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[Echoes Along the Sweetbrier] [The Lone Tree] [Mudball Sam] [A Blessing in it Somewhere] [Boil & Bubble]
[Lucy of the Trail of Tears] [Sarah of the Border Wars] [Barbara: Sarah's Legacy]
[The Yoder Outsiders] [Song In A Nazi Night /Black Spider Over Tiegenhof] [Simone: A Saint for Outsiders]

Boil and Bubble: The Amazon Women of Kansas

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"No doubt about it. The scoundrel's guilty." John P. White, president of The United Mine Workers of America, leaned back in his swivel chair, while biting down on his Torano cigar. "We've had enough of Alexander Howat's impudence over there in southeastern Kansas, diddling with all those foreigners."

Set in 1921 in "The Little Balkans" coal fields of Kansas, Milan and Danika Cratnick eke out an existence. Injury and death are everyday experiences. Their beloved union leader, Alec Howat, is caught between union executive John L. Lewis' bullying, and Governor Henry Allen's "Slave Law," which prohibits miners from striking. Danika and Neda Cratnick join the horde of women, led by Mary Skubitz, on a three-day protest march, making history that reaches the "New York Times." With the American flag before them and their prayers to St. Barbara, the over 6,000 "Amazon Women of Kansas," begin the battle. Who will win: the Amazon Women who empty the mines of illegal miners (scabs) or Governor Allen, who sends in 2,000 troops to subdue the women? This is a novel of suspense, conflict, and soul-searching for a way forward, when all doors seem closed, and the heart longs for life and freedom.

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The Lone Tree

The Lone Tree

A young immigrant girl longs for a new life in Kansas. Instead, she faces cold rejection. Can her faith survive as she struggles to live through the horrors awaiting in Florence, Kansas, in the winter of 1875?

To keep their faith, Lusanna Becker, her family, and entire congregation leave Polish-Russia in 1874. When they arrive in Hutchinson, Kansas, they are met with rejection and must travel by boxcar to Florence, Kansas, in fourteen below zero temperature. Over 600 are shoved into a warehouse where smallpox breaks out. Facing the deaths of hundreds, Lusanna remembers that a Christian is like a tree planted by the rivers of water. She sacrifices herself by nursing the sick. When spring arrives, she marries Carl Jantz and settles on land near Canton, Kansas. Here she discovers a gigantic cottonwood tree, which reminds her of her homeland and her Christian faith. Today, The Lone Tree Church, stands nearby.

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Mudball Sam

Mudball Sam

"Pa wouldn't leave me, Ma, and Wanetta alone on this prairie, would he?"

With rain clouds approaching, Sam leads his mother and sister to a dugout in the creek bank Wolf howls chill their hearts during the stormy night. Soon Sam and his family move into a sod house. Sam digs in to help his family survive. A bully picks fights with him and calls him Mudball Sam. Inspired by his mother's Quaker faith, Sam learns to forgive and win friends. He struggles to live with hope as he contends with thievery, floods, and false charges brought against him at a threshing fire. With the help of his faithful mother and sister, Sam wades through near-overwhelming challenges toward a life of joy and fulfillment.

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Echoes Along the Sweetbrier

Echoes Along the Sweetbrier

Raped by her friend, Reuben, Susanna Steiner turns to the Mennonite bishop, but she is excommunicated and shunned. Convinced that Reuben, who made a church confession, has changed, they marry and Susanna discovers that Reuben's tortured personality leads to more abuse. Where can she turn? Fleeing with her children, she risks starvation and homelessness. Can she endure the criticism of the community or discover strength to face the years ahead with her faith intact and without bitterness? This is a story of the triumph of the human spirit written by the author of "Lucy of the Trail of Tears", and "A Blessing in it Somewhere."

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A Blessing in it Somewhere

A Blessing in it Somewhere
(formerly A Branson Love)

Based upon Philippians 4:4, "rejoice always!" A Blessing in it Somewhere entices readers to join Lissa Massey and Brandon Fall in their struggles during the Great Depression. Brandon wants to be a preacher and Lissa desires nothing more than to be his wife, but poverty thrusts them apart. Old Ozark Aunt Gusty strives frantically to bring them together, but Marla Maggler, bent on undermining Lissa, cuts a vicious swath in her own efforts to claim Brandon.

Concluding the conditions are hopeless, Brandon believes that Lissa would be better off marrying widower and minister, Wardley Stafford. This is a story of captivating courage and devotion, presenting a timeless message that love endures all things.

"Readers will cheer the ending of this charming book." -Laurel B. Schunk, Editor, St. Kitts Press

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Simone: A Saint for Outsiders

Simone: A Saint for Outsiders

Young Simone Weil amazes some and shocks others as she plunges into the world, offending authorities. She leads the stone workers' strike and is arrested. Seeking justice, Simone toils with fishermen, miners, factory workers, and refugees, giving away her ration stamps. She volunteers in the Spanish Civil War and is disillusioned with war's cruelties. Hunted by the Nazis, she confides to Father Perrin how Christ came to her, possessing her soul. Labeled a Toadstool on the Manure Pile, Simone breaks herself for the dispossessed and is transformed into The Saint for Outsiders.

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Lucy of the Trail of Tears

Lucy of the Trail of Tears

Separated from her father, Cherokee Lucy Drake and her injured mother stagger toward Oklahoma Territory. Classically educated, she moves to cowtown Wichita with her husband, Andrew Greenway. Here, though tasting the bitterness of betrayal, Lucy becomes a charter member of the First Presbyterian church, her life, a virtual sacrifice.

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Black Spider Over Tiegenhof

Song In A Nazi Night
(formerly Black Spider Over Tiegenhof)

"Suddenly Chris dropped his ice cream code. It splashed on the cobblestones at his feet. His eyes widened in terror at the six swinging bodies swirling in the wind, ropes around their necks, hanging between the bank and the town hall. His young brain couldn't put it together. Herr Hitler would never allow this."

At first, Mennonites Esther and Gerhard Claassen, as well as sons Chris and Hermann (in the Hitler Youth) are hopeful about the "New Germany." Because Hitler's cause seems noble, they and other German Mennonites have allowed their traditional commitment to peace to weaken. But soon cold fear clutches Esther Claassen's heart. She has already lost one son in a drowning. Now the swastika, the "Black Spider" over Tiegenhof, with its awful powers, threatens her family. Will Ruth survive? Will any of the Claassens survive as World War II unfolds, as the Black Spider devours their way of life, as death, torment, and exile threaten everything they hold dear? And can they piece together enough of their tattered faith to find guidance through the Nazi night?

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Sarah of the Border Wars

Sarah of the Border Wars

"Terror struck again! A few months before they'd lived in fear of the roving bands of desperados who thundered into the county from Kansas. But now it was the Southern sympathizers from here in Missouri -- the fearedbushwackers -- who were wreaking havok."

James Yoder spins a dramatic tale of a young mother caught in the border wars of the Civil War frontier. A woman desperately seeking to maintain her commitment to peace, Sarah struggles to save her family and her farm from invaders of both sides. Her story is all the more gripping because it is based on historical accounts.

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Barbara: Sarah's Legacy

Barbara: Sarah's Legacy

"Suddenly Twili has trouble steering. The massive car began to sway, wobble and drag from the rear left. Barbara had a sinking feeling. They were alone. God only knew when another poor soul would wander along on this road."

The dramatic saga of the Yoder women continues in this sequel to Sarah of the Border Wars. Stubborn and determined to follow God's call, Barbara alone manages the farm left her by her parents. She soon learns the price of faithfulness may be high as World War I breaks across the peaceful Mennonite-Amish community. Facing down Bishops, the Ku Klux Klan and the pain of the Depression, Barbara struggles to remain true to her faith and her God.

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The Yoder Outsiders

The Yoder Outsiders

From Amish to Mennonite to Methodist to Mennonite in three generations.

Here is the pilgrimage of Ted Yoder's family; when they were a people, when they were not a people, and when the bridge of faith brought them again to peoplehood in the holy order of the Mennonite community.

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