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Tuesday, March 25th 2014

11:55 AM

Carpenter Place, Wichita, Kansas

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I went to see the girls at Carpenter Place.  My mission: help the girls practice their decision making skills in the important things of life. I brought Klondike Ice Cream, four flavors from which to choose: Original, Heath, Resee's and Mint Chocolate Chip. The process of making a choice was formidable, but they all passed with flying colors. Made me proud.

Great things are being done by the staff there to help the girls. Click here to read about this wonderful oasis in the middle of Wichita, where help has been given to so many kids over the past 60+ years.


I answered several questions about book writing, too. Some of the girls are interested in writing a story. 

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Saturday, March 15th 2014

9:06 AM

Esther Queen of Persia -- Foreword Reviews Award Finalist

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Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalists Announced

National magazine selects Esther Queen of Persia in its search for the best indie books of 2013.

Traverse City, MI, March 13, 2014 — Today, Foreword Reviews, the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, announced the finalists for its 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards. Each year, Foreword shines a light on a small group of indie authors and publishers whose groundbreaking work stands out from the crowd. Foreword's awards are more than just a shiny sticker on the front of a book; they help connect the best indie books to readers eager to discover new stories written by previously unknown authors.

Esther Queen of Persia, A Courageous Woman for a Dangerous Time is a finalist for the 2013 Book of the Year Awards in the Religious Fiction category. In the next two months, a panel of over 100 librarians and booksellers will determine the winners of these prestigious awards. A celebration of the winners will take place during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas on Friday, June 27 at 6 p.m. with awards in over 60 categories, cash prizes for the best in fiction and nonfiction, and widespread recognition.


Here is the complete list of Foreword Reviews' 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalists.

About Foreword Reviews: At Foreword Reviews, we love indie books and the art of great storytelling. We discover, curate, critique, and share reviews and feature articles exclusively on indie-publishing trends in our quarterly magazine and on our website. Foreword Reviews is distributed to librarians, booksellers, publishers, and avid readers and is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription. Our website features a daily stream of reviews of indie books written by a team of professional, objective writers.

For more information, please contact: Jim Baumgardner, Author at: sarahbooks@cox.net or 316-765-5957.

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Tuesday, March 11th 2014

11:26 AM

Esther: Queen of Persia--an excerpt

 
A favorite excerpt from my book: Esther Queen of Persia. Read it on your Kindle, Nook or iPad.

“What this area holds is the finest semi-precious and precious stones to be found anywhere. The king’s most gifted artisans have produced jewel...
ry which is the finest any person of royalty can display. The complexity and daintiness of the designs has never been seen in the history of the world.”
“I should like to see,” said Esther.
Inside, Zarin went from section to section pointing out the contents of the treasure room. Esther saw thin bracelets with the heads of lions, rams, deer, and snakes on the ends. Other bracelets had plants and flowers engraved upon them.
As she walked about Zarin pointed out wooden trays loaded with rings made of glass, bone, shell and metal; necklaces, pendants, earrings, armlets, anklets, toe-rings, foot ornaments, hair pins, pins for robes, circlets for the hair, chokers, gold and silver buttons, various tiaras, and headbands with intricate patterns woven into them. She saw jewelry for children, also.
Other trays held clay and glass beads, and some only gems. Esther, the poor orphan, a young woman who had never even heard the names of most of the precious stones, now had them all before her, and Zarin allowed her to touch and pick them up. Pearls, agates in various colors, rubies, turquoise, alexandrite, garnets, amethyst, opals, onyx, topaz, peridot, chalcedony, sapphires, coral, emeralds, jasper, and of course the diamonds, along with many more, were all quite impressive to the young virgin.
“Which of these gems and jewelry would you wish to wear,” Zarin swept the room with her hand, “when meeting the king?”
Esther gazed about again, her eyes taking in the vast wealth in the treasure room. Finally, she pointed at the pearls. “I do like those.”
“Pearls?” Zarin raised her voice in surprise. “Nothing else?”
“No. Is it too much to ask?”

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Thursday, March 6th 2014

3:37 PM

Readers' Favorite

 Esther, Queen of Persia by Jim Baumgardner is an outstanding, biblically accurate and historically consistent presentation of the Book of Esther. Combining an intimate familiarity with the Book of Esther, with an intensive study of the historical customs and events of the Persian Empire, Baumgardner has penned a moving and very believable historical fiction novel. True to the biblical account, this book offers a rare glimpse into the past, when Persia ruled the known world, from India to Libya. At times one wonders if, perhaps, Baumgardner hadn’t located an unknown scroll from that era and merely copied a true story … it’s that believable. Esther was a mere teenager when King Ahasuerus commanded that a large number of young virgins be brought to the palace, and prepared for a year to become presentable for the King’s bedroom. Ahasuerus needed a queen to replace Queen Vashti, whom he had banished from the kingdom in a drunken rage some years earlier. If you know the story of the Book of Esther, you know it was she who ultimately was selected for that lofty position.

Esther, Queen of Persia is a fascinating tale. The minute details Baumgardner included brought this story to life. Even knowing the biblical account, I still found myself in suspense, wondering what would happen next. If this story were entirely fabricated, with no biblical or historical documentation from which to build it, it would still be remarkably entertaining. The fact that it IS built upon a true story just makes it that much more beguiling. This story is not strictly for Jews and Christians; anyone who enjoys historical fiction will find Esther, Queen of Persia to be a captivating and charming love story. I urge all readers to consider enjoying this book. I sincerely hope Jim Baumgardner plans to write more such stories; he has a very obvious talent for weaving history and timely imagination into a great tale.

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Monday, March 3rd 2014

5:24 AM

Esther Queen of Persia

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5 Star Book Review

Esther, Queen of Persia by Jim Baumgardner is an outstanding, biblically accurate and historically consistent presentation of the Book of Esther. Combining an intimate familiarity with the Book of Esther, with an intensive study of the historical customs and events of the Persian Empire, Baumgardner has penned a moving and very believable historical fiction novel. True to the biblical account, this book offers a rare glimpse into the past, when Persia ruled the known world, from India to Libya. At times one wonders if, perhaps, Baumgardner hadn’t located an unknown scroll from that era and merely copied a true story … it’s that believable. Esther was a mere teenager when King Ahasuerus commanded that a large number of young virgins be brought to the palace, and prepared for a year to become presentable for the King’s bedroom. Ahasuerus needed a queen to replace Queen Vashti, whom he had banished from the kingdom in a drunken rage some years earlier. If you know the story of the Book of Esther, you know it was she who ultimately was selected for that lofty position.

Esther, Queen of Persia is a fascinating tale. The minute details Baumgardner included brought this story to life. Even knowing the biblical account, I still found myself in suspense, wondering what would happen next. If this story were entirely fabricated, with no biblical or historical documentation from which to build it, it would still be remarkably entertaining. The fact that it IS built upon a true story just makes it that much more beguiling. This story is not strictly for Jews and Christians; anyone who enjoys historical fiction will find Esther, Queen of Persia to be a captivating and charming love story. I urge all readers to consider enjoying this book. I sincerely hope Jim Baumgardner plans to write more such stories; he has a very obvious talent for weaving history and timely imagination into a great tale.


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Thursday, February 13th 2014

7:35 AM

Be Thankful For What You Have

 

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: I am blind, please help.   There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up.  A lot more people were giving money to the
blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were.


The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?"


The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way." I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it."

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story:  Be thankful for what you have.  Be creative. Be  innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile.   --Author unknown, but wish I had wrote it.   jb

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Wednesday, February 5th 2014

8:11 AM

Words of Wisdom

 No matter how steep the mountain - the Lord is going to climb it with you. --Helen Steiner Rice

**Keep climbing dear friends.

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Monday, January 27th 2014

8:50 AM

Question of the Month

These are quotes from a famous person. Who is it?  

All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.

I can make more generals, but horses cost money.

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?


Please leave your answer in the comment section. Have a great day!


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Friday, January 24th 2014

8:20 AM

Esther Queen of Persia

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Tuesday, January 21st 2014

6:59 AM

Cherokee People

My great, great grandmother was Cherokee. Her name in English was 'Singing Bird". Here is an old story told about the Cherokee, the author unknown.


Two Wolves


An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life...

"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

"One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.

"The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

"This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
"Which wolf will win?"

The old chief simply replied,
"The one you feed."


What is on your diet?

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