Miles of Smiles is the first book in the Good Attitude Christian Children’s Series, published by Trinity International Press.
In this book, author Becky Michel teaches that having a positive attitude is not always easy, but with God’s help, you can make a difference in the world; one person at a time, starting with YOU!
Becky got the inspiration for Miles of Smiles through her love for children and her desire to help people. No matter what happens to us in this life, we can choose to either be the victim or the victor; feel sorry for ourselves, or give thanks. It is up to each of us.
In Miles of Smiles children (and parents) will learn:
- How to trust God to help you with your attitude—God is the One who has the power to change us. For things to change in your life, you must be willing to change
- How serving God and giving to others helps nurture an attitude of thanksgiving and a positive mindset
- How to build self-confidence in your children, encourage and inspire them to make a difference in their world
An attitude of gratitude does not come naturally. It must be practiced every day. God has given His children the freedom to choose for ourselves. Will you choose to smile or frown? Enjoy the journey and see how it only takes one smile to change the world.
Turning the Page:
Overcoming Abuse to Reach Life’s Fulfillment
Michael Bluemling, Jr.
Turning the Page: Overcoming Abuse to Reach Life’s Fulfillment is not only a story of incredible survival, but a practical and effective model anyone can use on a day-to-day basis to overcome the negative effects of abuse and learn to live a free and fulfilling life.
Each chapter provides a seven-step plan for a different aspect of recovery, such as getting over self-blame, overcoming pain and guilt, dealing with anxiety and depression, and learning how to trust again.
In its pages readers will learn to:
- realize the abuse was not your fault
- live free from fear, anxiety and depression
- break the cycle of abuse
- trust yourself and others
- recover one step at a time—remember, it is a process
- change the thoughts and habits that are not serving you
- never give up
….and so much more!
“You are not to blame and you can move past it,” says Michael. “You are stronger than you think. I am living proof. It can be done. “Your life of abuse is over. Let me show you how to put the painful past behind and start living the fulfilling life that you deserve.”
Dead Man Breathing:
The Incredible True Story Of One Man’s Rise From The Flames
Jack and A’Leta McDaniel
“Explosion on the rig! Fire on the rig! I’m on fire!” My yells turned to screams that were absorbed into the whoosh of the flames . . .
The fire is gorgeous—teal blues, glittering yellows, oranges, reds—all swirling together and lighting up the night sky. But engulfed in the middle of this blazing inferno, Billy Jack McDaniel is literally roasting to death.
What started out as a normal working day in the oil fields of East Texas on March 3, 2006, has transformed into what many believe is the worst work-related burn injury in history.
In the blink of an eye, this event changes a young couple’s “American Dream” into a nightmare journey through the fires of tragedy. With burns covering more than ninety-five percent of Jack’s once strong, strapping body, his survival and eventual recovery seem impossible.
Most people, including the health-care professionals, did not expect him to live. There was nothing to look forward to but pain, suffering, and an agonizing death.
Yet, Jack’s loving, determined wife, A’Leta, and their little girl, Carney, supported him with unyielding love and dedication. A’Leta insisted—almost supernaturally—that despite the grim prognosis her beloved husband would survive his injuries. She knew that Billy Jack McDaniel had the heart of a lion and the incredible will to live.
Dead Man Breathing is the true story of a living miracle—and one man’s refusal to die. (www.billyjackmcdaniel.com)
Achieving High Performance Friendship
by Dr. John Vawter and Dr. Jim Wetherbe
“Men who are truly friends are really valuable in one another’s lives. I would not be the man I am today without a number of men who have sharpened me and built into my life.”—Dennis Rainey, Host of Family Life Today Radio.
For men to really connect with other men in meaningful friendships there must be a high level of trust. But how can you know if another friend is trustworthy? What is the test of true friendship? What about the risks?
In their new book, Achieving High Performance Friendship: A Book for Men, co-authors Dr. John Vawter and Dr. Jim Wetherbe tackle these and other questions openly and honestly by sharing poignant stories from their own lives.
“Men commonly experience life without deep, meaningful friendships and that’s a tragedy,” says Dr. Vawter.
“The aim of this book is to help men recognize and achieve high performance friendship.”
But how do you know if your friendships are truly high performance? According to Dr. Vawter and Dr. Wetherbe, a high performance friendship is found when both friends:
- Take the opportunity to provide selfless acts on behalf of the other
- Feel comfortable sharing inner-most thoughts, yet respect the other’s private thoughts
- Trust the other with that which he holds dear
- Support each other when one falls short or fails and grant forgiveness
- Appreciate and accept heartfelt constructive criticism
- Truly celebrate each other’s success without jealousy or envy
- Sustain the relationship in spite of distance or time
- Refrain from making or tolerating any disparaging remarks about the other, especially behind his back
“In the ‘Man Cave’ mentality of today’s society, men are actually becoming more and more isolated and that is not good,” says Dr. Wetherbe. “When we dig into the Scriptures and really observe what God’s Word tell us about Jesus; if we examine how He nurtured and developed the deep relationships He had with His disciples, we begin to see the true significance of high performance friendships in men’s lives. God designed us to need each other. Achieving high performance friendships is not an option, it’s a necessity.”
In 2005 Barry Adkins became the recipient of the worst news any parent could receive; the death of his child. Alcohol poisoning took the life of his eighteen year-old son, Kevin, after an evening of binge drinking, on the very night he had moved out on his own.
After losing his eighteen year-old son to alcohol poisoning, Barry Adkins walked from Arizona to Montana with his son’s ashes in his backpack to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of binge drinking.
“Alcohol destroys lives every day. In my book, I simply share the story of what happened to my son, how it impacted my life, and how even one night of binge drinking can have lasting and tragic consequences.”
Alcohol related accidents are the leading cause of death for young Americans, between the ages of 16 and 24, http://bit.ly/12OZTay. According to statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, (MADD), teen alcohol use kills nearly 6000 people each year, more than all illegal drugs combined, http://www.madd.org/statistics/.
“Our lives are defined by how we respond to adversity. My book is a rare combination of humor, inspiration, forgiveness, adventure and tragedy. Every parent that reads my book will be highly motivated to not let this happen to their child.”
Kevin’s Last Walk is more than a book of loss and adventure; it’s a straight-from-the heart, brutally honest reminder of why abusing alcohol can have lasting and tragic consequences. (http://kevinslastwalk.com )
“When slavery was constitutional, we treated one class of humans as property. We are treating the humans in the mother’s womb as property, and less than human when we say it is OK to kill them.”—Norma McCorvey, (Jane Roe from Roe v. Wade)
For years, prominent pro-life politicians, judges and activists (including presidents, Supreme Court justices, and the original plaintiff in Roe v. Wade) have drawn analogies between slavery and abortion. But is there really a connection? In this provocative new book from Cambridge University Press, author Justin B. Dyer, offers the first scholarly analysis of the historical and jurisprudential parallels between slavery and abortion in American Constitutional development and politics.
No participant in the abortion debates will be able to ignore Dyer’s thoughtful study, which takes the reader on a trip through two centuries of history, political philosophy, and constitutional law as it explains:
• The historical similarities between Dred Scott and Roe v. Wade
• How professional historians continue to fabricate nineteenth century abortion history to influence the Supreme Court
• Why abortion is not primarily a religious issue any more than slavery was primarily a religious issue
• The importance of “constitutional personhood” to each debate
• The tragedy of abolitionist violence in the nineteenth century and today
“This wide-ranging study takes the debate from the realm of emotional, political rhetoric, and shows how slavery and abortion really are historically, philosophically, and legally intertwined in America,” says Dyer. “The nexus, however, is subtler and more nuanced than is often suggested, and the parallels involve deep principles of constitutionalism. This book chronicles the processes of constitutional thought and development that led from the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868 to the line of Supreme Court cases inaugurated a century later in Roe v. Wade.”