The Mottled Speck

Two eagles awake to the sound of thunder, or rather, a helicopter that hovers overhead. While mama eagle flees, papa defends their eggs but is captured, leaving mama to raise three eaglets by herself.

Speaking of single moms, Mary is overwhelmed by Lissy’s teenage surliness, so when Mary’s father dislocates his hip, sending Lissy to assist him seems a blessed relief until she discover he’s just taken in a runaway with a wounded owl. Reluctantly, she decides to entrust her daughter’s fate to her father’s vigilance.

Shep is just an old dog, doing what old dogs do.

This is not a whimsical tale, but a poignant story of the banality of evil, the impotence of good and the unexpected voice that suggests that what we do, for good or ill, might actually matter.

Fiction; 6x9 hardcover; isbn: 978-1-939636-02-7; price: $35.00

epub: 978-1-939636-01-0; price: $12.99

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“I will take the ring, though I do not know the way.”

The mere recollection of [this phrase] can move me to tears. I have been reading this tale since I was eleven years old, taking it from my shelf every year or so and returning to Middle-earth. . . . As I get older, and learn more of what sort of person I am, and continue sojourning to the rich soil of the Shire and the high tower of Minas Tirith, I discover that many of my notions of what is good and right and noble in this world have their source in that one.

In the journey from birth to death, you will be asked to leave behind everything you have known, and to bear what treasure you have to an uncertain end. When the road is invisible, impassable or crowded with foes, the tale of Frodo and his friends offers hope that you will be given the strength and the help you need to keep walking, as well as a reminder that you are not alone.

Nonfiction; 6x9 paperback; isbn: 978-1466345447; price: $13.99

I’m told there is a lion who wants to meet with me. I am told that he is fierce and unpredictable and very large. I have known about him for most of my life, and at times I’ve believed I caught a glimpse of his shadow, but I have yet to actually meet him face to face. His name is Aslan, and it’s possible that you’ve heard of him.

C. S. Lewis has created a wonderful place, a place where anything can happen. Even the stones can talk. In Aslan’s Call Mark Eddy Smith shows us how—in this fanciful world—we discover the truest reality. In the children who travel to Narnia we find ourselves. In Aslan we find Christ. And in the place of Narnia we find the very adventure for which God made us.

We begin with the journey, and it is the journey that shapes us.

Nonfiction; 6x9 paper; isbn: 978-1-939636-40-9; price: $12.59

epub: 978-1-939636-41-6; price: $6.99

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