Introducing Edward Kleinguetl, author of Into the Desert: The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers

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Edward Kleinguetl is a deacon in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and also serves the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh (Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic). Deacon Ed has been extensively involved in parish missions and retreats for varying age groups, both in the United States and China. He has written extensively on Eastern Christian spirituality including works on the Jesus Prayer and theosis. In connection with his interests on these topics, he has been on pilgrimage to St. Antony’s monastery in Egypt and to Mt. Athos in Greece. Encounter: Experiencing the Divine Presence leverages his graduate thesis and is a complementary book to Journey: Striving for Our Destiny. Deacon Ed holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University, a Diploma in Pastoral Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and a MA in Spirituality from Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. He was ordained to the diaconate on February 3, 2007 by His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston. In secular life, Ed is a partner with Grant Thornton, LLP, working in Transaction Advisory Services.

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Experience spiritual renewal through tried-and-true lessons from the desert. Feeling weighed down or crushed? We know the feeling well. Temptations and bad habits? We are not alone in the struggle. Life too complicated? Lack direction or purpose? We have all experienced darkness, disillusionment, doubt, and despair. These experiences are not unique, and they are same today as in early history. So, where do we turn? Christ is the true light that came into the world (see John 8:12). He will show us the path to the abundant life God promises. We simply need to recognize his presence, allowing this true light to pierce the darkness. We must return to the basics of our faith, to the time of the Early Christians who tried to live their lives in imitation of Jesus Christ, and reconsider the core fundamentals associated with our personal journey to holiness. To accomplish this, we turn to the Ancient Church, to the Desert Fathers and Mothers who, beginning in the third century, withdrew into the deserts of Egypt and later Syria and Palestine to encounter God. The Desert Fathers and Mothers provide us with much wisdom as guidance for the journey to deepen our relationship with God and experience the true light. Rediscover the beauty of our faith, ever ancient, ever new! God has a plan for us, whether we realize it or not. The only way to know his plan, to find happiness and fulfillment, is by coming to know and love his Son, Jesus Christ. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Introducing Steve Ream, author of The Miracles of God

“My Author Representative was fantastic. I hope someday down the road I will be able to work with Lisa again on another book. She was so helpful and made the experience of publishing a very enjoyable one.”

Miracles are not chosen by man. They are a gift from God that anyone can receive if they will only trust in Him. I would like to say I am not an expert in the subject, but it is God that does the miracles and not me, I just believe. I live in Bonney Lake, WA with my wife Lorraine. We have been married for 46 years and have two great daughters and 6 grandkids.

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Miracles happened two-thousand years ago, and still happen today! Being a part of some of the great miracles of God is life changing. We went to the Philippines to minister as God led and were given faith to believe him for miracles. As we traveled from one island to another, God surprised us with wonders, revealed his glory, and used us in ways we could never have dreamed. God’s miracles happen every day all over the world. The only thing required for us to be a part of those miracles is to put one hundred percent of our faith in God. We must know that He will do what He says He will do. That is, we must believe in Him. I trust that you will open your eyes to the possibilities of seeing the glory of God. And let Him reveal Himself to you and show you wonderful miracles.

Introducing Rev. Khoat Van Tran, Ph.D., author of Catholic Manifesto: A Trilogy

“Everything was excellent. Thank you so much for a job well done and for all your patience. I look forward to doing the next two books with you.”

Rev. Khoat Van Tran, Ph.D. is a Vietnamese American man by the name of Khoat (“Peter”) Van Tran, who is both a doctor of Oriental Medicine and a Catholic priest. Rev. Tran holds three Ph.D. degrees, one in Theology, one in Philosophy, and one in Oriental Medicine. Rev. Tran always remains a priest, while also championing the economic and trade endeavors that he foresees can bring America, Vietnam, and Switzerland together for the financial betterment of the poor everywhere. Earlier in his life, Rev. Tran had also worked successfully with leaders in the governments of Vietnam and the United States to open up relations between these two nations after the Vietnam War ended. Rev. Tran continues this project of bringing our two nations together through promoting faith and trade that can benefit both nations. The spiritual food and the physical food focused on by Our Lord Jesus Christ in His “Our Father” prayer are so important to Rev. Tran. As a matter of fact, the ideas expressed in Rev. Tran’s Catholic Manifesto have been germinating in his own mind, heart, and soul for a number of decades. Finally, nearing the age of 80 years, Rev. Khoat Van Tran has put to pen these precious gems from The Holy Spirit, calling it the Catholic Manifesto. The next book of Rev. Khoat Van Tran for God Our Heavenly Father’s “True New Time” on Earth is called Catholic Revolution. Look for it soon in your nearest bookstore!

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A unique book that prepares us for the “true new time” on Earth… How many times do we pray quickly the Lord’s Prayer, commonly known as the “Our Father”, without thinking of the significance and consequence of its words? Rev. Khoat Van Tran takes us line by line through this prayer taught by Jesus to all God’s children, and he draws upon Scripture to reveal the great impact of each line in this prayer for the “True New Time” of God’s Kingdom on Earth. We learn that this is more than God’s requested prayer for everyone, because it is also a statement. It is our Catholic Manifesto. As Rev. Tran concludes, “The Our Father is mostly a prayer for every person, but as the Catholic Manifesto as well, it is also a declaration from our standpoint and engagement in the world in order to become perfect on Earth as in Heaven.” Indeed, without this prayer we cannot begin to build the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

Introducing David G. Fambrough, author of The Darker Side of Hope

“I am greatly pleased with my published book. My Author Representative was encouraging, supportive, and appropriately challenging when I stalemated. This was my first book, so the insights gained are beneficial should I choose to publish again.”

David Fambrough is a graduate of Mobile College, Mobile, AL, and of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX. He is a board certified chaplain, with the Board of Chaplaincy Certification, Inc., an affiliate of the Association of Professional Chaplains. His 30 years of ministry experience have taken him, as a sojouner, into the life crises of others in a hospice and hospitals and into pulpits in Alabama, Texas, and North Carolina. David and Sandra, his wife, currently reside in North Carolina, where he serves as a bi-vocational pastor. In 2018, he retired, as a staff chaplain, from one of the state’s largest medical centers. The Darker Side of Hope is his debut book.

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Making Meaning Through Life’s Difficult Challenges. The concept of hope is that something better awaits us in the future, so we must trek through the darker side of life until the brighter hope is realized. Discovering a path out of the darkness can be hard work. We aren’t always blessed with adequate illumination or insight, and there are both rewards and pitfalls along the way. The Darker Side of Hope offers valuable insights for navigating this journey and gravitating toward the brighter side of HOPE. Are you ready? Let’s start walking together!

Introducing Janis Fritsch, author of Franklin’s Christmas Miracle

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Janis Fritsch is a scrapbooker and amateur photographer. She has a deep faith in God and sadness for the state of our world. Through photography she strives to give others a glimpse of the beauty that is all around us. Janis lives in Illinois with her husband and two furry kids.

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A town I would like to live in…..Christmas time is when the world is most beautiful. People are a little nicer to each other. There’s shopping and baking and gifts to make or buy. Since we can’t bottle it, we write about it. Some things we have experienced and sometimes we just let our imagination run. I hope you enjoy the little village of Franklin.

Introducing The Rev. Dr. Martha Bean Kriebel, author of Promise Kept with a Paintbrush: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor Who Lives to Illustrate the “Life of Christ”

“This has been a very good experience that took all the apprehension out of online digital publishing.”

The Rev. Dr. Martha Bean Kriebel is an ordained pastor, researcher and writer of church history, liturgy, and resources for community ministries. She is a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, Ursinus College, B.S.; Lancaster Seminary. B.D.; Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia, S.T.M.; and received a D.D. from Ursinus College. Pastor Kriebel is married to the Rev. Howard Lewis Kriebel, and they are the parents of two married sons, and six grandchildren.

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This book is for a wide readership that will be introduced to: A personal account of a Holocaust survivor; A Jewish artist’s portrait of Christ; An invitation to Judeo-Christian dialogue; An example of a faith-based community welcoming and sheltering refugees facing death; A stirring call to exemplify love at the highest level, that risks one’s life for others as a religious duty. “Martha Kriebel’s book brings to light a series of important but forgotten paintings that began a modernist/realist trend in Sunday School curriculum. The original paintings were used by the Evangelical and Reformed Church to create a filmstrip and published curriculum presenting more realistic images of the life and ministry of Jesus. Kriebel reintroduces not only Barosin’s paintings but also presents an important part of the history of church school curriculum. – The Rev. Richard Berg, Archivist Emeritus, Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society at Lancaster Seminary, PA. “Both Christians and Jews owe Dr. Martha Kriebel a debt of gratitude for preserving the memory and the art of Jacques Barosin. This Jewish artist survived the Holocaust due to the heroism of a French Christian and then produced a wonderful portfolio of watercolors depicting the life of Jesus. Pastor Kriebel’s annotated collection of Barosin’s oeuvre is a valuable contribution both to the history of art and to Christian-Jewish relations.” – Judith Blumberg Maslin, M.A., Director Emerita of the Temple Judea Museum of Keneseth Israel. “Jacob Barosin was a man of many talents with one of those complicated 20th century life stories that took him from Russia to Germany to France and finally to the United States. Pastor Kriebel has given voice and exposure to one of Barosin’s professional traits, showing for the first time to a general audience his craft and dedication, in this case his art applied to a central Christian theme. It can be hoped that curiosity in Barosin’s work will broaden interest in his work.” – Dr. Frank Mecklenburg, Director of Research and Chief Archivist, Leo Baeck Institute, New York/Berlin

Introducing Charles Sacchetti, author of Knowing He’s There: True Stories of God’s Subtle Yet Unmistakable Touch

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Charlie Sacchetti was born in 1947 and raised in a tightly knit, working-class neighborhood in southwest Philadelphia. Here he learned right from wrong, a strong work ethic, and the importance of standing by your word, your family, and your friends. He earned a baseball scholarship to Temple University, graduating in 1969. After a brief stint in professional baseball, Charlie returned to the university and was employed there for thirteen years. In 1983, he began his current career in industrial chemical sales. In May of 2016, he submitted the commentary piece entitled Getting in the Game, which was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Mother’s day. One month later, his piece, Getting the Message, was submitted and published on Father’s day in the Courier-Post. The idea of publishing his first book of essays, It’s All Good: Times and Events I’d Never Want to Change, was born from hearing many requests to do so, from friends and strangers alike. That book was published in July of 2017.

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Do you know that you’ve been touched? In 2017, soon after the author published his first book, It’s All Good: Times and Events I’d Never Want To Change, he had a feeling that there was more to be done. While attending mass one Sunday, he realized that God was doing the nudging. Clearly, it was time to write Knowing He’s There: True Stories of God’s Subtle Yet Unmistakable Touch, a book highlighting how our loving God demonstrates His presence in our lives. The author writes of experiences through which one can see God’s influence, as these twenty-five essays are presented in ways that are solemn, humorous, and heartwarming. Throughout this work, his strong relationships with family, friends, and the influences of his ethnic heritage and religious, middle-class upbringing are obvious. Before the writing began, it became apparent that God had touched the author’s life in many ways, often quite subtly. He reasoned that God wanted him to discover the source of these blessings for himself by raising his awareness. This book is written with the hope that readers will at least consider God’s possible influence on their lives, both in the past and in the present … not to mention the future.