my second life

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I had my first brush with the cliff-face edge of death when I was 12. My dad drove the family down the dangerous Skippers Canyon dirt road in New Zealand in a rented minivan.

Since then, give or take a few times that I no longer care to remember, there have been at least a half dozen occasions when I have been within a moment’s inattention of being killed.

However, none of those incidents compare to the living death I experienced after my son was abducted.

This memoir is the story of how I used the tragic, painful, and heartbreaking experiences of my life to give me strength to forge on during a 13-year fight to be a father to my son.

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There are no words to describe the frustrations and heartbreak of having scores of people and institutions work so hard to deny a child his inalienable right to see his father. If it was not so common for evil to take over people’s hearts in their first life, then this story could never have been written.

We all have two lives. However, we only start the second, on the day we realize that we only have one.

Even within our first life, there are two distinct sides. The one we are proud of and allow other people to see, and the side that we keep hidden. The side plagued by loneliness, self-doubt, and regret.

So, what does it take to get to a second life?
It is on the other side of fear.
And this memoir shows that the most terrifying risks to the liberty and happiness of our first life, often hide in plain sight.

The compelling true story of one loving father and the two sides of his first life, then his desperate but inspiring transition from his first life into his second.

What did it take for him to get there?

It took him being absolutely terrified.

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