Biographies / Memoires
The Luckiest Guerrilla tells the remarkable, enchanting story of Philippines survivor Colonel Arthur Philip Murphy. Relying extensively on letters from Arthur and his wife Lillian, their daughter Patricia has penned an engrossing World War II narrative that is both a historical treasure chest and captivating on a personal level.
Only ten hours after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, they also bombed Luzon, Philippines. Ten days later enemy troops swarmed ashore, bent on swiftly annihilating General MacArthur’s ill-prepared defenses, commandeering the country’s natural resources, and subjugating its people.
By pure happenstance, Murphy avoided the pitiful surrender to the Japanese of 70,000-plus Fil-American troops there in April 1942, and he avoided the infamous Bataan Death March that resulted in the deaths of thousands. Instead, he opted to defy the surrender order and, with three companions, take his chances in the Igorot mountain country.
An obstinate, outspoken rebel, incurable romantic, amateur philosopher, and stoic executioner, Murphy was never captured, never wounded. He not only survived for three years behind enemy lines, he helped create a 22,000-man guerrilla army that harassed the Japanese, provided invaluable intelligence to MacArthur’s island-hopping army, and played a significant role in the battles fought during the waning months of the war, all while cultivating and maintaining, by whatever means necessary, continued support and loyalty among the Igorot headhunters of North Luzon.
That’s Just the Way Life Is… A Memoir
By Leslie Compton
That’s Just the Way Life Is… details the journey my father and I traveled as he battled prostate cancer while weaving through memories of happier times. The physical, emotional and medical situations we encountered are explored in detail. This memoir was written for those who have lost a loved one, those who are caregivers and those who are training to be caregivers.
At the conclusion are discussion suggestions to be used in a group situation to prepare them for their journey ahead.
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…a fine piece of writing, honest, unflinching,…impressive work.”
— Peter Gibb, author of King OF Doubt (a memoir), teacher, lecturer on memoir writing and mindfulness.
“This is a book not everyone will want to read…but everyone should… profound and moving, wonderfully well written.” — Olivia Taylor-Young, FORMER Public Relations Director / Hospice Public Information Officer, San Jose, CA
retired newspaper / magazine columnist, U of Oregon Osher LifeLong Learning Institute
“It is well written, a very honest telling of your experience with your father’s dying. The questions at the end are …helpful and should generate valuable reflection.” — Fred Grewe, Clergyman, Hospice at Providence Medical Facility, Medford, Oregon
When Mountains Don’t Move ~
A True Story of Faith Under Fire
FOREWORD by Mark Hubbell, Northwest Area Director, Prison Fellowship
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Betrayal, the barrel of a gun, and a jail cell. A true story fraught with drama, wrapped in humor, and filled with the miraculous intervention of God.
Because she refused to testify against her husband for actions she had already forgiven, Diana Weinberger, a former missionary, was incarcerated in an Idaho jail — a jail in which she had volunteered for a year in prison ministry! [Read more…] about When Mountains Don’t Move by Diana Weinberger