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The Father, The Son,

& The Brother's Ghost



A sensitive exploration of common emotions and experiences through the grief that surrounds the unexpected loss of loved ones.


An easy read about a difficult subject, the book also serves as a tribute to the author's late brother, a rising star in the exploding world of computer sciences of the early 1990s.

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I don't usually give reading material to those who are grieving right away ... but this is one of the books that is certainly going on my list, especially for those who have experienced a tragic or sudden loss...

–an Indianapolis Grief and Family Counselor


As someone who lost his father suddenly and unexpectedly seventeen years ago, I nodded in recognition while reading both the initial responses to the death of the author's brother as well as the materials that reflect learning to live with a sense of loss that may subtly change over time but never really goes away.

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Her Collected Works



Born in 1902 in Lee County, Zona Chapman grew up on Bear Creek near Beattyville and Canyon Falls, Kentucky. Here she learned of country ways and, thanks to some Missionary school workers, she also heard the luring call of higher thoughts early in life. That led her to write at an early age—one of the most moving pieces collected here was written when she was only 17—and she continued to write and influence and color her world with words until the day she died.


Her son and grandson gathered, edited, and produced this together.

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She Speaks with Wisdom and Faithful Instruction

Beautiful lady with great wisdom and wit. I've been blessed by her words and by the children she raised and many more will be blessed and influenced by her wisdom. A great read.

For Church Groups and Faith Applications


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In particularly, the Father/Son scripts that you did with your dad were highly impactful. I remember thinking (and telling others) after one of the sketches, "That's about as good as it gets!"


–Rev. Howard Brammer

former senior Minister at

Traders Point Christian Church

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Scott's Journal



When you connect with one of your best friends from 30+ years ago and it's just in time to walk with him through the death process, you feel like you have to do something when he's gone. This is what John did. Using Scott's own words, and with notes from their frequent lunches and additional thoughts from his wife Jane, Scott's Journal chronicles the last three years of Scott Butler's life, and what his friends expressed about him in Memorium.  

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Not a journey that you would wish for anyone, but Scott documented his experience in a beautiful way. I have recommended this book to friends that are now experiencing this same horrible disease, and they have been thankful for the information that Scott provided as they also face this wretched battle.


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I worked with Scott for many, many years...he was an awesome attorney, an interesting man, and a very caring person. All of these traits are reflected in this very special book. For anyone affected by cancer, and who isn't anymore, this is a must read.

John W Samples, author

Author, Speaker, Teacher, Consultant

John W.  Samples

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