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Whether editing, ghostwriting, or consulting on independent publishing, Highsmith Creative Services offers a strong commitment to quality and to ensuring your project exceeds your expectations. We have experience in fiction and nonfiction, secular and religious. Our priority is in helping you find your voice and share your story in the most powerful way possible.

Unlimiting You

by Randy Spelling

In Unlimiting You, Randy Spelling walks us through open, honest, and relatable stories that illustrate the ways we hold ourselves back from being who we truly are. Being born into one of the most famous hollywood families, Randy had the opportunity to discover that life could look great from the outside and still feel empty inside, if disconnected form one’s true self. Unlimiting You gives a whole new perspective for how we view ourselves and our lives in a way that provides purpose, richness, and fulfillment.

Million Dollar Cup of Water

by Adam Smith

How much are your principles really worth? What price is too much to pay?

In the abstract these seem like easy questions to answer. On a purely philosophical level, there can be only one response. But, when fighting for what you believe is right causes your foundation to crumble, the answer isn t always clear. Adam Smith grew up in an impoverished and deeply religious family. From the agonizing struggle to meet the basic needs of life to the crushing quest for acceptance in adolescence, Adam learned quickly that everything he wanted from life had a high price tag.

Head First

by Steve Lawton

We all want happiness and success, but it often eludes us when we find ourselves struggling with unresolved problems. We’ve all had them; a frightening diagnosis, depression, problems at work, a disagreement with a loved one, or difficulties with a child. Although we may be miserable during the struggle, the good news is that our past challenges lead to our future successes. Allowing negative experiences to teach us something will actually set us up for the successes, victory, and laughter that will come in the future.

Rollercoaster Hill

by Dwaine Casmey

We all know there are bad seeds those who show signs early in life of being troublemakers, deviants, or career criminals. By all accounts, Dwaine Casmey was one of those kids. Sent to juvie by his parents when they felt they could not control him, graduated through the system for discipline problems, and shifted from one facility to another in an attempt to rein him in. Dwaine seemed incapable of making a right or good choice for his life. In fact, he seemed determined to screw up, even landing himself in prison as an adult for a violent crime. It would seem he was unsalvageable, unapologetic, and irredeemable. But, in Dwaine s case, these labels were only part of the story.

Living in Love

by Jay Haizlip

When you hear the word love, any number of things can come to mind—brotherly love, romantic love, family love, godly love—and there are a multitude of ways people express this love. But even with all of these possibilities, one thing is true: love is the root that connects us.
We all want to give and receive love, but it can be a struggle to understand how to do that in a healthy and fulfilling way. In Living in Love, Jay Haizlip leads you through the tough parts of sharing in authentic love to understand why we love and why we need to love better. By examining the issues that stand in the way of doing it effectively, you will discover the potential of love and come to know what it means to live in love and make that your focus.

Don’t Go in that Room

by Annette Westwood

Don’t Go in that Room! is a humorous relationship guide for women who want a good man (and for men who want to deserve them). In this guide, Annette Marie Westwood, a dating relationship advisor, teaches women how to avoid the creeps and not screw it up with their heroes. Don’t Go in that Room! will help you recognize what kind of man you have, and, even more important, learn how to stop yourself from ignoring or missing the signs that you’re headed down a treacherous dating path.

 

Question Mark

by Jim Henderson

The purpose of Question Mark is to shed light on the culture of the church that lends itself, not only to cultivating these types of leaders, but creates a dysfunctional desire in its body for this kind of leadership.
There are three primary goals for this book:
1) to help readers identify the tendency toward spiritual pride that creates the proper environment for bullies to thrive;
2) to provide the tools they need to spot bullies early on;
3) to help churches grow past the spiritual adolescence bullies depend on.

Question Mark exists to add to and illuminate the conversation surrounding religious bullies so positive change can come out of the history of wounds too many have experienced in church.

No Joke

by Jim Henderson and Cara Highsmith

A rabbi, an imam, and a preacher . . . it sounds like the setup to a bad joke, but the obstacles these three clergymen from Peoria, IL encounter in their relationship is anything but funny. While their friendship is filled with love, and they enjoy each other immensely, their mission is to stop the troubling increase in anti-Muslim attitudes and, more broadly, the otherization of minority groups in America.

God’s Daughters

by Rita Roberts-Turner

If anyone had told Lena her dream of becoming a mega-church First Lady would destroy everything she held dear, she would not have believed them. Had anyone told Aliyah that finally having the baby she longed for wouldn’t bring her all the joy she imagined, she would have said they were wrong. Connie’s carefully constructed facade of perfection around her life was all she had, and it would be foolish to suggest she might be the one to tear it all down. Yet, these not-so-happily ever afters are exactly what these women were facing.

 



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Chefs Can Save the World

by Jeremy Barlow

Chefs Can Save the World is Jeremy Barlow’s call to action for everyone who prepares, serves, consumes or simply enjoys food. We all have a responsibility to pay more attention to what we eat, where it comes from, and how it affects the world around us.

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Christmas Nevermore

by Marc Cadieux

Christmas Nevermore is an inspiring adventure story in which worlds collide, from the villages of the Great North, down to Santa’s secret workshops, and finally to the realm of the Mother of the Sea, a character plucked from Inuit mythology. Readers are guided in their literary travels by orphans Polik and Nika, two young mixed-race Inuit children, who are being raised by their Shaman grandfather, Ikkuma.

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Just Jesus: His Living Words

by Lindsey Clifford

Just Jesus contains the words Jesus spoke as he began, executed, and fulfilled his ministry here among us. They have been collected here for you to have as a resource as you live in and by his words. Jesus’ messages to us on how to live with one another, how to care for one another, and, most importantly, how to love one another are found in these pages.

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Face This

by Shelley Goodstein

It’s time to stop being jealous of your friend who never takes a bad photo and start learning the tricks for looking like a cover girl yourself!

There are so many books about how to take a good photograph written that are geared only to the person behind the camera, the photographer. Face This is a book written for YOU, the girl who wants to know what to do in front of the camera!

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Limitless Life

by Derwin Gray

Labels you have internalized and apply to yourself every day. Labels like Afraid. Or Addict. Orphan. Damaged Goods. Failure. Maybe even Religious. These labels might be sewn into your life with such tight little stitches that they feel like a part of you. They feel like they define you. But that’s a lie. If you let Him, Jesus can remove those old labels and tattoo new ones onto your soul. Then you’ll begin to see yourself as God the Father sees you. Join Pastor Derwin Gray on a fascinating journey into what can happen when you offer your head, your heart, and your hands to the only one who can offer you truly limitless life.
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Quantum Spirit: Apocalypse

by Sallie Haws

Salena Hawthorne is coming of age in more ways than one. And, the changes she is experiencing go way beyond simple hormonal overload. When her “family gift” comes on with a vengeance, Salena has to learn how to channel her developing psychic abilities to stop a pandemic from wiping out millions of lives.

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Saving Casper

by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper

The authors of the popular Jim and Casper Go to Church are back! In Saving Casper, Jim and Casper engage in a new conversation about that question. Most Christians have friends like Casper—people who’ve heard the gospel but still say no—so what happens next? Jim and Casper reveal the surprising answers to questions like: What can an atheist teach us about how to share God with those who don’t believe? What have well-meaning Christians said to Casper that has helped—or hurt—their cause? What, if anything, might bring Casper and other nonbelievers to faith . . . and why does Casper say he’s closer to God now than ever before? Saving Casper is a groundbreaking, game-changing look at evangelism and the “conversion conversation.”
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Redeem Your Health

by Angie Weilikala

Doing a cleanse or detox program is hard. If you are facing a health challenge, a new illness or diagnosis, this is a perfect start to reclaiming your health. With a this book and a friend or group you can do it with 21 days of inspiration and hope. You can help your body reverse changes by removing the top 4 triggers for disease: Caffeine, Meat, Sugar, and Dairy. It is a jump-start to a healthier you!

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Moment Maker

by Carlos Whittaker

An intentional life, a life lived deliberately, a life with purpose. At the end of our days, all of these are things we would like to hear someone say about how we lived our lives. But they don’t happen by accident. A life rich with meaning doesn’t simply fall into your lap. For Carlos Whittaker, renowned blogger, musician and worship leader, husband and dad, living life deliberately is a way of life. Making moments that are significant, memorable, or impactful are a part of how he navigates each day.

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Twilight in the City of Angels

by Chris Ahrens

“When the train ran over Jose’s head, he miraculously survived, but was left with a deep dent in his forehead, a joyous disposition and a belief in Jose Cuervo Tequila, because he was drinking it at the time; Our Lady of Guadalupe, because of the medal around his neck, and The Union Pacific Railroad, because it had spared his life–his own personal trinity.”

 

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Cara Highsmith

Cara Highsmith has always been drawn to the world of books and has found herself working in this industry in one capacity or another for the majority of her adult life.

She holds a Master of Arts in English from Belmont University and did work toward a PhD at Middle Tennessee State University. Cara was on the editorial team at Hachette Book Group USA working with several New York Times bestselling authors for nearly four years. After leaving Hachette in 2008, she began freelancing developing proposals and manuscripts for agents and assisting other clients in preparing projects for self-publishing.

She later joined The Fedd Agency as Director of Author Relations and Publisher of Fedd Books, the independent publishing division, and continues to serve the agency on a project basis.

Cara is proud to have been involved in the development of a new degree program at Belmont University. Beginning in Fall 2014, Belmont will offer a major in publishing based on a proposal she and Bucky Rosenbaum presented to the university.

She is passionate about connecting with storytellers, whether in fiction or non-fiction. Her mission is to bring books into the readers’ hands that transform the way they approach life.

Cara is a master of being a jack of all trades, but currently spends her free time working on a film adaptation. She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her son, Eric.

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