Nearly all of my work for the past twenty-five years has been for Christian ministries and Christian publishers. At one time or another, I have been involved with nearly every major ministry and faith-based publisher in America. In the last four years, I have spent more time writing than anything else. I’ve chosen to do this because I have something to say and can no longer remain quiet. My first book, Hi, My Name Is Jack, is my story—a lifelong journey of recovery from alcoholism and familial dysfunction. Part of my journey involves religious abuse, which is why I’ve written Recovery from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom. Both books will be published by Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
In addition to these two book, I’ve written In Its Season and will complete two others soon: Pushing Jesus and 365: One day at a Time.
I came to the Lord through campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Georgia in the 1960s and have never been the same since. But, I didn’t change totally overnight—not even close. In fact, some things haven’t changed much, which is just fine with me. I’m not very religious, and I can’t tolerate smug, self-righteous people.
I received an A.B. from Georgia State University in political science, my M.A. at Baylor University in Church-State Studies, and all but my dissertation for a Ph.D. at Emory University in international politics. I have published in two scholarly journals, but most of my work has been writing for others.
I’m Irish and grew up in a large Irish Catholic family in Boston. It’s why I don’t drink alcohol. As I’ve come to realize, “God invented alcohol so that Irishmen wouldn’t rule the world.” If you want to, you can read about this part of my life in Hi, My Name Is Jack. It’s an interesting story—perhaps too interesting (see below).
I love life and have lived it to the fullest, never opting for the easy way out. My life has had more than its share of difficulties, but I’ve learned and grown from each one, making me richer in character qualities like trust, self-confidence, compassion, empathy, and long suffering. I’ve earned my gray hair.
I have a great family, which has always been supportive, especially three of my kids—all of whom are grown. I’m very active in their lives; it’s who I am. I live in Atlanta and have for many years. In all I have five children—once a catholic, always a catholic—and I have nine grandchildren.