Josiah for President: A Novel
When former Congressman Mark Stedman throws in the towel on his presidential campaign, his only choice is to return to his home state and decide how to spend the rest of his life … until he meets Josiah Stoltzfus, an Amish farmer from Pennsylvania.
Stedman learns more from Josiah in a few hours than in his many years in office. He comes to the conclusion that someone like Josiah should be running the country. Not a career politician, but someone with a little old-fashioned common sense, someone who’s not afraid of rolling up his sleeves and getting his hands dirty. Someone like Josiah Stoltzfus.
Using his old campaign headquarters for a base, Mark Stedman determines to introduce a new candidate to America. He pledges to do everything in his power to make sure Josiah gets elected. But can a plain man of faith turn the tide of politics and become the leader of America, and what will he have to risk to do it?
The Home Game
Levi and John Troyer are twins, but they are complete opposites. John is a hard worker who puts faith, their father, and the family farm before everything else in his life. Levi’s total focus is baseball. Using a fence post for a bat, he often shirks his responsibilities around the farm, opting for a game of ball instead. When he’s not playing his favorite sport, he’s trying to win the heart of pretty Hannah Weaver, otherwise known as the “only Amish girl who can’t cook.” But when sports talent scout Phil Watson discovers Levi and his incredible pitching arm and offers him a chance to go pro, even Hannah can’t stop Levi from seeking a career in the majors, leaving their community and the Amish lifestyle behind. Sibling rivalry, untold secrets, broken paths, and plenty of surprises await the Troyer family as this story of a son’s dream and a father’s love unfolds. Can an Amish ballplayer make it in the world of professional baseball—and at what cost? Will Hannah wait for the man she loves? Will John ever accept his brother? And in the end, will any of the family finally make it home again?
for Older Folks
Laugh all the way to your next birthday… and beyond!
We all age, despite some of our best efforts, but any day above ground is a good day. Why not have a little fun? From well-known comedy writer Martha Bolton comes a refreshing book of jokes for older folks.
Topics for laughter include:
- senior foibles
- doctor visits
- grandchildren antics
- technology troubles
- the good ol’ days
- ...and many more!
Go on, laugh a little! Use this book to unwind, share it with your friends, and smile your way to a brighter outlook on life. After all, a few more laugh lines can’t hurt!
Cooking With Hot Flashes:
And Other Ways to Make Middle Age Profitable
Martha Bolton's observations about life and growing older nail what everyone feels but can't express. "Who Put All This Sand in My Hourglass Figure," "When I Am Old I Shall Be Purple," and "Allow Me to Repeat Myself...Again" are just a few of the topics her fans--both new and old--will be laughing at as they nod in agreement. To complete her memorable recipe, Martha mixes in an ample sampling of poignant, touching stories, reminding readers what life is about and what is truly important.
Can I Just Hide in Bed 'til Jesus Comes Back?:
Facing Life with Courage, Not Comforters
co-written with Christin Ditchfield
Depression, fear, a sense of unworthiness, and unfulfilled dreams can make women retreat to their beds―figuratively and literally―and refuse to face life. Yet most of the time, hiding in bed makes matters worse. Who needs emotional bedsores? Authors Martha Bolton and Christin Ditchfield gently show women how to climb out from under their emotional bedcovers, face their fears and doubts, and step into the lives God has planned for them.
Can I Just Hide in Bed ’til Jesus Comes Back? faces down the fear, depression, and unfulfilled dreams that cripple many women to the point of wanting to crawl in bed―for the rest of their lives. Compiled as a collection of short, mostly humorous and warmhearted stories, it offers readers practical, concrete steps to help them move forward when they are ready. Essays are interspersed with special humor features such as “Top Ten” lists, while “Whenever You’re Ready” sections offer Scriptures, journaling questions, and practical suggestions for “putting your feet on the floor” and “taking a few steps forward.”
The book addresses four themes:
Facing feelings of fear, anxiety, discouragement, and depression
Facing people and relationship issues
Facing the pain of grief and loss
Facing life―and getting yours back
The Whole World is Changing and I am Too HOT to Care
In a world that is constantly changing, there is one thing that remains constant—the power of laughter. Since we can’t stop all the changes that keep happening to our bodies and our world as we live life on the north side of fifty, we can still laugh and learn from them. So if you love recalling the fun and simplicity of yesteryear, if you enjoyed other humor books about "middle age" by Martha Bolton, then you'll love The Whole World is Changing...and I'm Too Hot To Care. You'll laugh, you might even cry, and even though you still won’t be able to stop the world or your body from changing, after reading this light-hearted take on aging and life, the changes might not bother you as much.
It's Always Darkest Before
the Fridge Door Opens:
Finding Joy in the
Cold Places of Life
Laugh Your Way Through a Sticky Situation Life is full of problems: there's not enough time in the day, your kids won't stop fighting, and those cars won't let you merge onto the highway. Not to mention the really bad stuff: your best friends are getting divorced, and your close relative is sick. It's enough to make you want to scream and cry and stomp your feet. But then you remember you're not three. Life is like a refrigerator--it offers us a lot of good things, but it can be smelly if left for too long. Don't let life be a stinker. God provided the equipment to laugh--we just have to remember to use it. Martha Bolton and Phil Callaway show how they look on the bright side of life as they teach us creative ways to deal with telemarketers, remind us that we could cope with the world if it wasn't for the people, and explain why M&Ms are healthy. Where there's a will, there's a way, and Martha and Phil will help you find a way to laugh yourself back into a joyful life!
Piper's Great Adventures
(Piper the Hyper Mouse)
Four Books in One
Four Ways to Have Fun
Join Mark Lowry's Piper the Hyper Mouse in four action-packed adventures. While Piper learns valuable lessons, children will have fun listening to Mark Lowry's delightful readings of the stories on the enclosed CD. Through Piper's mischievous adventures, children will discover:
The blessings of God's plan for sleep and rest
The importance of standing tall and telling the truth
The value of sharing what you have with others
And a tender message about the true meaning of Christmas
Humor for the lighter side of life
When sweating the small stuff gets to be a way of life, this book can help keep things in perspective. Packed with anecdotes, quotes, and more, Ha! can make even the grayest day full of sunshine with it's humorous look at the lighter side of life. A great gift for the lover of laughter in your life!
Encouragement for the Hurts of Life
From the Exclamation Series. Encouragement for the hurts of life, using laughter as the best medicine and the perfect cure for the ouches in life.
Celebrations for the Successes of Life
From the Exclamation Series! Celebrations for the success of life with hilarity and joy.
The Twelve Plays of Christmas:
A Dozen Sketches for
Filling the request for more sketches for Christmas, Martha Bolton's The Twelve Plays of Christmas proves to be as worthy as its predecessor, Tangled in the Tinsel . A collection of sketches and monologues based on the popular classic carol, each script can be performed individually or together as a full evening of entertainment. The reason for the season is brought to life through such themes and topics as reconciling with family, giving, holiday burnout, and more. Sketches run 3 to 8 minutes in length.
These Truths Were Made for Walking:
Comedy Sketches About Walking the Talk
(Lillenas Drama Resource)
With all the funny-bone-tickling humor audiences and directors have come to expect, Martha adds the dimension of strong spiritual insights in scripts that are a bit longer than usual. This provides an even greater opportunity to deliver an easy-to receive Christian message. The 13 sketches will be welcome additions to worship services, sermons, devotional times, and program events of every kind. All require small casts with few, if any, props.
Bethlehem or BUST!
SPEAKING OF CREATIVITY: Here is a new take on the wonderful story of Bethlehem. Easy and great fun for children to perform. It is singable, memorable and full of truth.
Can't beat that!!!