamically touch the lives of others along her way, without losing that funny, little-girl, prank-playing charm.
“Mike Pope is a great coach and a great motivator. I am what I am because of him.” Troy Brown Former Record-setting Wide Receiver New England Patriots “This book is one of the best I have ever read. As a person who has spent his life associated and involved in some area of sports it touched me deeply and at times emotionally. It is a great story.” Dr. Herb Appenzeller Retired college athletic director and editor of the national newsletter From the Gym to the Jury “You won’t find a better offensive line coach and you won’t find anybody more passionate about the game than Mike Pope.” Greg Crolley Head Football Coach Lakewood High School Sumter S.C. “I never saw Mike anything but positive” even facing a double amputation. “It was like he was infused with something. He was an inspiration to all of us coaches.” Mike Martin Former Football Coach Sumter S.C. High School “I’ve never met anyone who loves football the way this man does.” Danny SawyerRetired High School Football Coach and Long-timeAcquaintance