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Return to the Water

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Imagine you are on the opposite coast of the country, San Diego-a five hour plane ride from your home-it's Mother's Day and your family back East is settled in for the night. You've traveled this far to make amends with your past, to forgive and move on, to assuage your conscience. But a ringing phone in the night will bring news that your life has changed, utterly. Meet John Stephens, the quintessential "everyman," he's no hero, no man of visions, but his is a modest quest to keep home together, to keep faith ...
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Overview

Imagine you are on the opposite coast of the country, San Diego-a five hour plane ride from your home-it's Mother's Day and your family back East is settled in for the night. You've traveled this far to make amends with your past, to forgive and move on, to assuage your conscience. But a ringing phone in the night will bring news that your life has changed, utterly. Meet John Stephens, the quintessential "everyman," he's no hero, no man of visions, but his is a modest quest to keep home together, to keep faith beyond hope and to find peace beyond consolation, leading him to water's healing edge.
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Midwest Book Review
John Stephen's writes with great candor and effectiveness as he share's his life's personal challenges and his responses to them. Although exceptionally personal, "Return To The Water" speaks to universal themes of the human condition that are common to us all. The result is an extraordinary and very highly recommended autobiography for personal reading lists and community library American Biography collections. (Oct. 2013)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936196296
  • Publisher: C&R Press
  • Publication date: 4/10/2013
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 1,002,537
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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Q: What sparked the idea for Return to the Water, what caused you to write it?


A: It was a journal—it became a very spontaneous thing and what I wrote surprised me again and again. I'd wanted to write an account of our family's travels, our times together. I'd been inspired by my kids and our interactions and how different they were from my conversations and memories with my parents. I had entered a world of words that gave these events a clear voice. I did not want to lose those experiences or our frame of mind at the time. I had this powerful need to embrace these emotions, these words, these places and much more the human relationships, good or bad.

Q: What do you hope readers take away from this book?


A: That they will take the journey with me and that they read it with no preconceived idea as to how they will react to the story. I hope that they find that it tests their experiences as a whole. I believe the book develops into something much more than my and my own family's stories. I want readers to reflect and discover fundamental elements of their own pasts, families, children. I want other families to be so thankful for one another—something that our family was, but that like all families, that we can take for granted.

Q: How has the death of your son affected your family?


A: There can be no greater loss than a child for a parent, the world knows this. To say our family will never be the same is an understatement. I remember asking, as our family did, why Adam? Why had this happened? And we were angry and grieved. I remember being surrounded by well-wishers and family and others who missed Adam, and I was screaming inside, knowing that he was gone. We can only keep moving, but we live day to day with the knowledge that one of us doesn't move with us any longer.

Q: If you had to summarize the most important thing you've learned in the course of dealing with this tragedy, what would it be?


A: That grief is a process. Each of us handles it differently and each step reveals a character inside us.

Website: www.returntothewater.com

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