The true story of how answering an inner call to move to New York serendipitously and unsuspectingly resulted in encounters with God.
I never intended to document my pilgrimage to New York City but the cascade of media coverage about student loans and rising tuition rates throughout the country re-awakens a voice within that insists I need to share my journey to one of the busiest cities on earth. This book is a journal of how and why I left behind everything I had and knew in California to answer an inner call to relocate to New York, a journey that unfolded into the most compelling ironies.
I was never a fan of Manhattan so the move was scary and crazy but I did everything I could to uncover what could be in store for me on the other side of the country. I gave up a great job, left my family who loved me dearly, and departed from an endearing relationship so I wouldn’t be distracted from an amorphous yet imperative mission. Because of the irrational maneuver toward New York I planned and executed as rationally as possible, which was how I ended up at Columbia University.
My graduate school days in the streets of Manhattan and internships spread throughout three different organizations dramatically changed the way I thought about higher education and philanthropy. Moreover, the circumstances under which I found myself unsuspectingly staged God’s grand appearance in my life. As I returned to the San Francisco bay area in 2008 the biggest surprises awaited me throughout the ensuing years.
Prior to transplanting myself in New York I didn't know what to think of God, Jesus, or Christianity. Its elusiveness yet historical and global impacts beckoned my curiosity. The bigotries and hypocrisies reported in the news however succeeded in keeping me cautious and distant. I was a skeptic for a very long time. Little did I suspect that America's headquarters notorious for noise, action, and badness would be the place where I would personally come in contact with a source of reliable peace and joy.
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All of the above plus The Search in Kindle ebook format. Note the Kindle app will also allow you to read material on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, and Android-based devices. You will also receive an awesome personally-designed American Apparel t-shirt inspired by the collective of my experiences. This minimum pledge level will also bring your name into the Acknowledgements section of the book as a JINORMOUS thank you for being an early fan of The Search.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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Thank you note, paperback book, autographed hardback, personally-designed American Apparel t-shirt, Kindle ebook, list of favorite spots in NYC, an autographed self-portrait of me in New York taken by a Canon SLR 5D Mark II, your name/ note in the Acknowledgements section of the book, and a live 1-hour Skype 2-way video Q&A session with me. This pledge level also offers a special edition customized American Apparel t-shirt, one of eighteen uniquely hand painted by me.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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All of the extraordinary cool rewards offered above plus an additional hour of Skype video chat with me. You will also receive a list of golden tips on how to survive and thrive in Manhattan, Columbia University, and the world-renowned New York International House, including strategies I employed to gain admission into the Ivy League and the New York International House. This reward level will also provide you with a Survive and Thrive New York Native Express Kit featuring must-have items and tips to successfully navigate America's concrete jungle physically, emotionally, socially, and financially. Disclaimer: This list is solely suggestive and is based on personal experiences. Although I hope that it may help you achieve optimal results, implementing these practices won't necessarily guarantee you success. International backers please add an extra $35 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013