Introducing Gloria D. Edwards, author of Made On Purpose

“My publishing journey with Outskirts Press was simply amazing! Every step of the way Jamie, my author’s Rep was there with a ready answer to my questions, no matter what time I reach out to her. After my book was finally published I received a form that I wasn’t able to fax back to the number that was provided and guess who I reach out to? Yes, My author’s Rep and sure enough she provided a solution. I am almost finished with my sequel to Made on Purpose and can’t wait to take the journey again with Outskirts Press. Kudos to you guys.”

Gloria Edwards was born in Hanover, Jamaica, grew up in Hanover, and spent her early adulthood in Kingston, Jamaica. It was during her time in Kingston, Jamaica, while away from close family and friends that Gloria started writing. During those years her myriad emotions were written in poetic form. She made an attempt to publish her poems but was discouraged by the only known publishing house in Kingston, Jamaica, at the time, being told that poetry was not doing well in Jamaica. Her work was later partially destroyed by a fire which ravished her grandmother’s house in 2009. Her first book Made On Purpose was published in 2017.

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Your struggles, Your setbacks, Your circumstances are designed for a specific purpose. Embrace them and watch God work wonders through your life. Joseph was loved and pampered by his father, to the point where his special treatment created friction in the home. Jealousy eventually drove his brothers to sell him into slavery, but Joseph continued to dream big dreams, and later became the first prime minister of Egypt. David was disregarded by his older brothers and was given the lowly task of taking care of his father’s sheep, alone in the wilderness, but his ‘alone-ness’ helped him develop a relationship with the Designer, and when God wanted a king, He sent Samuel to anoint David, though he was but a youth. Sarah was a beautiful woman but she was barren, and in her culture that was a curse. In time, God visited her and promise that she would bear a son. Years passed and Sarah became discouraged and advised her husband to get another woman pregnant, but even after she was past the age of childbearing God kept His word, and through her the nation of Israel was born. Ruth came from a tribe that was greatly despised, and thought that she could change her circumstances by marrying a Levi, but her husband died young, leaving her with nothing. The opportunity came and she left her homeland, and one who was despised, became the mother of the kingly lineage of the King of Kings. Moses was born at a time when his people were enslaved and every male child that was born was to be thrown in the river, but the very thing that was meant for his destruction became the vehicle for the deliverance of not only his family, but an entire nation.

Introducing Paul Bradley, Sr., author of Restoration of the Heart

“I loved working with Dana, my Author Representative. Her personality was both professional and held humor to make for a quick and delightful journey, Her response to any questions that I submitted to her was equally accurate and timely. I already look forward to submit my next manuscript, and I am looking forward to working with the publishing team at Outskirts Press again as each one that I have worked with has been very professional and friendly. Thank you for making my experience one I want to do again, and again with Outskirts Press!”

Paul Bradley, Sr. gave his heart to the Lord at age 12 and has been serving the Lord-as Sunday School teacher, youth pastor, associate pastor, pastor, and evangelist-ever since. He has been married for 37 years, and he and his wife live in Georgia. They have two children and three grandchildren.

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If you’ve ever suffered from a broken heart, ask yourself one question: Are you simply living with and accepting your pain, or are you ready to restore your heart, fully and completely? When the author of “Restoration of the Heart” faced the greatest wilderness experience of his life, his heart was totally broken. Destroyed. But what he learned through the process of healing was profound, and this is what he shares in his powerful new book. In order to achieve true happiness, it is imperative that you live in total restoration and fulfill the plan for your life, rather than merely living with a controlled or broken heart. “Restoration of the Heart” offers some practical scriptural truths to help you discover the meaning of restoration. In Section One, discover the 12 characteristics of control. How did control-the biblical Jezebel-get started in Israel, and how do we destroy this stronghold? Section Two examines the broken heart. What is the right and wrong way to deal with brokenness and hurt in your life? In Section Three you’ll find the answers for total restoration. “Restoration of the Heart” is filled with life-changing principles derived from the greatest book ever written-the Bible. By applying these principles to your life, and by spending time in quiet meditation with the Lord, you, too, can experience a total “Restoration of the Heart” and live victoriously, free from the pain of the past.

Introducing Violetra C. Ward, author of Joy Cometh in the Morning

“My experience with Outskirts Press has been phenomenal. Through each step of the process each of my representatives exhibited patience and expertise. I would certainly like to say, “job well done to Jerry, Gwen and Heidi for their outstanding display of professionalism and above all the personalized care that I needed and received. I am in the process of writing my next book… this would not be possible if I had not received the guidance and support from my team at Outskirt’s Press. Thank you and I look forward to publishing again soon!”

Violetra C. Ward is a born again Christian woman who dedicated her life to Christ at the age of 14. She began public speaking at the age of 17 at the National Baptist Convention as the youth president of the East Florida and Bethany Baptist Association. As a biblical scholar, she is a member of Julington Baptist Church and serves in the capacities of: Sunday School Teacher, Church Training Coordinator and Dean of the Church Bible College. Violetra is a native of Jacksonville, Florida; the mother of one son and two beautiful grandchildren. As an educator and principal for over 32 years, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tampa and Master of Arts from Jacksonville University. She believes with her entire being that God has anointed her to teach and write in the format of small inspirational messages; prayerfully, these messages will provide spiritual growth and development for some; and ultimately lead others who do not know Christ Jesus, to his love, peace and eternal salvation.

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“Walking through life’s storms with confidence in God…” No one ever promised that life would be plain and simple. Psalm 30:5 states: “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” We can often encounter some devastating life challenges such as anxieties, debilitating and critical illnesses, broken relationships, deaths of loved ones and financial losses, to just name a few; but there is hope in what can appear to be extremely dark and dismal situations that we face; we can walk through life’s storms with confidence in our great and mighty God. Joy Cometh in the Morning is a compilation of inspirational messages that will bring hope, peace and comfort in the midst of your storms. Confidence, trust and deliverance in God will come through as you read each message. Always remember that we walk by faith and not by sight. God is able; he is the absolute authority in all the circumstances in your life . . . no matter the storm . . . trust in God.

Introducing Ricardo U. Murph, author of 4 Secrets To Be Free in Christ

“Process was very quick. Exceeded my expectations. The custom cover overwhelmed me with its quality. My Author Representative kept me on task and would not let me drop the ball. Kindly persistent.”

For Ricardo U. Murph, writing a book was only a dream until he completed his study with the Wise School of Ministry, Columbus, Ohio, with Dr. C. Dexter Wise III. This book is based on the manuscript he wrote at the conclusion of his coursework, incorporating his passion for Bible study and his love of hymns and gospel music. Ricardo currently serves as a teacher for a Small Group Bible Study and helps to coordinate the other Small Group Bible Studies at Faith Ministries Church. Ricardo has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Spanish from Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio. He is an avid reader and bowler, loves to travel, and participates in different charitable events. Ricardo and his wife have two adult sons.

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4 Secrets to Be Free in Christ is a study of salvation based on four simple words-grace, propitiation, justification, and redemption. These four words will show how we have been freed from the wrath of God, the power of sin, and the power of Satan through salvation. This study uses the scriptures to explore each of the words in depth and to explain the various aspects of salvation. With engaging stories and songs to enhance understanding of these powerful terms, 4 Secrets to Be Free in Christ is easy to read and nicely paced. At the end of your reading, you will have a new appreciation of the price Christ paid by giving His life so that we can have eternal life-free from the bondage of sin.

Introducing Les Bundy, author of Interchange: Buddhist Iconography – A Christian reflection

“My experience with Jamie for both books was first rate. I could not ask for more or better treatment. The whole crew did a wonderful job and made the process of publishing two books pleasant and most satisfactory!”

Les Bundy is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Regis University, Denver, Colorado, where he taught courses in Buddhism, Taoism, and comparative religions in addition to Christian history and tradition. He has traveled in Japan, China and Southeast Asia, researching Buddhist iconography. An ordained Orthodox Christian priest, the Rev. Dr. Bundy is himself an accomplished iconographer with icons in various Orthodox Churches.

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Buddhist Sacred art and Christian iconography: can they have anything in common? This book is about Buddhist religious art as seen from a Christian perspective. It might seem that Buddhism and Christianity have little or nothing in common, yet there is a mystical dimension in religious art that some times transcends cultural and theological boundaries. Significant differences exist between the beliefs and practices of both religions, and those differences must be respected. Yet in their respective forms of religious art surprising commonalities are found. This book by Professor Lester Bundy helps to explain some of the similarities, differences, and limits of Buddhist and Christian religious images. Head Minister of Tri-State & Denver Buddhist Temple Rev. Doei Fujii Fr. Lester Bundy has written a significant book about the role of art and iconography in religion, focusing on both Buddhism and Christianity. A book which reminds us about the great importance of such religious art is thus quite important and should be widely read. John F. Kane, Emeritus Professor and Former Chair, Religious Studies, Regis University.

Introducing Julie Gonder, author of Prayer Testimonies

“Going into this I was totally clueless about how to get a book published but my book was written, and I couldn’t wait to see it ‘out’ there to help people so I jumped on board with Outskirts Press. Their website was easy to navigate which is a big plus for someone like me who isn’t real ‘techno-savvy’ and every question I asked from the beginning until the very end has been answered with clarity and personal attention. I thank you Outskirts Press team and highly recommend anyone wanting to pursue this rewarding, fun-filled world of writing to go with Outskirts Press!”

Julie Gonder was born and raised in a small town in Wyoming. She is 49 years of age and happily married to her husband of 26 years. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren with another on the way. Having endured an intense, bully-filled childhood and stormy, alcoholic teen years with little family support, she found herself wanting to take her own life. One night in a drunken stupor, she almost succeeded. However, the next morning she awoke only to realize that God had miraculously stopped the pistol from firing. From then on, she started searching for Him and when she entered into a marriage that later, she would understand was part of God’s plan to deliver her from her past’s influence, she knew she had found the love of her life. Two wonderful children came from the marriage and since then, 2 wonderful grandchildren. The Lord has used every experience and person in Julie’s life along the way to teach her about Him and to see the miracle in living a faith-filled life. She still resides in the same town and has been aiding in teaching elementary aged children for 10 years. She enjoys singing and playing bass guitar at the local Pentecostal church which she and her husband founded in the year 2000, as well as in the Christian Contemporary band “Upper Millstone” which writes its own music to bring glory to Jesus. When not spending leisure time with the grandbabies, Julie can be found fishing, camping, or writing to preserve all the masterful, splendid dealings God has enriched her life with. hungabunga16@live.com

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In finding a desire inside to want to relate personal issues in my lifetime to my children and grandchildren, as well as influence them with how Christ can save, protect, heal, empower, and accompany us, I found writing to be unequaled in its ability to serve. As the writing advanced, I found myself seeking the Lord so much on the issues that have sprung up throughout the years, that I could hardly wait for the next opportunity to sit down and write. I would then experience His presence again and again as He spoke through scripture and His Holy Spirit which would prove to clear up questions that obviously had remained unanswered for too long a time. When giving loved ones an opportunity to read some of the text, I was surprised at how they yearned for more. When a few close friends would read it, their laughter and concern assured me that not only was the text informative and helpful, but entertaining as well. This led me to ask God for guidance as I pondered through prayer if these short testimonial stories were to be in book form and shared with many people. The day to day situations that comprise the book range from trivial, light hearted matters to major life changing events and God’s supernatural presence is sometimes expected, and other times surprising to witness how He had an event all lined out. The short stories keep the reader engrossed as first it is recommended to read the scripture verses that create an overtone for the lesson learned. The testimony is then given, next a short connection between the scripture and the events that took place, and then the outcome of how God brought about His desired results in the lives involved. The purpose of this book is to help people see that through the worst situations, God can and does mold us into righteousness, desires for us to live in peace, and creates a curiosity within us to find out who He is and how we can get to know Him.

Introducing Ruth Eastman, author of Butterflies and Becoming REAL

“I received the box of 15 free copies of my book today. I was amazed and delighted at the quality of the book and how it looks and reads. It surpasses all of my expectations. Words can’t express my appreciation for helping me to have my dream come true! I appreciate all of it so much. It almost overwhelms me.”

Ruth Eastman is the daughter of a minister and worked as a medical assistant until retiring in 2009. She has served in church as a Women’s Retreat speaker, Bible teacher, music leader, and missions representative of inner city homeless ministry. Married for 54 years, with three children, Ruth enjoys music, gardening, writing, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Contact: rae4110@centurylink.net

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Most of us spend a great deal of time trying to figure out who we are and why we’re here. We try to find the right person to share our life with and to give it more meaning. Sometimes we question our own beliefs, faltering on our Christian walk. But the key to our quest for happiness is actually quite simple: By developing a deeper relationship with God, we find joy in serving Him, and we develop a new confidence in who we are. In Butterflies and Becoming REAL, butterflies are used to represent new life or resurrection, with their stages of growth compared to the Christian maturing process. When we are “born again,” we start to become who we’re designed to be. Using the scriptures and illustrations in the text, you can gain insight and knowledge for the maturing process. By developing a love relationship with the Lord and His Word, you can become real. This book is a study guide to help you find discipline and discover the process of becoming who God wants you to be-the REAL you-fulfilled and happy!