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About Bob Welch
A storyteller by nature, Welch mines much of his speaking fodder from his books and the nearly 2,000 columns he's written for The Register-Guard, Oregon's second-largest newspaper. He has twice won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists's highest award for writing. In addition, he has won dozens of other journalism awards, including the 2010 and 2011 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association's "Best Writing" awards. He's also the winner of the Seattle Times C.B. Blethen Award for Distinguished Feature Writing.
Three new Welch books will hit the shelves in late 2012: "Fifty-Two Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life" (Nashville: Thomas Nelson); "Resolve: From WWII Bataan, the Story of a Soldier, a Flag, and a Promise Kept." (New York: Penguin's Berkley Books); and "Cascade Summer: My Adventure on Oregon's Pacific Crest Trail." (Eugene: AO Creative).
A previous book about a heroic World War II nurse, "American Nightingale" (Atria Books, 2004), was featured on ABC's "Good Morning America" and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.
Articles of Welch's have been published in more than a dozen books, including seven in the popular "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series.
In addition, he has had articles published in such magazines a s"Los Angeles Times," "Reader's Digest," "Sports Illustrated" and "Runner's World."
In 2005, Welch founded the Beachside Writers Workshop in the Oregon coast town of Yachats. Since then, nearly 1,000 students have attended the workshops.
He and his wife, Sally, live in Eugene.
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On the sixtieth anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Bulge, these two survivors met. Malarkey was a celebrity, having been featured in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, while Engelbert had passed the years in the obscurity of a remote German village.
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Gold Medallion Award-winner Bob Welch crafts 52 nuggets of Bible-based wisdom from one of the most popular novels, musicals, and films of all time: Les Misérables.
In 52 Little Lessons from Les Misérables, Bob Welch walks readers through Hugo’s masterpiece, extracting dozens of uniquely spiritual reflections from this enduring portrait of poverty, social injustice, mercy, and redemption. Welch reminds us that Jean Valjean’s life provides the truest example of why real love is found in the grittiest places, and that hearts are made whole beneath the crush of mercy. Most important, though, Welch keeps returning to the intersections of faith and reality throughout Hugo’s writing—those places where mercy becomes an inroad to the heart, and where love is only truly received when it is given without condition.
Discover again why life’s purpose is found not in attending to personal needs and desires, but in responding to the hearts of others.
Do you pay a visit to Bedford Falls every Christmas? Does December feel incomplete without a reminder that “no man is a failure who has friends”? If George and Mary Bailey are annual guests at your home during the holidays, you already know that It’s A Wonderful Life is far more than just a festive seasonal film. It’s a reflection of what we can be when we’re at our best and a reminder that our lives can change everyone around us—for better or worse. Revisit the defining lessons in Frank Capra’s 1946 classic, and discover new dimensions of the film you’ve seen time and again. What can you learn from Mary’s quiet contentedness? Does George’s selflessness make you rethink your own priorities? And how about Clarence’s dogged commitment to his assignment? Join author Bob Welch for a close-up of the characters and themes that shape this beautiful story. You’ll be reminded that life’s most important work is often the work we never planned to do and that God can use the most unlikely among us to get the job done. 52 Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life will inspire you to live for the deeper stuff that, as George Bailey finds, matters most.
Gold Medallion Award-winner Bob Welch crafts 52 nuggets of Bible-based wisdom from one of the most popular novels of all time, A Christmas Carol.
- “For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”
- “No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.”
- “God bless us, every one.”
The lessons and stories from the beloved novel A Christmas Carol point to bedrock values we all share. Award-winning author Bob Welch takes readers deeper into the nuances of this classic by Charles Dickens. From the miserliness of Scrooge to the innocence of Tiny Tim, 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol will inspire readers to live for what really matters, not only at Christmas, but all year long.
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But if conflict reveals character, Conner showed himself to be a man apart. Inspired by an unlikely alliance with a tribe of arrow-shooting pygmies, by the words in a dog-eared New Testament, and by a tattered American flag that he vowed to someday triumphantly fly at battalion headquarters, Conner emerged victorious from the jungle—after almost three years.
Resolve is the story of an unlikely hero who never surrendered to the enemy—and of a soldier who never gave up hope.