The New York Times Features Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Author Frans Koning!

Throughout the holiday season, we feature our authors who have taken advantage of the 2019 Holiday Marketing Bundle and the benefits of the New York Times Holiday Book Review co-op ad! Co-op ads provide authors effective exposure through a well-known, established publication with millions of dedicated book lovers!

The New York Times Holiday Edition features Outskirts Press Self-Published author Frans Koning.

About the Author

Frans Koning grew up on a tulip and dairy farm in Holland. He was born and raised during the 1929 worldwide economic depression.

After WWII, he attended the School of Medicine at Leiden University. In 1962 he joined the Peace Corps and practiced medicine for two years in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Subsequently, he returned to the United States and practiced emergency medicine and family medicine in Washington State, where he still lives.


A Slice of History: Musing on Religion, WW II and Its Aftermath

A View of the World from Three Continents

From a farm in The Netherlands to poverty-stricken Sierra Leone…from the brief peace after the Great War to the horrors of World War II…from Europe to America…this extraordinary book of anecdotal essays ranges through the life of a man who has lived broadly and deeply. Author Frans Koning shares his observations and impressions on topics ranging from what it was like to be a teenager in a Nazi-occupied country, to his experiences in Africa with the Peace Corps, and his move to the United States. He has experienced the effects of brutality and fear and lived to tell about man’s inhumanity to man. With a perspective gained from three continents, he can see how human experience is both diverse and similar…and how patterns in human behavior emerge, from the Waffen SS to ISIS. Immediately engaging, loosely structured, and retaining a piquant flavor of his native land in a Dutchman’s English, A Slice of History is a uniquely personal yet immediately accessible memoir of life during the most turbulent decades of our time.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: William Guthrie

Each week we highlight one of our exceptional self-publishing authors and this week we turn our attention to William Guthrie.  William has published four titles with Outskirts Press and, throughout his body of work, speaks to matters of the heart. He weaves his unique voice with wisdom that comes from experience and devotion to provide greater understanding to his readers.  Learn more about William and his work through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.


William Guthrie is a student of the human condition, wielding the written craft to enrapture the mind much like an artist wields a brush. The pages are a blank canvas on which to draw from a talent heralded by many and matched only by an imagination that rises to the task.

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Transformed and Renewed:
The True Story of a Pastor’s Struggle with Depression

All too often I have gone to clergy conferences where the mere subject of “Clergy Wellness” is treated with dispassionate academic abandonment. It might have been a college course entitled “Clergy Wellness 101.” For the first time I have come across a read…indeed a position that treats the “cause and effect” elements of the problem with passionate understanding and grace. Our brother, William Guthrie, a devoted priest of the church, seeks healing and wholeness for us all. He understands, more than most, that physicians are indeed capable of healing themselves when they acknowledge that we all have an illness of some sort which keeps us from being effective tools of grace for the Holy Spirit. His honesty and forthrightness give us hope that we may have healing in the body at last! ~The Rev. Dr. C. David Williams, Retired Dean, Trinity and St. Philip’s Cathedral, Episcopal Diocese of Newark, New Jersey. Depression is a serious medical condition that affects millions of people. In “Transformed and Renewed,” William Guthrie offers fellow clergy a safe space to face this condition in a spirit of hope and acceptance. This is an important resource to help change the mindset of the community as to how we all can provide support for pastors in distress. ~John E. Harris, Jr., National President, Union of Black Episcopalians.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white, 94 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 29, 2012)
ISBN10: 1432793004
ISBN13: 9781432793005
Genre: HEALTH & FITNESS / General

“Whenever effective preaching is done, three acts of “exegesis” are operative. There is the responsible exegesis of biblical texts, drawing from the words of scripture a word for the contemporary church. There is the exegesis of day to day life, where one “reads” the human situation with wisdom, strength, and honesty. Lastly, there is the exegetical witness of the preacher who from the riches of his or her own personal experience dares to proclaim good news to those who hunger for it. In his collection of sermons, Speaking Truth to Power, William Guthrie has brought these three acts together in a compelling and dramatic manner as he lets us hear in his own voice the Old and New Testaments speaking to the varied seasons of human life.” ~The Reverend Canon Lloyd Alexander Lewis, PhD, DD, Downs Professor of New Testament Emeritus, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia; and Canon Theologian to the Episcopal Bishop of Long Island “From his rich experience as a priest in Guyana, Virginia, California and New Jersey, Father William Guthrie gives us reflections on the gospel’s relevance to public life, private morality and personal hope with a crisp particularity and keen observations on the range of human experience.” ~The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee, MDiv, DD, Bishop of Virginia (Retired), Provisional Bishop of East North Carolina


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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white, 397 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 30, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478752653
ISBN13: 9781478752653
Genre: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Preaching

David and Jonathan—The Tale of Two Friends by William Guthrie bridges a divide of thousands of years, from friendship rehearsed in oral tradition to friendship rehearsed on Facebook but always the same in essence, i.e., friendship. In a world of greater isolation where individuals spend so much time by themselves in front of computers, it is refreshing and life-giving to see the banner of friendship raised high and promoted. This book has the potential of propelling people into deeper satisfaction and even deeper meaning in their lives. ~The Rt. Rev. William E. Swing, D.D. 7th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California President and Founder of the United Religions Initiative This is indeed a timely undertaking to celebrate life-enhancing friend-ships. Fr. Guthrie is to be applauded for making such a passionate point that wholesome, platonic relationships are vital for all human beings, especially for alienated young men at this time. From my experience as a pastoral counselor for more than twenty-five years, I can wholeheartedly support his well presented arguments that there is a great need for more spiritually nurturing relationships which promote accountability, loyalty, transparency, trustworthiness, honesty, integrity and caring communication and bring glory to God. ~The Rev. Angela C. Bosfield Palacious, M.A., M.Div., Th.M., Anglican Hospital Chaplain in The Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands

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Format: 6 x 9 economy color hardback w/jacket, 77 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 31, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478728698
ISBN13: 9781478728696

Step back with the Author for a memorable tour of this Guyanese village on the South American Continent. A revealing look at a young man’s growth and development in his native village and the influences upon him and others like him during that time. These memoirs will make you laugh and make you weep with poignant reminders of a bygone era that still continue to reverberate in a land whose motto is “One People, One Nation, One Destiny.”



Product details…

Format: 8.5 x 8.5 color paperback, 76 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 25, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432706616
ISBN13: 9781432706616

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