The Home Base of the Rio Vista Group in beautiful Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua

                                        The Home Base of the Rio Vista Group in beautiful Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua

Writer's Digest announces award for Religion and revolution in Mexico's north!

Rio Vista Press is the publishing arm of the Rio Vista Group.  It publishes Phil Stover's books, website, and all training and consulting material used by Rio Vista Consulting.  Its mission is to provide literature that is narrative in nature, highly readable, yet thoroughly research based. Its purpose is to make the reader smile and think at the same time.

The purpose of this page is to direct the reader to the specific page for a book of his or her interest.   Phil thanks you in advance for your interest in his work. Each book may be purchased through the e-commerce link on each page, through Amazon, or by special order at your favorite bookstore. Please click on the thumbnail of each book cover to go to a page with much more detail about each book.

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The Clock That Couldn't Tell Time is a powerful and magical story of a family in need of a miracle. It is the story of a family that might be just like yours and mine. It is a caring family, but one that is experiencing the stress of the loss of work and income. The Christmas season is coming and there is barely enough money to pay bill, yet alone buy presents. Benjamin the family's resident ten year old "tweener" is caught between his own doubt and self-esteem issues and his dad's tension. Both Benjamin and dad look to an old family clock that might just solve their challenges. The clock isn't working but along the way Benjamin meets a wonderful old clockmaker who becomes the mentor and friend that he so very much needs. This is a book about family, love, pain, and the uncertainty of being a middle-schooler or "tweener" as they are so often called. It is also a book about faith and miracles. It is meant for people of all faiths, or those who struggle with faith itself. Beautifully decorated with original drawings by master illustrator Paul Gully, its vibrant colors and expressions add to the delight and struggle of the story. Who knows maybe one day you may need to look through your old closet for your own special miracle too! Click on the image of the book to buy or learn more about this wonderful book.

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Religion and Revolution in Mexico's North . . . Even unto Death Tengamos Fe is an award winning new title which offers insight into the role played by religion and revolution in Mexico's turbulent history.  It is written in a narrative, yet research-based style.  It is recommended for all those who love Mexican history, for use as a textbook in higher education, and a must have for college or university libraries. Explore the personal religious perspectives of key revolutionaries, the magic of the curanderos and the commitment of the Cristeros.  Stroll through Mormon and Mennonite colonies to gain a better understanding of the anti-clerical philosophies of the Mexican cientifico.  The battle for the soul of Mexico was vigorously and fiercely fought for much of its history.  Phil makes it come alive for the reader. Click on the image of the book to buy or learn more about this fascinating and scholarly work.  

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Mata Ortiz Pottery Buyer's Guide is a small and handy reference work on all things related to the village and pottery of Mata Ortiz. Phil has written one of the first guides to buying and collecting Mata Ortiz pottery. This little book will provide the beginning and veteran collector with valuable information about the village of Mata Ortiz and its pottery. He will not tell you who or what to buy, but will guide you through the process, no matter your preference. He understands that preference is personal. Phil will not try and steer you to anyone or any one style of pottery. What he does is explain a little history of the village, the pottery phenomenon, how the pottery is made, and what questions to ask if you want to buy. He adds a few details about getting here to the village and what to expect when you come. The Mata Ortiz Buyer's Guide is available in eBook and paperback versions. The photos are in color in the eBook and black and white in the paperback. Both versions have identical text. They are both available on Amazon; the paperback can be bought on Amazon or via special order through your local bookstore or gallery where Mata Ortiz pottery is sold. Click on the image of the book to buy or learn more about it.

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Reflections on Time is a compilation of stories Phil has written over a number of years. This book contains over forty short stories written by Phil related to his hobby of collecting watches and clocks and his life's seasons, aspirations, and hopes. Drawing on his ministry and historical studies background, these stories are meant to both entertain and inspire the reader in a non-sectarian way. Ranging from one to eight pages, they reflect Phil's enjoyment of a good story, especially one that engages the reader with humor and inspiration. Read one a day or read them all at once. In the pages of this book you will find stories that will entertain and inspire you. If you are interested in the times and seasons of life, you will find stories that will challenge you, make you think, and which you can simply enjoy. Have fun and remember "making time is more important than telling time!" Reflections on Time is available as either an eBook on Amazon, or as a paperback from Amazon or by special order at your favorite local bookstore. Click on the book to buy or learn more about the book.

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Tribal Markings: A New Paradigm for Understanding Individual and Group Identity demonstrates how and why we unite and divide. As a result, our culture is polarized and angry. We understand little and tolerate less about how our fellow citizens, co-workers, and family members see and organize their world. To help us better understand Phil utilizes the imagery of six tribes; each one a gathering of those with a similar identity and perspectives formed out of their own life experiences. Our failure to understand ourselves is nowhere better illustrated than in our failure to understand our own 21st century tribal affiliations. We must move to an understanding that individual identity is complex. Viewing identity solely in terms of age, gender, race, or ethnicity is too easy. Each experience in life is a tributary flowing together to form the river called identity. 

Come journey with Phil to better understand 21st century tribal markings, migration, and warfare. His sincere hope is in so doing you will honor and make peace with yourself and with those of different outlooks and tribes. Phil believes that one cannot grow until one understands.  That is why he wrote this book.

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America's Public School Districts . . . How are the Children? is a wonderfully serious, humorous, and insightful look at Phil's experiences working in and for over 120 school districts, private schools, and institutions of higher learning.  Journey with Phil as he shares his perspectives, along with research on how the school district itself, impacts (positively or negatively) everything, especially student achievement.  Phil reviews all the key elements of the school district as a complex system. There are many books about classrooms and schools, but few about the district itself.  Perhaps no other institution in America is, at the same time, so loved and reviled. From Buffalo to Beverly Hills and from Anchorage to Apalachicola join with Phil as he helps you understand the uniquenesses and similarities of American Public School Districts.  Click on the thumbnail of the book's cover to learn more! Click here to provide us your email so we can notify you when the book is available on Amazon or at your local book store -

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For Thy Kingdom: When Faith's Journey Goes Awry tells why good people did bad things in remote Utah Territory in September 1857 in an event that will forever be known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Why did a religious people brutally kill men, women, and children they barely knew? Other authors have focused on exactly what happened, who was involved, and who was responsible. In his book Phil deals more with the "why" questions. Phil believes the answers to those questions are found in the doctrine, dogma, and duty preached and required by the mid-19th century LDS Church. The one thing every participant in the slaughter, perhaps including Indian leaders, had in common was membership in that faith community. Using this episode as a case study in how doctrine sometimes turn to dogma and destruction, Phil explains how faith can go awry, leading the faithful to do the unthinkable. Click on the cover image for more information. Click here to provide us your email so we can notify you when the book is available on Amazon or at your local book store -

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