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 Al Wallace with David Smale, author of One for the Coyotes: How I survived 40 years of my dream job in TV news (and cancer too)

“I thoroughly appreciated the publishing process with Outskirts Press. The process was complete and professional.”

Al and David were acquaintances, having covered many of the same sporting events over the years. They shared a love of sports and a desire to share a good story. Al made his career telling you stories through television, while David made his with the written word, publishing 17 books. When they put their minds together, more than a book resulted. They developed a friendship that transcends the games that brought them together. They hope you enjoy this story of Al’s 40-year career.

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“My friend, Al Wallace, has been telling the stories of others his entire professional life. Finally he gets to tell his. I promise you will thoroughly enjoy One for the Coyotes, a deep, honest reflection of the amazing life of Al Wallace. He’s a man of kindness and integrity. Al, thank you for sharing your story with us. It has made me better.” -Dayton Moore, General Manager, Kansas City Royals. “If you like history, sports and a dedication to family, you’ll love One for the Coyotes. Al Wallace’s look at his life is heartwarming, and it offers a true perspective of what teamwork can be on several levels.” -Kathy Nelson, President & CEO, Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation. “Al Wallace’s autobiography takes you through a tunnel of growing up in a military family, to playing high school football in Texas, to covering three World Series and nine Final Fours while working in Kansas City. It’s a great look at one man’s walk through life that includes a foundation of hard work. His attention to detail and demanding the best from himself and those around him helped me a great deal in my career.” -Todd Leabo, Director of Sports Operations, Sports Radio 810, WHB.  “Al Wallace has always been a person and professional who ‘got it.’ This book is a view into his past, but also is a look into his heart. Al also always has been passionate and personable. This work is a blessing, just as Al is a blessing to many, many people, including me.” -Mitch Holthus, Play-By-Play Voice, Kansas City Chiefs Book Review: What a joy and delight is was to read Al Wallace’s book, One for the Coyotes. I was fortunate enough to spend my high school years (with pretend interviews using a pen, or hairbrush, or any available ‘microphone’), and college years (Yes, he proudly even took me to the Lubbock TV station and showed me the floors he swept and the teleprompter he ran) with this amazing friend, and was not surprised at the depth of heart, and sincere character he revealed within these pages. With his military background explained, and his close family of ten described, the book then takes the reader on the fascinating journey of Al recognizing his dream, pursuing his dream, and becoming one of the absolute best in his field, because his passion for sports, paired with his love of history (sports and otherwise), made for viewer loyalty and respect. The Title, One for the Coyotes, and its meaning, perfectly gives credence to Alva’s mantra for life. It is with sincerity and pride that I recommend this book to all those who are searching for a hero for themselves, or a role model for their children or grandchildren. You will not be disappointed. Ann Embry, Retired Teacher and Educator

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 Rebecca Mountain-Pazell, author of Ziggy: The Pig Who Loved Sushi

“My Author Representative’s professionalism, knowledge,and dedication guided me during my first publishing experience. I appreciate her patience!”

Rebecca Mountain-Pazell, a graduate of the University of Kansas, works as a freelance writer. She lives with her husband John, a corporate attorney, in the suburbs of Kansas City. The couple enjoys cooking, traveling, volunteering for local charities, and spoiling their pets. Caitlin Bryce Lassen is a freelance artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Saint Mary. Her specialties include animal illustrations, portraits, and fantasy comics. The Kansas-born Lassen lives in her home state with husband Andrew and their mischievous Pomeranian.

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ZIGGY, The Pig Who Loved Sushi A Celebration of Food and Friendship. Ziggy is a small pig enjoying a simple life on a quiet Kansas farm. But her calm world is turned upside when she eats sushi for the first time. Now, her quest for this tasty new food leads her and her owners on a cross-country journey. They even travel all the way to the Orient! By the end of their adventure, Ziggy and her humans learn the importance of home, family, and the value of friendship.

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 Virginia Lohmann Nodhturft, author of F.W.E. Lohmann Elizabeth Van Lew’s Civil War Spy

“My Author Representative was extremely patient with me since I’m not technologically competent. She exposed me to new applications for communicating large documents and to enlarge photo images. She was very professional, extremely responsive and answered my questions by email immediately. If I write another book, I’d like to have her again as my Author Rep. I love my book.”

Dr. Virginia Nodhturft is the great, great grand-daughter of F.W.E. Lohmann a Civil War Spy for the Union.

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A story of the passion and courage of an Abolitionist Civil War Spy for the Union. “F.W.E, Lohmann is an unsung hero of the Union war effort, and Virginia Nodhturft’s loving and detailed effort, to remember his sacrifice, along with the service of Elizabeth Van Lew and many others, will be much appreciated by students of the war, especially those interested in Virginia’s Unionist Underground.” —Jeffry Burden, Former Commander-in Chief of the Loyal Legion and Director of Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, VA. “In sharing the story of F.W.E. Lohmann, Virginia Nodhturft has performed a valuable service to the descendents of F.W.E. Lohmann-and anyone interested in this often overlooked aspect of the Civil War.” -Bill Lohmann, reporter and author, Richmond, VA
“This book describes the extraordinary sacrifices my great, great, great grandfather made to preserve the Union and to abolish slavery. The dangerous missions he undertook with passion and courage has been an inspiration to my family over six generations. His principled life has impacted on how my family manages the numerous challenges the good life presents.” -Charles William Lohmann,V
“An important Civil War spy network in Richmond comes alive in Virginia Nodhturft’s engaging account of a family member who provided critical information and assistance to the Union cause. This fascinating volume entertains and informs both the scholar and layperson.” -John M. Belohlavek/Professor of History/University of South Florida

Introducing Ralph Yourie, author of Dear Caroline…

“The process from start to finish was excellent. There was complete transparency and accountability. No surprises. Constant communication. I was most impressed with the cover design, options and processes. Delivery of a quality product in a timely manner at a reasonable price was also very good. I can not yet speak to the marketing services and processes, since I am just now entering that phase. Hopefully the support and guidance I need will be there. Given my experiences thus far I have every reason to believe that Outskirts Press will continue to surpass my expectations.”

Ralph Yourie is a writer, businessman, veteran, husband and father. His first book, A Sneaker on My Pillow: Lessons for business. Lessons for life., is a collection of work-life essays. A native of New Jersey and Connecticut, Ralph Yourie now resides in Palm Coast, Florida.

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“The greatest sins of our lives are sins of omission.” -Ralph Campbell. Honeymoon in Key West. What could possibly be better? But for newlywed, Caroline Smythe, the joy has been painfully lessened by the sudden, unexpected loss of her father. When a mysterious folder appears at the hotel, the young bride is thrown into a tumultuous journey through the life of a man she loved but never really knew. It is a story of incomplete goals, unrealized passions and fractured relationships, all molded by a childhood that never was. In telling his story, her father not only reconnects with his daughter, but also with his own turbulent past. “Dear Caroline…” is an exploration of the soul. It speaks to the uncertainties of life, where big events have big consequences and small events are even greater. It is reflective, emotional, mournful and funny. Above all, it is real. Dear Caroline… leaves us with the hope and the belief that it is never too late to say now what we should have said long ago.