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Spiritual Autographs Press Release
Spiritual Autographs Order Form
October 10, 1999
West Point, Texas
Woman Publishes Spiritual Autobiography
A local woman is featured in an anthology of spiritual
autobiographies published this month by Chicago Spectrum Press.
Titled Spiritual Autographs: Southern Women Tell Their Stories, the
volume of life stories draws together a diverse group of spiritual perspectives.
Mary Elizabeth Thunder, West Point, Texas...is part Indian, Irish
& adopted Lakota. She is a Mother, Grandmother, Teacher, Author of
"Thunder's Grace" & President-Minister of Blue Star Inc. -The Church of the
Blue Star. She lives & works in West Point, Texas where she founded a Spiritual University
called the Thunder Ranch.
Thunder spent the first half of her life as a
administrator, which included being assistant to the Mayor of Indianapolis, & an
Alcohol/Drug Counselor for American Indian Service organizations. She has now
spent many years "On The Road" as a Teacher, Lecturer, & Workshop Facilitator.
Thunder has been asked to be a Spiritual Delegate to the Spiritual United
Nations at the request of the Dalai Lama. Thunder travels extensively throughout
the World sharing her message of her experience & vision for a world where all
can live together in Peace. Thunder &
sons are Traditional Sun Dancers; this year she completed her 30th Sun Dance. Her
continuing Dream & Vision is to share these ways of living & healing with the
people & do whatever she can to bring all people together as one, As It I With All
Her autobiography is one among thirty selected to represent the
varieties of religous experience among women in the south. The volume was edited by four
East Texas women. It includes stories by Mary Carter Smith, Maryland's official
"griot," Valerie Sayers, author of five novels, & Njoki McElroy, nationally
known storyteller & poet.
Books can be ordered from Spiritual Autobiographies Association, 703
S. Main, Jacksonville, TX 75766.
Contact: Mary Brown
Ph. (903) 586-6736 or (903) 586-3712, Fax (903) 586-2412
***Sandra Slaughter Barnett, creative writing teacher at Lyon College, Batesville,
There was excitement in the few, culturally or theologically new
(for me) journeys like Mary Elizabeth Thunder's, "Lessons From Grandmother
Grace" a Lakota Sundancer's story.......