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MEDIA RELEASE (For Immediate Release)
Border Queen Book Festival 2009

Oklahoma’s second Border Queen Book Festival (BQBF) will be held Saturday, March 7, 2009, from 10 - 3 PM in the new Asbury Complex at 410 South 2nd Street in Comanche, OK. The City of Comanche expects statewide attendance with added attractions scheduled for 2009, a Chautauqua being one of them on Friday evening, March 6th. We are expecting 50 authors, publishers and illustrators to be in attendance for BQBF 2009. Food will be available again at the Asbury Complex at noon. Free admission offers opportunity to meet authors and purchase autographed books.

To kick off the 2009 festival a Chautauqua type program free of charge to the public on Friday night will co-feature Dr. Steve Kern, pastor of Olivet Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, and his wife, Sally, State Representative of House District 84, at the Asbury Complex from 6:30 – 7:45 PM. Dr. Kern will express his views on the Evolution vs. Creation debate and Sally will speak on Freedom of Expression and Teaching the Controversy in Public Schools, a bill she has authored.

Kern’s book, “No Other Gods - The Biblical Creation Worldview,” written from a compilation of lectures given over a twenty year period, supports his program position and will be for sale that evening as well as at the book festival the next day. Information from science, archeology, history, and scripture are presented as evidence for faith based in Creation.

Added attractions for the second BQBF include a local essay contest for middle school children sponsored by Southern Oklahoma Arts Council with recognition and prize money to be given to winners; an entertaining and award winning percussion band performance is slated; as well as the highly acclaimed guest speakers on Friday night before the book festival.

After the Friday night program Comanche’s own Cowboy Opry on Rodeo Drive will offer live entertainment for a donation fee at 8 p.m. Fat Boys Pizza and Comanche Arts and Antiques across the street will remain open late for business for Comanche’s guests.

Limited BQBF 2009 table space is still available to interested authors. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn, eight miles north of Comanche in Duncan, #580-252-1500. Table reservations and questions can be directed to Tonya Holmes Shook at .



Title: THOSE PESKY VERSES OF PAUL: Women and the New Testament
Author: Marilyn A. Hudson
Description: Marilyn Hudson tackles a topic that has long afflicted many women in the Christian church. For one of the few times, the apparent limitations of women in the life of the church are examined by a woman. The words of the Apostle are balanced by examining the actions of Jesus Christ. Centuries of assumptions and "copycat" commentary are peeled away to reveal a world of new possibilities. The result may surprise some, anger many, and challenge all to reconsider "Those Pesky Verses of Paul."
Publisher: Whorl Books; paperback;
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Endorsements for “Those Pesky Verses of Paul”:
In an era where Bible interpreters, commentators, and theologians emphasize the anthropological aspects of the vital contributions of women to Christianity and the New Testament, Mrs. Hudson places the emphasis of exegetical enterprise where it belongs…in the arena of proper and correct Christology.” --- Ken L. Young, Associate Professor of Bible and Theology

“Marilyn Hudson provides more than an eye-catching title; in this work she delivers corrective to misnomers concerning the biblical portrait of women. Her conclusion that Jesus inaugurated an elevation of women to their proper distinction, and that Paul echoed that practice in the Church, desperately needs to be resounded in our day. With her stroke of a pen and sharp grasp of scripture, history and gender differences, this writer compels both men and women to re-examine ancient texts and contemporary interpretations in a quest to arrive at the truth.” ----Dr. Terry Tramel, Professor of New Testament

Marilyn provides much needed balance in her examination of those “pesky” verses. Finally, a woman looks at the scriptures, sees the truth, and communicates it!” –--- Anna Storm, Renaissance Fire
“Mrs. Hudson's work explores a subject that has plagued the Christian world for centuries. What role, if any, should women play in the ever-unfolding drama of the church? Rarely has there been unity of thought in this "arena." Her work is informative, innovative and intriguing. It states clearly and succinctly the examples from the scriptures that have been argued many times. She writes to declare truth rather than to "prove a point" or "make a case." Bound by neither time nor culture, she makes her presentation in perspective of both in order that the reader understands more clearly, what the doctrinal precedent is. Christ brought liberty to the captive--even the captive of culture.” –---- C. Iaquinta, Certified Counselor and Educator

“Marilyn is…a skilled writer and storyteller…” ---– Megan Miles

For the first time I was able to read a woman’s perspective on these most perplexing of scriptures, Marilyn raises the questions that have puzzled, and disturbed me for years. She brings much needed sense and sensibility to the text. She handles them with a strong spiritual depth that preserves Paul’s place in the canon while bringing some much needed fresh air to the murky, bias layered texts…” ----- Mary Brown, Educator



Thomas Nelson, publisher of New York Times bestselling author Marcus Buckingham announces a stop in Oklahoma. In support of his revolutionary new book, The Truth About You, Marcus is currently on the multi-city The Truth About You LIVE Tour, and there’s a stop in your state. He will be appearing at:

Oklahoma State University / Wes Watkins Center
Wednesday, November 5 / 4:00 pm

Each tour stop is a 90-minute event where Marcus presents a message that empowers you to enjoy higher satisfaction in life and work. Marcus will teach you how to find true career direction, capitalize on your uniqueness, and create a work life that plays to your strengths. Whether you’re a working professional keeping your career on track, a recent graduate making your mark, or a student building the foundation for lifelong job fulfillment, The Truth About You LIVE is a must see event.

If you are interested in attending your tour stop, please let me know and we’ll have a ticket set aside for you at will call the night of the event. Please respond by noon on Tuesday, November 4. If you are interested in Marcus’ new book, please let me know that as well and we’ll get a review copy out to you right away.

For more information on Marcus, including video and photos, the tour, and The Truth About You, please
click here.


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