Local books hit the stands



Lehi’s Stacey DeMille Wardwell recently released “Be Not Afraid: A Young Woman’s Guide to Personal Defense.” Topics include how to choose what you will and will not defend and how to choose to avoid becoming a victim. The book includes clear techniques and true stories that illustrate the importance of understanding personal defense. The guide is available at most LDS bookstores and at www.amazon.com.


winning   BYU police officer Richard E. Decker has dabbled in writing since his days as a BYU student in the College of Family Living. This Orem author and father of five says “Winning” is not the first book he wrote or his favorite, but it is the first to be published. The story centers around Sam Davis, whose experiences as a high school football player mirror Decker’s own time as a football player for Payson High School.


The events of September 11 and recent blackouts on the East Coast have forced more Utah Valley residents to take a look at their emergency preparedness. “Emergency Essentials” is compiled by Larry Barkdull and Emergency Essentials, which is located in Orem and has been helping people prepare for emergencies since 1987.


BYU professors Robert Freeman and Dennis Wright have gathered candid recollections from nearly 150 Latter-day Saint servicemen who served in Korea and Vietnam. The stories are captured in “Saints at War,” published by Covenant Communications. Moving accounts from Elders Russell M. Nelson, Hartman Rector Jr., Joe J. Christensen and others are included.  The project also includes a 60-minute documentary, available in DVD or VHS.


Paula Noble Fellingham has written “Solutions for LDS Families,” which offers 24 weekly lessons for strengthening families. This 250-page full-size book is full of practical advice and ideas on topics that range from communication to mental well-being to commitment.

Each chapter includes assignments, activities, storybook suggestions and more.

The book is published by Covenant Communications in American Fork.


Lindon’s Charles R. Callaway has captured the spirit of Christmas in “Benjamin’s Gift,” a short holiday story that is popular as a gift for friends or family. Benjamin was born with no legs and became a wood carver. When Jesus was born, Benjamin used his wooden legs to carved the Savior a manger.

The books are available at local craft fairs or by contacting the author at (801) 785-5176.


Local family law attorney Lorie Fowlke reveals the pitfalls of the divorce process in “Thinking Divorce? Think Again! Seven Realities You Need to Know.”

Stephen R. Covey writes the foreword to the recently released book, which is available in bookstores and at www.thinkingdivorce.com. A companion video/DVD will be released later this year.


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