Before I wrote a single sentence in my first book, I felt compelled to designate my writing under the label – IHS Publishing. This decision humbly illustrates my desire to give recognition to the One I chose to follow as a teenager while attending a church camp called IdRaHaJe (I’d Rather Have Jesus) located near Bailey, Colorado.
The IHS Christogram is a symbol of Jesus Christ in the form of an acronym. From the Greek, it is an abbreviation of the name IH∑OY∑ (Jesus). From the Latin it is an abbreviation for Iesus Hominum Salvator – Jesus, Savior of men. An ancient legend contends that this inscription with a cross was seen by Emperor Constantine in his sleep before the battle against Maxentius in 312 AD. Regardless of the origin of the IHS Christogram, for me it represents God’s intimate involvement in the most miniscule details of an individual’s life. The IHS Publishing label serves as the capstone for my work. It points to the One who deserves all the glory and praise; Iesus Hominum Salvator – Jesus, Savior of men!
Even though my books are published through reputable publishers, I have always added the IHS Publishing label as a tribute to the True Author and Finisher of my faith. You will find my works listed below. By clicking on the “Buy Now” button you will be directed to either Barnes & Noble, or Amazon to order your own personal copy of each individual title. Thank you in advance for your interest in my books!
Life is a journey that leads us to a place that no one could ever imagine when they first start out on their own personal adventure. Yet, none of us are ever prepared for the time, when we have to say goodbye to a loved one, even when we’ve been given plenty of notice that death is fast approaching. There’s always something else to be done, something else to be said, or one last thing we intended to do for those we love before they pass through the door that leads to eternity. There are moments in life that perpetuate reflection regarding the most important questions of our human existence: “Why are we here? - What is our purpose? - Is there life after this one?”
“Sons of the Eastern Plains” provides emotional insight into the importance of living a life of faith. This true story about two boys growing up in Colorado’s Eastern Plains draws attention to the importance of family and faith as life takes a tragic turn. Personal experiences of two best-friends growing up together, build the foundation of the story, culminating in a courageous battle against cancer when as an adult, one of the boys puts his faith to the test to face death head on. The bond developed through childhood is carried to the grave as their friendship deepens in the midst of the final trial of life in this world. This is a story, of life, faith, and death that culminates in the hope, and peace experienced by two friends as they rely on Jesus Christ to see them through the final challenge.
This, colorful, soul-written book is an unforgettable account of Lanny Cook’s life, his family and special friends, capturing the reader’s heart with spontaneous laughter and tear. A magical introspection, this candid disclosure of one’s relationship with Jesus Christ moves the reader with an undeniable force, leaving a sanctifying reverie. Each chapter is punctuated with tugging poetry by Clarice Cook. I’m honored to know the Cooks, and to be an integral part of the lives of these true-blooded Americans. It’s a compelling read.
~ Pastor Bob Serrao - Minister and Author
Dr. Lanny Cook presents a masterful offering of his life adventure. He bookends his colorful journey of childhood through adult relationships and eye-widening events with the most spiritually intimate experience in the life of a believer in Jesus Christ. These precious moments demonstrate the title of his book so very tenderly, and to have the opportunity to experience them as Lanny did will leave you a changed individual. Between these precious bookends, you will enjoy the flavors, colors, and imagery of his detailed word pictures, poetry and prose. ~Steven Nuss - Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addiction Counselor
“Sons of the Eastern Plains” by Lanny Cook pulled and tugged at every heart string in my body. I laughed out loud, wept to myself, and felt the rush of adrenaline almost as if I were a part of Lanny’s adventures. If you enjoy a cacophony of emotions in your reading material, you will not be disappointed as I highly recommend Lanny’s latest work. ~ Reverend David Baca
The public education system in America is broken. And when it comes to acknowledging the elephant in the classroom, retired educator Lanny Cook believes that, as a nation, we're tardy! After devoting nearly three decades of his life to teaching and administration, this Goodwill Industries' 2006 Educator of the Year recipient offers an insider's perspective vividly illustrating the hidden factors challenging the effectiveness and integrity of public schools across America. Fingernails on the Chalkboard honestly examines our successes and failures so we can again forge a way to empower great people to do greater things! It is a must-read for every teacher and administrator, every parent of school-aged children, every politician who campaigns on a platform of educational reform, and every college student considering a career in education.
"This book is a masterful blend of experiences in education. It represents insights into the reality of various roles in teaching, as well as, the significant difference educators make in a variety of ways. Rich examples capture your attention and are blended with humor and passion." ~ Roger Ellis - Retired High School Principal and Teacher Education Adjunct Faculty for Metropolitan State College of Denver
“Dr. Cook, having spent twenty-eight years as an alumnus instructor, department chairman, and vocational director at one of the most challenging high schools in Colorado, has written a book that provides personal insight into every facet of the educational process within today’s public school system. “Fingernails on the Chalkboard” is a book that should be made available in every teacher-training college in the United States to give education majors an actual accounting into the inner workings of the public school system.” ~ Robert D. Williams – Retired Teacher; 36 years of experience in Colorado and Nebraska
"Lanny Cook has written an insightful and instructive book that gives readers vivid examples of how the politics at all levels of education can sabotage the educational process. He artfully describes the powerful, often life-changing, influence that the best teachers have on their students. “Fingernails on the Chalkboard” provides a platform for deep professional conversation and reflection." ~ Shirley Ellis - Retired Elementary Principal and current Teacher Education Adjunct Faculty for Metropolitan State College of Denver
Children of Promise is one of the best survival guides available for any single parent. Through his own experiences of being the custodial parent of two sons, Lanny shares profound insight into the challenges, trials and triumphs of what it takes to not only survive, but to thrive as a single parent. His two sons were 5 & 7 when he took on the challenge of raising them as a single dad. For the next 18 years he persevered as a single parent, ensuring that his sons were equipped with the skills necessary to be successful adults. With humor, honesty and a frank look at his own struggles and shortcomings, this guide covers a wide array of topics that single parent households are forced to face. It provides insight, encouragement and hope to anyone who reads it. Written as both a self-help book to be read individually, or used as a group study, this guide provides real-life examples of how to make the most of a challenging situation of parenting alone.
“Children of Promise is a must read for every parent. It speaks to specific issues that single parents have from someone who has been there as a single parent. You will be greatly blessed as you read and apply the truths presented in this book.”
Pastor Vince Bousselaire Pastor Singles Ministry, Faith Bible Chapel–Arvada CO
“Children of Promise is cutting edge material – a single parent guide with God as the foundation. It is an invaluable read for parents, lay-leaders and Christian counselors seeking to assist children and parents through the trauma of divorce and it’s aftermath!” Starla Quinn MA LPC Psychotherapist for children and families
No single life in the history of mankind has had a more significant impact on the world than that of the Lord Jesus Christ. To millions of followers, He is Master, Teacher, Savior, Redeemer and the Son of God.
The inspirational writings and meditations within these pages take the reader on a journey through the life, death, resurrection, and ministry of Jesus. Each chapter begins with a prophecy from the Old Testament highlighting the significance and divine authority of the coming Savior. The short devotional that follows demonstrates the fulfillment of these prophecies by Jesus and provides an opportunity for personal reflection as you examine your relationship with Him. Each section ends with words of poetic inspiration that are designed to draw you into a closer, more intimate walk with the Lord.
It is our prayer that the words contained within these pages will allow you to see Jesus Christ in a new and more passionate light. A light that allows you to reflect on life’s challenges and trials, while focusing your attention on a personal relationship with the Savior. For He told us, “I am the Light of the world, he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of life.” John 8:12
What possesses a man to leave a wife and family behind without just cause or explanation? What are the inner demons that plague a man, causing him to totally abandon the ones he loves – not just once, but twice in a lifetime?
Unforgiven Destiny is an account of the life of John Frederick Williams based on historical fact obtained through family lore. John was a man that early on in life learned how to run away from his problems. As a young boy he migrated to America from Wales with his mother and sister during the second half of the 18th century. As immigrants to America they were sponsored by a group of Mormons from Salt Lake City. After living in Utah for a few short years, they narrowly escaped the oppressive life of a polygamist culture. These experiences formed the catalyst of panic that plagued John for the remainder of his life. This consuming panic turned into a deep seated fear --- causing him to turn tail and run when life became too overwhelming. It was the personal demon that pursued him throughout his life.
As a young man living in Nebraska, his adulterous ways allowed him to marry several different women who bore his many children. The responsibility of family was a bondage that sentenced him to an unwanted life of drudgery and sacrifice. Each marriage took its toll on his dreams and aspirations. Ultimately, he was destined to live a nomadic life of isolation and solitude. In total desperation he would decide to leave his past behind while abandoning those he claimed to love as he set out to live his final years in obscurity.
The story picks up in Gillette Wyoming during the winter of 1917. After homesteading 120 acres in Gillette, with his second wife and most of his family, John was swindled out of the payment for a large crop of hay. On Christmas Eve he headed out to set things straight with the swindler. His family never heard from him again. The circumstance involving his disappearance was a constant mystery, nagging his family and friends throughout their lives. For years they pondered the fate of John, haunted by the circumstance of his disappearance. The little information that was available was a close kept family secret, not to be revealed or unraveled for decades. Finally, after over thirty years of waiting to hear news about his fate, the family received word through a newspaper advertisement that he had passed away while living in Chester, Oklahoma under the alias of Sam Tipton.
Unforgiven Destiny is a compilation of the folklore from the family of John Williams. It answers many of the unanswered questions of his life while unraveling the mystery of a man who made it a habit to run from the troubles of his past. While no one can firmly attest to the actual events or dialogue associated with his life after he left the homestead in 1917, this book fills in the missing pieces with calculated speculation. Nearly 100 years after the known events of his life, Unforgiven Destiny unravels the mystery while exposing the demons that plagued the man known as John Frederick Williams, alias Sam Tipton.
This book is offered as a free download. Click on the pdf file below to download Lanny's first historical-fiction piece. Written as a tribute to the relatives descended from his great-grandfather on his mother's side of the family, this book will not disappoint.