Reflections of a Vagabond, Vol. 1:
The Story of My Resurrection
May 6, 2006. I walked into the Harris County Jail convinced my life was over. I was being charged with Aggravated Robbery. A crime that carries a prison sentence of five to life in Texas. And the District Attorney was leaning closer to a life sentence. Caught red-handed, I had no bargaining chips. I was entirely at the mercy of the District Attorney.
This is it, I thought to myself that day, this is where my life ends. I’ll never be anything more than a common criminal. I’m going to spend the rest of my life in this shithole. Even if the District Attorney had mercy on me, I was convinced that I was right where I belonged. The world did not need someone like me running free on the streets. I had nothing good to offer anyone. I did nothing except leave a trail of pain and suffering everywhere I went.
And my heart was full of anger and violence. I had not killed anyone yet. But I had come close more times than I could count. I had no regard for human life (including my own) and knew it was just a matter of time. There was something terribly wrong with me. After losing my child, there was a terrifying darkness inside of me that wanted to know what it felt like to take someone else’s life. Everyone was safer with me right where I was. Part of me hoped the District Attorney would never let me see the free world again.
But God… Those are possibly two of the sweetest words in this world. But God had other plans. Jesus appeared to me in a vision that night and turned my world upside down in the best way possible. Here I am twelve years later preparing to share the full breadth of this crazy story with the world. Reflections of a Vagabond, Vol. 1 will be released Sunday, May 6, 2018, on the twelve year anniversary of my resurrection.
In all honesty, I am scared to release this book. To lay the deepest parts of my soul bare for the world, and the darkest parts of my past, is terrifying. Especially in today’s world where everyone has something to say about everything and most of it is devoid of love and grace. But at the end of the day, it is not my story to tell. Our stories belong to God just as much as we do.
If it were not for God, the atonement of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, and the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit in my life; my story would have ended there that day and I would have never been anything more than a common criminal. God deserves the glory for what He has done in my life. And my story is not just about Jesus and religion. It is about life in this broken world and the heart’s cry for something better and more lasting than this mess we see around us. Wherever you are at in life right now, wherever you have been, and wherever you are going; this is a book that will tell a story that will resonate with your soul.
Personally, I like short, easy to read books. I’m sure I’m not the only one. While my story would make a good graphic novel well worth the read, I have decided to release it in three shorter volumes. I don’t know when the other two volumes will be ready. Still writing those. But Reflections of a Vagabond, Vol. 1: The Story of My Ressurection is ready and will be available for pre-order soon. If you’re not on my e-mail list, get subscribed today so you don’t miss it. All pre-orders will come with a free PDF or Ebook download of the first two chapters so you can get a sneak peak. You’re not going to want to miss the opportunity to pre-order.
Jesus loves you.