Arrow: The History and People of an Idaho Community

It was late in the day when the exploratory team headed by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark stumbled upon the native village of Yaxtoin, along what is now called the Clearwater River, on their journey to the Pacific Ocean. The explorers announced their arrival in dramatic fashion, wrecking one of their canoes in the rapids just below the village. Aided by a nearby native resident, they dragged their wet belongings onto dry land and set up camp.

The date was October 8, 1805, and place now called Arrow had just been discovered by the outside world.

The expedition enjoyed the hospitality of the villagers that night and stayed until October 10, when their provisions were dry enough for travel. On their return trip in 1806, they presented a Jefferson Peace Medal to Chief Cut-Nose of Yaxtoin. In 1898, railroad construction crews would find this medal, wrapped in buffalo hide, in an indigenous grave at Arrow. With the opening of the Nez Perce Reservation to non-native settlement, Yaxtoin became the bustling railroad crossroad of Arrow Junction, Idaho. At one time it boasted a steamboat dock, church, school, and store. It was upon this incidental stage that a community of shared cultures lived, loved, suffered, and rose above its own human drama.

Longtime Arrow resident and author Pam Thorson has spent nearly three decades researching the rich history of this community. In this, the first of two volumes, she presents her discoveries. 

Available now on Amazon in both Paperback and Kindle format.

ISBN13: 978-1941103128 / ISBN 10: 194110312X

Out from the Shadows

No place is so dark, no shadow so deep, that God can’t find us.

Does the suffering you witness or experience seem pointless? Do you feel like your problems are endless? Do you wonder if God cares about you?

Caregivers live in the daily shadows of death, countless duties, and shattered dreams. But they don’t have to exist in the shadows of their faith.

Nurse and veteran caregiver Pam Thorson offers weary families hope and insights gained from her own struggles. Out from the Shadows is a collection of thirty-one stories that pull back the veil on the unique joys and challenges of caregiving. Each devotion draws from the author’s own experiences to reveal a fresh understanding of Jesus’ call upon our lives as we care for others.

“I heartily recommend this book for anyone and everyone who deals with disability in the family!” ~ Joni Eareckson Tada

ISBN13: 978-1941103128 / ISBN 10: 194110312X

Song in the Night

Euthanasia. Life-support. Disability. Fearsome topics most of don’t like to think about. No one wants to face the possibility of life tethered to a ventilator or the unthinkable alternative: to end that life.

In July of 1997 Kevin was a healthy, 19-year-old musician who took every opportunity to use his talents for God. That summer, a botched back-flip in Canada during a youth ministry tour ended those plans and placed him in the center of a desperate fight for his life.

In her first book, Pam Thorson recounts the true story of her family’s nightmare as they struggle to live out their faith in the face of impossible odds. Song in the Night traces the family’s journey through the events surrounding Kevin’s injury, the fight to keep the doctor from pulling the plug, and God’s divine intervention along the way.

Available now on Amazon in both Hardcover and Kindle format.
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ISBN13: 978-1930580-38-1 / ISBN10: 1-930580-38-X

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