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This week Outskirts Press proudly features Paul Jones, self-publishing author of four books of fiction and African themes through Outskirts Press: Living My Dreams, A Purpose and a Promise, Moving Forward and Fulfilling His Purpose.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Paul Jones is a military veteran who makes his home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where he is serving his third term as justice of the peace. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from AIU, graduating summa cum laude, and an associate degree in business management from the same university. He has been employed in law enforcement for 18 years. He also serves as deacon and youth teacher at the Canaan Christian Center. Paul is married to Candice, and they have two sons, Justin and Jordan.
In this debut collection of 23 poems and three short stories, author and poet Paul A. Jones offers a panoramic vision of the human and the divine to illustrate both the lofty and the lowly paths we take as we live our lives in the presence of God. Jones explores the spectrum of life’s facets from slavery and racism, street crime and H.I.V. to the meaning of true love, the life of a newlywed and a parent’s nurturing of children for a productive and fulfilling life. The author has observed life carefully in his many years in the military and in law enforcement and he conveys his vision fully in these well crafted works. Whether candidly pointing out that “We all play little games” in his insightful observation of the selfishness of self-pity or whether showing man’s potential for faith, courage and integrity, the poems and parable-like short stories in Living My Dreams offer satisfying rewards to readers wishing to meditate on the truths revealed in them.
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 77 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 29, 2010)
Genre: POETRY / African
Jake is a country boy from deep in the Delta. His parents are poor and uneducated, but they want the best for him and instill in him a deep sense of purpose. Fresh out of high school, Jake has no skills and no job, but he is a “mountain of a man” in more ways than one, and he has a burning desire to make something of his life. A Purpose and a Promise, the third of a series, takes a closer look at the life of young Jake—a character featured in Paul Jones’ previous books. It’s the story of not only his adventures, but of his beginnings and how his vision for the future is shaped. Fall in love with Jake all over again in this moving testimonial to man’s inherent strength and integrity.
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 119 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 14, 2012)
Genre: FICTION / Action & Adventure
Moving Forward: The Past and Future
The life you live is not your life to give We look at the world, but our eyes are closed The unsaved one doesn’t want us to see He doesn’t want to be exposed. In Moving Forward, Paul Jones gives the reader an inspiring and engaging collection of thoughts, emotions, reflections, and characters. Each poem and short story has a message crafted to move readers spiritually and intellectually. This collection includes the author’s own favorite short story, the continuing tale of Jake, who has to continue his journey of learning as he settles down to a life with Cleo…but fate has some twists in store for them. A Cry for Help is an important commentary on our self-involved world, telling the story of Karen, who tries to get the attention of those around her who are too busy to listen, with tragic results leading to humility and redemption for her loved ones. Moving Forward is a memorable reading experience, bringing life and light to themes both universal and personal.
Format: 5 x 8 paperback cream, 86 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 31, 2012)
Genre: POETRY / African
Fulfilling His Promise: Jake’s Story
At the age of 22, fresh out of high school, Jake Martin decides it’s time to do something with his life. He has no job and no skills, so he turns to his mother for advice. She makes him promise that he will get an education and discover his purpose in life, but Jake considers himself just an ole country boy whose parents are poor and uneducated, and it is a struggle to keep his promise. From the author of Living My Dreams, Moving Forward, and A Purpose and a Promise, Paul Jones’ memorable new book continues Jake’s journey toward self-discovery as he finally realizes his purpose in life and works to fulfill it. And when he does, he finds that he has so much more to do …
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 184 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 19, 2013)
Genre: DRAMA / African
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