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CHRISTMAS IN MONTPELIER

by F. Ross Peterson

 

ISBN 978-0-9961850-3-5 (print) Available on Amazon.com

​ISBN 978-0-9964150-4-2 (eBook) Available soon on Amazon.com

List Price: $15.95 U.S.

 

Subjects: Family, Christmas, Religion, Coming of Age

​212 pages, including photos and Index

 

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

 

Ross Peterson is among the most beloved American history teachers ever to stop inside a college classroom. Several generations of students have voted him their favorite instructor, and a fair number became teachers themselves, some with Ross's photo on an office wall. Christmas in Montpelier  offers a beguiling look into Professor Peterson's early life, where his wry humor, work ethic, and kindness were honed. Twelve Christmases come to life as he grows from a small boy in a hardscrabble farmhouse with no running water inside and a two-hole privy outside, to one of the nation's most honored educators.

 

 

JACQUES AND THE FORBIDDEN CHRISTMAS

by Martha Sears West

 

ISBN 978-1-7329799-8-7 (hardcover) Available on Amazon.com

ISBN 978-1-7353718-0-1 (softbound) Available on Amazon.com

​ISBN 978-1-7329799-9-4 (eBook) Available on Amazon.com

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Subjects: Family, Christmas, Religion, Santons, French Revolution

42 pages

 

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

 

It is the Christmas of 1794. The townspeople are downhearted because Napoleon has declared Christian worship against the law. Determined to celebrate Christmas, eight-year-old Jacques sculpts his own manger scene made of clay. As he meets neighbors along his travels, he depicts them in his Nativity set. Jacques develops a friendship with a Revolutionary soldier, giving him gifts, and teaching him about the Christ Child.

Jacques and the Forbidden Christmas is another gold-award winner for "Excellence in Family-Friendly" creation by Martha Sears West. Please visit CleanKindWorldBooks.com for more information on Martha and all her award-winning titles for families and children.

 

 

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FOR TIME AND ALL ETERNITY

The Sterling and Ellie Colton Story by Lee Roderick

 

ISBN: 978-0-9961850-7-3 (hardcover-cloth with jacket) Available on Amazon.com!

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List Prices, respectively: $30, $20, $10 U.S.

 

​Subjects: Family, Business, Religion, Hospitality Industry

526 pages, includes 66 with photos, Sources, and Index

 

The deluxe case bound softbound versions of ETERNITY may be ordered on this Probitas site via Available Titles and thru Amazon.com.  The eBook is available online via BN.COM.

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

 

Eleanor Ricks left her Idaho home and journeyed to Salt Lake City to enroll at the University of Utah. Entering the freshman girls' dorm, she got on the elevator from the front. At the same moment Nancy Colton entered the back of the elevator, with her brother Sterling, who carried her luggage. Both girls punched the third-floor button. When the elevator opened, Sterling dropped Nancy's suitcases and picked up Ellie's, carrying them to her room.

 

"I liked him right away!" said Ellie. After a five-year courtship, Sterling and Ellie were married. "Her mother sent her to the 'U' to find a husband," quipped Sterling. "I was fortunate that she was not very picky and chose the first boy she met." Ellie said, "He has been carrying my luggage ever since."

 

Rarely do two people complement each other so perfectly and are so completely in love.

Sterling is serious and responsible. Ellie is full of fun and occasionally irreverent. Both are excellent leaders. Their life together has unfolded over seven delightful decades. They have raised four outstanding children––three boys and a girl––traveled the globe, assisted numerous needy individuals, and spearheaded a variety of good causes.

 

Sterling and Ellie were born and reared in the Rocky Mountain West. They remained there as a couple and family until 1966 when J.W. Marriott, Sr. recruited Sterling to Washington, D.C. to head  his company's legal team. The Coltons began an adventure-filled new life in the nation's capital.

 

As Marriott International's general counsel, Sterling became widely known among colleagues as the "conscience" of the company. J.W. (Bill) Marriott, Jr., who succeeded his father as company leader, called Sterling his best friend and relied on his legal judgment as Marriott grew from a relatively small enterprise into the world's largest hotel company.

In the early 1990s, a tumultuous time for financial and construction industries, Marriott came perilously close to insolvency. It was saved by splitting the company into two companies. Sterling was credited with directing the split that saved Marriott.

 

At home the Coltons were a cohesive, all-American family––working side by side in their house and yard; volunteering community service; supporting their daughter's creative activities; cheering their sons' basketball and football teams. The Coltons skied; visited Disneyland; fished in Alaska; and soared over France's Loire Valley in a hot-air balloon.

Sterling bungee-jumped in New Zealand; Ellie rode a camel into the Egyptian desert with her "Sheik." Together they sailed the Mediterranean on a romantic cruise ship, Sea Cloud; safaried in southern Africa; rode elephants in Thailand; and watched for birds from Canada to Antarctica.

 

The Coltons adopted as their family motto: "Choose you this day whom ye will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15) All three sons served two-year missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and were married in an LDS temple. Sterling and Ellie presided over a variety of local Church organizations as well as a mission and a temple.

 

​Undergirding everything is the love between Sterling and Ellie. This book is their story.

 

 

TRUE WEALTH

The Vision and Genius of Innovator James LeVoy Sorenson

by Lee Roderick

 

ISBN: 978-0-9673432-8-0 (hardcover-cloth with jacket)

ISBN: 978-0-9961850-0-4 (softbound)

eISBN 978-0-9961850-7-3 (eBook)  [Here]

List Prices, respectively: $35, $18, $10 U.S

 

Subjects: Biography, Entrepreneur, Medical Inventions, Real estate development, Mormon, Family, DNA Industries

 

456 pages, includes 50 with photos, Patent Appendix, Sources, and Index

The two print versions of TRUE WEALTH may be ordered on this site via Available Titles and also through Amazon.com. The eBook may be ordered online through  BN.COM

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Jim Sorenson was born into poverty to teenage parents. As a small boy in northern California he shelled walnuts and sold magazines door-to-door to help put food on his family's table. Hope for a better future was dashed for a time by his elementary school teacher who branded him “mentally retarded.”

 

Yet during his lifetime Jim rose to rare heights as an inventor, entrepreneur, and one of the world’s richest men. The dyslexia that made reading extremely difficult early in  life sowed seeds of genius in his mind. Jim invented dozens of medical devices that continue to save lives and lessen suffering for millions across the globe. They include disposable surgical masks, non-invasive plastic venous catheters, blood recycling and infusion systems, and the first real-time heart monitoring systems.

 

Jim was an American original––eccentric and complex, who preached teamwork but was utterly incapable of being anything but the leader; insistent on his rules but indifferent to everyone else’s. He played a pivotal role in pioneering entire industries, launching some forty companies.

 

He created unique ways to build personal wealth, that can be followed profitably by others.

Jim was also a philosopher and an idealist. He poured a fortune into a quest for world peace. He brought antagonistic religions together in international conferences, and gathered 100,000 human DNA samples from across the globe. He believed that if diverse peoples were shown they are related by blood they would learn to live in harmony.

 

​Jim and his remarkable wife of six decades, Beverley Taylor Sorenson, had eight children and fifty-one grandchildren. A billionaire by the end of his life, Jim weighed his numerous accomplishments and repeated what he had written years earlier in a book called Finding the Better Way. He wrote just one sentence in bold-face type: "True wealth only comes through health and family and friends.”

 

 

ELLIS KACKLEY

Best Damn Doctor in the West

by Ellen Carney

 

ISBN: 978-0-9673432-3-5

​List Price: $22.95 U.S.

352 pages, includes 16 with photos

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

ELLIS KACKLEY Best Damn Doctor in the West opens as Dr. Kackley is graduating from medical school at the University of Tennessee and prepares to face unknown frontiers in the small, lawless town of Soda Springs, Idaho. Surrounding him in his new home are vibrant characters: his wife Ida, J. Edward Beus, who rented a baby; midwives like Dorthea who tore up her petticoats for bandages; Ashler, sinister proprietor of the hotel-turned-hospital; Jenny the prostitute, and many others. This unforgettable portrait of an early western doctor in small-town America is filled with humor, warmth, tenderness and sadness. Ellis swims the Bear River to deliver a baby, takes out a man's kidney in a sheep camp, and attracts patients––including outlaws from across the U.S.

 

Ellis gives his life to medicine, but loses the things most precious to him in the process. To access more ELLEN CARNEY titles, click HERE

 

 

BRIDGE BUILDER

Hugh Colton: From Country Lawyer to Combat Hero

by Lee Roderick

 

ISBN: 978-0-9673432-1-1

466 pages includes 56 with photos, Sources and Index

List Price: $28.00 U.S.

Subjects:

​Biography, Business, Family, Horses, Law, Mountain West, WWII

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Hugh Colton had an idea. In his mid-20s and looking to make his mark, he had already accomplished a lot—served a volunteer two-year mission for his church, graduated from college, married a trophy wife, Marguerite Maughan, and now had a civil service job and was in law school in the nation’s capital.

 

Busy as he was, something still tugged at Hugh. Early in 1927 he wrote his good friend J.W. (Bill) Marriott, back home. Root beer, a new-fangled drink that was the rage in their native Utah, might be a hit in muggy Washington. At Hugh’s suggestion, Bill secured a franchise from A&W Root Beer for the greater capital area. On May 20, 1927 three young men on the East Coast took off: Charles A. Lindbergh, to cross the Atlantic solo for the first time, and Hugh and Bill, who opened their nine-stool root beer stand that same morning. Lindbergh, of course, made it—and so did Hugh and Bill. They charged just 5 cents for a frosty mug of root beer. Not a lot, but enough to launch what became Marriott International.

 

The following year something else tugged at Hugh: a longing to be back home in the West and, especially, to be with his beloved horses. Failing to talk the Coltons out of leaving, Bill bought their half of the business for $5,000. Hugh and Marguerite returned to Vernal, Utah. Hugh became a rancher and country lawyer, while Marguerite took the lead in rearing their four children and tending to numerous civic causes.

 

​As World War II crept closer to America’s doorstep, Hugh, at 40, organized a local unit of the Army National Guard. He had a ranch, a law practice, and four children to guide, but could not deny the call of his country. For the next five years, as Marguerite kept the home fires burning, Hugh led combat engineer troops in the US, the UK, and from the shores of Normandy to the heart of Germany. One correspondent called Hugh and his men the “bravest of the brave.” Hugh received a battlefield commission to full colonel from Supreme Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower, and returned to Utah as one of its most decorated heroes. He and Marguerite dedicated the rest of their lives to lifting their country, their community, and their family.

 

 

TELEVISION TIGHTROPE

​How I Escaped Hitler, Survived CBS, and Fathered Viacom

by Ralph M. Baruch with Lee Roderick

 

ISBN: 978-0-9673432-2-4

416 pages includes 16 with photos, Sources and Index

List Price: $27.95 U.S. $34.95 Canada

 

Subjects:

Biography, Broadcasting, Cable Television, History, Entertainment, Business

 

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

If you get more than a handful of television channels, thank Ralph Baruch. Facing great odds, Baruch—once a top executive at CBS and founder of Viacom—led the pivotal battles against broadcasters, regulators, and legislators that pried Washington's fingers from the neck of cable television and set it soaring.

CBS spun off tiny Viacom, led by Baruch. The parent had 28,000 employees, the child 200. CBS and federal agencies piled on oppressive conditions that nearly strangled Viacom in its crib. But Viacom survived to become the world's largest entertainment company—returning nearly three decades later, in 1999, and buying CBS. Tightrope is also an intimate memoir. As Nazis poured into Paris in World War II, teenaged Ralph led the escape of his family, carrying his grandmother over the Pyrenees Mountains to Spain and then freedom.

Ralph’s first wife died tragically, leaving four young daughters. Years later he fell in love with a remarkable woman who would anchor Ralph through all the turbulence ahead. He had survived Hitler, CBS, feckless government bureaucrats, and greedy outsiders who coveted Viacom. But—until too late—he failed to see the slash of the knife wielded by some insiders bent on buying and carving up the company Baruch had led since its birth. Ralph, however, had not yet played his last card. In the wings was Boston businessman Sumner Redstone. In a titanic takeover struggle, he wrested Viacom from the cabal of insiders. It remained to be seen if Redstone would also carve up and sell off Viacom—as analysts predicted—or continue to build the global enterprise envisioned by Ralph Baruch.

 

 

COURAGE

Orrin Hatch: Leading the Fight for Constitutional Rights

by Lee Roderick

 

ISBN: 978-09673432-4-2

608 pages including 94 pages of photos, Sources and Index

List Price: $28.00 U.S.

 

Subjects:

Constitution, Congress, Current events

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

At a time of turmoil in Washington, Senator Orrin Hatch is needed more than ever, writes author Lee Roderick. The Utah conservative has written some of the nation’s most important laws—and stopped some of the worst ideas from becoming law.

Hatch is the Senate’s leading consensus-builder for conservative ways to solve national problems. Recently named one of America’s 21 best leaders, U.S. News & World Report explained that Hatch “has demonstrated that a member of Congress can work to pass meaningful, bipartisan legislation without compromising his core principles and strongly held ideological convictions.”

The Utahn is the Senate’s No. 1 sponsor of constitutional amendments to balance the federal budget, and a leading foe of Obamacare and other wasteful government spending. Courage shows in plain terms the greatest challenges facing the United States—and how to meet them. It is unusually reader-friendly, with over 100 pages of photos, many with page numbers where the reader may learn more on that topic.

...(Hatch can) fight to set the country right; to save it from financial ruin.

—Jay Nordlinger, Senior Editor National Review

 

If every member of the Senate was like Orrin Hatch, we'd be arguing over how to deal with a federal surplus...I like to think of Orrin as 'Mr. Balanced Budget.'

​—President Ronald Reagan

 

Let us take courage from the immortal excellence of The Constitution & heart from the fact that we Americans pulling together have always risen to any challenge.

—Senator Orrin Hatch

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