Hannibal Authors and Baylor Alumni Spoke During Homecoming

On Friday, October 23, as part of Baylor University Homecoming, Louis and Kay Moore were asked to speak to Dr. Doug Ferdon's journalism ethics class. Louis spoke on several issues addressed in his book, Witness to the Truth. Dr. Ferdon gave students a class assignment that related to one of the book's chapters. In the photo are (left to right) Kay, Louis, and Michael Blackman and Doug Ferdon, Baylor journalism professors and hosts for this campus event.


Former Missionary Kid Examines Childhood Struggles, Worthiness of Missions

Thousands of children of Christian workers in each generation spend a significant part of their developmental years outside their parents culture of origin—often in more than one location and all in the name of serving as Christian missionaries.

The parents believe they are doing God’s will, but what about the hardships that these missionary kids face? Is the cause really worth the price that these kids pay? In a frank and honest look inside the life of one missionary kid, Mary Anne Phemister tells her unusual story in Lessons from a Broken Chopstick: A memoir of a peculiar childhood.

Born to American parents during a World War II Japanese air raid in China, Mary Anne’s life started off drastically different than do the lives of most Americans. Like many parents w
ho are on mission with God in a foreign land, Mary Anne Phemister’s father was resolute in his zeal to lead the lost people of China and later Vietnam, Cambodia and Taiwan out of spiritual darkness. So, as required by their mission organization, by the time Mary Anne was 4-years old her parents sent her off to the first of three boarding schools. During the few years she was with her parents, Mary Anne remembers a strict household with a strained relationship between her mother and dad.

Through Lessons from a Broken Chopstick, Mary Anne discusses her interesting life experiences, confusing feelings and difficult circumstances and also talks about her visits as an adult back to China, Vietnam and Hong Kong. With amazing sensitivity, insight, forgiveness and even humor she delves into the various issues she and her siblings encountered in their unusual lives. Amid her stories of playing with pet turkeys, evacuating from the communist regime and getting a new hairdo for the American school, Mary Anne divulges her deeper issues of identity crisis, moments of self-actualization and her struggle to understand why her parents lived as they did.

In an endorsement of the book, David M. Howard, former international director of World Evangelical Alliance, writes: “A fascinating book! The author opens her heart with amazing detail about her peculiar childhood and upbringing. Her openness as she delves into long-hidden closets of her life gives power and credibility to her story.”

Mary Anne Phemister is a nurse, author, mother, grandmother, and wife of noted concert pianist Bill Phemister.


CrossHouse Author Discusses Strokes, Healthcare Reform on Lars Larson Show

On October 6, Timothy Culver, author of Sara's Story: One Family's Faith through Unthinkable Trial, talked with Lars Larson about his book and his experience with the health insurance industry. Listen to the interview below and visit the Lars Larson Show's website at www.larslarson.com.


Hannibal Author Peter Lumpkins Interviewed on Alabama's Faith Radio

On September 29, the American Council on Alcohol Problems and the Alabama Citizens Action Program hosted an evening with Peter Lumpkins, author of Alcohol Today: Abstinence in an Age of Indulgence, in Montgomery, AL, to discuss what the Bible says about alcoholic beverages. During that time, Faith Radio's The Meeting House on 89.1 FM interviewed Peter Lumpkins and Joe Godfrey, the executive director of the Alabama Citizens Action Program.

Listen to the interview here and visit Faith Radio's website at www.faithbroadcasting.org.


Watch video of Tim Culver and his wife, Sara, on Fox & Friends

Tim and his wife, Sara, talked on Fox & Friends October 7 about Tim's new book, Sara's Story. The book focuses on his wife's stroke, her recovery process and their battle with the healthcare system.

The interview is on the Fox & Friends' website.


Author, Missionary Anne Fortenberry Speaks with SuperTalk Mississippi

On October 1, Anne discussed her new book, Faith that Works: A Topical Study on the Book of James with SuperTalk Mississippi host Paul Gallo on The Gallo Radio Show. Anne will be speaking at various churches throughout Mississippi through October, so the host graciously allowed Anne to interview on the show. You can listen to the audio here.

Verses discussed during the interview: Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:3.


UPDATE: CrossHouse Author on Fox & Friends, 10/7 at 6:50 EST

In May 2004 Tim Culver received news that his 42-year old wife, Sara, had suffered an acute stroke. Thus began a remarkable pilgrimage of faith for both Tim and Sara: a spiritual and physical journey that carried them through agonizing days coping with both the illness itself and resulting disability as well as dealing with the dark crevices between modern medicine and current health-insurance practices. Tim will be speaking on Fox and Friends (http://www.foxnews.com/foxfriends/) on October 7 at 6:50am EST to discuss his new book, "Sara's Story" (October 2009, CrossHouse Publishing) and his experience with the healthcare industry in relation to healthcare reform. Their story offers hope for families struggling with severe medical emergencies. It also is a clarion cry for new insurance practices and laws that expedite and streamline medical-care delivery today. The Culvers’ amazing story is detailed in a newly published book, ‘Sara’s Story’, released this month by CrossHouse Publishing of Garland, TX. Tim Culver is the author. The book is available through most online and physical bookstores, as well as at www.HannibalBooks.com. Tim and his wife Sara reside in Sunnyvale, TX, with three of their four children. The oldest child is proudly serving the U.S. Army in Iraq.


Congrats to Key Player at Hannibal Books, CrossHouse Publishing

From the business/ministry e-newsletter of Hannibal Books and CrossHouse Publishing (sign up for the e-newsletter by emailing hannibalbooks@earthlink.net) ...

Life offers many choices, so we're pleased to report that a key player in our publishing companies has just been rewarded for making some eminently sound ones.

Katie Welch, who is the publisher of Hannibal Books' sister company, CrossHouse Publishing, has just received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. For Katie this effort represents 25 years of schooling without a break in stride!

After high-school graduation she graduated summa cum laude in 3 1/2 years from Baylor University with a bachelor of arts degree and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She did her master's work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Dallas Baptist University.

Her doctorate, awarded Aug. 15 at UTA, was in the field of linguistics. A Spanish scholar, her dissertation focused on the process by which students learn politeness terms as they acquire proficiency in a foreign language.

All this was occurring while Katie worked to give a high degree of individualized attention to countless authors at CrossHouse Publishing and coordinated numerous Hannibal special events such as the annual Mark Twain School for Authors.and exhibits at the Christian Booksellers Association convention.

With this part of her academic career behind her, Katie will continue as CrossHouse Publisher plus will absorb more of the day-to-day operations of Hannibal Books. She has a strong interest in developing Spanish curriculum as an offering through Hannibal/CrossHouse. We believe she will add a special way of relating to a new generation of younger, potential authors who desire to see themselves in print.

Katie, we are proud of your accomplishments! You are a positive representation of our company. And, oh, by the way, did I mention that I speak not only as a proud employer but also as a proud dad? That's right! Katie is none other than Dr. Catharine Moore Welch, God's special gift to her mom and me and to the scores of authors and customers who enter into contact
with her via KLMK Communications.

Louis Moore, President
KLMK Communications Inc.
(parent company, Hannibal Books and CrossHouse Publishing)