Edward L. Brownlee announces publication of new book

WARSAW, Ill. – In Edward L. Brownlee’s new book “Simply Revelation” (published by WestBow Press), Brownlee  offers information about the prophecies found in the book of Revelation.

Karl Holm with Arnold E. Andersen, M.D., announce publication of new book

Trio of authors announce publication of ‘Mental Download’

Brent Craine announces release of ‘You Have a New Friend Request’

Debut book inspired by posting about faith on Facebook

Author tells Christmas story in debut children’s book, ‘The Tear’

FARMINGTON, Minn. – “The Tear” (

Author reveals personal story of God’s enduring love in debut book, ‘Look Who Just Walked In’

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Bette Voller invites readers to walk with her through the pain of an affair, divorce and the death ...

Descendant Julia Adrian Foote writes of century-long life still impacting state

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – People throughout Nebraska knew Dr. Eugene C. Foote, a gifted and caring physician active in his commun...

Katie Kilburg releases first book, ‘Speedy McFastpants’

OSKALOOSA, Iowa – When her son was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder at five, author Katie Kilburg wanted to help other kids understand wh...

New book is featured in this month's Reader's Digest Magazine

TEMPE, Ariz. - Lawn Griffiths has released a collection of true stories and essays titled "Batting Rocks Over the Barn: An Iowa Farm Boy's Odyssey" (published by Xlibris). The award-winning writer's latest book follows his incredible journey as a young Iowa boy who dared to chart his destiny beyond the rural landscape of the 1950s and 1960s.

"Batting Rocks Over the Barn" captures the rhythm of rural life through the eyes of a young boy who grew up to become a newspaper journalist and farm editor. As largely a non-fiction biography, the work is narrated by the author from real experiences on the farm leading up to college.

The book devotes considerable space to the writer's parents, his twin brother and sister, plus such other people as hired men, neighbors, teachers and others who came to the farm.  All are important because of their genuine place in the writer's formative years, especially in their teaching responsibility.

Pervading the book is the author's belief that, put together, the varied experiences, jobs and misadventures helped shape him to be an alumnus of the rural school of hard knocks.  Time and again, the author has zeroed in on single elements of his farm life like fences, grease guns and harvesting wild asparagus in the roadside ditches, the  death of the town's blacksmith and city kids' raiding of his father's melon patch.

"Batting Rocks Over the Barn"

By Lawn Griffiths

Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 150 pages | ISBN 9781503572843

Softcover | 6 x 9in | 150 pages | ISBN 9781503572836

E-Book | 150 pages | ISBN 9781503572829

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Lawn Griffiths spent 40 years in daily newspapers as writer, editor and columnist, including 12 years with the Waterloo (Iowa) Courier, 25 years with Tribune Newspapers in Mesa, Arizona, plus freelance writing for the Arizona Republic. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1946, he grew up on a farm near Parkersburg, Iowa. He earned a bachelor's degree in science journalism from Iowa State University in 1968 and master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1972. He also served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay and the U.S. Army. Griffiths has earned more than 80 writing and community service awards.

Author chronicles life with fibrosing mediastinitis, how faith has helped her persevere

WAVERLY, Iowa - In 2002, Rebecca Lalk was diagnosed with a rare disease: fibrosing mediastinitis. A rare disease, doctors gave Lalk only 10 years to live. After beating their estimates, Lalk faced some new challenges from the disease and decided to transform her journals into a memoir in case the worst should happen.

"I'll Take My Disease Rare Please: My Journey with Fibrosing Mediastinitis" (published by WestBow Press) is the story of Lalk's fight and how her faith in God has sustained her, even in the darkest of times. The search for answers, never giving up and putting trust in God are the core values around which the memoir revolves.

Written with her children in mind, "I'll Take My Disease Rare Please" is Lalk's journey of hope to pass on to her family and to those who are also struggling with disease.

"I wanted my kids to know how hard I fought and how as long as they have trust in God, everything will be okay, even if it doesn't feel like it in the moment," Lalk says.  "I wanted them to see through my life, how God worked and turned some extremely difficult challenges, into amazing blessings later on in my life. And for them to see how much I would have missed out on...if I would have given up my fight."

"I'll Take My Disease Rare Please"

By Rebecca Lalk

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 128 pages | ISBN 9781512707403

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 128 pages | ISBN 9781512707397

E-Book | 128 pages | ISBN 9781512707380

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Rebecca Lalk grew up in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and currently works for Bremer County. Her husband, Tim manages and operates the family cattle business and they have four children. In 2002, Lalk was diagnosed with an extremely rare and life-threatening disease?fibrosing mediastinitis. She currently resides in Waverly, Iowa and shares her daily health challenges and triumphs on her blog at Rebecca1010.com.