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Hidden Facts of the Founding Era

by Bill Fortenberry

Have you ever wondered how some authors can claim that the founding fathers of America were Christians while other authors claim that those very same founders were atheists, deists or even theistic rationalists? In this artfully written volume, Christian apologist and debater Bill Fortenberry examines several of the quotes from our founding fathers that are frequently used to argue against the Christian heritage of America. In doing so, Mr. Fortenberry opens up to us a treasury of facts about our nation’s founding that have been hidden by modern scholarship.

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin only experimented with deism as a teenager and that he soon rejected it entirely? Did you know that at the age of twenty-nine he wrote three, bold defenses of his Christian faith?

Did you know that John Adams called the French Enlightenment thinkers cowards and atheists who were destitute of common sense? Did you know that he frequently referred to Jesus Christ as his Savior?

Did you know that George Washington recorded a prayer expressing his acceptance of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for his sins? Did you know that he left the Masonic Lodge as a young man, that he denied being a member of any lodge during the founding era of our nation and that he referred to masonry as being mere child’s play?

By opening and bringing to light the original writings of the founding era, Bill Fortenberry provides American Christians with an invaluable defense of our nation’s Christian heritage.



Lost Towns In Alabama

by Thomas Green

A collection of Ghost, Lost and forgotten Towns in Alabama,



Just a Joke: Is Racism Really Dead?

by Will Bevis


ANNOUNCING the Third Annual – and possibly final – Will Bevis Christmas Giveaway – Beginning Saturday December 21st 2013 and lasting through Christmas Day – As many as possible of ALL 100 of Will Bevis’ Kindle Stories – including the new full length novel “Boogie: A Life With the Devil – are FREE for Kindle. Be sure to download “Boogie: A Life With The Devil and ALL others that you want during those five days – and read them at your leisure the coming year! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! (Note: The most stories are available on Dec. 21 and 22nd. For a list of ALL Will Bevis stories email [email protected])

About the Author:

Will Bevis is a prolific writer of short, sometimes very controversial “Slice of life” stories, articles, essays and memoirs that make you feel you are right there, experiencing the story as it it happens. His best known story is the Top One Hundred Free for Kindle story, “The Killing of Train-Man Brown.” He has written over one hundred short stories including, “Then Her Wig Fell Off,” “Let the Dog Drive,” “Blackbird,” “Supply and Demand,” “Daddy’s Playing Dead,” and many, many others. Many are also available as audio books.

About “Boogie: A Life With The Devil.”

This full length novel grew out of the Five Star short story, “Blackbird: A Young Boy Meets the Devil For the First Time.”

It follows the little boy from that first meeting with the devil, all the way through his life… until the surprise end.

Meet “Bill the Blackbird” and “Boogie McCain” and a host of other interesting characters…

As the devil never gives up in trying to get Boogie to sign away his soul… in return for fame and fortune…

and a few other things as well!

One reviewer called “Blackbird…” A must-read treasure, December 24, 2012

By Henrietta Lala “herbalwiz” (St. Martinville, LA) – See all my reviews

Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

This review is from: Blackbird: A Boy Meets The Devil For the First Time (Kindle Edition)

I’ve been reading about 70 years and Blackbird is one of those rare nuggets of pure gold in a whole mountain of clay . It plays out like the blues, full of riffs and bass and gravel that spin themselves into a mirror of soul not ashamed to get down and dirty and come up dragging us into a light we refused to open our eyes to before. Don’t let the stomp and shuffle and guffaws fool you into thinking it’s not about you, you ain’t gonna get off that easy. I was in Gadsden Alabama for about three months in 1958, and he’s not telling any lies. It was my first experience with deep southern segregationist views. A great morality tale told by a masterful and powerful writer about a very unique character.

About this story:

Is Racism over, like the majority of the Supreme Court seem to think it is?

Or is it just hidden away, a big joke to be shared by a certain kind of white person.

Decide for yourself.



As the Rebel Twig is Bent, So Grows the Southern Man

by Will Bevis


ANNOUNCING the Third Annual – and possibly final – Will Bevis Christmas Giveaway – Beginning Saturday December 21st 2013 and lasting through Christmas Day – As many as possible of ALL 100 of Will Bevis’ Kindle Stories – including the new full length novel “Boogie: A Life With the Devil – are FREE for Kindle. Be sure to download “Boogie: A Life With The Devil and ALL others that you want during those five days – and read them at your leisure the coming year! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! (Note: The most stories are available on Dec. 21 and 22nd. For a list of ALL Will Bevis stories email [email protected])

About the Author:

Will Bevis is a prolific writer of short, sometimes very controversial “Slice of life” stories, articles, essays and memoirs that make you feel you are right there, experiencing the story as it it happens. His best known story is the Top One Hundred Free for Kindle story, “The Killing of Train-Man Brown.” He has written over one hundred short stories including, “Then Her Wig Fell Off,” “Let the Dog Drive,” “Blackbird,” “Supply and Demand,” “Daddy’s Playing Dead,” and many, many others. Many are also available as audio books.

About “Boogie: A Life With The Devil.”

This full length novel grew out of the Five Star short story, “Blackbird: A Young Boy Meets the Devil For the First Time.”

It follows the little boy from that first meeting with the devil, all the way through his life… until the surprise end.

Meet “Bill the Blackbird” and “Boogie McCain” and a host of other interesting characters…

As the devil never gives up in trying to get Boogie to sign away his soul… in return for fame and fortune…

and a few other things as well!

One reviewer called “Blackbird…” A must-read treasure, December 24, 2012

By Henrietta Lala “herbalwiz” (St. Martinville, LA) – See all my reviews

Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

This review is from: Blackbird: A Boy Meets The Devil For the First Time (Kindle Edition)

I’ve been reading about 70 years and Blackbird is one of those rare nuggets of pure gold in a whole mountain of clay . It plays out like the blues, full of riffs and bass and gravel that spin themselves into a mirror of soul not ashamed to get down and dirty and come up dragging us into a light we refused to open our eyes to before. Don’t let the stomp and shuffle and guffaws fool you into thinking it’s not about you, you ain’t gonna get off that easy. I was in Gadsden Alabama for about three months in 1958, and he’s not telling any lies. It was my first experience with deep southern segregationist views. A great morality tale told by a masterful and powerful writer about a very unique character.

About this story:

WARNING: Do NOT read this if you are a Neo-Confederate.

Never been to Civil War Re-enactment in the South?

It’s a great place to learn why most Southern kids…

Grow up to be the way they are.

Come along, and stand with me next to a Southern man

who is “educating” his young son…

to his version of “the truth,”

As a Civil War “Re-enactment” battle rages.

Then you will begin to see…

Why it’s never going to get better…

And it’s never going to be over.



Imaginary Lines

by Douglas Grant

Kyle Conway is about to make a breakthrough for Conway Brothers Construction Co. –  a long sought after opportunity for a major real estate score. His wife and two boys will prosper,his brother-partner will do the same. And the Conways are delighted that friend and business colleague, Mauricio Solares, will have the chance to rise higher in society than other Mexican immigrants trying to realize the American Dream.
 
Yes, Kyle, a bit rough around the edges but a good guy at heart, is happy for Mauricio; but his proclivity for careless, insensitive remarks about or in front of his Mexican friend, causes Cynthia Conway to chastise him repeatedly, a fact that leads to frequent verbal clashes between them. He bristles at suggestions of mistreatment. She wants to enlighten her husband and to preserve the warm friendship that the Conways have enjoyed with the Solares family. 
 
Is there a legitimate cause – perhaps beneath the surface – for tension, or is it a result of imaginations being overwrought? That question becomes critical when a vacation visit to Mexicointended to offer the Conways an opportunity for celebration and a strengthening of their marriage turns into a horror show, one that compounds suspicions and tension. Their journey south of the border turns relaxation  and optimism into terror and the possibility for tragedy.



Little Book of Beeching

by Robin Jones

Described as the most hated civil servant in Britain, it was half a century ago that Dr Richard Beeching was appointed as chairman of British Railways with one key directive – to cut the soaring losses. The 1950s had seen the start of a mass shift from public to private transport, as lorries, cars, buses and motorbikes replaced trains as Britain’s most popular means of travel.

So often pilloried by the press and public for closing numerous picturesque and romantic country branch lines, leaving even many large towns cut off from the railway network, Beeching might also be seen as merely streamlining a process that was already underway. Back in the early Sixties, there were many who thought that not only were the days of steam locomotives numbered, but that those of railways too, as mankind, leaping towards the first lunar landings, looked toward hovercraft and hovertrains as the transport of the future.

Against the dynamic background of the greatest decade of change of the 20th century, Heritage Railway editor Robin Jones looks back at the forces that were shaping the railway’s fortunes, the Beeching Axe, its critics, aftermath and its repercussions today. Was Dr Beeching the villain of popular legend, or was he a hero who made Britain’s railways into a slimmer, leaner machine far more capable of tackling the challenges of the future? You decide!



A Proposed Constitution for Austria-Hungary

by Matthieu Santerre

Following the 1848 revolution, the Habsburgs had a unique opportunity to give their realms a liberal constitution. They failed, and a counter-revolution quickly swept the wind of reform away. This is a proposed outline for a constitution of the Habsburg Monarchy. Constitutional reform could have saved Austria-Hungary from its demise.



Little Book of Steam Classics

by Ian Mackenzie

Presented in chronological order, the last locomotive class featured in this volume of 60 classic engines is the British Railways standard 2-10-0 9F freight class which included Evening Star, the last steam locomotive built by British Railways.

Evening Star, completed in 1960, represented the culmination of steam locomotive evolution and design dating back a century and a half. As soon as it was built Evening Star was ear-marked for preservation as part of the National Collection and was appropriately finished in Brunswick green with a copper capped chimney and brass fittings, quite resplendent when compared to the utilitarian unlined black of its nameless class mates.

As a tribute to the success of that preservation industry, representatives of virtually all the 60 engines included in this book can still be seen whether working on heritage railways, as static exhibits in museums or even running on mainline specials.

As a chronological record, the engines featured in this book are important for either technological innovation or else simple workmanlike efficiency such as the ubiquitous 0-6-0 freight engines built in their thousands and confirming their durability by remaining in service for 50, 60 or even, in some cases, 70 years.



Amche Alconz – Our Surnames : Portuguese surnames of Christians in India

by Manoj Saldana

Portuguese surnames of Christians in India



She Was An American Spy During WW II

by Jeane Slone

Jeane Slone writes her third historical fiction once again about the amazing women of the forties.

In this novel, meet Kathleen Dwyer, who on a whim answers a classified ad for a secretarial position. Little did she know that she would be entering the world of wartime espionage and spy training. The story is about how young women were recruited to become spies, what basic training and finishing school was like and real missions they were sent on. There were very few American women spies during WW II. This historical fiction reminds us that it was women who were the hidden backbone to make the Allies successful and who were World War II’s real unrecognized, unsung heroes. Included are the role of the glider pilot’s during the war and spy camp on Santa Catalina Island, CA.

The women took extraordinary steps to serve their country during the war as spies being sent into German occupied Europe.



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