Author Poll: Fr. John Francis Kamwendo, D.Th. and John E. Koenig, Ph.D. Need Help Choosing a Cover

Fr. John Francis Kamwendo, D.Th. and John E. Koenig, Ph.D. are self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and they want your help deciding the book cover.

Book Summary:

The thoughts, discussions, and research presented in this book are principally focused on the responsibility mankind and the Church in its mandated diaconal role, are obligated to carry out in serving others, particularly the poor, and in addressing poverty through selfless acts of διακονία (diakonia) or service. In doing so, we discuss the importance and significance of incorporating transformational development in the decision-making process by including those most directly affected by poverty and its harsh realities.

A case study, based on Fr. Kamwendo’s doctoral dissertation, with editorial and professorial assistance from Dr. Koenig, concerning diakonia and transformational development conducted in four parishes in the Diocese of Lindi in Southern Tanzania is included.

The study was principally interested in assessing the question of whether mankind, the Church and the Diocese of Lindi leadership is providing philanthropic diakonia (διακονία) and implementing transformational development processes to others, particularly the poor.

The research also focused on the extent to which those mentioned above are engaged in empowering others to: “develop their own capacity and skills so that they may become competent decision makers with the confidence to act on their choices.”  (Roy and Hartigan)

Every effort was made to study poverty from the experiences of the poor.  The case study, beginning in Chapter 5, was conducted in the Diocese of Lindi, Tanzania where Fr. Kamwendo was born and raised.

This book is a thoughtful reminder that all things do work together for the good of those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

About the Authors:

Fr. Kamwendo, Th.D. holds a Doctorate in Practical Theology and Missiology (D.Th.) Degree and was raised by loving and caring parents in a poor rural area of Lindi, Tanzania.  He worked with the poor and special needs children in Tanzania and the United States.  Fr. Kamwendo is Associate Pastor of St. Michaels Catholic Parish in Brookville, Indiana, USA.

Dr. Koenig holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in Educational Leadership and spent 20 years as an administrator and professor in higher education; 14 in secondary education; and eight as a business executive. Dr. Koenig a consultant, retired from Indiana University in 2011, and was raised the eldest of six siblings, in Effingham, Illinois by loving and caring parents of meager means.

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Author Poll: Adrian P. Matherne Wants Your Help With His Cover

Adrian P. Matherne is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

Book Summary:

This book was written to give a historical account of how Bourg, Louisiana was established.  The 168 pictures will come alive as you embark on a journey back in time and see what life was like in a small Louisiana town with true accounts of  life in the 1920’s thru 1960”s. Step aboard as we journey back in time.

Author Bio:

Adrian P. Matherne was born and raised in the  community of Bourg, Louisiana and served as its Postmaster from 1993 until he retired in 2002; with thirty-seven years of postal service. He collected pictures and information for thirty-seven years and has compiled it into this book to serve as a history of the  Bourg community.   He currently lives in the Bourg with his wife Cheryl and has a son living in Virginia.

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Author Poll: Terell M. Hinton Needs Your Help With His Book Cover

Terell M. Hinton is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding on his book cover.

Book Summary

The Table is a short thrill ride that follows a group of young adults through a twisted misadventure. From the beginning of each chapter, you are introduced to select charter from their perspective. What’s suppose to turn into a simple night of shifts into highly energized thrill ride and the uncertainty of if they’ll make it home alive.

About the Author

Terell Hinton is a young man who resides in Metro Detroit. He has always had an interest in creativity, as well as adventuring in the worlds of writing and art. In high-school he often competed in writing contest and art contest, sometimes making well placements. He is still in pursuit of his interest and hopefully this will not be the last story in his journey.

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Author Poll: Karl Kronfuss Needs Help Choosing a Cover

Karl Kronfuss is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding on his book cover.

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When the Mission Includes Excitement and Food…The Pug Is There!

When trouble strikes or adventure calls, you can always rely on one charismatic figure to be right in the thick of it:  Major (retired) Mac The Pug.  His athletic prowess, towering intellect, undaunted courage, and discerning gourmet palate are renowned the world over;  a diplomat, a conqueror of all he sees.  Follow The Pug on his brilliant tour of attractions from golf course greenery to parachuting into a frozen Yellowstone Park, from catching the perfect wave to catching the perfect nap.  Whether exploring the Arctic or defending his yard, exposing insider trading or taking revenge on scolding old ladies, The Pug brings his own inimitable style. The world is his oyster…and speaking of which, you’ll also enjoy his distinguished glossary of food. Snappy satire meets swashbuckling bravado in High Tails of High Adventures, a book that will leave you laughing and newly appreciative of the wondrous creature known as The Pug.

About the Author

After a successful career as a custom furniture builder, Karl Kronfuss has taken a position in a mothballed uranium processing facility in an effort to kick start a new career as a writer. High Tails of High Adventure is his first book.

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Author Poll: Milton King Needs Your Help With His Book Cover

Milton King is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding on his book cover.

Book Summary

Think Moderates draws on two social truths: 1) we cannot resolve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them (Albert Einstein) and 2) the problems resulting from the actions of extremists can only be rooted out by strong, persistent, and determined actions by moderates (Martin Luther King Jr.). Thus, Think Moderates points out that to offset the problem-creating thinking currently driving public debate, we must recast public debate. We must draw moderates into the debate and give prominence to the problem-solving and reconciling behaviors they typically exemplify in group settings. And we must also give prominence to the kind of thinking moderates bring to the table.

About the Author

While a pastor and community leader for more than 20 years, Milton King—a consummate moderate himself—has worked extensively with moderates, progressives, and conservatives to achieve goals important to selected churches and communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Out of the crucible of that experience, along with countless conversations on current issues with other moderates, has emerged the ideas and insights in this book. He has a BA in history, a Masters of Divinity, and a MA in English language and literature, and has pursued social work studies.

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Author Poll: Joachim Kempin Needs Help Choosing a Cover

Joachim Kempin is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding on his book cover.

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Voting in our democracy is a privilege. 130 million or more will probably be cast this year to determine the next US President. Mostly along party lines. Much fewer based on consciously evaluating of how many of the political promises, made during the election campaign, cannot be kept. In particular by Hillary. A political operator from yesterday, who seeks this office with cunning rhetoric and despair. A pied piper, who supposedly fights for the downtrodden. She does not possess a magic flute like the original one. Instead she too often uses quite angry sounding siren songs to lure voters into a realm of free flowing milk and honey provided by her utopian-style government—causing hurt for the many, who have to pay for her delusions. A fairy tale that has been going on for over seven decades. It led to nearly twenty trillions of debt for this nation and created an entitlement class, which is endangering the American dream for our children. To hell with self-reliance and personal responsibilities is this modern pied piper’s motto. The government will take care of you and plan your future. If you want to wind up living in a mind-numbing political atmosphere and accept handouts forever, please vote for this progressive siren and her party. They will be happy to be your puppet masters! If you agree with the founding fathers of this nation and demand less government and utmost individual freedom, this collection of fairy tales might sway you to reconsider.

About the Author

This is JK’s third book after publishing an insider book about mighty Microsoft titled Resolve and Fortitude and the fiction novel Pope Francis I—Crusader and Knight of Christ. A German immigrant and an astute observer of the political landscape he is retired and lives as a happily married family man in the North Western part of the United States.

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Author Poll: Carole Molchany Needs Your Help With Her Book Cover

Carole Molchany is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and she wants your help deciding on her book cover.

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The Silent Speak Volumes follows one woman as she proves that painfully shy children can become successful, even when raised by an emotionally unstable mother.

In The Silent Speak Volumes, a mother responds to her grown child’s question: “Why don’t we know more about your childhood, Mom?” This sweet yet painfully honest memoir examines one woman’s formative years, in which her mother’s words and actions were not always rooted in loving guidance. Despite her resulting low self-esteem and crippling shyness, the author is able to overcome the emotional manipulation of her past in order to find success and happiness. Her memoir was written for her children, but it’s a story that will resonate with everyone.

About the Author

Carole Molchany was raised by an emotionally unstable parent, but she rose above, thanks to the influences of strong individuals who offered guidance, an ear, an arm around the shoulder, or just a place at their table. Carole is from New Jersey, and currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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