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The century-old First Baptist Church had everything going for it: a great location, oak pews for twelve hundred people, grand piano and pipe organ, full basement for multiple functions, gymnasium, and enough rooms to accommodate any number of programs or gatherings. The only thing it really lacked was people... and the blessings of God, if you choose to be fussy about such things.
The grand old church was reduced to fewer than one hundred attendees, many of them well past their prime. Something had to be done. The denomination leaders, the church board; they all agreed. Their unconventional solution was to invite Jonathon McCann, a godly, creative, local businessman to step in as the recovery pastor. Jonathon's intention is to spread the gospel message throughout the many high rise residential buildings surrounding the old church.
But, of course, there's a hitch. The church has a poorly hidden secret that will have to be dealt with, if God is again going to take up full residence among the people.
With bold moves, amid much fear and trembling, Jonathon and the board move forward. Will God bless the efforts? Will the high-rise residents welcome the message or reject it? Will the people willingly and gracefully address their past?More info →
When Hamilton tires of his deputy sheriff job he decides to try ranching where the grass grows green and no one is shooting at him. His life is upset when the Stanton family arrive from Texas with their cattle, cowboys, feudal ways and their beautiful daughter, Wanda. When the "Children's Blizzard" overtakes the country in 1888 the Texans and Hamilton are thrown together for mutual survival. What ensues includes adventure, generosity, misunderstanding, suffering, survival, a bit of humor and some romance.More info →
Noah Gates is a family appropriate Western novel. Noah starts out to find the thieves who stole his herd of trade horses but time and weather wipe out all signs of their movements. With nothing else pressing on his life he wanders to Deadwood for the winter and then to Dakota Territory, with troubles and another theft along the way. Heading towards the Colorado gold fields he agrees to guide Dora across the Montana plains, leaving her in Miles City. After a summer in the high up mountains he decides to find Dora again. Humor and romance ensue. Noah Gates, although not a true sequel, has many tie-ins with Hamilton Robb.More info →
Raised in poverty in Missouri, Mac is determined to find a better life for himself and the girl who is still a vague vision in his mind. Work on the Santa Fe Trail, and on a Mississippi River boat give him a start, but the years of Civil War leave him broke and footloose in South Texas. There he discovers more cattle running loose than he ever knew existed. Teaming up with two ex-Federal soldiers, he sets out to gather his wealth, one head at a time.
While gathering and driving Longhorns, Mac and his friends meet an interesting collection of characters, including Margo. Mac and Margo and the crew learn about Longhorns, and life, from hard experience before they eventually head west. Outlaws and harrowing river crossings are just two of the challenges they face along their way.More info →
Mac's Land is a story about a family. A family with parents, children and grandparents. A family that loves one another. A family working hard to operate a cattle ranch in the pioneer days of the West. A family with heavy responsibilities. A family with hopes and dreams. In other words, a normal pioneer family. There were thousands of them just like the McTavish family.
Don't come here looking for heroes. Don't expect to find swaggering men with hands quicker than lightening who can shoot the eye out of a squirrel at fifty paces. Come here looking for real people, people you would like to call 'neighbor, friend'.
Mac McTavish is a rancher. In a new land where the grass seemed to be never ending, he was among the first to realize that the grazing couldn't be infinite. The grass was showing more poorly as the short years came and went. As the herds grew, the land suffered and might soon die, as indeed it did in too many parts of the West.
Mac decided that on his Bar-M he would do something about saving the land. He told his neighbors that he was cutting his herds back and was fencing the land. The open grazing era had to stop.
Not everyone liked his proposal.More info →
“Mr. Stocker said if I could make my way here by this evening there would be a job waiting. I’m here.”
On his first full day of work on the Lazy-S, Terry was led to the horse stable by Big Mike. “I spect you know what a shovel is, and that over there is a wheelbarrow. Spect you know that too. Your job, for now, is to keep this barn clean and the horses fed, watered and groomed. You ever been around horses before?”
Terry nodded, but Mike wasn’t looking his way, so he simply followed the nod with “some.”
Terry needed two things that summer. One was to put away a few dollars towards the cost of college, the other was a rest from his chaotic home life. If the path to his future started in the stable, he would make the best of it.
Cattle, cowboys, a brush with a cougar, and, of course, a beautiful rancher’s daughter, all lead the young and inexperienced Terry on an adventurous path into adulthood, all in the shadow of the magnificent snow topped Rockies.More info →