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Jim Smith publishes under the aegis of Suncrest Publications, and his books can be purchased directly from Suncrest Publications through PayPal.

Bookstores, wholesalers, and distributors should fax a purchase order to 575-993-5385 or send the purchase order to jameslsmith@icloud.com. (Discounts will apply.)

Orders include extra for shipping and handling. Sales tax will be added for orders shipped to New Mexico residents.

Flash Back: A Baby Boomer's Guide to Talking About Something Other than Declining Health and How the World is Going to Hell
Flash Back: A Baby Boomer's Guide to Talking About Something Other than Declining Health and How the World is Going to Hell

Flash Back provides baby boomers with over 300 conversation prompts that are designed to generate countless evenings of rich, engaging, and enjoyable dialogue. The book will have boomers talking about everything from Moog synthesizers and IBM Selectrics to Nat King Cole and Mick Jagger, from Zig Zags and waterbeds to Gloria Steinem and Barry Goldwater. Anyone who has actually heard the words “groovy,” “far out,” and “pet rock” spoken in daily conversation should enjoy using Flash Back to help create stimulating discussions about the 50s, 60s, and 70s—discussions that are full of nostalgia and tempered by the perspective that comes only with age.

$ 12.00
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Catherine's Son: The Story of Boy Became an Outlaw
Catherine's Son: The Story of Boy Became an Outlaw
Before the world knew Henry McCarty as Billy the Kid, he was a quick-witted and industrious boy living with his mother in the New Mexico Territory. Under his mother’s loving guidance, he seemed destined for a conventional life as a law-abiding and well-respected man, a man who would make any mother proud. Fate intervened, however, and young Henry turned to the wrong side of the law, becoming one of history’s most notorious outlaws. By the time of his death at age twenty-one, he was known throughout the world as a murderer and thief — the “devil’s meat,” as one newspaper described him. Catherine’s Son is a work of historical fiction that tells the story of how Henry McCarty became Billy the Kid, a young outlaw portrayed by the press as the “terror and disgrace” of the New Mexico Territory. (Catherine’s Son can also be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.)
$ 15.00
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Skipper Hall: The Life and Religious Philosophy of a Methodist Minister in New Mexico
Skipper Hall: The Life and Religious Philosophy of a Methodist Minister in New Mexico
Bryan "Skipper" Hall died in 1989, leaving behind three generations of churchgoers deeply influenced by his work as a Methodist minister. Anyone who knew Reverend Hall was sure to find inspiration in the little baldheaded man who "skipped" with enthusiasm from one project to the next. As a man who brought eternal cheerfulness and energy to every task, Skipper Hall exhibited a love of life and a commitment to humanitarian values that motivated others to do better in their own lives. Skipper's story, told in this book in his own words, serves as a link to life in the nineteenth century, as well as a guide to the changing religious ideas that he explored until his death. His story and philosophy serve as a lesson for all of us in how one person can use religion to brighten the lives of others and make the world a little more humane. (Skipper Hall can also be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.)
$ 18.00
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Ideas That Shape A Nation: A Survey of Historical Ideas Important to the Development of the United States
Ideas That Shape A Nation: A Survey of Historical Ideas Important to the Development of the United States
Ideas That Shape A Nation presents an overview of historical ideas shaping the development of the U.S. government, its laws, economic system, and social movements. A rich source of meaningful documents and significant ideas, the book promotes a heightened awareness of issues facing Americans throughout their history. (Ideas That Shape A Nation can also be ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Social Studies School Service.)
$ 28.00
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Instructor's Manual for Ideas That Shape A Nation
Instructor's Manual for Ideas That Shape A Nation
The Instructor's Manual for Ideas That Shape A Nation contains reproducible quizzes, activities, and teacher information to accompany Ideas That Shape A Nation. Suncrest Publications sells the Instructor's Manual only to educators. The Instructor’s Manual for Ideas That Shape A Nation can also be ordered from Social Studies School Service.)

The Instructor’s Manual can be ordered for $45 in one of two ways:
  1. Email or fax a purchase order to James L. Smith using the Suncrest Publications Order Form .
  2. Order through Pay Pal by clicking the “Add to Cart” button below. (A copy of the teacher's edition of the study guides is available for sale only to educators. Educators who order the book through PayPal may be asked to provide the address of an educational institution where the book can be mailed.)
$ 45.00
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