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Blubaugh was raised in a small town in southeast KS. He began writing poetry at
age fourteen. Tom has written nonfiction writer most of his adult life. He
self-published his first book Behind the
Scenes of the Bus Ministry in 1974.Tom wrote articles for denominational and business magazinesfrom 1975 through 1995. He co-wrote The Great Adventure for Barbour Publishing
Co. in 2009. Bound by Faith Publishers published his first fiction Night of the Cossack in April, 2011. In
Feb., 2012, Tom was a guest writer in Unschackled by CJ Hitz, Shelley
Hitz and Heather Hart. Tom is married to Barbara. They have six children and
fourteen grandchildren. Both are retired. Tom has been public speaker for 40
years. He was a self-employed entrepreneurfrom1973 to 1995. Tom retired in 2004 and has devoted most of his time
to writing and volunteer work.
About the book:
Tom Blubaugh, author of Night of the Cossack, never
knew his grandfather. Years later, he asked family members about his
grandfather and they all agreed on four facts. Mr. Blubaugh wrote this riveting
tale based on these four facts! Night of the Cossack is a very exciting
adventure set in Russia and Europe during the early 1900's. The first chapter
ends on a cliffhanger and the journey is just beginning! Join the main
character Nathan Hertzfield on his suspenseful adventure. The author does a
great job drawing you into the character right from the start.
attending Kansas State University, I was involved in leadership with
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. We were a fairly small group compared to
some of the more popular campus ministries, but we were a pretty tight-knit
group of peculiar people, which is what kept me around for so many years. I
loved the bonds we had developed. One night during our large group meeting,
there was a young man that felt led to come forward and share with the group
that he had secretly been struggling with pornography and masturbation. As he
stood before us, shoulders sagging and eyes cast downward, my first inclination
was not to throw stones at him, but to pray for him. As soon as he finished
sharing his heart with the group, the consensus among the girls was to not only
gather around this brother, but to gather around all of the males in our
fellowship and pray for them. In the subsequent weeks following that night,
other guys came forward to confess their struggle with pornography, and
eventually an accountability group was developed to where the guys could meet
on a weekly basis and challenge one another in this area.
remains one of the most influential moments in my life, because eventually it
led me to the same point of confession.
What about the Women?
though there was an ongoing support group for men in our chapter, the question
of whether or not the women needed an accountability group for sexual addiction
never even came up. We fully supported the guys and prayed for their
accountability meetings, but none of us girls ever once mentioned our personal
struggles with it. When I finally came forward a few years later and confessed,
a few girls from the chapter messaged me and told me that they had struggled
with it too, but they never mentioned it because they thought they were the
only one. Never would they have guessed that the majority of the girls in the
room had the exact same problem they were struggling to overcome. All that
time, we could have put the enemy to flight entirely on this matter in our
chapter, but because of fear, we all remained silent.
Confess and Be Healed
within the church are facing the same issue. Because church has become a place
where people feel as though they always have to wear their best face, it is
extremely difficult for anyone to let the frailty of their humanity show. In James
5:16 we’re told to confess our sins to one another and pray for each other so
that we may be healed. If our churches aren’t providing the kind of atmosphere
where people feel free to do this, we’re doing something terribly wrong. The
entirety of what Jesus preached and what He walked out while He was on the
earth was love God and love others. This kind of love goes beyond merely
greeting your brother or sister in Christ Sunday morning and asking generic
questions about their life. This kind of love knows very well the weaknesses of
others, but chooses to delve into the nitty-gritty parts of relationship for
the sake of seeing people set free. The greatest love of all had the power to
set us free from sin, so you can imagine the power we can walk in as a Body if
we allow Christ to love through us. This kind of love can cover a multitude of
sins. The Church needs to learn to demonstrate that kind of love.
Just as this
particular student knew that he would be safe if he shared a very personal
issue with our community group, people need to know that they have a supportive
body that they can be vulnerable with. No one likes rejection, so we must do
our best as a Body to ensure that people don’t expect rejection when they come
into church with a burden weighing heavily on their soul. Confession will not
happen unless people are convinced that the problem won’t be compounded in the
process of seeking help.
Strength in Numbers
is one of the most blessed aspects of being a part of a church. It can be
maintained through a single partnership or within a group setting. Not every
church provides, or is able to provide, a group setting for accountability, so
if you find yourself needing some James 5:16 people to surround yourself with,
I would encourage you to visit with a trusted woman from your church, a
counselor, or your pastor. Share your struggle with them and as you begin to
experience freedom, reach out to someone else. Talk to your pastor about
starting a group within the women's ministry. Yes, this is a touchy subject,
especially for people in the church, and you may not receive a resounding
"yes" when you first step out there, but sexual addiction is also a
major stronghold in the church that is causing multitudes of people suffer in
silence, so someone has to speak up and spearhead a campaign to completely
demolish the enemy’s plans for keeping us in bondage!
finally came forward and confessed my addiction, so many other women came
forward to confess, and it eventually led to connections with young girls and
women from all over the States and even overseas for me to support and keep
accountable, as well as the opportunity to co-author a book on the topic to
help others. Who knows what kinds of opportunities the Lord has in store for you
and your church when you take your own leap of faith!
S'ambrosia Curtis is a graduate from Kansas State
University, where she served on an InterVarsity leadership team for three years
and developed a love for God and a heart for His people. She currently teaches
English and sociology to middle and high school students at Salina Christian
Academy and leads worship at NorthPoint Church in Salina, KS. Her main
objective for whatever she puts her hand to, is to bring glory to the name of
Christ, that He may receive the reward of His suffering.
S'ambrosia co-authored the book, "A Christian Woman's Guide to Breaking Free From Pornography: It's Not Just a Guy's Problem" with
Shelley Hitz. During their book launch
on 9/26/12-9/27/12, you can download a free Kindle copy and also enter to win
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Imagine this: For centuries everyone has believed that the sun and all the planets revolve around the earth. But by studying the old books and observing the heavens, you have concluded that the earth and all the other planets revolve around the sun. Your theory is so radical that you are hesitant to tell others about it. Your name is Nicolaus Copernicus. Although at first your beliefs are denounced and ridiculed, your observations are eventually proved correct. In time, you come to be called the founding father of modern astronomy.
Or imagine this: It’s the early 19th century and women have few legal rights. Married women can’t own property, their wages belong to their husbands, and they don’t even have the right of guardianship over their children. You know the laws are unfair, but as a young woman yourself, what can you do? Your name is Elizabeth Cady Stanton. You spend your life fighting for women’s rights, and later many give you credit for being the architect and founder of the Women’s Rights Movement.
Nicolaus Copernicus and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are just two of the twenty-five extraordinary men and women whom you will have a chance to meet in this inspiring book that explores and celebrates people who had the courage to follow their own convictions, even when everyone around them said they were wrong. They were people of vision who saw life from a new perspective and were willing to question conventional wisdom. And their revolutionary breakthroughs changed and shaped the course of history.
Author Sandra McLeod Humphrey invites you to have the courage to stand alone too, hold on to your dreams, and follow your heart wherever it may lead. Like the twenty-five pioneers who lived before you, you too may someday make a difference!
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“I highly recommend this inspiring book. It should be in the hands of every parent, teacher, and child advoate who cares about our children’s moral futures.”
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“One word, ‘INSPIRING’ comes to mind over and over as I read this manuscript. The stories in this book reveal that distinct pathways in life can be purposeful and fulfilling with some rewards coming early and others being long delayed. In that sense, this is a book of ‘HOPE,’ not wishful thinking but hope that is driven by intrinsic motivation, a desire to give rather than take from the world, and a deep belief in the difference that one person can make when an ability, idea, or goal is taken to its highest level…All of the men and women in these stories will surface again and again in the lives of the readers as they advance through their school years. In that sense, this book is foundational to higher learning. It gives an emotional as well as an intellectual mindset to the 25 people who made a difference and, thus, they become the giants for the current generation of readers upon which to rest their feet.”
Dr. Donald Draayer, Minnetonka School Superintendent, 24 years. A National Superintendent of the Year.
“They Stood Alone!digs deep into the lives of those individuals who made it possible for all of us to have our own personal heroes. Through these twenty-five examples we, too, can learn how to make a difference in the lives of others and give back. This is a book that is both powerful and significant. A must read for all.”
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“They Stood Alone! is a book all young people should read. It contains the stories of real-life heroes and heroines who showed the courage and inspiration to truly make a difference in the world. The twenty-five men and woman featured in this book are an eclectic group ranging from scientist and explorers to civil rights activists and authors. Their dedication and commitment encourage all of us to strive to do our best and to live a meaningful life.”
Philip Bigler 1998 National Teacher of the Year
“They stood alone and stood out! Seldom, if ever, do kids have a vision without a role model. Sandra Humphrey’s new book They Stood Alone! provides kids everywhere with extraordinary people who had beliefs and convictions and stood by them to make an enormous difference. These stories will galvanize youngsters to action!”
Gene Bedley 1986 National Educator of the Year
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About the Author:
Sandra McLeod Humphrey is a retired clinical psychologist with over 35 years experience working with young people. She is a writer and consultant for the Heroes & Dreams Foundation which provides character education materials to schools K-8 throughout the United States and Canada and the recipient of the National Character Education Center’s Award for “Exemplary Leadership in Ethics Education” (2000). She was also “Author of the Month” for MyShelf.com 12/03 and the recipient of the Helen Keating Ott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature (7/05).
About the Book:
They Stood Alone!: 25 Men and Women Who Made a Difference is an inspiring collection of brief biographies of 25 men and women who refused to conform to the societal beliefs and expectations of their time and, by stepping out and away from the crowd, they changed their world and ours as well. It’s received the 2011 Mom’s Choice Gold Award for Young Adult Nonfiction, the 2012 Readers Favorite Silver Medal Award for Young Adults-General, and was the 2011-2012 DIY Book Festival Winner for the Teenage category. The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) also selected it for their annual list of best selections for young adults in the nonfiction category.
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