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Agent Provocateur

Brave women, patriotic men, and foolishly daring children are the true-life heroes in this novel. Inspired by the brave Belgian and English nationals who resisted the Imperial German Army occupation of Belgium during The Great War, this historical novel follows the ordinary civilians who valiantly fought for their tiny but proud country. From the humblest field worker to the most privileged nobility, small pockets of resistance formed to defy and deter the unwelcome occupiers. Yet the Germans had plans of their own for dealing with occupied resistance—the Agent Provocateur.

Charles began his fiction-writing career in 2012, after serving 34 years in the U.S. military and working extensively in research, analysis, military affairs, systems engineering, program management, and human resources management. His previous works include Satan’s Pitchfork and Two-Faced.

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The Sea of the Morning Sun—1493

A young Taíno Indian from San Salvador is the first on his island to see those strange, white men coming from his Sea of the Morning Sun in a great canoe. Thus began the boy’s extraordinary adventure to Spain, an exotic land with curious customs and a pantheon of revered Catholic saints. That same year, four young men and a boy escape Spanish law and Barbary pirates and sail to the Caribbean as crew in Columbus’s Grand Fleet. Searching for gold, spices, and the Isle of Women, they, too, encounter peculiar customs and the threatening religion of a fearsome Carib tribe.

Born and raised on the East Coast, Fredricks is now retired from his teaching and research career at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He and his wife, LaVerne, raised seven children and reside in rural Southeast Wisconsin.

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Spiritual Maturity: God’s Will for Emotional Health and Healing

Spiritual Maturity: God’s Will for Emotional Health and Healing addresses issues regarding how to live as emotionally, spiritually, and relationally mature adults. The book discusses repetitive cycles in light of the increasing frequency of addictions, self-sabotaging behavior, and unhealthy relationships, and talks about the change process in depth. An understanding of this process is what helps Christians to meet their personal growth goals. Not a “quick read,” this book contains scriptures to contemplate, personal sharing, paradigm-changing insights, and reflection questions.

A certified life coach, Jones currently lives in South Florida and has been a disciple/Christian since 1986. She has worked as a teacher, school principal, and district mathematics and science supervisor, has earned two master’s degrees, and expects to obtain her license as a mental health counselor in 2016.

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Mr. Dupli-Fax: There is no Mr. Dupli-Fax

Mr. Dupli-Fax: There is no Mr. Dupli-Fax chronicles the true story of how the Banfe brothers formed Dupli-Fax Inc., a company that sold, leased, and serviced office equipment. Established in 1974, it became the largest independent dealer organization in America within a decade and eventually employed more than 500 people—but managed to keep its tight-knit, family atmosphere intact. After years of commercial success, the brothers eventually sold the business to Canon Inc. in 1990, but Banfe recounts their road to glory in this autobiographical tale.

Before forming and later selling Dupli-Fax with his brothers, Banfe had a decorated career in the U.S. Air Force, receiving six Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Now retired in Florida, he enjoys playing wheelchair tennis, painting, writing, and spending time with his wife, Jill, and their two children and grandchildren.

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Kennedy’s Recruit: Tales from the Poverty Wars

Kennedy’s Recruit vividly recounts the great federal anti-poverty effort that sparked the social wildfires of the 1960s and 1970s across America, told by a man who was there and saw it firsthand. Wilkins describes his first meeting with John F. Kennedy, then a U.S. Senator, and takes the reader through three assassinations and five administrations. He provides an insider’s view of the political storms that brewed during that tumultuous era—from the migrant camps of California and Southern New Jersey to the haunted poverty of the Dakota Sioux reservations; from the truck coalmines of eastern Tennessee to Dick Daley’s Chicago and Louise Day Hicks’s Boston.

Wilkins, a lawyer, former municipal judge, and award-winning newspaper columnist, worked across the country in the first years of the Poverty Wars for the Office of Economic Opportunity, then ran a Community Action Agency, and later served as Chief Attorney at Cape-Atlantic Legal Service.

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The Art of Acquiescence

The Art of Acquiescence is a collection of poems filled with quiet depictions of ordinary objects and events: a manual lawn mower in half-cut grass, a creased Johnny Callison baseball card, Jersey tomatoes, an abandoned arm chair by the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a father packing school lunches in a dimly lit kitchen, half-ball games on Southwest Philadelphia streets. With poignancy and humor, through metaphor and small evocative detail, these poems bring the familiar landscapes of home, office, and playing field alive for readers—or, in the words of poet Jeanne Murray Walker, “offer us a way of looking at the world with humility and gratitude.”

Chelius lives with his wife, Patricia Griffin Chelius, ’82, in Fairless Hills, Pa., and works as an editorial supervisor for a health care communications agency in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The Art of Acquiescence is his first full-length collection of poems.