Introducing Thomas W. Spann, author of The Learning and the Burning

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The Reverend Dr. Thomas W. Spann is an ordained Baptist minister who earned his Bachelor of Arts at Bishop College, Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry at Southern Methodist University. A preacher and former Air Force Reserve Chaplain, he also served as a college instructor in Arkansas and Texas. After thirty years at Perkins School of Theology at SMU, he retired in 2018 as the Director of the Perkins Intern Program. He is the author of When Theological Reflection Goes to Church; First Sunday: Reflections on Ministry Experiences in the Black Church; A Necessary Transition: A Book of Sermons; I Feel My Help Coming: A Volume of Sermons, and Sing to the Lord a New Song: Prophetic Poems of Praise, which are available at www.thomaswspann.com. He and his wife, Cynthia, live in Dallas.

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Whether a preacher is just starting out in ministry or has been in pulpit ministry for several decades, this book is filled with creative ideas for enhancing this sacred oratorical art. Thomas Spann writes from the perspective that any preacher’s current method or approach to preaching is fine, but can be enhanced. In this sense there is no judgment on any preacher’s current method. Drawing on over fifty years in the gospel ministry, this offering is an attempt to provide insights and ideas to aid in next level preaching. Ideas in this book range from the use of poetic flair to social messaging of the gospel. With care and concern, Thomas Spann addresses unusual topics in the field of preaching, including: disavowing the joke about seminary/cemetery; progressive celebration; preaching as a physical act; perspiration and inspiration; and avoiding common errors in English. Using his African American religious experience as a broad background, Thomas Spann believes that this book is useful in a variety of denominational settings. The book concludes with four original sermons.

Introducing Kay Karter, author of Bitter or Better

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Kay Karter was born in Wilmington, N.C. She’s a loving wife and a devoted mother of five beautiful children. Kay also is the CEO of Women with a Heart to Serve Ministry, serving women young and old alike in her community. She realized early on in her life that she was born to impact the earth through love and compassion. She wasn’t sure how or where, but she knew it was predestined to happen. As a mother her heart became geared to help empower women through the Living Word of God and His principles. She understands that if you can educate the women; she can nurture her family the way God had ordained her. Through structure, wisdom, love and grace.

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Forgive and Live. Satan’s power is in an identity crisis, he wants to tell you who you are and what you don’t have to hold you in bondage. This is the first lie he has whispered into your ear. Before the truth can set you free, you have to recognize the lie that has been holding you hostage for this long period of time. Life has dealt you a horrible hand, but that doesn’t mean you have to continue to keep playing the same hand and never winning. This is the second lie holding you hostage. Learning how to forgive the people who have dealt you this hand is a life of freedom. There is power in knowing who you are and who you belong too. Once you learn this, you will no longer live a Bitter life, but a Better life to its fullest potential.

Introducing Jay Fernandez, author of Grace Walk

“The total process was a true pleasure. Information provided answered most of my questions up front and anything that was unique was quickly and professionally answered. I had ordered the custom cover and I can say that when I first opened the proofs, it took my breath away. I had posted the two options on Facebook to get feedback and the responses were overwhelmingly positive. Now that the book is in print, I can honestly say that I have a product I can be proud to show off!”

Jay Fernandez has served as a missionary, lay pastor, worship leader, youth leader and elder. He currently lives in South Sudan, where he helps provide relief to those whose lives have been torn apart by thirty years of civil war. Jay also co-pastors a church of expatriates. He has two daughters, two sons, and blessed with many who call him Dad, all of whom he maintains close relationships.

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Life’s most difficult lessons are often painful. They require sacrifice and cannot be learned alone. This testimony offers a unique insight into one man’s journey with his Creator. From the mission fields of Islamic Africa to the corporate structures of America, Jay Fernandez has seen God at work in many contexts. And his role within the church has taken many forms. He has served as a lay pastor, worship leader, youth leader and elder. For a time, Jay was happily married and earned in excess of $100, 000 annually. Suddenly, and with little warning, his world came crashing down around him. Through his vices and circumstances out of his control he was brought to his knees, and by the grace of God alone he was lifted up once more. Clearly God’s plan for Jay’s life was more radical than he could have dreamed, and he found his purpose in the rebuilding of battle-torn South Sudan. This stunning testimony seeks to share God’s message of love and forgiveness with all who are willing to seek Him out. It is about the greatest gift anyone could receive, a gift that is available to us all at any time or place, and yet a gift which so many of us fail to see.

Introducing Stephen Myers, author of Perfection

“Outskirts press is outstanding! The entire publishing process from the beginning to the end was informative and thorough. As a matter of fact, the marketing info is more than I can keep up with. I get the sense that Outskirts wants me to succeed.”

Stephen Myers is a minister of God who has studied the scriptures for close to 40 years and is focused on building up the body of Christ through sharing the unsearchable riches of Christ. A husband and a father of two sons and a resident of the state of Maryland. He also has authored the book “Why Forgiveness Is Not Enough.”

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I believe the reason why God’s people struggle with sin and failure is because they are not aware of what the finished work of Christ entails- “…although the works were finished from the foundation of the world” Hebrews 4:3

Introducing Caron Asgarali, author of From Lion to Lamb

“The decision to self-publish left me with many questions, many of them quite daunting. After discussions with another Outskirts Press author, I decided to research the site. I was impressed with the ease with which I was able to glean information from the site and at the range of services offered, catering for any budget. Working with Outskirts Press provided solutions for any difficulties which arose, their responses were prompt and effective and the quality of the front and back cover as well as the layout of the interior was excellent. Thank you Outskirts Press.”

Caron Asgarali is a chemistry teacher in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She was the victim of a violent crime in January, 2013 when she was shot in the face. She shares the challenges encountered and how she overcame them as a means of imbuing hope to others.

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Is it your desire to emerge victorious from the stranglehold of adversity? Then walk in the footsteps of a gunshot victim and experience the austerity of physical and spiritual recuperation! In this book, From Lion to Lamb: A Spiritual Journey, you will learn lessons, influenced by the Sermon on the Mount, on faith and submission, empathy and magnanimity, Hope and courage, and the promise of greater glory. “Caron gives her message in simple and clear terms, promoting such universal principles as love, peace, kindness…, From Lion to Lamb is well worth reading.” — Philip G. Rochford, Author and Empowerment Strategist

Introducing Jacqueline Mortenson, author of Using the Sword of the Spirit

“For more than twenty years, I’ve had a dream of making the scriptures readily accessible for people with various needs. Many thanks to Outskirts Press for making my dream come true. They published my book and what an awesome job they did. Everyone on my team did incredible work. They took such tender care of the scriptures and did everything I asked of them. What a publishing company!”

Jacqueline Mortenson grew up in northern Wisconsin, attended Catholic school taught by Franciscan nuns, and today resides with her husband, Dick, in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. They have four grown children.

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Can’t Find the Right Scriptures – Look No Further. Have you ever searched for a scripture when you, or someone you knew, were in need of healing, protection, or financial provision? This book contains dozens of categories with scriptures taken from the New American Bible which enables one to find the right verse from God’s Word in a hurry. Whatever your own needs might be, God’s Word has the answer – and this little book will help you find it!

Introducing Phyllis Cole, author of Faith Challenge Bible Activity Book

“My Author Representative, Lisa, was outstanding. She did not hesitate to answer any of my questions or concerns I had concerning my book. The publishing team was great, and what an outstanding job they did publishing my book. I am getting great reviews for the quality of work they did, putting this book together. Great job! Outskirts press. I will be back in the near future for book II.”

Dear Friend: My name is Phyllis Cole, and I have been an avid reader and student of the bible since I was 12 yrs. old. God was drawing me to His Son, Jesus Christ, at an early age. St. John 6:44 says, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him…” This bible activity book is Challenging and Rewarding, Fun and Exciting! Because you can learn of the testimony of God, which He has declared of His Son, Jesus Christ. This bible activity book is a wealth of information. From middle school through college I was always pursuing my purpose in life, and it is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I am currently working as a Discipleship Coach for the Billy Graham Association, and I am a Sunday School teacher for my local church. My husband and I have a Nursing Home and Hospital Outreach Ministry to feed and visit the sick. What a joy and privilege to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. I pray this bible activity book will motivate you to works of faith and actions of love. Thank you! And Please enjoy the “Faith Challenge Bible Activity Book.

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I created the Faith Challenge Bible Activity Book with the confidence that this book is not only for the young of our era, but for those of all ages. professors, bible scholars, lawyers, doctors, pastors, Sunday school teachers, rabbis, and people of all ages and economic backgrounds. This book will challenge inquiring minds from all walks of life. I completely engaged myself into this masterpiece of family activities. Many hours of research were spent in order to compile stimulating material which provokes and arouses the thought process. I created this book with the intention of helping one look at oneself through this wealth of knowledge and to accept and fulfill the greatest commandments of them all; “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, thy mind, thy soul, thy strength.” And, Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Love is the most fulfilling of all of God’s law. This book is a restorer of breach in family relationships and will, “cause the hearts of the father’s to be turned to their children and the children to their fathers; therefore restoring a right relationship with God and with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Please enjoy the bible activity book and TAKE THE CHALLENGE. If you have any questions you can reach me at: faithchallengebab@gmail.com, or P.O.Box 87585, Canton, MI 48187

Introducing Melvin C. Echard Sr., author of Inspirations

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Melvin C. Echard Sr. has a Master’s Degree in Education and has worked in public education for over 17 years. This career choice has resulted in introspection and self awareness in his personal life. As he sees the world, it is education that makes the difference. A devoted Christian and family man, Melvin Echard is always looking for ways to inspire excellence. He was married at 18 years of age and now celebrates 28 years of marriage with his wife Mona. This marriage has produced two kids and three grandchildren. It is through prayer and positive reflection that his family has thrived.

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The enemy is trying to destroy families with modern tactics of warfare. We must examine our thoughts and stand on principle. This book will serve as a guide to challenge the destructive thinking that is prevalent today.

Introducing Dr. Jim Maryott, author of Love and Truth: From Here to Eternity

“Up to this point, my experience has been a great experience. At each stage of production to promotion, representatives for Outskirts were professional and knowledgeable, which made for a smooth publishing experience.”

Dr. Jim Maryott (Ed.D. Oklahoma State University; M.Ed. University of Central Oklahoma) is a retired educator. At the University of Guam, Dr. Maryott was an associate professor, department head: school administration, an elected faculty senate member, and evaluator of the Micronesian Educator. He has also authored several articles in professional journals.

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This book, Love and Truth, is like a vitamin. Important nutrients are condensed within a single source. Likewise, love and truth are spiritual nutrients, the bread, which Christians live. This book offers unique perspectives of the spiritual bread of love and truth, through the role models of the Greatest Generation; a short story entitled, “An Ill-timed Fairy Tale; Christ’s portrayal in “This Love Story is not a Short Story;” God is in the USA’s Capitol today; the belief that Christians need to be segregated – or eliminated – like African Americans were in another time in history; and a prophetic portrayal of the final standoff between the Holy Trinity and the three-in-one devilish triumvirate, within “our” Brave New Immersive World.

Introducing Patti Reim, author of I like Big Buts: The Bible Does Not Lie

“Outskirts press is outstanding. As a first-time author, I was full of tons of questions. I researched several publishing companies and I am so glad I decided on Outskirts Press. Now that the book is in print, I can look back at the publishing process with a huge sigh of relief. What makes Outskirts Press outstanding is their communication. When I look back at my emails, there was never a time that they did not respond in a timely fashion to put this author at ease that everything was moving along as planned. You see, they could see into the future where I could not. I love the transition in the communication from the first email I received from the Manuscript Review Specialist to each representative that followed. They were professional and made me feel like my questions were valid (trust me there were tons) I am so thankful for each of the following departments, pre-production specialist, author representative, production team, and production manager, I didn’t understand at the time how valuable each one was to the overall success of my book. I am glad they are experts in their fields. Now that the book is in print what impresses me the most is the follow-up emails from the Marketing COACHes, I truly feel like Outskirts Press wants me to succeed.”

Meet Patti, wife of Rick, high school teacher and coach, Mom of Josh, soccer player and college student, and Crystal precious resident of heaven. Patti has lived and survived many lives including the retail world with The Disney Stores and more. She has seen the world through the professional eyes of a Children’s Minister of a large suburban church, as an owner and director of a large Early Learning Center and is now traveling the world as a flight attendant. She is a lover of people and has a gift for sharing that love through straight forward words of wisdom. She is a recovering people pleaser and her words are saturated with grace that comes from this freedom. She has seen God turn the unlikeliest of circumstances into beauty. Often turning her story around with a BIG BUT.

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“I like Big Buts: The Bible Does Not Lie.” Did you really read that title right? Can you say But and Bible in the same sentence without being zapped by lightning? Yep you did and yes you can! God actually loves BIG BUTS, the Bible cannot lie. The word BUT is used thousands of times in the Bible! I LIKE BIG BUTS is designed to show us that God knew there would be things that would go wrong, be wrong, and sometimes feel like rock bottom. These verses show us that even the wrong turns, bad choices, broken hearts and dead ends are not absolute, because a BIG BUT can turn everything around. This little book is full of BUTS that can help you through this crazy life.