Sunday, March 29, 2020

Far on the Ringing Plains



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Several years ago, while teaching high school art, I found out I was as thrilled as my students when they won awards or were acknowledged for their accomplishments, and that promoting other people's good works was very gratifying. 

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In memory of my father, James H. O'Brien who fought and was wounded at Guadalcanal, and to round out our WWII theme for the month of March, I'm so pleased to present "Far on the Ringing Plains"by Murray Pura and Patrick E. Craig--an exciting story of courage and faith in the midst of war...



Far On The Ringing Plains (Islands series ~ Book I) 

eBook release: April 2 

Paperback: April 15

Publisher: Islands Publishing

Far On The Ringing Plains... INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS 

In the spirit of The Thin Red Line, Hacksaw Ridge, Flags of our Fathers and Pearl Harbor. Realistic. Gritty. Gutsy. Without taking it too far, Craig and Pura take it far enough to bring war home to your heart, mind, and soul. 

The rough edge of combat is here. And the rough edge of language, human passion, and our flawed humanity. If you can handle the ruggedness and honesty of Saving Private Ryan, 1917 or Dunkirk, you can handle the power and authenticity of ISLANDS: Far on the Ringing Plains

For the beauty and the honor is here too. Just like the Bible, in all its roughness and realism and truthfulness about life, reaching out for God is ever-present in ISLANDS. So are hope and faith and self-sacrifice. Prayer. Christ. Courage. An indomitable spirit. And the best of human nature, triumphing over the worst. 

Bud Parmalee, Johnny Strange, Billy Martens—three men that had each other’s backs and the backs of every Marine in their company and platoon. All three were raised never to fight. All three saw no other choice but to enlist and try to make a difference. All three would never be the same again. Never. And neither would their world. This is their story...


Author: Murray Andrew Pura


Author: Patrick E. Craig

...And two stirring songs our country holds dear: 


The Marines' Hymn (From the Halls of Montezuma) with authentic film footage from WWII.


"The Battle Hymn of the Republic"


Reminder: The authors presented here value your insights, so don't forget to leave a comment. If
you become a Follower of Hope-Inspired Stories, your name will be added to a prize drawing at the end of this month ~ a 25.00 gift card, your choice of one of the books featured this month, and a box of Whitman's Sampler chocolates! (Something a soldier would have given his sweetheart! 💝 )

Hope-Inspired Stories Photo:  The beautiful photo of Sodus Bay, N.Y. during a particularly harsh storm on Lake Ontario was taken by photographer and sister in Christ, Ginger Strom. Note the courageous lone seagull taking flight in the upper right corner of the photo.  

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8).

Thank you...May you all be blessed and inspired!