25 March 2017

Press Release: Dog Company: A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned by Their High Command


#1 NYT BESTSELLING WRITER OF HEAVEN IS FOR REAL AND SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME IS BACK WITH A CONTROVERSIAL NEW BOOK

Hundreds of American soldiers have been prosecuted, even thrown into prison, for supposed battlefield “crimes.”

But the Army doesn’t want you to know that. 


WASHINGTON, D.C. – When investigative journalist and #1 NYT bestselling author Lynn Vincent learned that America’s increasingly globalist and politically-correct military was systematically ruining the lives and reputations of young soldiers, she knew she had to dig deeper.

Now, after more than two-hundred hours of interviews and thousands of hours of documentary research, the result is her new book, written with Captain Roger Hill, Dog Company: A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned by Their High Command. (Center Street, April 11, 2017.)

Captain Hill is a West Point graduate, decorated combat veteran and a man of devout Christian faith. His story of moral courage uncovers a lawyered-up military in which attorneys and investigators treat every armed engagement with the enemy as a potentially criminal act—so much so that American soldiers are now afraid to fire their weapons on the field of battle.

After just six months in the violent province of Wardak, Afghanistan, a third of Hill’s unit, Dog Company, 1-506th, had been wounded in battle. Then two soldiers are killed on a routine patrol. Working with an Army counterintelligence team, Hill and his First Sergeant, an old-school former drill instructor named Tommy Scott, find out why the enemy always seemed to know they were coming: A dozen enemy spies, posing as local national workers, have infiltrated their base. 

Hill and Scott detain the spies. Then, in order to head off a massive Taliban attack, they must learn what the infiltrators know. But pro-enemy rules of engagement set off a ticking clock: Hill has just 96 hours to transfer the prisoners to his higher command—or he will be forced to set free the spies who helped kill and maim dozens of his men.

Hill and Scott, both model soldiers, had always followed the letter of military law.  Now, though, abandoned by their high command, they suddenly face an excruciating choice: follow Army rules on prisoner treatment, or damn the rules to their own destruction and protect the men they’d grown to love.

For this, Hill, Scott and many of their men were investigated and prosecuted. Several, including Hill, were forced out of the Army with less-than-honorable discharges. But unlike other soldiers and Marines now incarcerated, Hill narrowly escaped a long sentence in the military prison at Ft. Leavenworth. Because of that, he and Vincent were able to tell his story.

A harrowing true story that weaves vivid battlefield action with military courtroom drama, Dog Company exposes the threats American soldiers face from within their own military system—a sometimes bizarre world where lawyers second-guess the judgment of battlefield commanders, and the rights of enemy fighters take priority over the safety of our own troops. 

LYNN VINCENT is a Navy veteran and #1 New York Times best-selling writer of eleven nonfiction books, including Heaven is for Real and Same Kind of Different As Me, with more than 14 million copies in print. She lives San Diego. Facebook.com/lynnvincentonFB

CPT ROGER HILL is a former infantry commander in the 101st Airborne and a decorated combat veteran. An advocate for military veterans and first responders, he is active in the fight against human trafficking, and lives in Atlanta. 

Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Published by: Center Street, Hachette Book Group



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24 March 2017

Changes

When I started PS Annie! way back in 2011, I wanted to focus on genealogy and family history and just family in general.  Over the years, various things have come along to pull me away from my initial focal point. This blog is changing much as my life has since I started PS Annie!

Over the last several months, I have been flooded with requests by publicists to do reviews and/or author interviews. As you may have noticed, a great many are being posted here now in addition to being on David's blog Random Thoughts and Observations.  While a book/product review blog is not what PS Annie! started out to be,  it seems to be a part of its life now. The funny thing is, I have no clue how they found me, but I am glad that they did. :)

Considering how much we love to read, how could I tell any of these publicists, "No, that is not the focus of my PS Annie!?"  I've never been good at saying no anyway and I love books!

It is a fun adventure and I hope that all of you are fine with it.  I now have PS Annie! #2 over on WordPress devoted solely to genealogy and family history, what this PS Annie! started out to be.  I hope you'll join me over there, too.

Have a blessed weekend, all of you!



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Book Review: Don't Divorce by Diane Medved


This book was given to us in consideration of a review.

This book is not a quick read, nor is it an easy read.  It is a book written by a Ph.D. and it feels like it is written like a textbook in some places. 
 However, that might just be exactly what is necessary to combat all the literature out there that is based upon opinion and made-up statistics. 
As you know, statistically speaking, marriages don’t last.  You have a higher chance of divorcing before you die than you do of staying married the rest of your life, or that of your spouse. Is that really true?
Don’t Divorce offers studies that prove divorce is misrepresented in the media, that it isn’t as common as one may think.
In fact, Don’t Divorce shows that much of what is presented in the media as fact is just plain wrong.  This book not only dispels the myths, it gives the name of the studies that disprove them.
Don’t Divorce offers readers information to help them stay together.  It reminds readers of how the divorce industry thrives on people’s misery and how much potential cost there is, in money and the lives of not only the couple involved, but also their children and other family members.  
We hope that no one reading this is ever faced with the possibility of divorce.  But if there is a possibility, both members of the couple should read Don’t Divorce. 
Don’t Divorce is well-written, and although a slow read, should be read by anyone who has a potential divorce in their future, whether it be their own, or that of someone they love.
We don’t like the subject matter, few would, but we think it is an important book for anyone who has divorce enter their life or the life of a family member or friend.




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Friendly Fill-Ins

This is a fun meme co-hosted by McGuffy's Reader and 15 and Meowing. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!

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Here are the fill-ins:

1. In the Spring, I look forward to _____________.

2. I would love to have a _________________ party.

3. Few know this about me, but __________________.

4. No one _______________________________________.



Here are my responses:

©2017 Suzanne G. McClendon


1. In the Spring, I look forward to the wildflowers! This is probably the prettiest time of year for Texas. There are wildflowers absolutely everywhere!

©2017 Suzanne G. McClendon


2. I would love to have a no kind of party. I am just not into parties.

©2017 Suzanne G. McClendon


3. Few know this about me, but I had our first child the year that I turned 21. My mama had her first child (me!) the year that she turned 21. My grandma (mama’s mama) had her first child the year that she turned 21. My sister had her first child when she was 21, too.

©2017 Suzanne G. McClendon


4. No one was put here to do what I was put here to do. Heavenly Father has a job especially for me and only for me. I’ve just got to figure out exactly what that is.

©2017 Suzanne G. McClendon


Have a blessed day, y'all!



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23 March 2017

Press Release: Adult Christianity for Today



Grounded in Biblical Scripture and Christian Theology, Book Offers Multiple Surprises, Including the Bonus God has Built into Most Long-Term Marriages

What does adult Christianity look like in the twenty-first century?

Lutheran Pastor Ted Coleman explores this question in his newly published anthology of sermons titled AdultChristianity for Today: A God of Surprises. A collection of 29 sermons organized into the seasons of the Christian year, these sermons offer humor, stories, and redeeming psychological insights; each also concludes with various fill-in-the-blank and multiple choice questions geared toward retention of key points.

Among other topics, Adult Christianity for Today covers some of the main psychological differences between men and women, unique characteristics of left-brained and right-brained people, the Christmas sign, spiritual shortcuts, spiritual growth, two marks of adulthood, how to deal with temptation, how to deal with a bully, what happens to rebels, what happens to those who are excessively proud, three surprises in the Christian story of God, and four possible explanations for human suffering.

Coleman comments, “I wrote this book in response to my middle school grandson asking me ‘What do you do as a preacher?’ as well as in response to requests for printed sermons. It is my hope that AdultChristianity for Today encourages modern and postmodern Christian people in their adult Christian journeys in our time.”

“Both in concept and content, I trust this volume will find a most appreciative audience in the direct, practical, and pastoral way it deals with so many very relevant, timely, and timeless questions of concern to all of us today. Yes, right down to those Coleman trademark ‘fill-in-the-blank’ questions!” ~ Ed Aebischer, Adult Sunday School teacher

Author: Pastor Ted Coleman is a Lutheran (ELCA) pastor in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Coleman holds a Ph.D. from Duke University in Biblical studies, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Librarianship degree from Emory University. He has taught college religion courses at the University of South Carolina at Aiken and has served as a congregational pastor in two denominations for more than 25 years. He is married and has four children and seven grandchildren.


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22 March 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. Setting aside the real March Madness (NCAA Basketball) describe something happening at your house this month that might earn the title 'March Madness'?

EVERYTHING!  Go here. No, never mind, don’t go here. Oh, never mind that, do go here.  I’ll do this. No, I’m not going to do that, but I’m going to do this. No, never mind, I’m going to do this instead. OY! STOP THE BLOOMIN’ YO-YO!


2. What's a favorite made up word from your childhood or a favorite from your children's childhood? Does your family still use the word today? If there's a story behind the origin, please share.


“Whatchamahoosit”. It is just a word that we made up for lack of a better word for something when we didn’t know exactly what that “something” was.


3. Will you be doing any spring cleaning now that the season is upon us?
I read here a list of 15 quick (under one hour) spring cleaning tasks. They were-

clean out a drawer, vacuum furniture, whiten tile grout, dust the nooks and crannies you don't get to year round, degrease kitchen cabinets, wipe down walls, go behind furniture, wipe down ceiling fans, vacuum the mattress, clean the range hood, wash baseboards, shine the stainless steel, clean out vents, tackle the windows, and wipe down gadgets

Of the fifteen 'quick' tasks listed which two most need doing at your house? Will you do them?


All of them need to be done and I am working on it. First, me and this house are in recovery mode. We’ve become the dumping ground for kiddos that don’t live here full-time (barely any time, really) and their stuff is everywhere. I’m sort of working at the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge and making some progress. Some days no bags go out and other days, lots of bags go out.  

4. A favorite movie set in Paris or New York?


Miracle on 34th Street, the original one with Natalie Wood and Maureen O’Hara, would be my favorite movie set in New York. I don’t know that I have a favorite one set in Paris.

5. What's put a spring in your step this month?


The wildflowers have most definitely put a spring in my step…and mosquitoes on the rest of me. I love seeing the flowers, smelling the flowers (but not the sneezing), and most especially photographing the flowers.

6. Did you ever want to be a teacher? Why or why not?

Yes, I very much wanted to be a teacher. I played school teacher with my siblings a lot as a child. I wanted to be an early elementary teacher and instill the love of learning in the little ones.  I think those just starting out in school deserve a far better first day of school than what I had.
While I never went on to teach in the public school system, we homeschooled our children. We were also training union and Sunday School teachers for a while. So, I was still a teacher. All mothers and fathers are teachers. We’re just not all financially rewarded for it.
7.  What's your favorite floral scent? Do you have this somewhere in your home or maybe in a perfume? How do you feel about florals in food? How about wines with floral notes-yay or nay?
I love the smell of honeysuckle and the smell of some roses. No, I do not have them in my home nor do I wear perfume.   I do not drink wine. I’d rather not have flowers in my food either.  The flowers need to be outside for the bees and the butterflies and photographers.


8. Insert your own random thought here.
Last week ended on a very scary note with David’s trip to the ER due to very low blood sugar levels. Hopefully, this week will not hold any upsetting surprises!















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