ISBN: 978-1-60264-214-0, softcover, $13.95, 248 pages; 978-1-60264-216-4, hardcover, $20.95, 212 pages
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My life was spinning out of control. A force was at work I could not understand. I was trying to put pieces together, to remember - some whisper of a memory, about my Dad, when I was young. I was broke, unable to go look for a job, down enough to think about ending my life, mystified as to why it was all happening, and then I got the call - come home, Dad is dying.
"Freedom's Just Another Word" is a memoir, set in Houston, Texas, in 1987. It is a complex narrative of a spiritual journey; a compelling and uplifting perspective on self discovery, family dynamics, the grief process, and healing.
Dan L. Hays is a gifted writer who has been pursuing his craft for more than 20 years. His passion has always been writing, but he had a writing block that he could not understand for many years. He wrote two books that publishers were interested in, but he backed away and the books were never published. Lost creativity and the effects of family alcoholism are just two of the elements of the story he explores in his first published book, "Freedom's Just Another Word", which chronicles events around the time of his father's death.It is the first of a cycle of 7 books about healing old wounds with his father. That cycle will culminate with "Nothing Left to Lose," written in 1993, about a critical turning point in his father's life, depicted from a perspective of forgiveness and admiration.