Introducing Linda M. Hanahan, author of Not Alone In the Unknown: Living a Life of Trust

“This was my third book published by Outskirts Press and, once again, I am very pleased! Throughout the entire process, my Author Representataive was always very prompt in responding to me, as well as very patient!”

Linda M. Hanahan is a graduate of Western Illinois University, a retired elementary school teacher, and a follower of Jesus Christ. She has published two previous books, Touched from Above and The Journey Continues. She and her husband Bob currently live in Florida. They have two married children.

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Not Alone . . . We might think we have a clear picture of what lies ahead. But in truth, each of us steps daily into “unknown territory.” Jesus desires to walk this journey personally with you and with me, sharing every joy and every sorrow. I invite you to join me as together we travel this road with Him. “Linda’s writings are refreshingly authentic. Through the lens of her own journey of life, she comes alongside of her readers and accompanies them on those pilgrimages which are unique to each one of them. As you ponder the vignettes which she shares, you will find yourself laughing one moment and shedding a tear the next, only to be assured that you are not alone as you travel through this life together.” -David M. Keazirian, Educator and Ministry Consultant “Linda’s writings reveal a relationship between her and God that is warm and loving. Her stories remind us that growth can be wonderful but can also include growing pain. In her books, we are invited to journey alongside Linda. We learn that a relationship with God can truly be personal and that God is calling each of us into a unique relationship with Him . . . a relationship not always easy but defined by love and purpose.” -Russell Holloway, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Introducing Edward Kleinguetl, author of Encounter: Experiencing the Divine Presence

“It was a good experience.”

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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Christ is the light which pierces the darkness. We often find ourselves in darkness. Battle lines have been drawn. The messages of the secular world stand in contrast to the Gospel. We question. We doubt. We feel lost and emptiness inside seems to be growing. Where is God? Jesus himself tells us that if we lose the light, how dark that darkness will become. God is not distant. Through his Son Jesus, he reveals his great love for us; how he desires to be close to us and to enter into a personal relationship with each of us. We just need to be open to his presence. For those who are lost, who find themselves in the dark and who are searching for something lasting, we extend a simple invitation: Come and see. Consider how life in Christ is the only true source of lasting happiness. Experience a God who is always near. Discover or re-discover a faith that is ever ancient, ever new. Christ is the true light that has come into the world and darkness cannot overcome it.

Introducing Todd Greiner, author of Miracle Man

“I have been very pleased with the publishing process. I am very pleased with the physical appearance of the book.”

Todd Greiner currently resides in southern Illinois with his wife, Sue. They have two adult children and one granddaughter. Todd has led a multivocational life. He has been a pastor since 1975, a pilot for over twenty-six years, a flight instructor for over twenty-three years, and a small-business owner. His passion is to glorify Jesus Christ in every aspect of his life.

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Reading this book will bring you to the point of recognizing what God has done in your life. God has miraculously worked in all our lives, and too often we do not recognize that it was His grace and mercy. Reality TV shows like, I Shouldn’t Be Alive; I Survived; Trauma: Life in the E.R.; and Untold Stories of the E.R. are exciting TV shows. Unfortunately, most of the time, luck, fate, or good fortune is credited for the miracle that happened in these people’s lives instead of God’s divine intervention. In this book, you will read the story of an ordinary man whose life was touched in an extraordinary way from the moment of conception by the sovereign hand of God.

Introducing Madelyne and Larry Spann, author of May Learns To Pray

“We were pleased with our Author Representative. As far as our overall experience, there is definitely a learning curve to figure a few things out, but I would use this company again for future projects.”

Devoting most of her professional career working in the library system, Madelyne Spann LOVES books. After recently retiring of 30+ years working for the Berkeley County Library System in South Carolina, the Mayor of Goose Creek gave a special proclamation to honor her years of service to the community. Post retirement, she decided it was time to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a published author. Inspired by journal entries Madelyne recorded while observing her first grandchild Maylene, she developed a series of books about an inquisitive little girl named May. As a Pastor’s wife, Madelyne thought the first story in the series should be the simple act of teaching May a prayer of thanks. Madelyne is the mother of 3, and enlisted the help of her eldest son Larry as co-author. She is married to Pastor Samuel E. Spann, and the couple reside in South Carolina.

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Like many energetic curious toddlers, May hates bedtime. Each night she tries to find any excuse to stay awake just a little while longer. On one particular night, she is determined not to go to bed! Despite numerous attempts to stall, May is finally carried off to bed by her father. While reciting the custom children’s prayer “Now I lay me down to sleep,” May had an idea! She was going to stretch the prayer out for as long as she could. Though Dad was amused and could see through the ruse, he decided to flip the situation to use as an opportunity to teach May a prayer of thanks. We go through the day in the life of little May to discover the many little blessings to be thankful for. Any parent wishing to start their child on their personal spiritual journey will enjoy this heart-warming story of gratitude, wonder…and bananas!

Introducing Bryan Dow, author of Please Leave A Light On

“Those that I worked with were overall great.”

A consumer of mental health services for twenty-five years Bryan Dow was born in western NY, raised and lived in southeastern WI for close to forty years and now resides outside of El Paso, TX with his wife and two dogs. Bryan also enjoys writing outdoor action adventure and sci-fi stories.

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A Turbulent Journey Through Mental Illness. Stricken with a mental illness at the common stage in life where dreams and career possibilities surface, this book is about a young to middle-aged man named Bryan who faced rejection in a handful of career paths ultimately feeling pressured from within to become his own boss. Furthermore, this book takes the reader on a voyage of earning academic success, witnessing the ups and downs of those close to him as well as the healthcare bureaucracy, and experimenting with love though sometimes shallow. In retrospect Bryan concluded that, besides earning two degrees after his diagnosis, his work or informal training under a Vietnam veteran for just over six seasons at a public golf course had the most profound effect on him discovering manhood. Sacrifices were made. Friends and family were both negatively affected by this maddening illness that first exploded in Washington D.C. Bryan’s marriage is very symbiotic, but it never would have worked without his wife’s toughness learned and experienced while serving in the military for ten years. She demonstrates great skill in dealing with the adversity in their marriage.

Introducing Gene Olson, author of My Mom’s from Lublin My Dad’s from Seattle

“I hope Dana can work with me on my next book of poetry. I know poetry is tough, but I started in Guam waiting for my ship 50 years ago.”

Gene Olson grew up in Bothell, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. In 1964, when the war in Vietnam was escalating, he was drafted but released to the Navy, where he spent two years on the USS Tioga County (LST-1158) as a yeoman/personnelman. After his return to the States, he was improperly diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia: six years later he was finally properly diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has been on lithium for 48 years. He married Jolanta Szewczyk, a beautiful Polish woman and doctor of internal medicine, and the couple has two sons. The Olsons currently live in Vancouver, Washington, and enjoy traveling throughout Europe. Gene is also the author of a memoir, The Boy From Bothell (Bipolar Vietnam Veteran) and a children’s book, Noah and the Little Camel Boy.

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Gene Olson’s mother was a Norwegian and his father a Swede. He was born in Seattle. Both Jolanta Olson’s parents were Polish from Lublin, a town in southeast Poland. She was born in Poland. Olson’s newest memoir, My Mom’s from Lublin; My Dad’s from Seattle, documents his parents’ vastly different childhoods. “In Communist Poland, chocolate was very scarce. You would be lucky to get a little piece at Christmastime. One day, playing outside as a little girl, my mother saw a small pebble. She had been thinking about chocolate all morning, so she put the stone in her mouth, hoping it was a piece of chocolate. Of course it wasn’t. My father, on the other hand, could have a Hersey Bar anytime he wanted. His hands and face would be covered with so much chocolate, he’d have to take a bath.” This nostalgic and loving tribute is filled with photos and childhood memories. Jolanta Olson writes, “I’m glad my mom and dad found each other, because without them, I’d be nothing. My mom’s from Poland, my dad’s from Seattle, and that makes me half Polish and half Seattle-ish!”

Introducing Pam Breedlove Lear, author of The Gifted

“My publishing representatives were excellent and were skilled in getting me the help I needed.”

Pam Breedlove Lear is a retired registered nurse with over 30 years of experience caring for the sick. She was inspired by God in a dream to write The Gifted as an inspiration to others to live for and follow God.

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On a cold, crisp morning in February of 1750, newlyweds Noah and Pam Lear say good-bye to their families in a small village in England and board The Angel’s Horn, bound for America. Over the next two months of their voyage, they befriend other couples, forging lifelong bonds, and dream of their new lives in Virginia. What follows is the tale of eight families of early Christian settlers as they struggle to survive in their new home with nothing but God, Love, and their Faith to sustain them. The Gifted is an uplifting family saga set against the stunning backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains.