Release date: June 9, 2019
Available in e-book and paperback
Distributed by: Ingram Spark LLC
Paperback ISBN: 9780578460963
E-book ISBN: 9780578471631
Paperback dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)
Weight: .68 lbs.
Pages: 268 (18 b/w images)
E-book file size: 1.7mb
Reading time: 3-4 hours
Edited by: Michael McConnell
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Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son is a memoir born from pain. Page by page, year by year, tender father-son memories of airplane watching transform into nightmarish, turbulent family drama.
Upon the discovery that his father had been the victim of elder abuse as his health was rapidly deteriorating, the author finds himself reevaluating the decisions his father made throughout his life. With an unshakable, shocking ending, the authors’ probing dissection of a man he thought he knew reckons with disloyalty, depression, religion and death, leaving no stone unturned.
Through sharp, sometimes hilariously brash analysis, decorated in plane metaphors and imagery, the author expresses his commitment to truth with sincerity and transparency. He reaches for forgiveness, understanding and compromise in the face of absurdity and uncompromising rigidity.
Ultimately, he contemplates a different “flight path” drawn from past lessons. He encourages readers to do the same.
A must-read for sons, fathers and families. Book-club discussion guide included.
Core topics: Philosophy, family, father-son, self-discovery
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MESSAGE FROM THE AUTHOR
What started as journal entries, not intended for anyone's eyes--entries full of unfiltered language and intimate thoughts, turned into a two-year, 50,000 word count "book" with a powerful, cathartic narrative.
I listened to my environment and people around me. I kept writing. Each day, I feel freer because of my choice to write and share. The more I discuss it, the less power it has over my spirit. I did not expect the relief and even realize so much relief was possible. I have gotten to the point where I truly feel this unrecoverable loss is more healed than wounded. I understand, and physically feel, equipped to move forward because of the soulful acceptance of what has occurred.
Now that it's here--this creation "Views from the Cockpit" -- the first goal was to complete it just to put on my shelf to stare at it. My goals have changed. I have now chosen to share more and more, with hopes that it can make a positive impact on someone's life. And to see how much relief I can squeeze out for myself. I almost feel drawn to seek opportunities to be vulnerable because of the power I feel truth has. Or maybe even to start some conversations between people who are interested in that. And most importantly to keep my dad's memory alive by circulating his impact on my life.
I hope that this book gives you as much comfort as it gives me! I hope it sparks some kind of thirst in you to synthesize your physical world with your spiritual world AND to believe you are worth peaceful alignment. No matter what you see, be it storms or clear skies, you were born to fly. I truly believe "heart" and "will" will always outweigh the power of external restrictions!
This memoir is dedicated to my dad-- a U.S. marine, travel enthusiast, author and poet, giver of good vibes and a blue print of a man by any man's standards.
Dad, you will live on a page and hopefully in the hearts and minds of those that come to know you through this project and become inspired to take steps to be the best version of themselves for themselves and for people they love. Enjoy your flight on Views from the Cockpit.