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Hugs for Grads

Graduation is a momentous occasion for young lives, and you want to give a gift that communicates the hopes, dreams, affection, and warmth you have for that special graduate. Filled with insight and inspiration for future decisions and direction, this book conveys your faith and confidence that the road ahead is full of promise and fulfillment.

Inspirational stories, uplifting messages, encouraging quotes, and personalized scriptures come together to give a hug to a special graduate that will impart a warmth that will be felt far beyond graduation day.
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Philis Boultinghouse

Philis Boultinghouse is the author of the best-selling Hugs for Sisters and several other books. She has served as managing editor for Howard Publishing since 1991. As a speaker to women's groups, Boultinghouse brings her understanding of the needs of women to her insightful writing. Married for thirty-two years, she is the mother of two grown children, Jason and Crystal.

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Melanie Hemry

Melanie Hemry, a 1988 winner of the prestigious Guideposts Writing Contest, is a long time contributor to Guideposts magazine. A former coronary care nurse, Melanie traded in her stethoscope for a computer to become one of America's beloved story tellers. She has also authored Intensive Caring, a fast-paced book of true medical dramas. Melanie earned her bachelor degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, and her master's degree from Wagner Leadership Institute in Colorado Springs. She and her husband, Kenneth, reside in Edmond, Oklahoma, and have two daughters, Heather and Lauren.

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Stephanie Howard

Stephanie Howard earned a bachelor of science in social work at Harding University. After counseling on a professional level, Stephanie now hones her skills as wife and mother and is active in women's ministries.

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Chrys Howard
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Chrys Howard

Chrys Howard is the mother of Korie Robertson, star of the A&E® hit TV show Duck Dynasty®. She was a senior editor and creative director for Simon & Schuster. She has edited and cowritten more than 100 books and is the author of nine books with more than 1,000,000 copies in print in six languages. She received a Silver Angel Award from the Hollywood based Excellence in Media organization, the J. C. Penney Golden Rule Award, and has been named among the Who's Who of American Teachers. Chrys Howard lives in West Monroe, Louisiana, with her husband, John. They have three grown children and eleven grandchildren.

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Howard Books

Howard Books publishes adult trade fiction and non-fiction books. Our goal is to inspire readers one word at a time. With a reach into both the Christian and general markets, we are the primary imprint at Simon & Schuster for faith-based books. Howard is also home to numerous bestselling authors including Karen Kingsbury, Debbie Macomber, Dave Ramsey, Frank Peretti, Brad Paisley, and more.

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Larry Keefauver

Dr. Larry Keefauver is a pastor, teacher, and author. He coauthored Friend to Friend and authored the ECPA Award-winning Friends and Faith.

He has also written or edited for Peter Wagner, Neil Anderson, Carmen, Patrick Morley, Josh McDowell, Gary Smalley, and others. Keefauver's weekly television ministry, Daily in God's Word, is viewed by over 300,000 households in the Southwest, and he currently serves as executive director for Your Ministries Consultation Services and is the editor of Charisma Magazine. His series of books, released in 1997, uncovers the archival materials of Smith Wigglesworth.

Keefauver received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.Div. and D.Min. from Texas Christian University.

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Caron Chandler Loveless
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Caron Chandler Loveless

A featured guest on radio and television, best-selling author Caron Chandler Loveless now admits that midlife is real and real women go there! A pastor's wife, mother of three, and Creative Director at Discovery Church in Orlando, Caron is an author, and has coauthored five other books. She writes for magazines and speaks at churches and conferences in the U.S. and Canada.

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Martha Mckee

Martha McKee has thirty-eight years of experience as a school teacher. A sought-after speaker, McKee shares her wisdom and wit with audiences across the South. She was selected Teacher of the Year in Burleson, Texas, and has received numerous awards throughout her career.

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Ashley Moore

Korie Robertson and Ashley Moore are sisters and lifelong friends. Ashley graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a degree in health and human performance. A stay-at-home mom, she spends most of her summer as recreation coordinator at Camp Ch-Yo-Ca. Ashley and her husband, Josh, have three children.

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Korie Robertson
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Korie Robertson

Korie Robertson is a art education major living in West Monroe, Louisiana. She and her husband star on A&E®’s hit show Duck Dynasty® and own and operate Duck Commander, a family operated business that creates products for duck hunters including duck calls, clothes, and videos. They also own and operate Buck Commander that creates product for deer hunters. Korie is also involved in her local church teaching Bible classes to children and working in the church's summer camp program. She has four children plus one daughter who came as an exchange student from Taiwan, but never returned home.

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Willie Robertson
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Willie Robertson

Willie Robertson stars in A&E®’s hit show Duck Dynasty® and is the CEO of Duck Commander, a family operated business that creates products for duck hunters including duck calls, clothes, and videos. Willie, along with his wife and business partner Korie Robertson, also owns and operates Buck Commander where they create products for deer hunters. Willie took the family duck call making company from a living room operation to a multi-million dollar business. Korie helped her husband grow the company into an ever-expanding enterprise and serves as the Duck Commander office manager. Willie and Korie live together with their four children, John Luke, Sadie, Will, and Bella, in West Monroe, Louisiana.

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Ron Rose

Ron Rose is a writer, speaker, and family minister leader who has dedicated his life to strengthening marriages and families. He is founder of Faith in Families Ministry, a national resource for building faith-full families.

Ron is a featured correspondent at KCBI radio in Dallas, and regularly coaches church leaders on faith-building church ministries.

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John Smith
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John Smith

John Smith wrote five books in the Hugs series. In addition to Hugs for Mom, he authored Hugs for Dad, Hugs to Encourage and Inspire, Hugs for the Hurting,and Hugs for the Holidays. He has been a preacher and teacher for more than forty years and taught public school at the junior and senior high level; he also taught at the college and university level. He is an in-demand speaker for graduations, as well as for athletic, education, fund-raising events. He and his wife, Kila, live in Huntsville, Oklahoma, and his three adult children are scattered about the country.

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Jeff Walling

Jeff Walling has spent the last twenty years preaching and teaching about Jesus. His passionate style and dramatic delivery have made him a sought-after speaker, lecturing to tens of thousands annually at Christian universities, evangelism seminars, and conferences worldwide. He has written such books as Daring to Dance with God, Hugs for Grads, and Until I Return. Jeff lives in Charlotte, NC, with his wife, Cathryn, and their three sons, Taylor, Riley, and Spencer, where he has served as a minister since 1984.

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