‘Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons from the Slopes’ by Kathryn Kemp Guylay (Sun Valley); Healthy Solutions of Sun Valley ($15.99)
“Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons from the Slopes” uses stories from the author’s personal life as an engaging, often hilarious, backdrop for studying wellness and life lessons. From starting a nonprofit to her family’s journey west and her humbling adventures learning to ski as an adult, Kathryn Kemp Guylay’s stories inspire and entertain. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a pro skier or have never set foot on the slopes. You’ll learn simple tools and even games that make wellness fun. You will learn how to achieve greater success in life simply by adjusting how you perceive events around you; discover a six-step framework you can use to overcome obstacles in your own life; use vision and visualization to turn your dreams into reality; and learn strategies to engage fully in life while experiencing improved health and vitality
‘The Artist and the Clay,’ written and illustrated by Mercy McCulloch Hasselblad (Nampa); Covenant Media ($15)
Based on the idea of the Potter and the Clay, this is the story of one young boy who doesn’t understand what the Artist is doing. He refuses to cooperate unless the Artist explains himself. Author Mercy McCulloch Hasselblad is currently ministering abroad with her husband. Proceeds from “The Artist and the Clay” will be divided between the next book and supporting the ministry. For more information, please visit Covenantmedia.us or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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‘Hot Summer in the High Desert’ by Larry Ourada; Amazon Digital Services Inc. ($9.99)
“Hot Summer in the High Desert” takes place in Boise in 1952, just before the sexual and technological revolution began throughout the country. It is about two groups of teenagers during the summer of their junior and senior years, at the height of their hormonal activity. One group attends the large public school, and the other group the small Catholic one. The story describes their wild and bizarre adventures during that special summer while examining the similarities, differences and conflicts between them because each group has its own set of values and morality. The novel is full of steamy dating, hot rods, keggers and sports, with elements of “American Graffiti,” “Happy Days,” and “The Catcher in the Rye.” But it also has the added dimension of how Catholic students try to reconcile their Baltimore Catechism teachings from the nuns and priests with the strong secular influences permeating their lives.