Theodore J. “Jim” Goering’s newly released “Prairie Breezes: Odyssey from Pretty Prairie” traces Jim's life of international service in this excellent family biography

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“Prairie Breezes: Odyssey from Pretty Prairie” from Christian Faith Publishing author Theodore J. “Jim” Goering accounts significant events in history of a town deemed unremarkable through this excellent family biography.

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“Prairie Breezes: Odyssey from Pretty Prairie”: a wonderful narrative that traces the events that circle around a community filled with surprising stories in the hopes of bringing forward these ramblings to the future generation. “Prairie Breezes: Odyssey from Pretty Prairie” is the creation of published author Theodore J. “Jim” Goering, a writer who now lives in retirement with his wife in North Newton, Kansas, after a remarkable career.

Goering shares, “Pretty Prairie, dating from the late 1880s and somewhat before the advent of settled agriculture, was linked to the larger world by its location on a rudimentary stage coach line which connected the pioneer towns of Wichita in the south central part of the state with Dodge City to the west. As historians tell it, the city’s colorful name reflects a comment by a lady traveler from an east coast state on a western-bound stage coach. At a stop to rest the horses and give the travelers time to stretch their legs, the traveler stepped out of the coach, inhaled a deep breath of the fresh air, looked with wonder and amazement at the seemingly endless expanse of verdant prairie grass on low-lying hills, and remarked, ‘Oh, my! What a pretty prairie!’ And so it began to be known as such!

“Today, with a population of about 680 inhabitants, Pretty Prairie faces challenges similar to those confronting many small towns in the American heartland—viz. the paucity of remunerative employment opportunities which encourages educated younger residents to pursue an ‘odyssey (an extended, adventurous voyage)’ in search of greater economic opportunities and soul-fulfilling adventure! Jim’s ‘odyssey,’ as articulated in this narrative, is almost certainly only one of many undertaken by the youth of these communities.

“Notable personalities associated with Pretty Prairie include former Kansas Governor, Walter A. Huxman; nationally acclaimed artist of American wild life, Jack Unruh; iconic, long-term athletic coach at Pretty Prairie High School, George Norton; and Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer of the Little Rascals/Our Gang series.”

Foundational reference points along the way for Jim include: The "Good Book", the Christian Bible, and the words of Proverbs 3:5-6; the profundity of Robert Frost's words in his 1916 epic poem, "A Road Not Taken!”; and the hauntingly-moving, closing phrases in Paul Anka's song, "My Way!" sung so well by Frank Sinatra.

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Theodore J. “Jim” Goering’s new book is a brilliant creation that magnifies the events of the past to prepare the next generation as they look forward to their future. With these ramblings, may readers find something interesting, moving, entertaining, and worth-emulating.

View a synopsis of “Prairie Breezes: Odyssey from Pretty Prairie” on YouTube.

Consumers can purchase “Prairie Breezes: Odyssey from Pretty Prairie” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at, Apple iTunes store, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries about “Prairie Breezes: Odyssey from Pretty Prairie,” contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

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