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Around the World in 80 Years: The Oldest Man to Sail Alone Around the World – Twice!
by Harry L. Heckel, Jr. with Florence Heckel Russell

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The Oldest Singlehander in the World! At the advanced ages of 78 and 89, Harry L. Heckel, Jr., fulfilled a dream: he sailed alone around the world, not once, but twice! This Old Man of the Sea goes global, describing with a dry wit and a keen eye, the 54 countries and islands he visited, plus the sail to get there. Armchair travelers and sailors alike will be enthralled by the adventures of this Ancient Mariner: from the Killing Fields of Cambodia to the Great Wall of China, from avoiding pirates off Somalia to almost capsizing off Madagascar. An inspiring tale that proves that age is no deterrent to fulfilling your dream!

Praise for Harry Heckel:

“He was very much admired and respected as the oldest, most experienced and wisest of yachties….he is our treasure.” ~Rose Selfridge, s/v Fair Rose

“We enjoyed Harry’s wit, his incredible knowledge of so many subjects, and particularly his vitality.” ~Betty Root, s/v Wrangler

“He’s one in a million.” ~Kirk McGeorge, s/v Polly Brooks

“He has seen, heard, and done so much, and has touched many people’s hearts…” ~Cindy Stew

“He is truly a beacon for so many of us on how NOT to get old and boring.” ~Maryan Koehler, author, The Stone Goat

 

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Heading South: Tales from the RV Trail
by Florence Heckel Russell

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To escape Cleveland’s winter, former reporter Florence Heckel Russell and her husband head South in their new RV. When they return after spending months together in a 23-by-8 foot space, they are, miraculously, still married.

From Mammoth Cave to Carlsbad Caverns, the couple adjusts to close-quarter living as they stumble through adventures: fun, frustrating and at times downright scary. Along the way Florence muses on the foibles of life:

• Amateur Photographers
• The Gate Nazi
• Exercising: Filling ice cube trays isn’t enough?
• Marfa’s mystery lights
• The deadly desert
• Grocery shopping
• Chuck wagon cooks

Praise for Heading South: Tales From the RV Trail

Marriage Tip 102: If you travel in a 23-foot space for months at a time, travel with someone you’ve loved for a time. The adventures will be doubly fun and the disasters only half as bad. –
Elizabeth Kerekes, co-author, 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage: Simple Ways for Couples to Grow Closer to God and to Each Other

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Summer Heat
by David P. Hope

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“How did I get here?”

Those were the words that David Hope thought as his boat, Summer Heat, was tossed in a storm on its way to the Bahamas. This book is the true story of his life, from his first experiences in sailing through his career as a Chesterfield County, Virginia Police Officer up until his ship was caught in a devastating storm. It’s a story of humor, heroics, good luck and bad luck that recounts the tale of David and his crew (including Jammer the Wonder Dog), as they struggled to survive on Summer Heat.

When disaster strikes, you need everything you have learned in life.

Going Deeper: A Journey with Jesus
by John D. Herman

This discipleship series is intended for use by small groups and individuals, for people new to the faith as well as those who have grown up in the church. Although written by a Lutheran pastor for a Lutheran congregation, the resource invites a wider mainline Christian audience. The series is designed to promote daily quiet time dedicated to being in the Word, study, and prayer, spiritual disciplines that promote the work of the Holy Spirit in your life. Read more about it on the author’s site at goingdeeperseries.com.

There are five books in the series:

Yearning for God

Yearning for God (Book One) begins with the human yearning of the creature to know the Creator, and it progresses through several life-changing encounters of people with Jesus Christ. Encountering Christ speaks to the heart as nothing else can do.

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God Comes to Us

Having encountered Christ in book one (Yearning for God), we desire to learn more about God. God Comes to Us, book 2 in the Going Deeper series, makes use of the creeds to introduce the fullness of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a God who wants to be in relationship with his people.

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Called to Follow

Called to Follow, Book Three of the Going Deeper: A Journey with Jesus series, uses the outline of the baptismal covenant from the Affirmation of Baptism service to describe the characteristics of what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus. Christians at all points on their faith journeys will find this to be an in-depth and challenging companion. We learn to live in God daily, “walking wet,” living out our baptism, born anew to become the hands and feet of Christ for the world. The book features daily study prompts and questions for reflection, along with ample room to write your answers and thoughts.

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The Fruit of the Spirit

Book Four studies the fruit of the Spirit, the qualities — the character of Jesus Christ — that the Holy Spirit desires to produce in the church and in individual disciples.

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The Body of Christ

Book Five of the series studies the biblical images of church to present a picture of what it means to be the church today: living among God’s people, and sent out into the world.

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Imagine…
by John D. Herman

The central theme in the ministry and teaching of Jesus Christ is the kingdom of God. In his teaching, healing, and preaching, Jesus both announces and demonstrates the power of the kingdom. The kingdom comes where Jesus is. Read more about it on the author’s site at discipleshipmatters.net.

There are currently two books in the series, with a third one planned for Fall 2016.

Imagine a New World

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus invites us into a new community, and gives us a vision of the best possible way of living in the world, for the good of all. This new world Jesus envisions is a wonderful alternative to the contemporary culture of hate and fear. It’s my hope that these words of Jesus will grab us and not let us go. It’s my prayer that we not only hear them, but do them, so that they become part of us, and we are changed by them.

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Imagine a New Economy

This personal and small group guide is an in-depth study of biblical views about money, wealth, and possessions. Why this topic? Because after the kingdom of God, this is the second most frequent subject of Jesus’ teachings in the gospels. Why is Jesus so concerned? He knows that “the first question regarding discipleship is what one does with one’s money” (K. Snodgrass). According to Jesus, how we think of money and use it is a spiritual issue. Or we might put it this way: the primary hindrance to living as the new community in the new world Jesus envisions is our relationship to our money and possessions.

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