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Welcome to My Indie Book Launch!

Please browse below to learn more about this project.

To purchase a book, use the order form at the bottom of the page.

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Many in postmodern America believe social change is both

virtually spontaneous and relatively meaningless . . . they are wrong! 

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Light & Love provides a foundational guide to understanding, planning, and facilitating positive transformations within social systems.  The guide is broadly applicable to social problems ranging from as small and personal as improving dysfunctional family or workplace dynamics to as broad and far-reaching as advancing civil rights, human rights, and universal justice (the fulfillment of higher moral law).

  • The text is divided into four primary parts, each of which independently analyzes as well as integrates the fields of systems theory, leadership theory, change theory, and peaceful activism.
  • Each part is subdivided into a number of condensed “inquiries,” each of which introduces, explains, and applies fundamental concepts from the corresponding field. 
  • Each inquiry is followed by a series of reflective journaling questions, which progressively guide readers to apply the concepts to social problems within their own lives or to their communities. 
  • Each inquiry systematically builds upon preceding inquiries, gradually guiding readers to understand the socially constructed nature of communities and social problems, the solemn responsibility of true leaders to act as change agents, and the time-proven methods and strategies of organizing and leading communities to overcome social problems and achieve positive social change.

Reviews from Readers:

“This book has had a huge impact on my professional development! I truly believe that all leaders, teachers, public officials, and business managers should read this book. I will, without a doubt, reference this book throughout my life/career.”

~ Logan T.

"Light and Love has revolutionized my outlook on what it means to impact society around me.  It’s given me the foundation and building blocks of what it really entails to create long lasting change. Bachmeier’s writing inspires a journey that touches on the readers longing within to be a catalyst of growth and improvement in the human experience."

~Jennifer T.

"Dr. Bachmeier introduced his message of seeing the world through a lens of love and compassion with a focus on critical thinking and emotional empathy.  Light and Love teaches that there is hope for a better society, and that the key to personal and societal change is built on the foundation of love.

~ Susan B.

“Randy and this book are inspiring.  The messaging and the material help guide and inspire not only current and future work, but how to live our daily lives in true service to others.  Light and love are what Randy truly brings to this world.”

~ Jennell H.

Why go Indie?

(Yes, I did have an offer of publication.)

  1. The publishing industry is controlled by a handful of major corporations that determine what the public actually reads. Those decisions are primarily motivated by potential profit to their stockholders rather than by either the quality of the work itself or its potential impact on society.

  2. Authors do all the work, but publishers and retailers reap all the benefits. For the vast majority of nonfiction and trade books, royalties are nominal at best.  I’d rather donate proceeds from my labor to worthy students as scholarships than enrich major corporations.

  3. Standard publishing contracts require authors to relinquish all rights to their work. This includes not only editing, layout, design, and cover art decisions, but also the conditions of use for the work.  By going indie, I retain all rights to my own work:  I control the editing, layout, design, and cover art; I’m free to decide who can republish portions of the book and under what conditions; and, most important to me, I am free to decide whether the book is republished in new updated editions in the future.

Why do I need your help?

(Actually, college students need your help.)

  1. High quality short run printing (fewer than 2,000 copies at a time) is very expensive. Unfortunately, high quality books on important niche topics are rarely “profitable,” and thus often do not even make it to market.

  2. Publishing indie enables the book to be sold at a fraction of the average textbook price, which is currently around $135!  Tuition inflation has also averaged 12% annually for over a decade.  I have committed to donating 20% of direct to customer sales from this site to fund the Sophie Grandbois Memorial Scholarship.

  3. In honor of indigenous people who were forced to attend boarding schools, the Sophie Grandbois Memorial Scholarship will benefit Community Leadership majors of American Indian descent at Montana State University – Northern. Preference for the scholarship will be given to descendants of survivors of American Indian boarding schools.  Scholarship criteria include demonstrated financial need, GPA, and a record of civic engagement and/or community service.

Bachmeier, Randy edited

Randy J. Bachmeier

holds a doctoral degree in educational psychology and undergraduate degrees in history, English, and business.  He has over 20 years of experience in higher education, including administrative experience in continuing and distance/online education, in writing and administering grants, and in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in education, history, psychology, leadership, business, and nonprofit management.  He has extensive experience serving diverse populations, and his primary research interest is developing leadership for the advancement of equitable and just communities.

Thank you for your support!