Front Cover - The Path to Courage by The Coffee Tree Writers of Huntsville, Alabama

Front Cover – The Path to Courage by The Coffee Tree Writers of Huntsville, Alabama


On November 1, 2016 The Ardent Writer Press in association with Huntsville’s Coffee Tree Writers Association published The Path to Courage – An Anthology of Stories and Poetry on What It Means to be Courageous.

The anthology showcases many of the writers and poets of Coffee Tree Writers, both past and present, and their various takes of articles, essays, short stories and poetry on the theme of Courage.  The cover and title note the theme as a multi-faceted journey of self-awareness and experiences that brings the hero in each of us to the forefront. 

The stories remind us that this wonderful and inspiring word is often misunderstood.  Elusive as the wind, it is a label given through legend and story, but is sometimes  remembered only by those who witnessed its defining effect.

The Path to Courage is sold online in all retail book outlets, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books A Million.  A link to the Hardback version is HERE, to the Paperback version is HERE, and to the Kindle Version is HERE.

Steve Gierhart
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.