In August, 2012, Zondervan Publishers released The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill, the Untold Story of Authur Shores and His Family's Fight for Civil Rights (Helen Shores Lee, Author; Barbara Sylvia Shores, Author; and Denise George, Contributor). These are the firsthand accounts of sisters Helen and Barbara Shores growing up with their father, Authur Shores, a prominent Civil Rights attorney, during the 60's in the Jim Crow south Birmingham district --- a frequent target of the Ku Klux Klan. Between 1948 and 1963, some 50 unsolved Klan bombings happened in Smithfield where the Shores family lived, earning their neighborhood the nickname 'Dynamite Hill.' Due to his work, Shores' daughter, Barbara, barely survived a kidnapping attempt. Twice, in 1963, Klan members bombed their home, sending Theodora to the hospital wiht a brain concussion and killing Tasso, the family's cocker spaniel. The family narrowly escaped a third bombing attempt on their home in the spring of 1965. The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill is an incredible story of a family's unfair suffering, but also of the Shores' overcoming. This family's sacrificial commitment, courage, determination, and triumph inspire us today through this story and the selfless service, work, and lives of Helen Shores Lee and Barbara Sylvia Shores. To read more about this book or to order, click here.
In February, 2011, Tyndale House Publishers released While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes Of Age During the Civil Rights Movement(Carolyn McKinstry with Denise George). The book tells Carolyn's incredible story as an eyewitness and survivor of the 1963 deadly bombing at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama. To read more about the book or to order, click here.
More Great News: Our Boot Camp for Christian Writers seminars (taught by myself and my good friend/author, Carolyn Tomlin) are growing quickly! After attending these all day seminars, people are getting published in top magazines and receiving book contracts from traditional publishing houses! Hundreds of people, from 15 different states, have already participated in the all-day, writing-to-publish workshops. Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, has invited Boot Camp for Christian Writers to become a permanent part of Beeson's Lay Academy of Theology program. We are excited about the wonderful future possibilities this partnership will provide. For more information about these new (and regularly-repeated seminars), please see: http://www.beesondivinity.com/layacademyoftheology