This Statesman Believes It’s Time For A Return To Reason And Civility In Politics

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This Statesman Believes It’s Time For A Return To Reason And Civility In Politics

Chicago, IL – The Black Book by Adlai E. Stevenson III is named after a loose-leaf binder Adlai E. Stevenson I started as a means of collecting stories, sayings and aphorisms gathered throughout his life, beginning as a county prosecutor and rising to Vice-President of the United States under Grover Cleveland. Jotted on a napkin, card – whatever was at hand – if worth keeping it went in the binder which became known as the black book. His son, Lewis Stevenson, Illinois Secretary of State contributed little to the black book, but his grandson, Adlai II, known to friends and family as ‘The Guv,’ expanded the black book during his years as an official in the Roosevelt and Truman Administrations, Governor of Illinois, Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. during the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations.

Adlai E. Stevenson III inherited the black book stuffed with the Guv’s and Adlai I’s bits of wit and wisdom and contributions from friends and supporters the world over as word of the black book spread. With the help of the Guv’s staff and later his own, the black book was continuously edited and organized as a ready source of jokes, anecdotes, clichés, wisdom and inspiration for their speeches. He augmented it from his life as a Marine, Illinois Supreme Court law clerk, partner in a large law firm, State Representative, State Treasurer, U.S. Senator, two-time Democratic candidate for Illinois Governor, farmer, international investment banker – and ever the hereditary global sojourner and public policy activist.

Probably no American family has been as actively involved in public office and politics for as long as the Stevensons, starting with Jesse Fell in the 1840’s who was Abraham Lincoln’s sponsor, and including Vice President Adlai Stevenson I, Governor Adlai II and U.S. Senator Adlai III. The Black Book by Adlai III records American politics and history as these men knew it from on the ground and in the world. The perspective is from no ivory tower. It is a record of lessons from the past on finance and economics, law and justice, the media, crime and justice, politics, speeches, religion, education, diplomacy and war – and more. To see the future, you must see the past – from the black book.

Rich in humor, The Black Book aims to help restore American values to American politics for generations largely cut off from a rich past and its lessons – lessons for today. It is a vast panorama of experience in politics and the world. Little of great moment in recent history was not anticipated in The Black Book, including terrorism, unwinnable wars and unsustainable levels of debt. It ends in China with an Epilogue on the life cycles of nations and empires.

Stevenson observes that despite the metamorphosis of American politics, there are still many courageous and sensible men and women prepared to lay down their political lives for their country. He dedicates The Black Book to them with the hope they gain some “amusement, nourishment and strength from its bits of wisdom.”

Adlai E. Stevenson III has lectured widely, authored numerous articles and is the recipient of many honors, including Japan’s Order of the Sacred Treasure with Gold and Silver Star, and is an Honorary Professor of Renmin University in Beijing. He is Chairman of the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy which aims to bring practitioners from the world together to address systemic challenges to democratic systems.

He is a graduate of Harvard College and Law School, maintains an office in Chicago and home with his wife, Nancy, on a farm near Galena, Illinois. They have two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

For more information on The Black Book or Senator Stevenson, please visit: www.adlai3.com.

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Why Clean Cuisine Is The Next Best Thing To The ‘Fountain Of Youth’

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Why Clean Cuisine Is The Next Best Thing To The ‘Fountain Of Youth’

Palm Beach Gardens, FL – No one wants to watch a loved one suffer through a debilitating illness, least of all a doctor who feels he should be able to do something to help.  Dr. Andrew Larson faced this scenario a decade ago when his wife Ivy was diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis). After Ivy’s neurologist, a world-renowned MS specialist at the University of Miami, spelled out the options available for treating her disease, which included dietary change, Andrew Larson used his medical background to create a science-based nutrition plan that could bring Ivy a healthier and better life naturally with an anti-inflammatory ‘clean eating’ diet.

The Clean Cuisine diet places special emphasis on plant-forward nutrition and is based on anti-inflammatory, unrefined and nutrient-dense whole foods. Emphasis on flavor is a big component and the Larson’s recipes replace processed oils and sugars with herbs, spices and simple culinary techniques for delicious and easy-to-prepare meals. “Clean Cuisine bridges the gap between what we should eat, what tastes good, what is scientifically proven to be best for our bodies and what is actually doable in the real world,” says Ivy.

The Larson’s eating and living program does not make people feel deprived – they can have a glass of wine or a sweet “cheat” treat each day because Clean Cuisine is a healthy program for body and mind that makes it possible to lose weight without ‘counting food’ in the form of calories, carbs, fat grams, etc. As Dr. Larson explains, “Once you supply your body with the nutrients it needs you can put an end to excess hunger and food cravings. The only way to lose weight long term is to find a way of eating that is both enjoyable and that doesn’t leave you hungry. That’s what Clean Cuisine does.”

In developing a way to control Ivy’s debilitating illness, the loving couple and bestselling health and nutrition authors discovered a lifestyle that rewards the whole family, including their 10-year old son, with an abundance of energy and vitality. “Since Clean Cuisine centers on a philosophy of healthy eating that transforms traditional dishes into guilt-free, flavor-forward food, everybody in the family benefits and can enjoy the same delicious meals together,” says Ivy Larson.

This medically sound, anti-inflammatory diet has kept Ivy’s MS in remission for over a decade, and is scientifically proven to reduce body fat, reverse diabetes, lower blood pressure, LDL cholesterol and CRP levels as well as ease the symptoms of other inflammatory diseases such as fibromyalgia, asthma, allergies and arthritis. This is huge for the millions of Americans afflicted with these various conditions who often don’t get the results they want from medication alone and are left to feel there is no hope of leading a normal life again. The side benefit of optimizing nutrition with Clean Cuisine is a younger-looking, slimmer and more vibrant body.

In addition to the science behind Clean Cuisine, there is also a beautiful, human-interest love story attached to this young couple’s relationship that is all about love and dedication. It makes perfect sense that Clean Cuisine centers around living from the heart and loving your family enough to help them make smart choices about food and lifestyle, and loving yourself so much that you choose to make choices that will help you be healthier, happier and more energetic.

At their easy-to-navigate website, the Larsons merge medical know-how with practical experience to show how to live life to the fullest. They offer free healthy living product reviews, time-efficient 30-minute ‘fitter, firmer, faster’ workout videos, over 200 Clean Cuisine recipes, and nutrition recommendations for the whole family.

For more life-changing information on Clean Cuisine, visit: www.cleancuisine.com.

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Avoid the Winter Blues with The Snow Blew Inn and Rocky Cave Kids

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Avoid the Winter Blues with The Snow Blew Inn and Rocky Cave Kids

Colorado Springs, CO – Some stories are made for reading while curled up next to a crackling fire as the wind whips snow and ice fogs windows. Well-known children’s author Dian Curtis Regan’s newest titles are perfect for cozy quality family time.

The Snow Blew Inn (published by Holiday House with illustrations by Doug Cushman) is a cozy story about family, friendship, and sharing. Dian Curtis Regan captures the imaginations of young readers and parents alike in this picture book for all ages, with lively language, unexpected characters, and plot twists.

Emma can’t wait to have a sleepover with her cousin Abby. But snow has begun to fall outside the Snow Blew Inn where Emma waits, snug and warm. Stranded guests keep arriving until the Inn is full, full, full.

There’s Father Bear and Baby Bear, the Squirrel Family, Grandmother Rabbit, and the Fox Family, to name a few. What will happen to Abby and her Mama out in the howling storm?

The Snow Blew Inn is a perfect read-aloud bedtime story, especially on a cold winter’s night. A free teaching guide for the classroom can be found on the author’s website:
http://diancurtisregan.com/freecurriculumguides.html.

Rocky Cave Kids: The Dragon Stone (published by Marshall Cavendish with illustrations by Stacy Curtis) is a story of suspense and discovery for newly independent readers (ages 7-9) who love dinosaur stories.  Visit http://www.rockycavekids.com for more information about dinosaurs, prehistoric times, and Miggy’s Clan.  The site also includes a brief video showing the timeline of history.

For years, Miggy and her friends have searched for dragon stones, but the stones are well hidden in the hills and valleys of Rocky Creek where Miggy’s Clan lives. One day, while searching for a glimpse of a rare Spinosaurus, Miggy accidentally finds a dragon stone. 

The Clan’s wise grannies say that whoever finds one must keep it a secret or its ability to grant wishes will disappear. Is the stone’s magical power really meant for Miggy alone? Even if the very existence of the Clan is in danger? How brave can a cave girl be?

A free teaching guide for the classroom is on the author’s website: http://diancurtisregan.com/freecurriculumguides.html.

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Dian Cutis Regan is the author of more than 50 books for young readers.  She has published board books, picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, and anthology stories. Some of her popular titles include the bestselling Princess Nevermore, Monster of the Month Club, Barnyard Slam, Monster Baby, The World According to Kaley, and the Ghost Twins series.

Dian is a former “Member of the Year” of the international Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  She received a “Distinguished Author” medal from the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers, and she is the namesake of the “Dian Curtis Regan Library” in Venezuela.

When her novel, Cam’s Quest, was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award, she gave the following interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNrctMLQ89w&feature=player_embedded.

Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Dian graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder and taught school in Denver until deciding to become a full-time writer. Dian has lived in Texas, Oklahoma, Venezuela, and Kansas. She has recently returned to Colorado to live.

The Snow Blew Inn and Rocky Cave Kids are now available online and in bookstores everywhere. There is also a Kindle edition of Rocky Cave Kids.  Learn more about Dian and her writing at http://www.diancurtisregan.com and http://www.rockycavekids.com.

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Family Tragedy Drives Her To Her Knees – But Is Anybody There?

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Family Tragedy Drives Her To Her Knees – But Is Anybody There?

 

Ellaville, GA – Jackie Carpenter was an ordinary businesswoman and mother when her phone rang one day in 2008. The news was about as bad as it could be: her son had been accused of murder and arrested. The story of how she brought her family through the crisis is captured in her first book, The Bridge: Between Cell Block A and a Miracle is Psalm 91 (Xulon Publishing).

 

Equally gripping is her second book, Georgia Justice: A Story to Faith. It is the heart-rending story of the overwhelming fear she felt when she realized her faith did not measure up when tragedy struck. It is a powerful testimony to the spiritual strength this small-town girl found in the promises of Psalm 91 and what she did to build up her faith during the agonizing time that led up to her son’s trial. It is a book that Jackie hopes will be a resource for anyone facing a crisis in their life.

 

Life is full of surprises: Jackie Carpenter would never have imagined that her life would be on the big screen, but Gift Box Productions, in conjunction with Triple Horse Studios (who brought us Courageous) is scheduled to release the movie Georgia Justice in the fall. Based on her books and her real-life journey to unshakable faith, it stars Francine Locke. For more information on the movie please visit www.georgiajusticemovie.com.

 

Jackie Carpenter thought she had a pretty good life. She had a loving husband, two grown sons, four wonderful grandchildren, good health and a host of other blessings. But when her daughter-in-law called to say her son had been arrested, everything changed. He had been protecting his property when he tragically, accidentally shot and killed a would-be thief. Charged with felony murder, the family was in for a long, hard fight to prove his innocence.

 

Psalm 91 became Jackie Carpenter’s tenuous link to hope. She was brought to her knees over and over again as the trial stretched out into months of legal maneuvering. When the verdict of “not guilty” was reached in 2009, it was as if God – and Psalm 91 – had built her a bridge from Cell Block A back to a normal, happy family existence.

 

Jackie Carpenter has been a featured guest on television, radio, and in newspaper articles. For more information on this author and her miraculous story of faith, hope and love, please visit her website at: www.bridgetoamiracle.com

 

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I Am That Child paints real faces of AIDS, poverty and sexism as encountered on Cameroon Mission

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I Am That Child paints real faces of AIDS, poverty and sexism as encountered on Cameroon Mission

 

Houston, TX – What do Mission and Outreach really look like?  How tall are they? Male or female? And when does ‘putting faith into action’ mean reaching beyond our wallets or outside of a comfortable lifestyle?

 

Elizabeth Geitz helps answer these questions as she fleshes out the human faces of AIDS, poverty and sexism as experienced first-hand in an orphanage in Cameroon, West Africa. Her new book, I Am That Child: Changing Hearts & Changing the World (Morehouse), recounts what happened when she and two female colleagues travelled into this developing nation to work with Sister Jane Mankaa, considered by many to be the Mother Teresa of Africa.

 

Sister Jane will join the author in a tour to launch the new book and Geitz is also scheduling workshops and speaking appearances both before and after Sister Jane’s visit, some of which are listed below.

 

Geitz, a popular author and Episcopal priest, makes the political personal in this hard-to-put-down riveting narrative about global poverty, gender, and race relations. She illustrates that cross-cultural relationships among people of faith can change our world… one person at a time.

 

Along the way, Geitz takes a hard look at race and cultural privilege and finds hope for reconciliation back home. Especially useful with church study groups and social justice/outreach campaigns, the book concludes with study and resource guides to help readers engage global poverty efforts and build community across continents or across the street.

 

Elizabeth Geitz’s books have been hailed by people as diverse as Desmond Tutu, Phyllis Tickle, and John Berendt. With a focus on justice issues, her writings speak to people with the passion to make a difference in the world.

 

Author Elizabeth Geitz Appearances

 

All Profits will be donated to the Good Shepherd Home for Children in Cameroon, West Africa

July 9th and 10th, 2012
“Many Paths – One Journey: A Cameroonian Odyssey”
ECW Triennial Workshops at the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church
Indianapolis, Indiana, 4:00pm – 5:30pm.

 

About The Author

The Reverend Canon Elizabeth Geitz is an Episcopal priest and author of numerous books, including Fireweed Evangelism: Christian Hospitality in a Multi-faith World; Soul Satisfaction: Reclaiming the Divine Feminine; Gender and the Nicene Creedand is co-editor of Women’s Uncommon Prayers. The former Canon for Ministry Development and Deployment in the Diocese of New Jersey, she is an award-winning writer and popular speaker who works closely with Sister Jane Mankaa and the Good Shepherd Home Board in Cameroon. Visit Elizabeth’s website and blog at www.elizabethgeitz.com.

 

The new book can be ordered through any Episcopal, religious, or secular bookstore; any online bookseller, or direct from Cokesbury Christian stores, www.Cokesbury.com, or from Cokesbury customer service at 800-672-1789.


Founded in 1918 and headquartered in New York City, Church Publishing Incorporated is the publisher of official worship materials, books, and music for the Episcopal Church, plus a multi-faceted publisher and supplier to the broader ecumenical marketplace. Publishing imprints include Church Publishing, Morehouse Publishing, and Seabury Books. Additional CPI divisions include Morehouse Church Supplies, a provider of church supplies and clergy shirts, and Morehouse Education Resources, which produces lectionary-based curriculum, faith formation programs, plus e-publishing resources and services.

 

I Am That Child: Changing Hearts & Changing the World

Elizabeth Geitz 

978-0-8192-2778-2 

$18.00

 

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