John Stanko knows what it takes to start with a dream and end with a published work and in 2014 founded Urban Press to help others know the joy of being an author. John serves as editor-in-chief while his son fulfills the role of creative director and together they have led many authors, especially new writers, through the process so they could achieve their publishing goals. Check out the list of Urban Press authors and books and then contact John if you are looking for editorial or publishing assistance.

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Pandemic Proverbs



The COVID-19 pandemic sent the world home to wait and wonder what the future held. John Stanko used that time through social media to encourage, challenge, inform, and educate his readers and listeners to make the most of the time while also seeking the Lord for the future. What emerged from John’s efforts was a collection of sayings he referred to as proverbs that encapsulated his perspective and practical wisdom for the season, statements like,

  • What are you learning to live without in this season that you will continue to live without when it’s over?
  • Failure is like an expensive steak dinner. You paid a high price for it, so make sure you get the most out of it.

In this book, Pandemic Proverbs: Wisdom for Troubled Times, John has compiled his sayings into one place so you can easily access his lessons and wisdom long after the pandemic is history and fades from memory.


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