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The below list of recent paperback books published by William R. Parks are for sale at Amazon.com – where pictures of covers and book details are posted. Copy and paste the book title and author in search boxes of google or amazon.com.  eBook, audio book and DVD versions are also available for some titles and can be ordered directly from the publisher by email. Send email requests listing title and author to: wparkspublishing (at) aol.com 

Biographies:

Windows to Heaven – by Georget Kontos Photos. Biography of America's first female iconographer, Shirley S. Kontos (1949 - 1991). From a young age, Shirley seemed destined to follow the journey of a famous artist. Her studies earned her degrees from the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University. Her artistic talents brought her acclaim and recognition which led to an invitation to exhibit at the prestigious Whitney Museum in New York. She was well on her way to fame in the art world. However, a mysterious encounter with an angelic stranger changes the direction of her life.
   This heavenly messenger reveals the journey of a heavenly calling. He shares with dreams of her life that she had not expressed to anyone. She is to become famous, but not in the artistic field she believes. She is to embark upon a spiritual journey to overcome her shortcomings and faults, and to acquire knowledge and skill in an artistic field which transcends the earthly and opens “Windows To Heaven."
   Finally, she would arrive at the pinnacle of success. Before this successful moment, someone who had been very evil to her would capture her attention. If she ignored this person and turned her back in unforgiveness, all she had gained would be lost. The fascinating details of this spiritual journey are revealed in this previously untold story. Keywords: Orthodox icons, religious icons

A Franciscan Odyssey – by Father Lucjan Krolikowski. True story about a Franciscan priest arrested during WW II and sent to Siberia. After the war, he adopted 150 children whose parents died in Siberia, brought them to Canada, placed them in homes and helped in bringing them up and he later officiated at their weddings and baptized their children. Keywords: "priest adopts children"

 

LIFE OF CHRIST Illustrated with Master Artists Paintings – by William R. Parks. This highly illustrated Christian devotional book in color is about important Biblical events chronicled in the New Testament. It features some of the best artwork in the history of master artists. The book may be read by young adults or read by adults to younger children. This book may also serve as a devotional book for saying prayers by Catholics, for example, when saying the rosary. The beautiful paintings by master artists and devotional descriptions will inspire a greater appreciation for all mysteries of the rosary.


Music:
Handbook for Piano Practice – by Victoria  B. Stearns. This book is an excellent companion and guide to piano practice, for both students, whether amateur or aspiring music major and a reference for teachers as well: the principles of good playing are the same for everyone. Keywords: How to play the paino, learn to play the piano

Piano Practice for the Advancing Student: Continuing the Journey Begun in "Handbook for Piano Practice" For Students and Teachers – by Victoria  B. Stearns.  This book continues the journey begun in "Handbook for Piano Practice," and like its predecessor, it is not a method, but a guide to accompany piano studies. Now the emphasis is the canon of piano literature: the master composers and their works. The elements and techniques of each stylistic period are explained so that the student can establish a solid background, which in turn will also enrich music appreciation in general. More practice hints are included for this advancing level, with efficiency of learning a priority, along with suggestions for expanding one's musical repertoire and knowledge in general. There is so much information that cannot be absorbed in the time constraints of lessons, so the student needs a reference book. Keywords: Advanced piano lessons
 
Mathematics:
Program Your Calculator – Dr. Gerald Rising and Dr. Deborah Moore-Russo, of the University at Buffalo and Dr. Eileen Schoaff of Buffalo State College
wrote  "Program Your Calculator,"  to give a basic introduction to programming with the TI-84 calculator through a series of interesting examples. Keywords: How to use a calculator, how to program a calculator.

Program Your Calculator (Large print) 

Letters to a Young Math Teacher – by Dr. Gerald Rising.
"An excellent book for beginning math teachers." – Greg A. Baugher, Mercer University, Georgia.
Keywords: Help in classroom teaching, effective classroom teaching

 

Letters to a Young Classroom Teacher – by Dr. Gerald Rising. Email: insrisg(at)buffalo.edu Phone: 716-432-3287. Every teacher should read this book before beginning a career in a school classroom. Today’s schools are challenging environments to which academic preparation and even student teaching do not fully prepare beginning teachers.


Beginning Algebra – The text presents basic concepts in simplified personalized form often used in online PI (Programmed Instruction) Internet-based courses. Keywords: Introduction to Algebra and Algebra for beginners, algebra basics

1 + 1 = 1 An Introduction to Boolean Algebra and Switching Circuits – This text was taken from an audio-visual Computer Math Series which was reviewed in The Mathematics Teacher and received praise, "the development is well done." Keywords: Book about Boolean Algebra

Introduction to Gambling Theory – Know the odds –This text covers the fundamental concepts of probability and gambling theory in a simple and easy to understand format. Keywords: Winning at gambling, types of gambling

Nature Series:

Birder's Break – A birdwatcher for 80 years, the author, Dr. Gerry Rising, brings that experience to informal essays which will appeal to all levels of bird and nature enthusiasts. Keywords: Identifying birds

 

Birds and Birdwatchers – This book contains many of the informal essays written by Dr. Gerry Rising during his 25-year tenure as a weekly Nature Watch Columnist for the Buffalo News.Keywords: Identifying birds
 

The Nature Watch Collection Book One – Professor Rising seeks to communicate to his readers his own involvement with and love of nature. He has explored the out-of-doors through hiking,  canoeing and biking. At age 85,  he rode his motor scooter on a camping trip around Lake Michigan,  completing his similar  "circumnavigations"  of all the Great Lakes. Rising lives with his wife Doris in Amherst,  New York,  a Buffalo suburb. He has two children,  four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Keywords: Book about nature

 

The Nature Watch Collection Book One (Color Edition) 

 

The Nature Watch Collection Book Two by Gerry Rising

 

The Nature Watch Collection Book Two (Color Edition)

 

Earth, God's Garden – By Donna Lewis. This book is an uplifting prayerful experience. It teaches young people and adults how to appreciate the beautiful manifestations of nature and life on earth utilizing excellent large colorful photographs with unique camera angles. Keywords: Nature photographs

Children's Books:
The Calico Caterpillar – By Donna Lewis. A professional graphic arts designer stated that "The Calico Caterpillar" book is "Amazing!" He said, "The illustrations in this book are wonderfully beautiful and inventive! A thoroughly enjoyable visual feast for the eyes! I could go on picking out many details that make the images and their sequencing so terrific. The book is so well done that it is hard to find areas that could be improved." Keywords: Children story book

 

Animal Alphabet: Fun Facts – Illustrated fun facts about animals that will both educate and entertain children.Keywords: Animal book for children
 

 Animal Tails –  by Donna Lewis. This is a lively illustrated rhyming book that will delight children with guessing games.  A teacher said, "This 'tale of tails' will be added to her school library for young readers as well as for those who may have reading challenges. She said her English language learners will benefit from the vivid description and animal vocabulary." Keywords: Animal book for children

 Choices – by Donna Lewis. Choices are make-believe beautifully illustrated story about birds choosing the colors of their feathers written and illustrated by Donna Lewis and Doris Rapp, authors of another children's book about birds, "Peppi Puffin to the Rescue." Keywords:  Book about birds for children

Time to Fly by Donna Lewis. Millie Wingler, M.A., Ed. Early Childhood Elementary Education stated, "This book will delight my preschool and kindergarten students. Keywords: Arithmetic book for children

Jonah The Reluctant Prophet – By Donna Lewis. This is a colorfully illustrated Bible story about Jonah and the whale written for children. Keywords: Bible stories for children
   
Peppi Puffin to the Rescue – By Donna Lewis. This illustrated book by Donna Lewis is for young readers. Peppi is a happy Atlantic puffin who comes to the rescue of an Atlantic whale who got tangled in a fisherman's net. Keywords: Adventure book for children 

 

Other titles:
We Remember the Day of President Kennedy's Assassination – by Barbara O'Shea. One of many testimonies by retired nurse's aide Marjorie Meyers:  "It was Friday, November 22, 1963. I was living in Alden, New York and had no plans for that day. It was going to be a nice relaxing day. I seated myself comfortably in my front room in time to watch the motorcade of our president on television from Dallas, Texas."
    "All of a sudden, I saw our president, John F. Kennedy slumped over in the back seat of an open convertible car in which he was riding. He was seated next to his wife, Jackie who jumped up in panic. I was so confused and shocked by what I was watching. I couldn't help but cry as the news unfolded. I didn't want to believe our president had been assassinated. This kind of thing couldn’t happen to us." Keywords: History of President John Kennedy

 

Made in America –  by Professor Robert A. Wozniak. A resource guide for American made residential and non-residential products, materials and methods. As stated by Andes Lewendel, "If every builder bought just 5% more U.S. made materials, they would create 220,000 American jobs right now." Keywords: American made building materials

Living with Heart Arrhythmias and Surviving: Supraventricular Tachycardia by Barbara O’Shea. Written to comfort those living with supraventricular tachycardia and assure them they are not alone, this book is also helpful for caregivers. Ms. O’Shea recounts thirty-five recent episodes of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) with rapid heartrate over 100-220 beats per minute (bpm), as well as her fears and anxieties. Current sufferers of this condition will recognize themselves in these pages. Those who have not experienced SVT will grow a greater empathy for the condition and begin to understand what friends and family members with SVT are experiencing. Keywords: Heart problems

Prayers from the Heart – By  Sherry Tarlton. This is a tender, heartwarming devotional with inspiring scriptures and true stories. It is a living witness of what God can do if given a chance. You will find encouragement on each page to seek God above all else. Keywords: Prayer book 

 

The Joyful Cook's Guide To Heavenly Greek Cuisine –by Georget Kontos Photos. Book reviewer, Dr. Maria Secaras wrote, "I love the recipes in this book! Even though I work long days, I want to prepare delicious meals for my family and entertain friends. These recipes are quick and easy to make." Keywords:  Greek cookbook
 

The Field and Importance of Political Economy and The Payment of Labor – Political economist, Albert S. Bolles, writes clearly about economic principles because his views are not influenced by pecuniary interests. This book is Part One in our Classic Reprint Series in Economics and contains Chapters I and II of "Chapters in Political Economy" by Albert S. Bolles.Keywords: Worker pay

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