Gordon Thomas Ward

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Tracing Infinity: Bridging the Gap between Earth and Heaven

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Tracing Infinity will take you on an exploration, one that will show you how close our lives are to heaven and the source of our existence. Discovering God’s immersion in our lives is not complicated; the clues are all around us! We just need to learn how to see. Meadows, mountains, gardens, coastlines, and open rangeland are all God’s classrooms for author Gordon Thomas Ward, and he will teach you how you can find evidence of God wherever you happen to be, even in your own backyard. Our lives are saturated in God. Even when we feel we are in the wildlands and winters of our lives, we are always in the presence of the Eternal. We can find holy breadcrumbs, evidence of the Infinite, leading us on our life paths and laid out by our Creator. Come and see how the Divine touches us all on our incredible journeys. 

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Ghosts of Central Jersey: Historic Haunts of the Somerset Hills

What ghosts roam within the historic sites and buildings of Central New Jersey? How accurate are the traditional stories? From the shadowed woods of the Somerset Hills to the dappled banks of the Delaware River, Ghosts of Central Jersey: Historic Haunts of the Somerset Hills delivers a rich mix of factual history and the sound investigation of ghostly phenomena. The combination of an open-minded enthusiasm and a level-headed approach underscores this collection of reports that will inform, entertain and lead the reader to places where the past is considered to be very much alive and entwined with the present.

Available in soft cover and eBook. Now in its fifth printing!

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A Bit of Earth in the Somerset Hills

A heart-felt memoir of growing up in a mid-century New Jersey town

What do you hold sacred from youth? For Gordon Ward, the rural landscape of Somersetin was a truly magical place. Combining the enchantment of youth with nostalgic memories of the landscape of Somerset, New Jersey, author Gordon Ward recalls in brilliant detail the Bernardsville neighborhood in which he grew up. While the world beyond grappled with Woodstock, Vietnam, Watergate, and the era’s other great dramas, Ward went to school, played, explored the surrounding area, developed friendships, celebrated holidays, found a niche for himself within his family, and much more. In A Bit of Earth in the Somerset Hills, he recounts a neighborhood tale that will resonate with all whose growing-up years were filled by a sense of place. With echoes of Wordsworth and Thoreau, A Bit of Earth in the Somerset Hills is a timeless meditation on a special time and the special place that makes a “hometown.”

Available in soft cover and hard cover collector's edition. 

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Life on the Shoulder: Rediscovery and Inspiration along the Lewis and Clark Trail

Life on the Shoulder is about a journey on many levels. It is one that travels back through time, experiencing the places known and recorded in the pages of history and the journals of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. It is also a journey through the current American West, an area of diverse environments, staggering beauty, and powerful natural forces. The landscape also proved to be one of emotional hills and valleys, mountains of elation, pits of exhaustion, prairies of boredom, storms of fear, anger and frustration, and stunning sun flashes of inspiration.

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Windows: A Collection of Verse

Windows: A Collection of Verse includes poetry Mr. Ward has written from 1987-1994 and deals with topics that range from the spectacular and the sublime to the more daily occurrences. From the introductory "Invitation to the Moon" to "The Hands" and "Release," the reader is taken on a personal journey through the author's emotions and responses to seemingly commonplace events to reveal a deeper meaning. Many of the poems, such as "Acre," written about the author's former home, and "Unknown Occupants," a poem about the forgotten remains of a stone structure in the Fairmount, NJ, woods, reveal a response to a particular place in a manner that can be applied to many, similar locations. From the Christmas poem "Morning Glories" to "Free Fall," a poem about a monarch butterfly's migration, there are delightful and powerful images captured and presented to the reader. Incorporating a full spectrum from darker thoughts to whimsical flights of the mind, many of these poems, such as "John's Brook," offer a philosophical, and often spiritual message of how we might adopt alternate views to perceive and deal with the events and environments that touch the lives of us all. Embracing a myriad of topics, emotions and insights, Windows is a book that will charm a variety of readers.

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