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Two book signings are scheduled Saturday, Nov. 2!

Julie Kibler, author of “Home for Erring and Outcast Girls,” will sign books from 10 a.m.-noon, followed by Mark McDonald from Noon-2, signing copies of “Beyond the Big Shootout: 50 Years of Football’s Life Lessons.”

Julie, a Hardin-Simmons grad who had a big hit in 2013 with her debut novel, “Calling Me Home,” has written a new novel based on a home for unwed mothers and other desperate young women in Arlington, Texas, at the turn of the 20th century.  “Home for Erring and Outcast Girls” (Crown, $27 hardcover) is based on the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls, founded as a ministry in 1903 and closed in 1935 near what is now the University of Texas at Arlington. Kibler’s story is fiction but is based on real characters who lived at, or operated, the home.

Mark’s book is about one of the greatest Southwest Conference football games ever was the Big Shootout between the two top-ranked college teams the country – the No. 1 Texas Longhorns vs. the No. 2 Arkansas Razorbacks – in Fayetteville, Ark., on Dec. 6, 1969 – 50 years ago. President Nixon flew in by helicopter for the game. It was the only college game on TV that day, celebrating the 100th anniversary of college football. And it lived up to the hype, often referred to as “the game of the century.” From extensive interviews and research, writer Mark McDonald fills this over-sized book with stories leading up to the game, the exciting game itself, the aftermath, and its lasting impact 50 years later.  The book is a coffee table-sized hardcover book, $29.

home for erring and outcast        beyond big shootout

Texas Star will be closed Sept. 2-8 for a late summer break! But don’t worry, you can still order online. Any orders coming in during that time will begin shipping Sept. 9. We will acknowledge all orders, although it might be delayed by a few days.

Send us an email if you have any questions, and we’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible.



A Grandmother’s Prayer: Moments in a Music Life

By Chris Christian

4-6 p.m. Tuesday. April 30 

a grandmother's prayer

Chris Christian grew up in Abilene as Chris Smith before hitting it big in the music business in Nashville and Los Angeles. He tells his inspiring story in his new book, A Grandmother’s Prayer: Moments in a Music Life. We welcome Chris back to his hometown for a book signing from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Texas Star Trading Company.

Chris started out as a singer, guitarist, and banjo player, and played with Wayne Newton in Las Vegas before going to Nashville and then LA to make his name as a songwriter, record producer, and recording artist. Hundreds of his songs have been recorded by some of the biggest names in pop and contemporary Christian music, including Elvis Presley, Olivia Newton-John, Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, The Carpenters, B.J. Thomas, Dionne Warwick, Donnie and Marie Osmond, and Chris himself. He even recorded two Christmas albums with Coach Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys in the 1980s.

Come out and meet or greet Chris and pick up a copy of his book that begins in Abilene with a grandmother’s prayer, a fourth grade teacher’s encouragement, and a father’s $100 gift, which put him on the track to a remarkable career in music.

Chris’s story shows how relationships formed early in his career led from one opportunity to another. At the end of the book, he offers a concise two-page summary of the most important lessons he has learned in his life, one of them being: “Despite what people say, it’s not who you know that leads to success. It’s who likes you.”

 So, save the date – April 30 – when Chris Christian comes home for a book signing. However, you don’t have to wait until then to buy the book. We already have it in stock ($29.99 hardcover). You can read it and then bring it in and have him autograph it.

jim white art 2Art show and sale 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Texas Star
Jim White, a self-taught watercolor artist, has been influenced by 40 years of landscape architectural design experience. His strong sketching, drawing, and perspective skills are foundational to his artwork. Jim’s understanding of light and color and their influence in shaping our visual world can be seen in each of his works. His keen observation of these as well as texture, line, and form is apparent in his paintings.
Jim’s watercolor journey began in early 2018 with pen and ink drawings, followed by line and wash sketches. He quickly garnered the name “Chick N Man” when he began a series of watercolors depicting whimsical chickens in unusual locations. Chick Ns still find their way into his work occasionally, but he continues to evolve artistically with a wide variety of subjects and techniques. His style is highly recognizable.
Jim grew up on the West Texas plains in Abilene, worked in the Texas Hill Country and along the gulf coast before trading the mesquite and prickly pear for the heavily wooded southern Appalachian Mountains of north Georgia over 30 years ago. He continues to live there and work daily in his studio, Buzzard Mountain Fine Arts Studios located on Buzzard Mountain near Dahlonega, GA, site of the first major U.S. Gold Rush in 1828. His artwork is shown in Canvas and Cork Gallery in Dahlonega. You can view his artwork on Facebook @buzzardmountainfinearts.


Book Signing

1:30-3 Saturday, Feb. 16

“Comfort When the Shadow Falls” by Eddie Sharp, with Cheryl Bacon

Eddie Sharp, who was senior minister at University Church of Christ for 28 years, has teamed up with Cheryl Mann Bacon to provide a practical guide to young preachers and church leaders on ministering to those who are dying and grieving.

“Comfort When the Shadow Falls: Encouraging the Dying and Those Affected by Grief” (Abilene Christian University Press, $19.99 paperback) includes personal experiences, appropriate Scriptures, and down-to-earth advice on such topics as: ministering to the one dying and to the family of the one dying; sudden death from traffic accidents, violence and suicide; how to organize a funeral service; the value of a good obituary; and dealing with the media when a death is newsworthy.


Welcome to our inaugural posting of “Book Notes,” a regular-ish item about featured books in our store — whether new arrivals, best-sellers or just books that we want to reconnect with. Not all of these books are on our website. But if not, feel free to give us a call! We love to take phone orders! 325-672-9696.

Texas Cowboy Cooking

The top five best-selling books at Texas Star Trading in 2018 – all with ties to Abilene —  were:

  1. Texas Cowboy Cooking, Tom Perini’s perennially popular cookbook.
  2. Playing for More: Trust Beyond What You Can See, former Wylie quarterback Case Keenum’s story of faith, family and football.
  3. On Texas Backroads, a collection of stories by noted Texas author, and former Abilenian, Carlton Stowers.
  4. Brother’s Keeper, the book soon to be a movie about Abilene High’s 2009 state football championship, by Al Pickett and Chad Mitchell.

5 (tie). Abilene A to Z, a children’s book about Abilene history and culture, by Jay Moore and Glenn Dromgoole, and Abilene in Song: The Women There Don’t Treat You Mean, about all the songs that mention Abilene, by Joe Specht with CD by Greg Young.

Texas Star is opening at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, Jan. 3) due to icy road conditions. Be safe!

“Starry Night” is the name of the 2018 Texas Capitol Ornament, celebrating the 130th anniversary of the completion and dedication of the Texas capitol.
The 2018 design features open Capitol gates, snow-covered grounds and a starry sky. The capitol is framed by a wreath of Texas Yaupon Holly leaves and berries and topped with a Texas star.
As always, the ornament is beautifully packaged in a gift box, and includes an information card.
Due to new stipulations, we are not selling this ornament online. However, we are happy to take your telephone order. Please give us a call while we have plenty of these ornaments in stock!
325-672-9696 Open 10-5:30 Monday-Friday (central time), and 10-4 on Saturdays.
The ornament is $27, plus only $3 for shipping.
ornament state capitol 2018

Texas Star will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day. Our regular hours resume Tuesday, Sept. 4.

See you then!

autograph and book (1)Playing For More Cover

“Playing for More” is a new book by Case Keenum, a native Texan (Abilene, Texas) who is the new starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. The book charts Keenum’s course through high school, college and entering professional football — and how he has overcome obstacles through his Christianity and love from family.

For a limited time, each book ordered will include an autographed book plate — essentially an autographed book!

Click here to see details about the book.

We’re celebrating our 14th anniversary in downtown Abilene! In-store specials through Saturday, July 28. We’ve also added lots of new bargain books and other new clearance items to our website, so be sure to check that out. And those prices continue beyond this week!

Thanks for 14 years … we’re looking forward to more!

at home with the armadillo

Gary P. Nunn, a Texas music legend, will sign copies of his new book — “At Home with the Armadillo” — from 1-2:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 24, at Texas Star.

Gary will be in Abilene to perform during the Outlaws & Legends Music Festival … and he’s agreed to stop by our store earlier that afternoon to sign his book.

The book was published earlier this year (2018) by Greenleaf Book Group, and is the memoir of this true Texas music icon.

If you can’t make it and would like to have a book signed, contact us at 325-672-9696 and we’ll take care of it for you! Or order on our website and put personalization details in the gift message box at checkout.