Opening Doors: Jim Swenson's Life of Grit, Gratitude and Giving:The Timeless Truths Series

Opening Doors: Jim Swenson's Life of Grit, Gratitude and Giving:The Timeless Truths Series

by Christopher Lentz


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Jim Swenson started life on the wrong side of the tracks. But he didn't stay there. With guts and the right person's helping hand--at precisely the right time--he proved nothing's impossible. In Opening Doors, you'll find Swenson's hard-learned wisdom about his hard-earned success in business, technology and philanthropy...and at home.

The eldest of five brothers, Swenson helped his widowed father raise his siblings. He quickly learned to appreciate the value of a dollar, the world-broadening experience of university life, and the rewards of a job well done.

With a degree in chemistry, he became a pioneer in creating "inner layer details" for printed circuit boards. His goal was to bring hi-tech printed circuit boards out of research and into the 1970s marketplace. Starting with four employees and a $15,000 second mortgage on the family's house, his company--Details, Inc.--became the fastest quick-turn-around engineering prototype circuit board shop in the United States, with 500 employees and a client list that included Apple, IBM, Motorola and Compaq.

Before Swenson knew it, he'd gone from small-town bored to big-city board of directors.

The sale of Details, Inc. was the catalyst for the Swenson Family Foundation. The prudent investment of those assets now power ambitious students, treat the sick, and bring hope to those who need it most.

This is his story, along with 13 tried-and-true tips for opening doors that Swenson wished he'd known back when he faced far too many closed doors.

Because of Swenson's love of reading, education and children, your purchase of Opening Doors supports Dolly Parton's Imagination Library book-gifting program.

Please note that the printed edition contains 134 photos, while the digital edition features 18 photos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781987086591
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Series: The Timeless Truths Series , #1
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 671,714
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Christopher Lentz is the acclaimed author of Opening Doors (biography, 2019), My Friend Marilyn (historical fiction, 2018) and The Blossom Trilogy (historical romance). His books are about hope, second chances and outcasts overcoming obstacles. But most of all, they're about how love changes everything.

Lentz made his mark as a corporate-marketing executive before becoming a full-time storyteller.

When asked to offer a dozen things people should know about him, Lentz says he: is an author who gave Marilyn Monroe a second chance; kissed the love of his live atop the Eiffel Tower; lives in a haunted Victorian house; earned a paycheck dressing up like Winnie the Pooh at Disneyland; stands in awe of lightening, thunder and his wife's from-scratch chocolate cake; was born on the 6th of July, but he's a firecracker just the same; loves a book that reads like a movie; climbed the Great Wall of China...yes, climbed, one does not just walk on it; snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef; firmly believes it isn't hoarding if your stuff's cool; survived acupuncture, cupping (which is nothing like spooning) and a spinal tap; and discovered that life's second chapter is the sweetest.

He resides in Southern California with his high-school sweetheart wife and family. To learn more, please visit or

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