Introducing Jackson Okpale, author of The Church: In the Beginning It Was Not So – Revised Edition

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Jackson Okpale has been involved in active ministry since 1986. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and a postgraduate diploma in theology from the Redeemer’s Bible College. He is a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and has travelled to Turkey, Europe and the United States for this work. He is happily married to Barrister Daisy Okpale, also a minister of the gospel and they reside in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Christianity Under Siege. “This book points us to factors which were responsible for the loss of control, particularly such factors as Church fragmentation and internal rivalries; factors which are still very much present with us today. The author is not only sounding the alarm of going the same way, he has gone further to sound the alarm of not learning from the past mistakes in order that we build a Church that will march forward and the gates of hell will be unable to resist.” ~ Pastor Dan Ogun. “The book is spiritually sound and refreshing; it is educationally profound and globally germane. It passes well for personal edification and as a text book for Bible Schools. I recommend The Church: In the Beginning It Was Not So to all Church leaders, Pastors, Teachers and Educators in Christian religion. It takes us through the historic accounts of God’s dealings with the Church, and its many challenges all the way from the times of Moses to the present. The Church: In the Beginning It Was Not So is a NOW epistle for a distracted Church.” ~ Apostle Goodheart O. Ekwueme

Introducing Alethea Nicholson, author of Holy Bible Word Search

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Alethea Nicholson, a native of East St. Louis, Illinois, is an author, speaker, and prophetic intercessor. She is the founder of Destined for Greatness Ministries impacting lives for the kingdom of God. As a result of her miraculous transformation, she has a passion for the hurting and desires to see lives changed by the power of God. Alethea has four grown children, seven grandchildren, and resides in Belleville, Illinois.

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The Word of God in Puzzle Form. God specializes in the supernatural. This book was birthed out of a supernatural encounter with God. You will discover that this is not an ordinary word search puzzle book. This book was created to bring honor and glory to God spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. This is the word of God in puzzle form. These one of a kind word search puzzles were created using the King James Version of the bible with the exception of a few. As you partake in this journey through this biblical word search book, you will enjoy various bible stories from Genesis to Revelation. As you read the scriptures and work through each puzzle, it is my prayer that you will be empowered, refreshed, challenged, strengthened in the things of God, and blessed beyond measure. All honor and glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. “I love it when a citizen of the kingdom figures out their life’s purpose. It can be quite puzzling. After taking the time to look through this amazing piece of work and the testimony behind it, I believe that Alethea hit the bull’s eye in discovering God’s purpose for her life. This book is amazing! It’s challenging and at the same time rewarding. What a great way to exercise mentally and spiritually….” —Pastor Montonio S. Weatherall

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

“My experience with my Author Representative for my book 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 my book pleasant and most satisfactory!”

Lester M. 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 T. Charles Brantley Ph.D, author of Liberalism in Pentecostal Churches: Knowing God in an Unorthodox World

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T Charles Brantley is the senior pastor of Restoration Springs Church in Waterbury, Connecticut and is an author of 22 books on relationship, intimacy and theology. www.drtcbrantley.com

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As we look at the current landscape of the church, we are seeing things that are beyond imagination. What was looked at as wrong and sinful has been downgraded to nothing is really wrong at all. In other words, the church, in many points, has turned its backs on orthodox teaching all in the name of the dollar, branding, people or buildings. What is worse is that those who proclaim the gospel are really denying the gospel they preach. Certain points of the Bible are erased from their teaching because it is perceived as too hard, or that it will scare people away. The word of God is not fluid; it is sharper than any two-edged sword.

Introducing John Wallace Whitehead, author of Servant Leadership: Leading Today for a Better Tomorrow

“I used another publisher before and was hesitant to self-publish again. My experience with Outskirts Press was different from the very start. The process was efficient and the people involved have been attentive and responsive. I would not hesitate to use and or recommend Outskirts Press to anyone looking to self-publish their book.”

John Whitehead is a husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother, a friend, a pastor, and a business owner. He has come to understand that in each of these areas, he is a leader. With being a leader comes the responsibility to lead others well. It is his intention to do so by being a servant leader who strives to emulate the greatest servant leader of all time: Jesus!

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Do You Know That You’re a Leader? When confronted with the reality that each of us is a leader, the natural instinct is to say “No, I’m not.” But the truth is that from parenting to running a business, there are a myriad of ways that we are called to lead. However, many of us are working from ineffective models of leadership. We can see this in broken homes, fractured families, low educational achievement, business failures, and failing churches and ministries. As leaders, we are the sum of our experiences, and we must realize that those experiences have led us to repeat the same habits and make the same mistakes as those whose examples we have followed-parents, siblings, friends, coworkers, and mentors have all played a role in shaping how we currently lead those in our sphere of influence. Regardless of whom we have followed to this point, the best type of leadership is “servant leadership.” And we can follow an example that has not only been proven over time but has transcended every cultural dynamic for the last two thousand years-the example of Jesus of Nazareth. His servant leadership example is the most effective and transformational model in history and is readily available to us today. Servant Leadership: Leading Today for a Better Tomorrow is accessible, easy to follow, and its conclusions are well supported by studies, surveys, and research. It is a practical guide to effective leadership regardless of religious affiliation or faith, and it will become your trusted inspirational resource.

Introducing Maureen Chaffin, author of The Last Week: An in-depth explanation of Mosaic Law and the cultural dynamics surrounding the Atonement, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus

“My Author Representative was very professional in her work. She was a joy to work with, and so patient with me. It was a privilege.”

Maureen Chaffin was a private music and art teacher before returning to college. She graduated from Colorado Christian University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree, then from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies (Chicago) in 2013 with her Master of Science degree. Maureen is a published illustrator, thrives on doing research, and greatly enjoys public speaking.

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Jesus was a Jew. This book details the last days of Christ’s life, his death and resurrection; with commentary on those events as given from the historical perspective of biblical Jewish practices and beliefs. The Last Week describes the city of Jerusalem and the Temple, explains Levites and priests, various rituals, the Last Supper, koshering, the bitter gall, the sponge and vinegar, crucifixion, symbolism of Christ’s blood, who Pilate and Herod were, the Holy Ghost, Day of Preparation, High Sabbath, Roman flogging, why Christ called his mother Woman, why Jesus died and resurrected when he did, Jewish burial customs, Passover/seder, and much, much more.

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

“Even with the challenges, my Author Representative worked with me to overcome all the challenges and we were able to have the books produced in advance of an already tight deadline.”

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!