Introducing Jan F. Whitaker, author of Power Words: How to Live Successful in a Challenging

“I had a wonderful experience and Colleen did a great job for me!”

Evangelist/Award-Winning Jan F. Whitaker is originally from the small town of Holly, La.  Jan now resides in Bossier City, La. and is a three-time graduate of Grambling State University. Jan host a radio show entitled “Success Through Action Up-Close and Personal” where she does excerpts and reviews from other Local and National Authors’ books.

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Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance. Fly with the Eagles, don’t cluck with the Chickens.

Introducing Chameeka N. Smith, author of Why Did My Pastor Have To Die?

“I had a great experience with the publication of my first book. I look forward to future books being published by Outskirts.”

Known as the little girl getting her hair combed in the motion picture, nominated for 11 Academy Awards in 1985, Chameeka N. Smith continues her journey as an educator, motivational speaker and educational specialist for at risk youth. Chameeka has earned her Bachelor degree in Occupational Safety and Health, Master of Science in Vocational Industrial Education, Master of Arts in Teaching in Technology Education and Post Master Certificate in School Administration. Her true passion excels in working with first generation, low income students and families to expose them to postsecondary educational opportunities. She is committed to educating generations through biblical principles, college access and career readiness.

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The Pain of Letting Go. Sadness, disappointment, dreams shattered…why my pastor, why my man of God? There were so many false prophets, teachers, and preachers, so why did my pastor have to die? These were the words that continued to linger in my head after learning the news of my pastor’s transition. He was strong, a pioneer of many facets of ministry that weren’t seen in his day. He impacted the city, community, state, and ultimately the world. He loved God’s people and we loved him. In October of 2012, I asked the question “Why did my pastor have to die?” It was the question that lingered in the minds of so many members who truly believed that this would not happen. We prayed, fasted, worshiped, and even received prophecies of how the man of God would recover… We had the faith, we trusted God, and yet he died. Walk with me as I journey through this painful and tragic experience but find hope and an answer to my question “Why did my pastor have to die?” If you are still going through the grieving process, there is hope, joy, and peace on the other side of the pain of losing a pastor. The story is not over and the true legacy can begin…

Introducing John Fogg, author of By the Grace of God

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John Fogg served as a Marine Corps fighter pilot for 20 years and in that time, he flew 200 combat air missions in Viet Nam, was selected as a demonstration pilot with the Blue Angels, graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School, Top Gun, and served as the Commanding Officer of VMFA 122, a Marine Corps Fighter Squadron. Upon his retirement from the Corps, he was elected to the Pensacola, Florida, City Council where he served as a District Representative, At-Large Representative and Mayor for nearly 20 years. Upon completion of his last term as Mayor, he had served as the Mayor for over 14 years, longer than anyone in the City’s history. In 2001, Mayor Fogg became the first elected Mayor of Pensacola since 1913 and was designated Mayor Emeritus in 2009. He holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Butler University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy University. John and his wife, Pat, will celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2014.

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By the Grace of God, chronicles the life experiences of the author which on several occasions, could have resulted in his death. He assumed his survival was as a result of luck or skill or a combination of both until the mid-1990’s, when a spiritual reality began to unfold in his life. Ultimately, his spiritual rebirth led him to the Bible which came to life within the context of his newborn spiritual awareness. In the book, he describes a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ that is both touching and inspirational. He believes that relationship is freely available to all that open their hearts and minds to that possibility. The author’s hope is that readers who believe in God will have their faith strengthened and those who don’t, will open their minds and hearts to the peace and love that comes with a personal relationship with Jesus. Divine intervention happens!

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 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