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Once Upon a Time a Boy Lived on Lake Minnetonka

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Once Upon a Time a Boy Lived on Lake Minnetonka by Harry Eiss
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Eddie is supposed to be asleep when the minister arrives. Instead, he listens from the crack of the bedroom door: "Dear God, we beseech you to let this man die quickly." At age ten, Eddie's happy life on Lake Minnetonka is shattered when his dad dies from cancer. Without health or life insurance, the family falls into poverty. Relatives and friends tell him he needs to be the man of the family. It's more than he can handle. He has an emotional breakdown. Nobody notices. These are the memoirs of Eddie's search for meaning in a world gone wrong. His struggles with God and search to understand the value of life leave him with questions no adult can answer. If a good man can be randomly forced to suffer and die, and his mother thrown into a dark, depressing life without hope, how can he justify the God of his faith? Why should he strive to be spiritually and ethically good? Eddie's fall from innocence and search for answers take him beyond this world and into those without literal existence - nightmarish worlds with people who better understand him and his plight - Mr. Orange, Mrs. Blood and Mr. Bones, Mr. Balloonman, Dark Shadow, the Mad Hatter and others. Can he survive in this world? As he becomes friends with these "people," can he find the meaning he seeks?

Author Biography

Dr. Harry Eiss is a Full Professor at Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches World Mythology, Literature and Creative Writing. He has spent his life in a search for meaning and value -- an interdisciplinary exploration of neurology, psychology, theology, philosophy and all of the arts and humanities. This has led to his theory of Metaesthetics, an application of the cutting edges of these disciplines to how humans think and comprehend existence. His publications include Divine Madness, Insanity and Genius, Seeking God in the Works of T. S. Eliot and Michelangelo, The Mythology of Dance, The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke, and Christ of the Coal Yards for Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He has been a featured Humanist for the United States National Endowment for the Humanities and has taught at several colleges and universities, including the University of North Dakota, Northern Montana College, Minnesota State University and Pacifica, and has received international attention for his pedagogy and publications.
Release date Australia
July 2nd, 2018
Illustrations, color
White Wolf Publishing
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