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The Struggle for the Heart and Soul of our Country

A blast from the past:  This is a picture from 2011 of me with my kids, Philip and Susanna, in our bookstore the day the bumper stickers arrived!


Can the Republican Party be saved?  That’s a question a lot of people ask.  Here are some questions waiting for answers:

1.)  Why can’t the Republicans repeal Obamacare?
2.)  Why are the Republicans still funding Planned Parenthood?
3,)  Will we have real tax reform next year or more partisan “theater”?
4.)  If most of the Republicans claim to be fiscal conservatives, why does the budget continue to expand every year?

There are some good candidates running, but not nearly enough.  It’s frustrating watching a candidate start off fine and then end up abusing the power of the office.   Most voters place a “cult-like level of trust” in the competency of the ruling elite.  Continue reading

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Darrell Castle came to St. Louis in May for the Spring Meeting, so we were able to snap this photo!


I offer my condolences to all the people of Las Vegas.  The news cycle has been so dominated by hurricane coverage.  Yet, Las Vegas has suffered a greater tragedy in terms of the numbers of those dead and injured.  It certainly puts problems into a different perspective.

There is no way our government can function as an insurance policy against everything bad that could possibly happen to us.  We desire a government that can protect us and provide for humanitarian relief.  However, in reality, sometimes bad things happen.  Continue reading

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech

We recently had the kids over.  This is my clan with our children and grandchildren.  
Everyone says “Hi”!


Missouri seems to make a lot of national news for our ability to protest stuff!  Over the last few days people tried to disrupt our way of life and it prompted a lot of discussion about the freedoms we want to enjoy.

If those protesting would hold a prayer vigil for peace instead of hurting people, the outcome would be far different.   But these are not protesters.  These are criminals, communists,  anarchists and vandals. Continue reading

Who Polices the Police?

Who Polices the Police

This is me in my O’Fallon citizens Police Academy Shirt with my badge.  It is the duty of the governing board to control their law enforcement officers.  Even more importantly, it is the duty of the police officers to know the oath of office, which is to uphold the Constitution.


There are good and bad employees in every profession.  In the case of police officers, we expect them to know the law, uphold the Constitution of the United States and earn respect by their just and honorable peace-keeping endeavors.

If you haven’t seen the story yet, an emergency room nurse was arrested for protecting her patient from an unlawful violation of the 4th amendment, which provides protection from an unreasonable search and seizure.  I’m shaken up just watching this. My sister is a nurse and it scares me to think of anyone hurting her for just doing her job. The appalling part is that other police officers just stood around and let her be manhandled by an abusive officer. I’m so glad for body cameras. If you haven’t seen the video yet, you really need to see this. Continue reading

The Wellness Revelation

The Wellness Revelation

What would a great dinner be like without the dessert course?

Lots of people say they feel better when they exercise.  I don’t.  I usually feel more tired and worn out when I’m finished.  In addition, I just lost one hour of my life.  Do you think exercise might be overrated?  We are the fattest nation in the world, yet we have more fitness centers, personal trainers and exercise classes available, so what’s up with that?  This should be enough to tell us something’s not working!

On our show today, we talk with the founder and author of the Wellness Revelation, Alisa Keeton.  Alisa is an expert on how we can lose what weighs us down so we can love God, ourselves and others.

Fitness is something you either love or avoid.  Regardless of what category  you’re in, we all can agree we will be more effective if we’re stronger and more energized. Continue reading

Bucking the Trend

Bucking the Trend

This is a picture of me with Mike Moon at a Wallbuilders Conference.


I remember during my first session how much I looked forward to going home when the session adjourned for the year.  Recently, the Governor called the General Assembly back to Jefferson City to pass more laws.  For those of you less familiar with the legislative calendar, the regular session starts the first week of January and is finished in mid-May.  The special session should be only used for emergencies, not political posturing!  

Special session are allowed for urgent legislative crises that require action before the session begins next year.  Yet, most governors call these to showcase their positions and to provide political theater for lobbyists and political junkies.  Any legislation passed during this special session could have been passed during the regular session.   Continue reading

Exit (a.k.a. Suicide)

Exit aka Suicide

This picture was taken at the Living Waters Studios.  From Left to right:  My Husband, Bernie, Me and Allen Atzbiwith, the General Manager.


Most of us remember the commercials, “Calgon Take Me Away!” and many “Southwest-WannaGet Away.”  Most people, if they are honest, would admit they have experienced moments of despair when they thought about taking a shortcut.

Death is sad enough because of the loss, but an intentional death is extra tragic.  Many of us were grieved to hear about the baby, Charlie Gard, and the couple who jumped off a building in the prime of their lives just this last week. Continue reading

In God We Trust

In God We Trust

This is a picture of me with Representative Rick Saccone.  We met at a Wallbuilders Conference a few years ago.


Have you ever given much thought to our National Motto, “In God We Trust”?  It’s funny how some people freak out when they hear any trace of God, yet it’s written on all of our currency!

In God We Trust

In my conversation with Representative Rick Saccone, he told me he went into a public school near Halloween; he said he saw witches on brooms, Dracula with blood dripping from his teeth, zombies ghouls and goblins.  He saw every ghost, but the Holy Ghost because He’s not allowed in!  And you tell me none of that traumatized our children, but you think the National Motto will traumatize our children? Continue reading

Here’s the Scoop!

Bernie Davis - The Back to Basics Story

This is a picture of us in our bookstore.
Thank you for allowing us to serve you for so many years!


This is probably the most difficult newsletter I’ve had to write.  Thank you for your encouragement and for your faithful support for us.  Over the last 30 years, the message of Back to Basics Christian Bookstore has seen lives saved, marriages repaired, prisoners restored, suicides called off, addicts freed and thousands of people have found Christ.

We’ve enjoyed the opportunity to take care of you!  It’s hard to admit the struggle, but the internet, changing media formats, consumer buying patterns and publisher price erosion have caused tremendous havoc in our industry.

We have a heart to continue and would be overjoyed to be able to find a way to keep Back To Basics Christian Bookstore in the community.  At this point, we’re looking to leave our home of 33 years unless there’s a Divine Intervention. Continue reading

How Safe Are You?

This photo was taken at the Christian Booksellers Convention a few years ago.   I don’t really play the guitar.  I play the piano, but it’s easier to pick up a guitar than to lug around a piano!

The big story on Facebook was about all the people who don’t want you to accept a friend request from someone who will hack your email.  Yet, although this was proven to be a hoax, it shows  that the concern is real.

Surprisingly, this far after the election, allegations of Russian hacking is still a hot topic  Does anyone else get tired of hearing about how Russia interfered with our elections?  We can all agree that hacking computers is not honorable.  However, it amazes me to hear the mainstream media express outrage as if the Russians are the single source that made Donald Trump the President of the United States.

To clear up any confusion, the outcome in every election is a result of the votes cast.  The most we are hearing is that the Russians hacked into computers.  If the Russians camouflaged themselves as illegal aliens so they could stuff our ballot boxes with Trump votes, I could understand how people could feel our elections were tampered.  However, that didn’t happen. Continue reading

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