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Worthless People

Skeeter Wilson

Description

In an African village, deep in the highland rainforest of East Africa, Dave’s birth proves to be an inconvenience to his American parents, who work in Africa for foreign aid societies. His disabilities only exacerbates the problem. During their long and frequent absences, his parents unburden their curly-haired, freckled son into the willing hands of an elderly Kulima couple who raise him as their own. While Dave’s parents rescue Africa from itself, Africans rescue Dave from his abusive father. Beyond the tattered educational remnants of a boarding school for white foreign children, Dave’s real education comes from the stories, traditions, and skills Africans passed down through the generations. Nothing compares to what he learns around the village fires at the feet of the elders.

About the Author

Skeeter is a writer and historian. He has a degree in History and Creative Writing and received an MA by combining African history and literary fiction. He grew up in Africa and his fiction is mostly based on a blend of his own experiences and his studies as a historian. His non-fiction includes African history as well as his American experiences.

 

Wilson’s debut novel, Worthless People, is a story of Dave, a young man who grows up in Africa knowing that one day he will have to leave the only home he knows and go to the America that his birth parents call home. His physical limitations prove an inconvenience to his out-of-touch parents, who work in Africa for foreign aid societies. But while they labor to rescue Africa from itself, Africa rescues Dave from his parents.

 

Crossing Rivers is Skeeter’s second novel about a young Maasai girl whose world is turned upside down when she is traded to an old Gikuyu woman in exchange for food, by her starving parents. Compelled to become a Gikuyu she goes through adoption and initiation rituals. She falls in love but soon after her marriage her world, once again, changes forever.

 

Skeeter and his wife’s passion for photography have led them to start their own business, Lens & Pens Publishing. In his downtime, when he isn’t writing or working on his new business, he enjoys cooking, working in the garden, playing with his puppies, and spending time with his grandkids as well as victimizing music lovers with his strumstick.

 

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Crossing Rivers

Skeeter Wilson

Description

In East Africa, just before the onset colonialism lived a powerful people called the Agikuyu. Their ideas of hard work, monotheism, and decentralized governance set them apart from their neighboring cultures. That is when this story begins.

A young Maasai girl’s world is turned upside down when she is traded to an old Gikuyu woman in exchange for food, by her starving parents. Compelled to become a Gikuyu she goes through adoption and initiation rituals. She falls in love but soon after her marriage her world, once again, changes forever.

About the Author

Skeeter is a writer and historian. He has a degree in History and Creative Writing and received an MA by combining African history and literary fiction. He grew up in Africa and his fiction is mostly based on a blend of his own experiences and his studies as a historian. His non-fiction includes African history as well as his American experiences.

 

Wilson’s debut novel, Worthless People, is a story of Dave, a young man who grows up in Africa knowing that one day he will have to leave the only home he knows and go to the America that his birth parents call home. His physical limitations prove an inconvenience to his out-of-touch parents, who work in Africa for foreign aid societies. But while they labor to rescue Africa from itself, Africa rescues Dave from his parents.

 

Crossing Rivers is Skeeter’s second novel about a young Maasai girl whose world is turned upside down when she is traded to an old Gikuyu woman in exchange for food, by her starving parents. Compelled to become a Gikuyu she goes through adoption and initiation rituals. She falls in love but soon after her marriage her world, once again, changes forever.

 

Skeeter and his wife’s passion for photography have led them to start their own business, Lens & Pens Publishing. In his downtime, when he isn’t writing or working on his new business, he enjoys cooking, working in the garden, playing with his puppies, and spending time with his grandkids as well as victimizing music lovers with his strumstick.

 

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Nomi's Hiding Place

Catherine Palmer

Description

Catherine Palmer’s new book. Coming soon from Lens & Pens Publishing.

About the Author

Catherine Palmer lives in Atlanta with her husband, Tim, where they serve as missionaries in a refugee community. They have two grown sons. Catherine is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and holds a master’s degree in English from Baylor University. Her first book was published in 1988. Since then she has published over 50 novels, many of them national best sellers. Catherine has won numerous awards for her writing, including the Christy Award, the highest honor in Christian fiction. In 2004, she was given the Career Achievement Award for Inspirational Romance by Romantic Times BOOK Reviews magazine. More than 2 million copies of Catherine’s novels are currently in print.

Her many collections include A Town Called Hope, Treasures of the Heart, Finders Keepers, English Ivy, and the Miss Pickworth series. Catherine also recently coauthored the Four Seasons fiction series with Gary Chapman, the “New York Times” best-selling author of “The Five Love Languages.”

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Metaphors

T.L. O’Hara

Description

Metaphors, from T. L. O’Hara, is part testament, part testimonial to the oft human condition of being caught between catastrophe and the mundane, both celebration and dirge of the moments missed under the lens of certainty, searching out those paradoxes which can remind us of our true selves.

About the Author

T. L. O’Hara is a poet and writer born in Anchorage, Alaska and holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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The Decline of Spiritual Authority in Gikuyu Traditional Religion

Dr Peter Kiarie Njoroge

Description

The problem investigated by this study has been indicated by the observation that there is prevalent instability in many Gikuyu families. This instability leads to strained relationships between family members both at the nuclear and extended levels, resulting in family break-ups, domestic violence and tragedies. These increasing unstable Gikuyu families are becoming a cause of concern for Gikuyu society and for the general human society. The study has been guided by theories of knowledge that acknowledge indemonstrable first principles that characterize human intelligence and theories that reject the dichotomy of methodologies between the natural sciences and the human sciences but support the validity of the scientific study of religion as a human science. Gikuyu Traditional Religion has been presented in the framework of the six dimensions of a religion defined by Ninian Smart, viz., the experiential, mythological, ritual, ethical, social and doctrinal. Extensive review of related literature and document analysis has established the incidence of spiritual authority in Gikuyu Traditional Religion and at the same time revealed the gap addressed by this study: that the spiritual authority has not been addressed as a legitimate partner to be entered into dialogue with.

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The Big Conservation Lie

John Mbaria and Mordecai Ogada

Description

The Big Conservation Lie is a wakeup call focused on a field that has been ‘front and centre’ of many people’s hearts and minds in recent years; the conservation of Africa’s wildlife. It is a pursuit whose power to inspire is only rivaled by its ability to blind its audience to reality. This book takes the reader through Kenya’s conservation ‘industry’ and the players therein with all their prejudices, weaknesses and commitment to causes, many of which are indistinguishable from their personalities. It is a call to indigenous Africans to claim their place at the table where the management of their natural resources is being discussed and invites well-meaning donors to look beyond the romantic images and detect the possible role of their money in the disenfranchisement of a people.

Publication Date: Jan 13th, 2017

About the Authors

John Mbaria is a trained spatial planner and an award-winning Kenyan journalist who has investigated and written on wildlife conservation since August 2000. Mbaria started off as a physical planner before detouring to journalism. He has written for several national newspapers in Kenya—the Daily Nation and The EastAfrican—and was an occasional contributor for the Greenpeace Magazine of Germany, as well as a visiting writer with InvestigateWest, a US-based online investigative journal.  gatumbaria@gmail.com


Mordecai Ogada is a carnivore ecologist who has been involved in conservation work for the last sixteen years in Kenya and other parts of Africa, mainly in human-wildlife conflict mitigation and carnivore conservation. His biological work includes studies on lions, hyenas, cheetah, African wild dogs, and otters. Dr. Ogada’s professional work has included research and teaching conservation leadership at Colorado State University. Much of his energy has been devoted to the area of community-based conservation, wildlife policy, and wetlands ecology. From 2009 to 2011 Dr. Ogada developed cheetah conservation strategies for Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Uganda as the regional coordinator for the WCS cheetah conservation program. He was the Executive Director of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum from 2011 to 2014, where his work focused on the perceptions of conservation and how these influence communities and practitioners in the field of natural resource management.

In 2015, Dr. Ogada coordinated a partnership project between the African Conservation Centre and McGill University that seeks to strengthen conservation linkages between institutions and habitats in Kenya and northern Tanzania. He is also a co-author of a chapter on the management of wildlife and fisheries in Kenya in the book Developments in Earth Surface Processes (Vol 16) published by Elsevier, Netherlands, as well as several articles on conservation. Mordecai lives in Nanyuki, Kenya, where he works as a consultant on wildlife and natural resource conservation.

mordecai@ogada.co.ke


 

Author Pages: John Mbaria and Mordecai Ogada

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Where Is God in War

Sackie Kwalalon and Doug Collier

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Have you struggled with challenges in life? Sometimes events or responsibilities are overwhelming and you wonder how you will make it through. This is the incredible life story of Sackie Kwalalon, from his birth in a small jungle village in Liberia, West Africa, his difficult growing up years, to how he survived the ravages of the 14-year Liberian Civil War. We see how God protected him through his various trials as a young boy, how these experiences helped prepare him for the horror he would experience during the war, and how he survived and thrived to become a man who invests his life in others. The book also looks at the roots of conflict, the ethics of war, and the importance of reconciliation; issues Sackie himself has struggled with as he lived through war.

Reading this book will encourage you to look at life’s challenges in a different light and realize that God is there; He is faithful, and He wants each of us to have a full and abundant life. It will encourage you to think more deeply about conflict and how it affects you and those around you, and how you can work toward peace and reconciliation in your own life.

About the Authors

Sackie Kwalalon has been the Liberia country director of All God’s Children Schools since its inception in 1997. He is also the founder and general overseer of the Word of Faith Bible Church in Liberia. A pastor and educator, he has invested in countless lives, bringing hope and wisdom to help people of all ages grow and flourish. Sackie was born and raised in Liberia and endured the horrific fourteen-year Liberian Civil War. He knows that education is crucial for each child’s development, and for the future generations of Liberia. He divides his time between his home in the Tacoma area and his home in Liberia, where he oversees the AGC schools and their community involvement. Sackie and his wife have two children.


Doug Collier is a co-founder of All God’s Children Schools in Liberia. He is the board president of Serve the Children, the supporting organization of All God’s Children Schools. A CPA and financial planner, he also has a doctorate of ministry in strategic leadership from Faith International Seminary in Tacoma. He has traveled to Liberia regularly since his first trip in 1997. Doug’s passion is to come alongside educators in Liberia with long-term support as they help children and their families toward a better future. As a part of this support, he leads mission teams to Liberia and can attest to the life-changing effects of these missions in the lives of Liberian children, the in-country AGC staff, and the team members themselves. Doug and his wife live in the Tacoma area and have two married children and five grandchildren.


 

Author Pages: Sackie Kwalalon and Doug Collier