Introducing Randall Bennett, author of Taking Up the Sword

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Randall Bennett became a Special Agent in 1987 and has received numerous awards and commendations, including the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in International Terrorism Investigations, The Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent and Employee of the Year, The U.S. Department of State Award for Heroism, Spain’s Medal of Merit with Distinguished White Cross, several awards from the Pakistan Ministry of Interior, the country of Ukraine, and others from the U.S. Marine Corp, the CIA, DEA, ATF, U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and many others. He is currently retired but continues to provide security expertise overseas as a contractor for the Diplomatic Security Service.

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With humor and other times through the heartbreak and drama that accompanies the loss of friends from violent acts of terrorists, Randall Bennett’s memoir reveals his evolution from a new Special Agent to one of the most experienced in the U.S. Government. Bennett and his various teams approached each mission with intense focus, courage, and compassion. Taking Up the Sword relates the wide range of his adventures, from searching for narco-terrorist operations in the Colombian jungle with the true Tarzan of the Amazon, to rescuing abandoned family pets and a baby gorilla while protecting the American citizens in Kinshasa, Zaire, to risking his own life trying to save Wall Street Journal Reporter Daniel Pearl. It includes the actions that led to the capture of “The Dirty Bomber” Jose Padilla, as well as his nearly six years in Pakistan and a tour as head of security for the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Iraq. Bennett survived bombings, rockets, and assaults against himself and those he was sworn to protect throughout his highly decorated career, all while doing a job he loves. With an original and fascinating perspective, Special Agent Bennett takes you behind the scenes-to the jungles, deserts, mountains, and exotic back streets of foreign countries-where these elite and highly trained Special Agents do things that books are written about and movies are made for-quietly and often without recognition.

Introducing Maurice Mayberry, author of The Dark is in the Light

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Maurice Mayberry was born in Oakland, CA but now resides in Antioch, CA and works for a transit system in Concord. He attended Contra Costa College and Los Medanos College in California. Maurice has written poems, inspirational songs and this is his first published book and he is filled with joy! ”

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My life seemed doomed because of my abusive father, my exposure to sexuality at a young age, my failed marriage to an older woman, and my appetite for a forbidden fruit that contributed to my path of emotional destruction. As a result, I became a loner, I was depressed, and suicidal thoughts stampeded my mind. But through it all, I’ve learned to love and forgive myself—I’m at peace.

Introducing Abayomi Atolagbe, author of Furnace of Life from Nigeria to America

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Abayomi Atolagbe, the CEO of MoorTECH (moortech.org), founded the company in 2011. MoorTECH was inspired by his love for building things, fondness of technology, and grit to see and act on opportunities in the face of adversities in order to be successful. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to Nashville, TN with his mother and sister in 1996. He graduated from McGavock Comprehensive High School, earned his Architectural Engineering degree at Tennessee State University with a N.A.S.A. practicum at University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2007, and an MPA in 2011.

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As real as it gets. Powerful story on obstacles, success, with content that makes you laugh. It keeps you curious on what happens next. A very transparent book on things going on in the world currently from Nigeria (Africa) to America, about government, personal struggles-success, relationship-intimacy, religion-faith, financial stability-job, racism, with questions and suggested solutions on making people’s lives better. Why should you read this book? Furnace of Life: from Nigeria to America is a very good read and will keep you curious, laughing at times, and wondering what will happen next. It is a tool that will get the conversation going, bringing to light childhood and adulthood experiences-struggles by both females and males that we (parents-children) too often keep quiet about due to fear or shame. It will provide workable solutions for young men, women, and adults that are going through or may go through similar experience(s) detailed in book. It will positively influence lives on an international scale because it required me to let my guards down, ask questions, and be as transparent as possible in order to be a part of the positive (real) change on this earth. This book details my life experiences in Lagos Island (Lagos, Nigeria) and in the United States of America, from primary school, secondary school (high school), college life, and professional life.  It asks the tough questions regarding faith-religion, God, government, career, relationship, intimacy, and exposes a clever system of inequality. It details my failures , common to both males and females, triumphs, how to handle rejections-failures, and why they are like a foundation for any level of success. It explains how my parents divorce affected me as a boy and a young man, why a son can hate his dad for abusing his mom, and how I was able to forgive and overcome not having a father around.  It also shows my love for both Nigeria (country of birth) and its culture, my love for United States of America, the good-bad-ugly conditions in both countries, and ideas on how to engender a community to help make people’s lives a little bit better. Life has literally molded me and I believe everyone has a story or testimony. Remember, you are powerful beyond measure and you have the spirit within you to overcome any setbacks. It is when things are hardest that the very thing we worked so hard for is there to claim. We must see opportunities, not obstacles, and achieve the good desires of the heart and may even attain something much better with a life full of joy, peace, and value.

Introducing Ann C. Hutchinson, author of Touch Not My Anointed

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When Ann C. Hutchinson was four years old, God began giving her prophetic dreams and visions. Weeks after she dreamed that her family home was destroyed, a tornado swept through town, demolishing her house and marking the beginning of her prophetic journey. Ann lives with her husband in Michigan. Touch Not My Anointed is her debut book.

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Do you hunger for a more intimate bond with God? In Touch Not My Anointed, the depth and power of Ann Hutchinson’s relationship with the Father is revealed as she shares powerful truths about: Prophetic visions; Receiving and understanding your dreams; The anointing; Eliminating obstacles and people who keep you from receiving God’s best; The revelation of who God is and how much He loves you; The value of spending quality time with the Lord every day; How to receive God’s blessings; What it means to be in love with the Father. Filled with insight and inspiration, Ann’s book is candid, joyful, and at times painful. If you want to draw closer to God, go ahead and get started!

Introducing Stan Scherr, author of Life on the Farm

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Stan Scherr is a retired farmer and rancher from Seibert, Colorado. He is a retired teacher, a volunteer at his local YMCA, and an honored Colorado Hall-of-Fame basketball and softball official. Scherr has been chosen to be on many civic committees and local boards throughout the years as a highly respected member of his community. He is currently an active member of his church and a meticulous auto-detailer. Stan and his lovely wife, Cindy, have been married 46 years and have 3 wonderful children and 11 beautiful grandchildren. Stan and Cindy now reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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A beautiful depiction of rural life in Colorado. Stan Scherr takes us on a journey in the life of a farmer and rancher in Eastern Colorado. He outlines the history of his parents settling on their farm in Seibert, Colorado during some of the most difficult times in American history—the “Great Depression” and the notorious “Dust Bowl” of the 1930’s. They not only survived these hardships; they worked hard and flourished. Scherr describes the various operations of his wheat farm and cattle ranch with beautiful full-color photos and detailed captions. This is a wonderful presentation of rural life in America.

Introducing Richard Rosenblatt, author of On Borrowed Time

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Richard Rosenblatt spent his youth in art, music, and photography schools, and made countless trips on the greatest steamships of the 1930s. A West Point graduate of 1949, Rosenblatt became a pilot in Europe; an OSI counter-intelligence analyst and linguist in Wiesbaden and in Paris; a onetime parachute instructor with the Foreign Legion in Algeria; and aide to the head of the Strategic Air Command Depot in Casablanca, Morocco. His career then moved to include industrial engineering, advertising, media, underwriting, the law, and publishing, and he co-authored the novel Black Gold Gray. Rosenblatt won five gold medals in the Senior Olympics in San Diego, and now, past the age of 90, he lives in La Jolla, California.

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Richard Rosenblatt may hold the world record for sheer number of lifetime pursuits, professions, and adventures…In his remarkable autobiography, Rosenblatt shares scenes from a glamorous childhood in the south of France, to dinner at the Biltmore in New York City with Eddie Rickenbacker and Jimmie Doolittle. Lunch with Albert Einstein. Tea with Eleanor Roosevelt, Lauren Bacall, the Sultan of Morocco, the Duke of Windsor, Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Jackson Pollock, and Kurt Weill… Rosenblatt met the rulers of Russia, Spain, France, Morocco, the United States, and other world leaders-as well as movie stars and moguls, captains of industry, the world’s greatest scientists, generals, explorers, athletes, crooks, gamblers, and sociopaths. On Borrowed Time is an extraordinary memoir-the true story of an extraordinary life-by a man who “wanted to experience everything.”

Introducing David Smith, author of Be A Teacher: A Memoir in Ten Ideas

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David Smith began teaching 50 years ago and has worked in five different schools, ranging from the shoestring variety to the ponderously well established. He has spent the past 34 years at Milton Academy, in Milton, Massachusetts, 11 of them as chair of the English department. He is married to the writer Janna Malamud Smith and has two children, Peter and Sadie, who successfully weathered the challenges of attending the school their father taught in.

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The book combines story and reflection, recounting the author’s experience over six decades as student and teacher in independent schools and exploring the ideas about education that have shaped that experience—ideas such as knowledge, rigor, humanity, authority, and love. Though filled with scenes, anecdotes, and characters that root it firmly in school life, it is less a chronological narrative than a meditation on how teaching and learning take place, both how hard they are and how joyous they can be. The author shares the understandings that he has developed over time but does not lay claim to the guru’s position, insisting instead that education, even at its best, is a fragile and tentative business, one in which false starts, missed opportunities, and unintended consequences inevitably frame the passages of delightful success. In painting a picture of schools as schools are, he believes that humor and irony rank among the most important colors on the palette.