Constructed of Magic

Paperback – January 11th, 2015

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What Would Life be Like if You Knew You Were an Immortal Spiritual Being?

“It is my viewpoint that each man has his own unique magnificence regardless of race, religion, nation, tribe, station in life, customs and beliefs…,” so writes poet, Louis Alan Swartz.

Constructed of Magic and Other Poems on the Immortality of the Human Spirit is a refreshing collection of poems that explore the beauty of who we are as spiritual beings. Our ability to love, dream, create futures, even die with dignity are all part of who we are and why we are here. These poems don’t pretend to give final answers to any of the big questions about life, but they do help us to look and come to our own understanding.

“This book is a testament to the poet’s vision-an understanding and appreciation for the spiritual and aesthetic nature of mankind….There is a peaceful calmness that cascades over me when I read the joy that Louis Swartz communicates in these poems. I invite you to share that experience with me.” Bernard Percy Educator, Speaker, Author.

We invite you to discover the magic in these poems that are infused throughout with a terrific appreciation of humankind. As Swartz concludes in his introduction, “If by reading them, one individual is able to get an inkling of the actual length and breadth of his ability to do good, my purpose in writing them will be achieved.”

Louis Alan Swartz has dedicated his life to helping others find their ability as immortal spiritual beings. He has traveled extensively in Africa, India, Europe, and the Middle East. He lives in Los Angeles with Connie, his wife of twenty-eight years.

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Freedom’s Rush

Paperback – September 26th, 2013

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When you’re out riding, things happen. If you keep at it, everything happens…. Thus goes the simple wisdom of Foster Kinn in Freedom’s Rush: Tales from a Biker and His Beast. Join Foster Kinn as he travels through the continental United States with an occasional detour into Canada, experience with him all that can happen in the “day in a life” of a biker: “Sometimes you’re hungry, sometimes you eat too much. Sometimes you’re unbearably hot, sometimes painfully cold. You lose things and get lost; you find things and find your way. You fall in love, you find things to despise. You bleed and you heal; you get sick, then you’re invincible. The rains pelt, the snows blind, the winds make you helpless. You ride through gorgeous scenery and through desolate wastelands; all places are the way they’re supposed to be and they’re all perfect. It’s life in microcosm.” In part a celebration of the grandness of this wide, wonderful world, in part a meditation on the meaning of freedom and our sacred right to create, you will laugh with Kinn at all the wonderfully wacky characters he meets on the road, and you will be dazzled by the utter joy he finds as he rides. When you read the last line, you will know what he means when he writes: As long as freedoms exist, we will ride; As long as we ride, freedoms will exist.

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High Summits

Hardcover – October 4th, 2013

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A Rich and Compelling History of Mountaineering ….At Your Fingertips. High Summits is the result of over 30 years of research into the fascinating world of international mountaineering. An essential guide to mountaineering history, this year-by-year account spans all seven continents and dates from 450 B.C. through 2011. In it you’ll find everything from the monumental to the hard-to-find-trivia including:

  • The most significant 370 Peak First Ascents as well as over 600 other types of first ascents on mountain faces and ridges.
  • 345 detailed listings of major advancements in mountaineering gear, clothing, and climbing equipment.
  • 171 references to the development of various climbing techniques on snow, rock, and ice.
  • 58 hand-drawn maps and 57 carefully chosen photographs to accompany over 2,800 climbing events around the world.
  • Appendices that include 17 unique mountain summit collections and the author’s ten most significant events in mountaineering history. Taken from expedition accounts, biographies and autobiographies, climbing journals and diaries, mountaineering museums, magazines and newspapers, films, documentaries, newsletters, and interviews,

High Summits is one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind. A must-have reference book for anyone interested in mountaineering, from the aficionado and weekend climber to anyone who just likes to read about the majesty and allure of climbing the most significant peaks in the world.

“Wolfe’s meticulous compilation of this much mountaineering history and lore into one volume is simply a stunning achievement that makes for an invaluable reference as well as an entertaining read.” Walter R. Borneman Historian and co-author of 100 Years Up High: Colorado Mountains and Mountaineers “Fred Wolfe’s exhaustive research teases out the details of mountaineering’s entire, worldwide history. High Summits is a reference I will always keep handy.” Phil Powers Executive Director American Alpine Club

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High Summits

Hardcover – October 4th, 2013

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A Rich and Compelling History of Mountaineering ….At Your Fingertips. High Summits is the result of over 30 years of research into the fascinating world of international mountaineering. An essential guide to mountaineering history, this year-by-year account spans all seven continents and dates from 450 B.C. through 2011. In it you’ll find everything from the monumental to the hard-to-find-trivia including:

  • The most significant 370 Peak First Ascents as well as over 600 other types of first ascents on mountain faces and ridges.
  • 345 detailed listings of major advancements in mountaineering gear, clothing, and climbing equipment.
  • 171 references to the development of various climbing techniques on snow, rock, and ice.
  • 58 hand-drawn maps and 57 carefully chosen photographs to accompany over 2,800 climbing events around the world.
  • Appendices that include 17 unique mountain summit collections and the author’s ten most significant events in mountaineering history. Taken from expedition accounts, biographies and autobiographies, climbing journals and diaries, mountaineering museums, magazines and newspapers, films, documentaries, newsletters, and interviews,

High Summits is one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind. A must-have reference book for anyone interested in mountaineering, from the aficionado and weekend climber to anyone who just likes to read about the majesty and allure of climbing the most significant peaks in the world.

“Wolfe’s meticulous compilation of this much mountaineering history and lore into one volume is simply a stunning achievement that makes for an invaluable reference as well as an entertaining read.” Walter R. Borneman Historian and co-author of 100 Years Up High: Colorado Mountains and Mountaineers “Fred Wolfe’s exhaustive research teases out the details of mountaineering’s entire, worldwide history. High Summits is a reference I will always keep handy.” Phil Powers Executive Director American Alpine Club

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Hunger Speaks

Paperback – December 11th, 2009

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An eating disorder can be a dead end or a door opening to a life better than can imagine. Hunger Speaks is a memoir told in poetry.

  • Breaks the silence of food addiction
  • Reveals the turbulence of early recovery
  • Unveils the spiral process of healing
  • Sings the self-renewal and celebration of recovery

Carolyn Jennings’ clear, strong poems offer possibility, understanding, and companionship, “a kind of promise,” as one reader wrote, to “…those of us who choose to follow where she leads.”

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Not to be Forgiven

Paperback – September, 2013

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Immersed in World War II propaganda, a 10-year-old Nebraskan child, Sis, is convinced all Germans are monsters. Her brother, Danny, is fighting Germans in North Africa. Then she meets Horst, an inmate in a near-by Prisoner of War Camp. He’s friendly, funny, and helps her save an injured magpie. She trusts him with her fears, but, shaken by ambivalence, tells no one about the relationship.

As events transpire, Sis ponders: Is Horst friend or foe? She can’t be sure. Then Danny comes home a shattered stranger, his diary filled with Nazi atrocities. Forcibly reminded all Germans are foes, she betrays Horst’s friendship to intransigent Nazis in the POW camp because she hears they punish American sympathizers. What she doesn’t know is that the evil of Hitler’s gestapo reaches all the way into these camps.

Sis learns what they did to Horst from a nurse who works in the POW infirmary; the result of torture, it leaves the kind German maimed for life. She is devastated. Decades later, Sis still grieves the unthinkable damage they did him and, as she sees Swastika earrings on a child, she remembers how their friendship was twisted by the malignant power of hatred. She prays for forgiveness for herself and asks mercy for a world again awash in hate.

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Song of the Mountains

Paperback – April, 2015

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What Happens When Those Things that are Supposed to Comfort You—Don’t?

When Shakuntala Rajagopal lost her husband of forty-seven years in 2010, she was devastated. A devout Hindu, she followed what she had learned since birth. Her family celebrated their beloved father, uncle, and mentor through the many rituals sending him off to his new life. Shakuntala even travelled to India to lovingly give her husband’s ashes to the oceans off the southern coast of India.

As her husband’s last ashes floated away, Shaku felt her will to go on float away with him. At the age of seventy, she decided that she needed to revisit her own devout spirituality and take one of the more grueling but one of the most spiritual of all pilgrimages in India—the Char Dham—where she could bathe in the sacred waters of the River Ganges, Maa Ganga. She knew it would be her chance for a rebirth, a new beginning. But she almost doesn’t make it.

Song of the Mountains: My Pilgrimage to Maa Ganga is a story of survival, changing and challenging any reader in the way he or she approaches major changes in life. Rajagopal’s story is one that will empower the reader to take action and go forward in their own life, whatever the circumstance they are facing.

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The Compatibility Code

Paperback – August 13th, 2011

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With divorce rates for first and second marriages well over 50%, it’s time to take the guesswork out of compatibility. Millions of otherwise intelligent, well-adjusted women fall in love and marry men with whom they are truly incompatible. The Compatibility Code changes all that. Authors Elizabeth and Darren George, having each been part of the grim divorce statistics, set out to research the problem and find a way to reduce the risk and improve the chances of success in marriage. What they learned will surprise, if not shock, you into a new understanding of the role of love, romance, sex, communication, and more. You’ll discover how to de-bunk the myth of Prince Charming, take 3 critical steps to prequalify your guy and Pre-Fix a lasting marriage, negotiate your differences while savoring your similarities–and live your own “forever” ending! This easy-to-follow partner selection code gives you the freedom and confidence to fall in love.

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The Fox Forest Band

Title: The Fox Forest Band
Author: Lisa E. Lindman

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How do you fight an evil wizard when your only weapon is your smarts?

A happy group of forest animals are stopped cold by a wizard’s enchanted fog that
whispers their greatest fears. The animals think they have to run away but a brave
fox gives them a better idea. He shows them how to stand up for themselves and
how to handle the problem at its source.
Join the fox and his friends as they figure out how to defeat a bully wizard—and
have fun in the process!

The Fox Forest Band is wonderfully illustrated with strong characters handling a real-life
situation—bullying—in an imaginative and fun way. My daughter loves me reading
this to her. —Samantha Pasco, Teacher

A good story with quality illustrations, The Fox Forest Band is sure to delight kids of all
ages—for who hasn’t had to deal with someone pushing them around? —A.W.

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Waiting for Zoe

Paperback – August 5th, 2011

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“A sweeping novel of love and loss, city and country, growing old and staying young. Waiting for Zoë is a thoughtful look at the ability of grown men and young women to confront change and absorb life’s most challenging moments,” writes Mark Stevens, author of Antler Dust: An Allison Coil Mystery. Waiting for Zoë is a genre-bending character driven, mainstream novel that explores a person’s ability to endure in the face of tragedy—and love. James R. Ament says, “It’s a love story, but it’s not a romance. There are underlying religious themes, but it’s not a philosophical book. There’s a little political commentary here and there, but it’s not about politics. It explores some very serious themes, but there are light moments and humor, too.” Set in Wyoming, Colorado, New York City, and Southern California, it makes the reader ask the hard question: who is in charge of creating ourselves? Ament says, “I had this story in mind about a young person who apparently has everything going for her, but then her life falls apart. The question is: Does she get it back? And if so, how?” And from writer Stephen Knapp, Evergreen Newspapers. “The characters are sharply defined and appealing, and the dialogue flows smoothly and moves the narrative along at a comfortable pace. The settings and situations are neither contrived nor trite, and the conflicts are at once challenging and accessible. In short, there’s nothing within Waiting for Zoë that marks its author as a newcomer to the literary stage,”(Reprinted with permission of Evergreen Newspapers).

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Working in Indian Country

Paperback – October 29th, 2010

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What is the First Step in Developing a Successful Business Relationship with any American Indian Tribe? Understanding that relationships come first and business comes second! That pearl of wisdom and others is what you will take away from Working in Indian Country. It is the definitive work on how to successfully build trust and long-term working relationships with tribal leaders. Born out of nearly twenty years of working with American Indian tribes both as a federal official and as a seminar facilitator, Larry Keown’s Working in Indian Country lays a foundation for relationship building based on redefining your leadership role through understanding history, trust, respect, honor, and tribal sovereignty. There is little doubt you will experience a paradigm shift in how you currently think about working with American Indian Tribes. Whether you are a government or corporate official, work for a non-profit organization, or merely have a personal interest about Working in Indian Country, this book will serve as your bible and should always be at “arms length” in your personal library. “Every organization dealing with American Indian tribes should have a line of top- management people who are familiar with the contents of this book.” Jeff Sanders Chair, Dept. of Sociology et al. Montana State University – Billings

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