John Michael

Book Review: Loser Makes Good by Greg Gerding

John Michael reviews Loser Makes Good by Greg Gerding. (University of Hell Press)   I met Greg Gerding at a hipster coffee shop in Portland, Oregon. I was living on the streets at the time and was finding some songs and stories out there. Greg, as Editor ... Read the full article
John Michael

Hello, good people. I am rarely sure how to describe myself. If I say I am a Christian, many things may arise in your mind that ain't necessarily so. I was homeless for seven years and learned more about myself in that stretch of time than in any other segment of my life. I read the Bible a lot out there and came across a passage in Proverbs that has shaped my approach to life: "A man's pursuit is his kindness." I am well educated with a Master of Social Work degree and have worked a wide variety of jobs in my 52 years. None have lasted too long however. When I was homeless, the beauty of Texas wildflowers made me decide to want to live again. Along with kindness, beauty, play, and self-expression are life-guiding ideas. My shadow contains things like feeling sorry for myself, a truckload of defiance, a desperate need to please women, and no small amount of cruelty. A quote from Luke also has had a lasting effect on me: "For God is kind to the ungrateful and the evil." When I read that I thought, "Hell, I have got a fighting chance." I am here to tell you, you have a fighting chance as well. Besides Christianity, practicing Buddhist and Shamanic techniques inform my relationship to God and the world.

Book Review: The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore

Joseph Edwin Haeger reviews The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage by Jared Yates Sexton. (Counterpoint)

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