A Different Kind of Bookstore

Welcome to Home Grown Books, a unique bookstore created by authors. Home Grown Books is dedicated to showcasing self-published authors. We offer readers a rare opportunity to discover new talent and to read books not found in traditional bookstores. We also provide a venue for authors to get their self-published books into the hands of the public. All the authors and artists are from or have connections to the Ozarks and represent a wide variety of genres.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New Arrival for December

When the Stars Fall Down
Pat Lamb

Author: Pat Lamb has taught in churches and schools at all age and grade levels since she was in the seventh grade. Pat and her husband, Keith, lived for many years on the Navajo reservation assisting the Navajo people. Pat is a graduate of Missouri University. She has been included in Who’s Who of American Education and was awarded the Missouri distinguished Adult Education Service Award. Pat currently resides in Missouri, with her husband, and writes a weekly column for local newspapers titled “Train up a child.”

Title: When the Stars Fall Down
Genre: Nonfiction/True-life/Inspirational
Description:  Mrs. Lamb, spring is here?" The second grader looked up and asked as I stood holding the door with all my strength against the wind and sand. The Navajo children were filing back to the dorm from the classrooms.

How sad, I thought.

Back home in Missouri, the first sign of spring was robins chirping and hopping about in the yard, but here, on the Navajo reservation, a sandstorm was the first sign of spring. As I stood holding the door, my words of greeting to the children seemed to be whisked right out of my mouth and flung swiftly away. Was our work among the American Indians like the words that couldn't be discerned in the howling wind? Were all of our efforts no more than Talking into the Wind?

As a young woman, I had come to the reservation feeling that God wanted me to be of help to the American Indian people. I had miraculously met the man with whom I was to spend more than half a century, and the two of us wanted to do all we could to help the people who seemed so needy. There were many times, however, when we felt our efforts were futile. We learned, however, that God does not judge us by our results, but rather by our love for him and our brothers. When the Stars Fall Down is available at amazon.com.

Other books by Pat Lamb are Let the Children Come and Let the Children Come to Me.  Both books are weekly lesson guides that encourage children to grown in their relationship with God. The two books are a wonder resource for Sunday school teachers, parents, and grandparents. Let the Children Come and Let the Children Come to Me are both available at amazon.com.

New Arrival for December

The Adventures of Normal II
Joe Turner

Author: Joe C. Turner studied the Bible at a religious school from the seventh grade thru high school. Religion has been a big part of his life. He doesn't seem to be able to leave it out of his writing, nor does he want to. After serving in the navy, taking him to places like Japan, China, Taiwan, and Korea, he worked for TVA and the US Army Corp of Engineers for thirty-four years. He now lives in Ozark, Missouri, where he is pursuing his dream of writing.

Title: The Adventures of Normal II
Genre: Fiction/Adventure
Description: Normal, having sustained the loss of his surrogate grandfather, has trouble dealing with it. The chance to take a little bite of retirement, as he calls it, presents itself, and he travels to New England.

To his surprise, people recognize him as his new identity. He learns that his new identity’s parents where not married, and he only has the mother’s DNA. They tell him he has been murdered in New York City. When he finishes his business with the natives of Bangor, Maine, and leaves the reservation, he passes through the Eastern states and ends up in Boston, where he defends Mario’s cousin, who is suspected of murder. After clearing her of the charges, he tours the area in his quest for knowledge of the history of the nation of which he is proud.

By the time he gets home, he finds much work and intrigue has found him. It seems he is not the only one who has secrets. He becomes a surrogate brother and uncle all in one swoop. He thinks to himself, I may need another bite of retirement.