Sunday, April 29, 2012


Years of research went into the writing of the western novel Sulfur River by Art Anthony of Tuttle, Oklahoma. The author followed the path actual Civil War soldiers had taken in the humid terrain of northeast Louisiana. Every page breaths with characters and dialogue rich in a sense of realism as a story is spun out of challenge, turmoil, and growth.  As the Civil War comes to an end, a desperate Confederate army drafts a young 15 year old and the boy suddenly finds himself in the middle of the Red River Campaign. The boy has a head for business and sees potentials all around which could set him and his friend, Darrell, up for life.  Yet, they are not the only ones keeping an eye open and in the chaos of war there are those ready to take opportunity and advantage.  The two young men find strange but natural allies in their struggle to survive among neighboring farmers, escaped slaves, Indians and even Union soldiers.  A thrilling and satisfying journey awaits for those who dare the Suphur River (The book is available in both print and audio versions from Tate and on Amazon. For book talks, book signings or appearances, contact the author at or by calling 405-326-8077). 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


After promoting the new biography on British born scholar Noel Brooks, we received many comments. Many wished to know where his early noted work Scriptural Holiness might be purchased,   In response to those we are sharing this information.

Noel Brooks authored Scriptural Holiness and it quickly attained the level of a classic among Holiness and Pentecostal groups.  LifeSprings of Franklin Springs, Georgia, currently has this book available for purchase at $7.95. 

Friday, April 13, 2012


by Seán Mac Eachaidh BA (Hons)
ISBN 978-1-4710-4848-7 ( Copyright date 2012)
An alternative, North of Ireland touring template, that incorporates a soulful gaze on what might have shaped an ancient Irish psyche to a present day mindset. A journey that also includes the blissful, mystical and silent Irish other worlds filled with awe inspiring sights, landscapes and deserted homesteads. A journey filled with ponderings on Irish history, living memory and future aspiration. A tour experience, where ancient Irish standing stones, parting places, old graveyards are all combined, with the present day community dividing walls, to reveal, a silent narrative and to provide, a more authentic visit. A tour where there are 2 tales concerning the great ship, The Titanic and the Belfast Ship-yard, where this largest man-made vessel of its era was built. Another tale, which is a relatively  silent taboo topic  surrounding the an endemic employment discrimination.

Friday, April 6, 2012



Description: (optional): Norman author announces release of new book, a biography of a Pentecostal clergy, scholar, and author.

Norman, Oklahoma, April 6, 2012 – The life and influence of a British born clergy, educator, and author is the topic of the newest book from Norman author Marilyn A. Hudson.  In Noel Brooks: A Life Shining and Burning, 1914-2006, Hudson explores the work and life of a man known widely as a true gentleman and scholar.

The Reverend Noel Brooks (1914-2006) was an English clergy, educator, and author who ministered in the Wesleyan Methodist, the Elim Pentecostal Church, The Bible Pattern Fellowship (and wrote a biography of the leader and well known revivalist, George Jeffreys) and in the Pentecostal Holiness Church in both Great Britain and North America. In the mid-1970’s he taught religion on the campus of what was then the Oklahoma City Southwestern College (now Southwestern Christian University).  Over his life, he wrote numerous articles, many books, delivered countless lectures, and served as president of a small college in Bristol and one in Ontario.

Using letters, personal papers, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, examinations of numerous resources and analysis of the published writings of Brooks, the author presents an introduction to his life, work and the influences, which shaped his theology. This simple work seeks to examine some of the influences and explores, in their historical and social contexts, some of the major activities in the life of this man.  “He was a scholar’ noted Hudson, “whose life of spirituality, sacrifice, and insight, left a lasting impression on all who had the privilege to know the man or read his work.”

The book will be enjoyed by any who read biographies and a welcome addition for library collections on religious history, Pentecostalism, and related topics.  The softbound, illustrated, 200-page book is available on Amazon. 

Hudson is an educator and author with degrees in history and library and information studies from the University of Oklahoma. Her previous works include One Night Club and a Mule Bar: The First 60 Years of Southwestern Christian University, Elephant Hips Are Expensive, Those Pesky Verses of Paul: Women and the New Testament, and  In Her Own Words: The Inspirational Poetry of Velma Terry, 1915-1999. 

Contact Information:
Marilyn A. Hudson /
Whorl Books /405-701-3996 /


In the spring of 2010, Southwestern Christian University alumni Tom Nix, of Oklahoma City, envisioned a long overdue tribute to Mr. Ray Ballew, Professor Emeritus at SCU.

Securing the help of award winning writer Dr. Robert C. Grupe and editor Dr. Peter Pierro, Tom Nix collaborated with thousands of people whose lives have been touched by Dr. Ballew, encouraging him to start the book.  Ray Ballew: His Life, His Legacy. The Story of a Person who Makes a Difference, Le Colibri Publishing Co. Bethany, Oklahoma, 2012, is the result.

On Friday, April 27th, there will be a celebration of Mr. Ballew's life and career in the field of music and instruction with a book release and signing held in the SCU Conference Center located on the bottom level of the North Hall Residence facility.

The book release and signing event will include dinner and a concert performed by many of Mr. Ballew's current and former students. The cost to attend is $20. Books will be sold for $12 the night of the event and $10 if they are pre-ordered.

All profits from this event will go to the Ray Ballew Music Scholarship Foundation.

For more information about the event or to pre-order a book, please contact Tom Nix by phone at 405-406-3201, by email at, or find him on Facebook.