Serving Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton and surrounding areas

Books – Local Alberta authors

The following list is a collection of books recently written by local Alberta authors.

Check out the your local Christian bookstore to find a copy.


Better Books & Bibles, Calgary – – 403-233-2409

Christian Book & Record, Edmonton – – 780-478-2798
Kennedy’s Parable, Red Deer – – 403-342-7477
The Bookstore on Perron, St. Albert – – 780-458-3155
The Fig Tree Christian Books and Gifts, Edmonton – – 780-443-2066



The Little Black Funeral Dress
By Shirley L. Thiessen

It’s not if, but when. Those who love will also grieve. To our detriment, society would rather sanitize or skip over the topic of grief. Twelve days after her son’s wedding, Shirley Thiessen was thrown into the unimaginable task of planning his funeral. Grief threatened to extinguish her purpose for living. Gradually, hope and resiliency emerged as Shirley learned to recycle the pain of loss for good purposes. While everyone’s grief journey is unique, there are tips to be shared and missteps to avoid.


Shirley Thiessen lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband, Carey. They have two adult children. Chantel lives in Calgary and Jordan lives in Heaven.






Living With Your Heart at Rest
By Cindy Martin
Bold Vision Books

If you feel angry, impatient, or overwhelmed and feel unable to stop the relentless internal revving, there is a better way to live. Living With Your Heart At Rest invites you to step out of the blender and into deep soul rest. Cindy Martin offers wisdom gleaned on the rocky road of reality. When strained relationships, tight finances, unforgiveness, and frenetic daily schedules converge to assault the soul, Cindy shares with passionate conviction and authentic experience that it is possible to live with your heart at rest … before you’re laid to rest.


Hi there! I am a Writer, Speaker and Certified Personality Trainer who has a heart for helping people get ‘unstuck’ in their lives. I am passionate about teaching others how to live beyond their circumstances. I love it when people are able to understand the difference Jesus makes in their lives every day. I value vulnerability and authenticity and I hold God’s Word in high esteem. I find great joy in sharing practical, biblical insights into the real issues of life. I love to laugh, and I believe with all my heart that prayer changes things – usually me!
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education, and have completed a Master’s Course in

Disability and Suffering with Joni & Friends International. I am a CLASS (Christian Leaders, Authors & Speakers) and Upper CLASS graduate, and have completed my advanced certification as a Personality Trainer. I love reading, canning, great conversations with friends and going for walks by the creek with my husband Walter on our acreage near Calgary. We have two adult children.

My passion finds its expression in speaking, writing and teaching. For more information, visit You can also contact me at





The All for Nothing Marriage
By Daniel Zopoula
Friesen Press

Rather than being a source of joy, your marriage can destroy your quality of life, causing silent frustration and catastrophic disappointment. But every couple is entitled to a meaningful marriage filled with passion, intimacy, and shared purpose. The All-for-Nothing Marriage is a highly practical tool designed to help couples identify a path for achieving just those things.


After more than 30 years guiding couples through the critical conversations that breed intimacy and health, and more than two decade of a fascinating intercultural marriage free of drama, Daniel Zopoula can speak with some intimacy about marriage’s challenges. With The All-for-Nothing Marriage, he seeks to contribute meaningfully of himself in a way that will produce success for others in their relationships. Entrepreneur, humanitarian, educator, pastor, chaplain, inspirational speaker, and life coach, Daniel lives in Lethbridge, Alberta, with his wife Sara, and children, Affia, Dansia, and Daniel Jr.





Going Spiritual: Discovering, Developing and Healing a Spiritual Life
By Rev. John R. Gishler
Gishler Group

Going Spiritual is the lifelong process of becoming the beloved child that God intended you to be. Three life crises motivated John Gishler, the librarian, to study the Bible. Experience supernatural healing and discover an exciting spiritual life in Jesus with Father John, the Anglican priest. In this practical and comprehensive guide, you will learn:

  • The four things you need for an authentic spiritual life of joy
  • How our minds can deceive us
  • How Satan builds mental strongholds that blind us to truth
  • How Jesus can heal us from addictions, depression, guilt, identity confusion, mental strongholds and sexual abuse.


Rev. John Gishler lives in Calgary, Canada with his wife Lucille. He has 25 years of experience in congregational development and healing ministry. Gishler is Spiritual Director Emeritus of Calgary Cursillo and active in congregational development, spiritual direction and healing ministry. He shares over 200 Holy Spirit inspired Bible teachings at

He has also worked as a CUSO high school teacher in Kenya, library director and congregational development, library and records management consultant. In 1985 he and his wife Lucille (both professional librarians) founded their consulting partnership “Gishler Group: Library and Information Systems Consultants” which evolved from libraries to paper to electronic records management and most recently on-demand print and ebook publishing.





Papa Love
By Nolly Mercado

Papa Love is a marvelous account of Father God’s love for us, his children.  The story takes the reader on a journey from the creation of humankind and their separation from Father God, to their return to Him through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Papa Love wonderfully depicts the love God has for humanity and the true meaning of the gospel, and it practically demonstrates ways to receive His love and comfort. The simple words and child-like illustrations make this a great gift for kids and adults alike.


Nolly’s passion is sharing the gospel and evangelizing anywhere she goes. Working with UChurch in Calgary in an outreach capacity, she connects with newcomers to Canada, and serves as a missionary to our local Spanish speaking community.

She also spends time in South America, namely Colombia, Bolivia and Peru, working with people in need, bringing hope through the gospel and freedom through healing ministry.  She cares for meeting the practical needs of the most vulnerable through feeding and education programs for children and women in Colombia. She liaises with local and international organizations to bring relevant ministry where it’s needed most!