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P.J. Fisk Describes Her Quest for God as Mother in Newly Released Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “If God Is My Mother, Who Is My Father?” by P.J. Fisk.

A religious scholar shares her spiritual journey in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing, searching for truth amidst age-old traditions of religious thought and the role of women.

Influenced by her Seventh-day Adventist grandmother, the author joined that church by baptism when she was 14 years old, setting the stage for the religious conflict that would reverberate in her life. She spent 15 years working within the education system of the church. In this new book that serves as both a memoir and record of a spiritual journey, P.J. Fisk shares her views of religious conflict, especially as it relates to the roles of men and women in a traditionally patriarchal organization.

“If God Is My Father, Who Is My Mother?” gets personal quickly, opening with Fisk’s description of herself as a pregnant newlywed locked out of her apartment by her husband. It’s a pattern that repeats itself over the years, as Fisk works to obey her husband as religious traditions dictate, no matter what the personal cost to her body and mind. Working as head dean for girls at an Adventist school brings professional success but also personal anguish as Fisk realizes girls are held to a different standard than boys and that standard comes straight from doctrine.

Personal pain and losses, as well as big changes in her life, lead Fisk to question the doctrine she’s followed all of her life. Her studies of spirituality, including reading “The Woman’s Bible,” call into question the assumed maleness of God and the resulting subordination of women both in church and in society. “As long as women accept the position that religions assign her, her emancipation is impossible,” Fisk writes, recognizing her own culpability in how she raised her daughters and granddaughters. Her spiritual journey toward finding the Goddess in God, which continues today, leads her to conclude that a purely patriarchal – or matriarchal – solution will not work. “God cannot be a male with no female in the Godhead,” she writes. Instead, the world needs to embrace the love inherent in the mother aspect of God with help from the mothers now living in the world.

Author P.J. Fisk has studied women and religion for more than 30 years, researching religion from ancient times to the present and focusing on the plight of women as they relate to a predominant male system of religion. She has six children and 12 grandchildren and raised her daughters in a fundamental Christian church based on the patriarchal systems of the Bible. Fisk and her husband, Loren, live by the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

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For additional information, please visit www.PJFisk.com.

If God Is My Father, Who Is My Mother?

P.J. Fisk

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2353-3                        192 pages                        $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Nandita Chakraborty Shares Journey of a Lifetime in New Memoir

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Missing Peace: Love, Life & Me” by Nandita Chakraborty.

A woman living in Australia decides to journey back to India to explore her roots in this inspirational new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

An online romance gone horribly wrong leads a woman to resign from her job and re-examine her life. Instead of planning a wedding after a long-distance romance, she faces the possibility of being blackmailed and humiliated. This new compelling memoir describes the passion, betrayal, humiliation, love and friendship the author experienced. Nandita Chakraborty, who felt trapped between two cultures and in a desperate situation of her own making takes readers on a roller coaster trip to redemption, trust and love.

“Missing Peace: Love, Life & Me” shares Chakraborty’s second failed attempt at love and its shattering effect. When a counselor agrees she needs to get away for a while, Chakraborty gives away most of her belongings and sets out on a journey that will change her life. As she sets out on this new chapter, she decides to chronicle the steps she takes and the people she meets, both familiar faces and new ones. Chakraborty begins to find peace in the fellowship and workout of yoga, healing her spirit and body. When she returns to Melbourne, she does so with a new sense of who she is. A serious accident and long recovery leave their mark on her mind and body, but she finds faith to open herself to life once again.

Author Nandita Chakraborty was born into a conservative Indian family connected to the arts. Her father was an award-winning filmmaker in Indian cinema, and famous artists routinely dined with the family. Nandita and her siblings went to boarding school near Meghalaya, India, and later moved to New Dehli, where she attended Sri Venketeswara University and studied political science by day and attended fashion and visual merchandising school by night. In her third year in college, she decided to pursue a diploma in visual merchandising, leaving behind her career in political science.  Now days she creates beauty and love in stories she writes. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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For additional information, please visit www.nanditachakraborty.com.

Missing Peace: Love, Life & Me

Nandita Chakraborty

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2296-3                   272 pages                   $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Creating Waves of His Own; Hair Salon Owner Van Kirby Releases New Memoir

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “On the Table by the Window: The Journey of a Gay Dad in Indiana” by Van Kirby with David Hoppe.

A longtime hairstylist chronicles his life – including winning custody of his children — in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

It’s not easy being a single parent when a marriage dissolves. Couple that with being a gay father in the 1970s, and the challenges never seem to end. This new book – written as Van Kirby is on the verge of becoming a great-grandfather — details his fight to win custody of his four children, as well as his experience of coming out during a time when homosexuals typically stayed in the closet. Along the way he shares glimpses of childhood adventures in Kentucky, a farm in Hall, Ind., and Indianapolis.

In “On the Table by the Window: The Journey of a Gay Dad in Indiana,” Kirby describes beauty school as well as opening his own business and the disintegration of his marriage. A fateful evening in a Fort Wayne bar leads him to the love of his life, Daniel. With a more steadying presence in his life, Kirby decides to file for full custody of his children, launching a four-year battle that begins with coming out to his parents but ends with his winning custody April 26, 1976. Kirby doesn’t sugarcoat his own struggles with sexuality or the encounters that result. In the end, what comes through this unforgettable memoir is the triumph of love over convention, a true inspiration to those facing challenges of their own in life and love.

Author Van Kirby manages a hair-styling salon in the Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis. He and his partner of 41 years, Dan Detrick, split their time between homes in Broad Ripple and Sarasota, Fla. Contributor David Hoppe is an award-winning author, journalist and playwright who writes a weekly column for “NUVO.” He also wrote the book “Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest” and has had essays and short fiction published in “Notre Dame Review,” “New Art Examiner” and “Library Journal” among others.

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For additional information, please visit www.hoosiergaydad.com.

On the Table by the Window: The Journey of a Gay Dad in Indiana

Van Kirby with David Hoppe

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2271-0                        120 pages                        $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Ellen Gilman Shares New Memoir with Plenty of Heart

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Mollie’s Tail” To Mollie with Love” by Ellen Gilman.

Saving a 4-year-old sheltie from being euthanized changes a family’s life forever in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

When Sherry Neville (a.k.a. Ellen Gilman) answers a phone call from the family’s veterinarian, she has no idea it will change her life. The vet hopes Sherry will adopt a 4-year-old sheltie whose owners want to euthanize for “not listening.” Although Sherry says no, she stops by the vet’s office anyway to look at the dog. One look at the beautiful black and white dog’s intense gaze has her hooked. This new book, based on real-life events, shares what the family gave Mollie and what she gave them.

“Mollie’s Tail: To Mollie with Love” includes surprises, adventures and anecdotes to warm the heart. It takes Mollie a long time to settle in with the Nevilles even though she seemed to choose them.  They realize her previous owners didn’t treat her right. Eventually Mollie enjoys walks, barking at wildlife and – most of all – spending time with the family simply sitting. As time goes on, Mollie will perform one more feat – opening the Nevilles’ hearts to adopt other shelties. Readers of all ages will be charmed by this tale about an extraordinary dog and her extraordinary family.

Author Ellen Gilman spent 10 years in retail after graduating from the University of Maryland. She and her husband, Steven, have a family-run business that she has helped with for the past 15 years. They have two rescued shelties, Annie and Luke, adopted after Mollie passed away.

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For additional information, please visit www.ellengbooks.com.

Mollie’s Tail: To Mollie with Love

Ellen Gilman

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2242-0                        236 pages                        $17.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Former Air Force Pilot Brings Laos Missions to Life; Richard Diller Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Firefly: A Skyraider’s Story About America’s Secret War Over Laos” by Richard Diller.

Not much is known about the Skyraiders who served in the conflict in Southeast Asia. In this new memoir, a former air force pilot shares his experiences of flying hundreds of night missions over Laos. Laos became involved in the war through internal battles and by providing a vital route structure, known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail, for supplies intended for the North Vietnamese Army in South Vietnam. A-1 Skyraider pilots—like the author—flew propeller-driven airplanes which could stay over a target or survivor for an extended time, carry a wide variety of ordnance and absorb a lot of hits. The brave pilots faced guns and mountains in northern Laos and ground fire in southern Laos.

In Firefly: A Skyraider’s Story About America’s Secret War Over Laos, Richard Diller describes missions and how they affected him in exacting detail, drawing on flight logs and audiotapes he sent to his parents, sometimes recorded minutes after returning from a mission. The book also shares details of life on the base—Diller spent a year based at Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, about 300 miles northeast of Bangkok—and the feelings combat pilots deal with every day. This comprehensive insider’s look at an air force pilot’s life ranges from the frustration of endless testing to near-misses during training runs to heart-pounding night missions featuring impossible-to-find targets. Photos put faces to names, and readers will feel like they’re right in the cockpit with Diller as he flies mission after mission.

Author Richard Diller received an officer’s commission in the U.S. Air Force through ROTC at the University of Oklahoma. He went through pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, and flew more than 200 missions over Laos. Diller flew for 29 years for Delta Air Lines, serving as a line check airman and captain representative to the Air Line Pilots Association for Chicago-based Delta pilots. Diller, who grew up in Princeton, Illinois, is married and has three children and five grandchildren.

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For additional information, please visitwww.fireflythebook.com.

 

Firefly: A Skyraider’s Story About America’s Secret War Over Laos

Richard Diller

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1969-7                        312 pages                        $20 US

 

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

 


About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Reformed Gangster, Lorenzo “Shorty G” Louden, Publishes His Memoir, A Soldier’s Redemption, And Gives The World A Rare Glimpse Into The Life Of A Mob Soldier Turned Soldier For God

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “A Soldier’s Redemption: The Life of Gangster, Shorty G” by Lorenzo Louden.

Lorenzo “Shorty G” Louden is defying the odds and proving that recidivism is not inevitable. He went from being one of the most notorious gang chiefs ever to be locked up in the Illinois State Prison system to becoming the pride of Springfield, Illinois. The award-winning Christian co-founder (along with his wife, Bevey) of Tower of Refuge, Inc. is a successful businessman who uses his difficult background and the grace of God to help other ex-offenders stay out of prison and turn their lives around.

Coming from a broken home, and living in the street world of 1960’s and 1970’s poverty-stricken, urban Chicago, Lorenzo grew increasingly alienated and angry. He quickly learned his way around a weapon, joined a “peewee” street organization, and came to believe that life is a dog-eat-dog, use-you-before-you-use-me proposition. He was completely deprived of the loyalty, support, love, and devotion a child needs to survive. So, young Lorenzo struck a Daniel Webster-esque bargain, exchanging true family for the loyalty and brotherhood of his street gang. A juvenile gangster was born—and ended up in prison for murder before he turned twenty years old.

“A Soldier’s Redemption” is a true, candid, no holds barred story of infamous Gangster Disciple Lorenzo Louden, aka “Shorty G.” His story immerses you in the notorious world of gangs, taking you on a bone-chilling ride through the streets of 1970s Chicago. While serving 17 years behind bars, his militant rule of the underworld expanded from the streets to the prisons until a spiritual encounter directed his journey out of the darkness onto a miraculous path of purpose and possibility.

Author Lorenzo Louden, known as “Shorty G” when he was a Gangster Disciple, was born in Little Rock, Ark., but grew up in Chicago. He is CEO and co-founder of the Tower of Refuge in Springfield, an organization that works to successfully reintegrate former inmates into society while reducing recidivism and promoting reconciliation with families. He also teaches at Logan Correctional Center. In 2011 the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce honored Lorenzo as Not-For-Profit Business Director of the Year Small Business Award, and in 2013, Tower of Refuge earned the One In A Million, Inc. Community Service Award. Louden and his wife, Bevey, live in Springfield, Ill.

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For additional information, please visit www.LorenzoLouden.com.

A Soldier’s Redemption: The Life of Gangster, Shorty G

Lorenzo Louden

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1944-4                        208 pages                        $16.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

New Memoir Shares Couple’s Journey Spanning Continents And Decades “On The Way Home”; New Book Released By Lenore De Pree

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “47 Houses On the Long Journey Home” by Lenore De Pree.

Author Lenore De Pree tells the adventures of her globetrotting family in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Eager to experience life on a deep level, Lenore and her husband, Gordon, choose to move away from the American Midwest and follow their hearts and their curiosity around the world, from Hong Kong to Saudi Arabia and all points in between. 

When Lenore De Pree welcomed her young husband home from Korea, she was eager to begin a normal life together at last. Gordon was happy to be with his wife, but he wasn’t quite ready to settle down to life in America. A seminary graduate, Gordon was drawn toward reaching out and expanding his view of the world. The couple applied for a posting overseas, and after a brief stop in New Mexico, where twins were born, they moved on to Hong Kong, thinking they would be back to live in the U.S. soon. Soon turned out to be twenty years.

It is during those years spent learning Chinese, living in a fishing village on the South China Sea and aboard an ocean-going Chinese junk in a typhoon shelter, that the De Prees find what they have been searching for – a deep sense of what it means to be a human being and a citizen of the world. With the family of four children growing up and needing to be repatriated, the De Prees return from their long Hong Kong sojourn to live in the US.

But after a year and a half in New York studying, the chance for one more deep adventure and a major salary bump to educate their growing family took the De Prees to the Middle East. Challenged by the region’s culture and Persian art, inspired by the desert and the Arabian Gulf, Lenore found she was stretching herself creatively, writing and painting with new inspiration while Gordon taught in the Professional Language center of Aramco oil company. With the coming of the Gulf War, their time abroad came to an end, but they were still casting about for a place that truly felt like home. Would they settle in the city of Lenore’s family, Chicago, or Michigan, where Gordon had grown up, or in a place neither of them had known? How about the mountains of North Carolina? Why not? And so they began a new American adventure, in a place where they could live out what they had learned, on truly American soil.

“47 Houses on the Long Journey Home” invites readers into the lives of a couple that has adventure in their souls, and it reveals the triumphs and hardships that naturally occur over the course of a decades-long family life.

Author Lenore De Pree has published three books in New York with Harper & Row and five in the Midwest, and she alternates between oil painting and writing. She and her husband, Gordon, live in West Jefferson, North Carolina, where they work in an art gallery.

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For additional information, please visit www.lenoredepreebooks.com.

47 Houses On the Long Journey Home

Lenore De Pree

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2218-5                        306 pages                        $16.00 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.