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Print copies of most books are available at Blue Fish Books ;Those are print-on-demand books printed by Lulu Press .Bluefish Books specializes in old diaries & letters, history, biographies, memoirs, novels, inspirational books, and other works edited or written by John Cowart.

I earn my living selling my books. I have no other source of income. No sales, no money. However, I’ve spent much of my life in poverty. I’ve often lived in want myself. Many’s the time I saw books which I did not have money to buy.

That hurt.

That’s why I want these books available to anyone who wants to read them whether they can pay or not.



But whether you pay or not, feel free to download the books on this page.

I know you can’t served God and mammon, but I try.

Thank you, and enjoy!

—John Cowart


Sci/Fi Novels:

The Lazarus Projects

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THE LAZARUS PROJECTS, by John Cowart, a team of modern scientists travels back through time to investigate the events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by Roman authorities in the year 33. Miami businessman Lazarus Wienstien, multi-millionaire owner of one of America’s largest breweries, proposes this investigation. The bizarre death of his only grandson on the very day Mr. Wienstien discovers his own cancer motivates him to initiate five research projects, one of which, he hopes, will insure his personal survival after death. These projects include experiments in cyronics, geriatrics, hypnotic regression, resuscitation and resurrection.


Glog: A Dinosaur Novel… Of Sorts

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John Cowart’s Glog, a science fiction/humor fantasy, relates the adventures of a sentient dinosaur in the Chesapeake Bay area where he prays for divine guidance while being buffeted by adverse circumstances which confuse the creature to no end. Glog eats muskrats, lots of muskrats, and hunger motivates him more than anything else. He also illuminates the initial uncials in a biblical manuscript.


Worshday & Other Tales

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John Cowart’s Worshday & Other Tales collects short stories related to John’s odd world view. Titles include: Daddy Breaks The Egg Spell, The Transfiguration Of What’s-His-Name, Uncle Herb’s Secret Picture, The Kid Reads Chaucer, Praying For The Beer Fish, Worshday, The Last Beast, and other strange tales. Fun reading from a fun guy. John says, “I think this book may be my best”.


A Dirty Old Man Goes Bad Series:

A Dirty Old Man Goes Bad 2005

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A Dirty Old Man Goes Bad, by John Cowart, records the humor and happiness of a frustrated writer. John’s daily blog, Rabid Fun, bears the caption, “A befuddled ordinary Christian looks for spiritual realities in day to day living.” Sounds like a downer. Yet, over 104,000 readers from 102 countries visited his website in 2005. A Dirty Old Man Goes Bad reveals John’s happy joys as well as his struggles with temptation over bitterness, resentment, pornography, Microsoft, depression, laziness, Google, Blogger, pettiness, sloth, Krispy Kreme Donuts, and anger. All in all, this is a real-time love story told day by day by a man who loves reality.


A Dirty Old Man Gets Worse 2006

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Have great reading fun as you track joys and frustrations in this light-hearted writer’s diary. Laugh as this happy man wrestles with temptations and ponders the existence and nature of God. Smile at his antics over editing a Civil War diary and the autobiography of a 100-year-old man while at the same time caring for a duck attacked by a raccoon. Enjoy a year’s worth of fun with his wild and rambunctious family. Be amused at the false and mistaken report of his death; and relish his abiding joy in life. Follow John’s exploits as he plans to write THE WORLD’S GREATEST BOOK ON HUMILITY! as a future project.

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A Dirty Old Man Stumbles On 2007

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In this third book of John Cowart’s Dirty Old Man Diaries series the author shares his fun-filled adventures as he takes his wife off for a romantic get-away weekend to an Indian burial mound. But it’s not all fun as John wrestles with the problem of, “If God Loves Me, Then Why Won’t My Lawnmower Start?”. Readers share John’s frustration as he worries over two sneaky 16th Century Puritans with the same name and as he turns a shopping bag filled with newspaper clippings into a book. And readers laugh as John plays the part of the “Ugliest Virgin Ever” in a Christmas play when he tries to diaper a Teddy Bear amid clouds of baby powder. In the midst of these humorous adventures, John continually falls to temptations, yet keeps stumbling along seeking spiritual reality in everyday life.

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A Dirty Old Man Sinks Lower 2008

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Readers laugh as writer John Cowart bogs down in tar when he paints his house. He also bogs down in muck repairing his pool. And he bogs down in words as he finishes writing a history of his local fire department—a project he’s tried, off and on, for 20 years. John says he’s just a befuddled ordinary Christian who looks for spiritual reality in everyday life—and you’ll laugh as he has fun doing that. You never know what the next page will bring. This book is the fourth in John’s Dirty Old Man Goes Bad series.

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A Dirty Old Man Goes To The Dogs 2009


Once again writer John Cowart proves laughable as he ponders the serious business of life. In this fifth book of John’s Dirty Old Man series, he thrills to uncover a century-old fingerprint. He struggles with matters of faith and theodicy as he recounts the tale of his friend the librarian’s car being attacked by barely-clad nightclub strippers swinging swords. Only real life can be so funny and so serious at the same time.

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A Dirty Old Man VS The Coons 2010

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E-BOOK EDITION–John Cowart’s 2010 Diary begins in a wedding and a buffalo head and ends in a hospital and a rocket launch. In between, John battles coons which gnawed a hole into his office, undergoes a waterboard torture, helps an exotic dancer, and buries an Indian. In the midst of trials and temptations, the dirty old man tries to live a more or less Christian life.

DOWNLOAD LINK FOR A Dirty Old Man VS The Coons 2010: EB 2010 DOMvsCoons UPLOADED

A Dirty Old Man Tells All 2011

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My 2011 Diary tells how readers in India, Germany, Russia, Indonesia, and other parts of the globe have found amusement and inspiration through my writing.The diary starts with a fight over a closet and concludes with a song. In between readers watch me try to more or less walk with Christ in daily life. I asked my wife if she would buy my book. She said, “No”. But then she lacks discernment and good taste–look who she married.

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A Dirty Old Man On Wheels: 2012

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John Cowart, the dirty old man of the title, deteriorates further this eight year of his published diaries. Now, he gets around and into trouble on a wheeled aluminium walker–Don’t go too fast, but I go pretty far! Too far spmetimes. This makes the eight book in John Cowart’s Dirty Old Man Goes Bad series. During 2012 John met the ghost of Abraham Maslow to discuss the hierarchy of human needs. John worried about getting arrested for burying human bones. And John met two beautiful girls in the mens room at a restaurant—and a demon in the front closet of his home. In 2012. John’s diary picks up clues about his wife’s terminal cancer and traces how the happy Christian couple confronted her disease. John said, “were anyone to ever write the story of my life, it would be a love story”.

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A Dirty Old Man Hangs On:

A real-time look at Christian grief

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E-Book in PDF format—This book is the ninth in John’s Dirty Old Man series. Ginny and John were in love and married for 45 years when she died on April 22, 2013. The pages of John’s 2013 Diary tell a love story in the face of death and give a real-time look at Christian grief. The diary starts in a sex clinic and ends in a joyous Christmas Eve candlelight service. In between it relates a tale of courage, love and humor as the couple deal with her cancer. Ginny said, “On the upside, Honey, think of all the money we’re saving on our Viagra prescriptions”. In the aftermath of Ginny’s death, John went a little nuts learning to ride a Segway, buying an expensive book he can’t read, getting stuck in a swamp and having to be rescued by a park ranger, and questioning his own faith. John said, “It’s an easy step for me to go from asking ‘What’s wrong with me’ to asking, ‘What’s wrong with God'”.

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Inspirational Books:

Gravediggers Christmas:

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John Cowart’s collection, Gravedigger’s Christmas & Other Tales: Fact, Fiction, And The Normal Daily Grind, provides entertaining and amusing, yet enlightening, short stories, articles and essays related to daily life as well as to various holidays. Readings in the 230 page book range from “John Burns His Own Stupid Foot” for April Fool’s Day, to serious meditations such as “The Ugliest Picture In The World” for Easter. In these pages love stories abound, such as “The Girl In My Shower” and “The Fig Factor”. And the book also addresses deep philosophical and theological issues such as “Are There Reindeer In Heaven?” and “Was Jesus A Ghost?”. All these chapters combine to make for light happy reading no matter what the occasion — even if it’s just making it through your normal daily grind.

DOWNLOAD LINK FOR Gravediggers Christmas: EB Gravediggers Christmas

I’m Confused About Prayer:

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John Cowart,World’s Foremost Authority on unanswered prayer, says, “I’ve prayed for more things and didn’t get them than anyone else I know.” But many other people also wonder why their prayers seem to get nowhere. So John’s amusing book addresses such issues as: Is Anybody out there to answer prayers? If God is able to answer, then why doesn’t he? Is God as mean as a snake? Is there something wrong with my faith, my sins, my breath? If God did speak to me during prayer, would I hear him? If I don’t have a whole lot of faith, will God answer me anyhow? Am I praying, or just wishing? And as John worries such questions, he presents his famous Skunk Proof for the existence of a loving God. He dedicates the book to his wife with the words, “I prayed 35 years ago to get over loving you. I’m so glad that God did not answer my prayer”….. NOTE: This book was previously published as “Why Don’t I Get What I Pray For?” (IVP, 1993).

DOWNLOAD LINK FOR I’m Confused About Prayer: EB Confused About Prayer

Strangers On The Earth: People Whose Faith Got Them Into Trouble

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John Cowart’s collective biography, Strangers On The Earth, offers miniature portraits of about 20 people who were radically different from the rest of us, people I find to be among the most fascinating characters who ever lived. Some told about in these pages are well known. Others you may have never heard of before. Each one exhibits certain other-worldly characteristics and values which you may find attractive, funny or odd — even repelling. Each of them acted out of place in this world, as though they were strangers here…. Among those profiled here are Astronomer Johannes Kepler, Aristocrat Jeanne Guyon, Farmer Seth Hubbel, Physician Eleanor Chesnut, Explorer Christopher Columbus, Housewife Mary Rowlandson, Saint Patrick of Ireland, Missionary William Carey, and a host of others who lived indeed as strangers on this earth.

DOWNLOAD LINK FOR Strangers On The Earth: EB Strangers

Along The Way:

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This is the first book in a series by award-winning columnist Barbara White, who describes herself as an insignificant person following a magnificent Savior; a weak person following a powerful God; a pilgrim following the road Home. She admits being a sinful person on the receiving end of incredible grace. She says, “I write about trying to live the Christian life and failing and trying again”. Her modest yet strong newspaper columns influenced thousands of readers as they followed her struggles and joys along the way; in her spiritual journey, they see their own. Readers from all walks of life and every religious persuasion identify with the transparent reality of her life and writing as they seek their own spiritual depth. Join her in her journey along the way; she’s headed toward someplace we all want to go.

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Further Along The Way:

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For over 15 years at the Florida Times-Union newspaper, award winning journalist Barbara White wrote a personal account of her spiritual journey. Thousands of readers followed her column, Along The Way. “I write about trying to live the Christian life and failing and trying again,” she said. “God loves us just as we are — and too much to let us stay that way”. Further Along The Way is the second book in a series of Barbara White’s Along The Way columns to be published by Bluefish Books.

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Seasons Along The Way:

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For 15 years award-winning journalist Barbara White wrote Along The Way, a weekly column for the Florida Times-Union newspaper, chronicling her personal spiritual journey — 15 Easters, 15 Mothers’ Days, 15 Thanksgivings, 15 Advents, 15 Lents, 15 Fourth of Julys, etc. Each column was to be read as a stand-alone piece, therefore they retain a timeless quality. This book collects samples of these outstanding columns related to various holiday seasons as well as a generous sample of columns related to the fun, faith and frustrations Mrs. White experienced in her daily adventures Along The Way. This is the third book in Barbara White’s Along The Way series. —jw.

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Rejoicing Along The way:

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In this fourth book of Barbara White’s popular Along The Way series, she experiences joy on her spiritual journey in spite of potholes along the way such as her own cancer, a broken wrist, and her daughter’s brain tumor. Her discoveries of rejoicing mirror the spiritual riches available in every reader’s own life.

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Lent: A Lenten Diary


A week before she died, award-winning newspaper columnist Barbara White finished the last of these Lenten meditations. A clown gave her a nail, a visit to jail, a reflection on extremes–all these elements contribute to her thoughts on the 40 days before Easter. Profoundly thoughtful, deeply moving, gently loving, starkly real, the first issue of this book sold out in days, but it is now available again edited by John Cowart. Noted artist Lyn Lazarus provided nine illustrations for the text.

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The Way Out: An Exotic Dancer’s Story Of Freedom

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Patricia Grace, a former exotic dancer who danced under the stage name “Tess”, is now a pastor’s wife. She enjoys spending her time helping other women like herself.

She has started many Women’s groups and has been involved with the Youth Ministry at the church her husband pastors.

She feels strongly about impressing the love of Christ to women and teens to help them know they are worthy and God has big plans and a purpose for their lives, no matter their background.

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Old Diaries Of Interest:

Adventist: –Joseph P. King’s autobiography

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Edited by Wes Bassett, Joseph P. King’s autobiography spotlights American life between 1846 and 1946. King tells of his boyhood in Wilmington, N.C., during the Civil War, his bout with Yellow Fever, and his love affair with his wife of 60 years. He also tells of his long service as a minister. Included is his defense when he was put on trial for heresy in 1880. This 2nd edition contains corrections, additions, and a section of newly uncovered and collected photographs

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Rebel Yell: The Civil War Diary Of John Thomas Whatley

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John Cowart edited this hitherto unpublished diary of a Confederate soldier. John Thomas Whatley’s diary has been hidden away for almost 150 years and is here presented for the first time. Whatley, of Coweta County, Georgia, wrote in a bound farmer’s ledger from March 2, 1862, till November 27, 1864. In neat Spencerian script Whatley’s diary opens with his accounts while preparing for the defense of Savannah, Georgia; most of the diary’s pages record events there. The diary portion of the text ends with his serving near Petersburg, Virginia. Apparently, much of this time he served with General William J. Hardee’s cavalry. The yankees killed Whatley at Bentonville, North Carolina, on April 14, 1865 — the same day President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated

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Letters From Stacy:

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Editor John Cowart said, “I bought an old wooden file drawer a few years ago at a yard sale in the Riverside section of Jacksonville, Florida. As best I recall, I paid three dollars for the file drawer and its contents. Inside I found this collection of letters touching on Little Rock, Arkansas’, and Jacksonville, Florida’s, history and culture from a man interested in family, cooking, gardening, gunsmithing, computers, geology, wines, weather … and gnomes”.

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William F. Short’s 1854 Diary

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In 1854 William Short said more between the lines of his diary than he did in its pages. He’d proposed marriage to Sarah. But when he traveled to Jackson, Missouri, he was smitten by Amanda. Then at a Methodist camp meeting he met Martha, “My Temptation”. Suspense builds as the young minister decides which girl to marry while at the same time he feels a deep heart hunger for God. His mix of confusion about love and dedication to Christ still appeals to readers after 155 years.

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DIARY Of Samuel Ward, a translator of the 1611 Bible:

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Samuel Ward, a moderate Puritan, lived from 1577 to 1643. His life spanned from the reign of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, through that of King James. and into the days of Charles I. Surviving pages of his diary run from May 11, 1595 to July 1, 1632. He served the Second Cambridge Company Translation Committee, comprised of the finest biblical and linguistic scholars of his day, to produce the 1611 King James Bible, the world’s most popular book. Ward walked a thin line between Puritan and Established Church factions. While perusing his academic career at Cambridge, he preached solid Puritan sermons yet rose to become the royal chaplain for King James, head of the Established Church. Ward’s diary reveals that while he cared deeply about larger academic, political and church polity matters, his main concern was his own walk with Christ. He wrote to remind himself of his daily sins and faults, and also to remind himself of God’s many blessings to him.


Barbara White’s Prayer Diary


Newspaper editor Barbara White won awards for her inspirational religious columns which have been collected in five devotional books. She also recorded her private prayers and meditations for 35 years in her diaries. Looking at Barbara you think of a white-haired, shy, little old lady sipping tea in the bishop’s garden. And you’re right. That’s what she looked like. Yet her diary entries, and those of her friend and book editor John Cowart, reveal her hellacious family situation which involved alcoholism, drug abuse, prison sentences, broken bones, extortion, armed robbery, church squabbles, and a Coast Guard helicopter search. Yet in the midst of such intense tragedy, family trouble, and heartache, Barbara’s diaries show her daily secrets of walking with God in peace

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My Most Amazing Year: The 1942 Diary of Eleanor Law Scruggs

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In 1942, only 24 days after Pearl Harbor, school girl Eleanor Law, of Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida, began her diary. Through that first year of World War II, she observes civilian life and finds love. Her diary tells of meeting the man she would eventually marry and live with for 51 years. Breathless, excited, happy, anxious–her words reveal the real concerns of the time. As German subs sink ships in sight of Jacksonville and the FBI captures Nazi spies right in the city, Eleanor also worries about the USO dance and her school grades in real time

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Seeking A Settled Heart, the 1587 Puritan Diary of Richard Rodgers

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The diary of Richard Rogers, a Puritan minister in the time of the first Queen Elizabeth, resonates with features of my own life. Rogers lived between 1550 and 1618; his extant diary covers from February 28, 1587 to August 26, 1590. This present text is based on materials transcribed by Dr. M.M. Knappen. When I first encountered the Diary Of Richard Rogers, the man’s search for God moved me to seek the Lord myself with more intensity and less pretense. The diary of this good and godly man inspired me in my own spiritual walk. That’s what spiritual diaries are supposed to do. —— John Cowart.

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Florida History:

Crackers & Carpetbaggers

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by John Cowart: It all happened in Jacksonville, Florida: *Seminole Indians, dressed in the costumes of Shakespearian actors, attacked Mandarin. *A letter from a prostitute lead Jacksonville’s most popular minister to be aboard the Titanic when she went down (the ship that is). *Yellow Jack, a monstrous killer, decimated the city. *Gentleman Jim Corbett, Boxing Champion of America, fought and fought and fought in Jacksonville. *A pawnbroker buried eight chests of diamonds at Moncrief Springs; his treasure has never been recovered.. *In Riverside, a mule died in Mrs. E.C. Clark’s kitchen. *A notorious pirate led a prayer meeting at Fort Caroline…. The Great Seaboard Earthquake, The Great Fire, The Great Freeze, The Great Telephone War, and many other events – they all happened in Jacksonville. *** “Hope you enjoy reading about it.” –JWC

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Heroes All: A History of Firefighting in Jacksonville, Florida

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John Cowart’s HEROES ALL traces the history of Jacksonville, Florida, my hometown, from the viewpoint of how many times the place has burned down–or been saved from burning down by heroic firefighters. From 1850 when bucket brigade volunteers grabbed their rifles to shoot an arsonist off the roof of a hotel, right up to the fire department’s rescue of a puppy and some other animals from locked cages last year when 200 dogs died in the Humane Society Shelter fire, this book focuses on the bravery and courageous deeds of firefighters who save lives and property daily.

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Changing Lives:

A History of Christ Church Jacksonville Anglican


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John Cowart’s history tells of a church’s rise from the mire of apostasy, pornography, controversy, and loss to become a beacon drawing people to Christ, the light of the world.

Changing Lives: A Histrory of Christ Church Jacksonville Anglican–Click to download the CCJA ebook! 



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Foreign Language Translations:

I’m Confused About Prayer in Indonesian


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I’m Confused About Prayer in German


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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Myrna
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 13:57:12

    I tried to download the free ebook Gravedigger”s Christmas and OtherTales but was unsuccessful, Is there another link ?

  2. admin
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 14:18:28

    Checking on it Myrna!

  3. Sarah (Sally) Hardy
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 21:01:03

    I am so delighted to have found you. I bought your book “Adventist” through a Nook purchase after finding it mentioned on some web search I was conducting while researching my great grandfather, Edward Gilbert King. Evidently he was the son of Isaac King, brother to Joseph Pyram King. I was very pleased with the book as it reflected so many things my grandmother had told me as a youngster and had many of the photos I have carried through life to pass on to those to follow. I learned much more than I ever expected on so many levels while reading. What a treasure to find! If you have the book available in print I would be delighted to purchase one. I have bookmarked you page and blog and expect to read several of your other books which I imagine will be as interesting as the one read. Thank you for all you have done and, undoubtly will continue to do. Loved the wren in the slipper. Sally

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