Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library
5234 LaVista Road
Tucker, GA 30084
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Charles de Andrade
5234 LaVista Road
Tucker, GA 30084
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Charles de Andrade
Christmas Gathering 2022
One of our highlights every year is when we gather together to celebrate the Christmas Holiday and to reflect on the year that has passed. Also every year we receive a special plaque commemorating another year that we have been together as a group. This year twenty-seven individuals gathered together for the celebration. It was a wonderful time of exchanging our white elephant gifts, and eating wonderful food. Here are the pictures from that gathering, at “The Village Corner Restaurant “ on Tuesday December 20, 2022.
Upcoming Appearances for Julie Clark
Julie will be presenting and selling her books at these upcoming events. If you are in the area, stop by and support her efforts!
Sat & Sun, February 4th & 5th
Chickamauga Civil War Show in Dalton, GA
Saturday, February 11th
(Tentative - Book Signing 1pm to 3pm)
Liberty Book Store in Lawrenceville, GA (https://www.facebook.com/Libertybookslawrenceville)
Sat & Sun, February 25th & 26th
Living History Festival-Battle of Aiken in SC
Book on display at Women's retreat in Winder, GA (https://www.hoschtonunitedmethodist.org)
Pauline D'Alvigny Campbell - Civil War Nurse
In Bird and Song - God Speaks
As many of you know Donna Barron is the author of “The Man Who Carved Stone Mountain” which is biography of her father who was the chief stone carver for the monument at Stone Mountain (the worlds largest exposed granite rock.) The mountain served to provide the steps
to the Lincoln memorial in Washington DC – a mere scratch on this massive piece of granite, and has served a memorial to the Civil War. It has become a memorial involved in controversy as some attempt to erase any memory of the past. Donna will be presenting the story of her father’s work related to the carving of the monument.
Donna’s events for the upcoming months:
Since 1991, Coni Knepper has guided women, teens, children, and families who once struggled with anxiety and fears into freedom...
Freedom from negative thoughts even depression through simple Bible concepts and intriguing hands-on experiences.
With her raw testimony and no-frills ability to capture the attention of people from children to aging adults, her message is for those seeking answers and seasoned believers.
All who obtain concepts leading to understanding how to take control of their thought life and hear God's guidance.
Coni is the author of "Get Out Of Your Head."
She also is a published children's author with 5 Best Sellers and a family devotional that has sold thousands of copies. Each story teaches the culture of Tanzania, East Africa through the eyes of the children she and her husband have served since 2003.
Coni is a sought-after Women's Conference and Retreat speaker. She loves children and guides parents and families through activities in hearing God's voice, which has proven to enrich their homes with better communication and spiritual growth.
Books by Coni
Chad Hale (b. 1945) grew up in the South and has pastored in urban Atlanta, GA most of his adult life. He is an early pioneer of food cooperatives for low-income families and the founder and former Exec. Director of Urban Recipe (urbanrecipe.org). Much of his work has centered around how the church might be faithful working in situations of poverty; his efforts have focused on creating oases of food security and supportive community for people under stress. He is the pastor of Georgia Avenue Church in Grant Park, Atlanta. "Forgive Us This Day Our Daily Bread" is his first book. One of the pictures here shows him with Ella Duffy Haynes, friend and colleague in the formation of food co-ops for low-income families.
The picture of the author with hat is by Johnathon Kelso.
Charles de Andrade
Charles de Andrade is the founding member of Scribblers, a Christian writers club based in Norcross Georgia. As an author he has six books published with one more planned to be released in late 2020. His works are Christian Historical Fiction where he draws on his many life experiences to share his stories of faith and life. Charles has served in the business world in many senior positions, including being president of a software company based in Atlanta, GA, owning and operating a restaurant, and serving as a business consultant focusing on sales, operations and finance.
He currently serves as the finance manager for a software company in Atlanta, GA, serves on two boards as a director, and owns and operates Bee Natural Products, distributing bee keeper products, and CdA Consultants, a business consulting group specializing in HR, Finance, and Operations.
He supports his wife, Gloria, in her Glorious Designs Embroidery Business. Married for forty-six years, he is the proud father of three daughters, and grandfather to eight grandchildren and one step-grandson. He currently lives in Summerfield Florida where he is active in his church and his businesses. In his free time, he can be found writing his next novel, playing his guitar, and cooking for his friends and family.
For more information check our his website:
www.charlesadeandrade.com or www.stewardseries.com.
See other purchasing options for his books on Amazon, Scribblersweb.com, and other book retailers.
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Eyewitness, The Tears of the Saints
Book 1 of the Miracles of Christ Series
The Steward Series by Charles de Andrade
About the Steward Series
The background on the Series
Book Signing - Woodstock, Georgia 30188 - The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta: Saturday June 29th, 2019
Gisela Tomlinson is a retired Fitness Professional who is passionate about health and wellness. Upon completing high school she married and started a family. After moving from the big city to the country and when both children started school Gisela took many courses and trained to become a Fitness Instructor on land and in the water; Nutrition and Wellness Specialist as well as a Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher.
In 2003 she received the "Volunteer of the Year" award for her district. Gisela enjoys swimming, bicycling, reading and travelling with her family.
At the age of 39 Rheumatoid Arthritis changed her life dramatically. She is an inspiration to many. Her passion to share her knowledge is the reason for writing her first book, "Moving On" How Arthritis Gave Me a New Life.
She is writing another book about health and wellness.
L.L. Wyatt was recruited, at age 21, to Greene County during Prohibition of the 1920s to break up a thriving moonshine industry. Known as the moonshine capital of Georgia, this little area east of Atlanta was the source of liquor for the best hotels in Atlanta and across the South. Young Wyatt’s battles with the bootleggers soon made him a larger than life figure. Stories of his fearlessness, his agility, his honesty and his fairness in enforcing the law rippled throughout the county Greene and swept all citizens up into the aura of L.L. Wyatt. Bolstered by a sense that God was protecting him, Wyatt was totally fearless. He was “shot at, spit upon, bitten, and cursed,” but in five years, he transformed the reputation of Greene County to one of the most crime free in Georgia. For 52 years, he was on the job confronting the ongoing battle between good and evil. Wyatt, at 70, received national acclaim and the attention of Hollywood when he stopped the car of armed bank robbers and freed two hostages.
More than a story out of the past, Sheriff Wyatt shows the reader that one person can change his/her culture. His ideals challenge law enforcement and society alike to hold a firm respect for the law while enforcing it in a manner that preserves dignity. Long before integration, Wyatt was known as “the black peoples’ friend” and the “white people’ friend.” He was a community-oriented lawman before anyone ever heard of one.
This story is set in an area rich in Georgia history described well by the author.
Dr. P. K. Wayne is an adult educator and freelance writer. She graduated from Spelman College and continued on to earn a Doctorate in Education. Wayne is the founder of The Write Aide, a non-profit organization advocating literacy. Wayne currently resides in Decatur, Georgia with her husband and three children. When she's not swimming with mermaids or dueling with dinosaurs, Dr. P. K. Wayne is brainstorming her next goofy kid adventure. Her daily life with her three kids serves as the source of inspiration for her children's books. Wayne awes audiences with funny stories sure to tickle the hearts of little ones everywhere. Dr. Wayne has released her debut novel, Strings Attached. And for younger readers, she has penned three children's books titled, A Bad Hair Day and Booger Bites: A Nose Picker's Battle with an Icky, Sticky Habit and A Dinosaur in Decatur.
Dr. Wayne loves to hear from readers.
Visit her website or feel free to review the books on Amazon or GoodReads.
Dr. April Love-Fordham
With two degrees from Georgia Tech, April rose to the executive suite, left the corporate world, earned an MDiv and DMin, and was ordained. Today she is writing a series called Disorderly Parable Bible Studies, including James in the Suburbs on James (2014), Dismantling Injustice on the Song of Solomon (2016), and St. Francis and the Christian Life on Galatians (2018). April lives with her husband and Great Dane in Atlanta, GA.
David Newton (Samuel Wardwell)
Pat & Anthony Smith
Although a native Virginian, Pat has branded herself as a Georgia Peach for over 35 years. She acknowledges having no financial credentials, but is uniquely qualified to pen her first book, "Snowball Investing," on financial matters as a result of a family crisis and the knee-jerk urgency to transform her own finances. Using the principles of stewardship, she recounts in detail the steps taken to erase all debts and to create a comprehensive financial portfolio to outweigh unforeseen future expenses.
Pat’s first published work appeared in the book, "In Search of a Match Black & White," by Dan Moore, Sr. She relives her journey with a perfect stranger, a leukemia patient in desperate need of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. Their recollection of the donor/recipient process is highlighted from both vantage points. Over the last three decades, Pat has also penned an assortment of unpublished poems for personal encouragement and as gifts to friends.
Pat’s college degrees in occupational therapy and counseling, as well as her past and present association with “helps” industries including real estate and the world-renown Reliv International, Inc., have given her a lifetime of opportunities to meet people in desperate and hurting places, and guide them towards a state of hope and purpose.
Pat can be contacted via her website, www.snowball-investing.com, and followed on her Facebook page, Snowball Investing. She shares practical money-saving tips and articles of inspiration to encourage readers to rid themselves of the debt blob in order to protect ones’ greatest asset producer, their income. Pat enjoys reading, sewing, and travelling with her husband Sumner Anthony Smith. She is personally inspired each time she ministers at Gilgal, Inc., a faith-based drug and alcohol women’s transitional facility in Atlanta. She is also active in her home church, Berean Bible Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Book Signing - Woodstock, Georgia 30188 - The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta: Saturday June 29th, 2019
Doug and Frannie Watson
Atlanta born and raised, Frannie earned her BS from Georgia State University and a Certificate in Bible from seminary. She served with a missions group in France. She worked in education, corporate, manufacturing, co-authored self-help book and an author of a novel.
Frannie began writing professionally in 2008. Since then she has written and published three books: Two Christian Suspense Fictions and One Self-Help: Co-dependency and Addictions. She should publish her third Christian Suspense Fiction in 2019.
She learned about emotional health as an associate - Worldwide Discipleship Association. She lives in metro Atlanta with husband Doug and dog Sally.
Buy Frannie's books.
Rick & Julie Clarke
Both Civil War re-enactors, Julie and Rick were extras in a short film on historical rural churches in Georgia which aired on Georgia Public TV in 2017. They have been researching Rick's family for over 20 years. Rick's ancestor, Dr. Noel D'Alvigny, was the role model for Dr. Meade in "Gone with the wind." This book is about the Doctor's daughter, Pauline (Rick's 3rd great grandmother), who grew up in Charleston before the family moved to Atlanta in the early 1850's. This includes Pauline's personal account, in her own words, of the War in Atlanta in 1864 when she was forced to leave her home near Peachtree creek. A farmer's wife, she became the matron of one of the hospitals in Atlanta. Julie, with the help of her husband Rick, weaves in and out of the past, and includes some of Clarke's re-enactments and modern day events in addition to the Civil War. Rick Clarke, this books historical advisor, is currently working on a book in Pauline's father who was from France, Dr. Peter Noel D'Alvigny.
Bill & Noy Peeler
Bill and Noy Peeler are Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel serving the Khmer population of Cambodia in partnership with the Cambodia Baptist Union.
Noy Peeler first heard the gospel in a refugee camp, and she has been telling others about Jesus ever since. Noy is a native Cambodian and former Buddhist, and understands both the culture and religion of many Cambodians. Bill is a U.S. Army veteran, fluent in the Khmer language and has experience in refugee relief work, public and adult English as a Second Language Education and as pastor of a Cambodian congregation.
Bill and Noy seek to help pastors and church leaders achieve their ministry goals by participating in community projects of evangelism and training, working alongside the Cambodia Baptist Union to proclaim the Gospel in remote parts of the country and providing leadership and pastoral training.
William and Noy Peeler are in the mission field In Columbia... their newsletters are some of the most touching real stories you could ever read. They are currently working with with a fellow Scribbler, Charles De Andrade, to turn these into a book.
You can learn more and donate to their cause here.
Mike & Leda Owens
Mike has been writing since Middle School – short stories about friends and their adventures in strange and exotic places. Stories that would wind up, sooner or later, buried in some trash can by a mother who believed a neat and tidy room was next to godliness. It was no big deal at the time- a career in writing wasn’t in his thinking. It was just a fun thing to do while entertaining himself.
As a senior in high school in Metairie, Louisiana, Mike won the Journalism Gold Medal Award; a prize he cherished - especially since he was competing against some of the smartest students in the class. Even at this point, he still never considered writing as more than a pleasurable pastime. He continued to write in college and was recognized for his attributes in writing, especially by his history professor, Dr. Thomas Howell.
In his first job at Pinecrest State School in 1974 as a Speech Therapist,, he collaborated with Nathan Canella, the music therapist, to produce Eggs! Eggs! Eggs! an Easter musical that was performed at the school for many years afterwards. He also wrote his first instructional manual for teaching sign language to non-verbal students at the school. Later, as an Educational Consultant for the Department of Education in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he wrote numerous training manuals for special education teachers and administrators covering a variety of special needs students.
In 1995, Mike traveled to Costa Rica and taught there for three years. He continued writing about the wonderful people he encountered while traveling around the country. The bug to write was still there, but the thought of becoming a published author, was not part of his life’s equation.
It wasn’t until about five years later, after returning to the states, did the urge to publish take hold. It took almost ten years to finish writing two young adult books. It was after retiring, and a move to Georgia before he realized the opportunity to become published. Only after becoming a part of the Scribblers’ Christian writers group in Norcross did publishing his works become a reality. Mike gives much credit to Charles de Andrede, the leader of Scribblers, for his direction and encouragement to him personally in the completion of his first two published novels. A year and a half after arriving in Georgia, Mike married Leda Still, a budding artist with whom he collaborated to produce a third book jointly called “The I Hate Vegetables Book of Poetry for Kids” due out for Christmas 2017. Additional books, as well as Leda’s artwork displayed at Leda’s Loft, are in the works. As they become available, announcements will be made on this website and blog.
For more on Mike, visit his website!
Luanne was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Where she completed high school in 1971 and married her husband, Ken in 1972 at Faith Bible Chapel at 9th and Acoma Street in Denver. Her first job, at the age of 14, was at a carnation greenhouse, where she spent her summer hours that year “disbudding” the flowers and carefully packing the ready ones for the florists. She says she still dearly loves carnations and their fragrance! Throughout the years, she has enjoyed various types of work, including, stocking and receiving, Nurse’s Aide, factory work at Jolly Rancher Candies, and much more. After giving birth to their daughter in 1977 she worked as a Fire Department Dispatcher which she said was one of the most enjoyable things she has done!
Later, after completing the series of cake decorating courses at Mrs. Mayo’s Cake Decorating School, she spent much time making & decorating cakes for weddings and other occasions. She went on to teach classes at Mrs. Mayo’s and fill in for decorators at various other bakeries as needed, while still doing cakes out of her home. It was a fun and rewarding career for many years!
In 1987, Luanne and her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia area and soon found herself increasingly more focused on her interests in whole-grains and nutrition. She began to sell her whole-grain breads for extra money and she experimented more with other whole-grains. Luanne has always been interested in culinary arts and nutrition. She has written numerous recipes, which she hopes to compile into a collection of recipe books in the near future! “I have always loved Wowing people with food. No matter where I am or where we go to church, the Lord always puts me to work in the kitchen!” she chuckles! She has been a valued resource of culinary and nutritional information by her peers and also offered instructional classes at church for over 35 years on subjects from basic cooking and reading labels, to nutritional balances and incorporating whole grains into your diet; and more recently gluten-free facts. Wherever they have been planted she has found herself in the position of coordinating kitchen activities at church for over 30 years and says that “since I have never had the ability to start my own restaurant, the church kitchen is my restaurant!” With joy she has planned and orchestrated scratch-made meals for various groups of 25 to as many as 400 and says, “I have loved every exhausting minute of it”!
Currently, although her desire is to continue with the compilation of her cookbooks, she feels led to focus her strongest efforts on the promotion of her first published book, “Faith Standing”. As well as the continuance of writing the sequel, “Faith Walking”.
Faith Standing is testimony and study of biblical truths to encourage one to stand sturdy and strong in faith, like the tree of old that does not up-root in the midst of winds and storms of life; but it just roots in deeper and continue to stand and trust! The purpose in Faith Standing, is that through the washing of the word and the testimonial examples therein; the reader might be encouraged to follow James 1:6 in: ASKING IN FAITH… WITH NOTHING WAVERING!
Since the age of sixteen, when she solidly gave her heart to Jesus, it has been her heart to serve God to the best of her ability. However, as she says, “I am definitely a work in progress! God has seen me through so many experiences and He has helped me, increasingly, to mature and grow in His word and in my relationship with Him! I learn more as I go along, and He truly is my source of joy, peace and contentment. My hope is that in the reading of Faith Standing, the reader will find out how and why:
“Faith dances with great joy at planting… in great expectation of the harvest’s increase!”