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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Contra Mundum Publishing (November 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963857568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963857569
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pancho is well known in his community as a local "son gone awry," only to reappear later on as a compassionate person, changed. In 1990, this new person returned to his hometown of his high school days, and decided to start a home-fellowship in a duplex home on California street.

Immediately this fellowship expanded as Pancho was disposed to reach to the down-and-outs, the outcasts, and those who were basically tired of a deep-cultured, dead-religion. Having served his country during the height of the Vietnam era, Pancho received his honorable discharge from the United States Marines Corps. Upon his military release, he immersed into a fast and dark, moral digression -- "Trying to make up for the years I missed," he would quip. Alcoholism (like his father and brother) and drugs were killing him softly.

After a personal tragedy, Pancho was altered and maimed emotionally for life. Alcoholism, chemical dependency, along with the ravishes of mental and emotional anguish compounded his newest encounter with abandonment, loneliness, and rejection:his longtime girlfriend dropped him for another man --- Jesus Christ. A year later Pancho was invited by his former girlfriend, now a Christian, Millie, to a "rock" concert. The year was 1975. The rock concert was held at Costa Mesa Calvary Chapel, a church! Although upset and angry, Pancho listened intently as he heard for the first time the clear message of Jesus Christ. Convicted and broken by such powerful truths, he walked forward to receive the Lord as his personal Lord and savior. A year later, in the very denominational church that was to become his home fellowship for four years, Pancho and Millie were married. Unable to read English properly, Pancho was asked to read scriptures one evening after his conversion during a home-bible study. Soon everyone in the group discovered the deep secret he held for many cruel years. Pancho later confessed and avowed that "If God could help him to read, he would serve Jesus forever!"

After an awakened desire to go to college, he graduated in 1980 from East Los Angeles College, majoring in Business Administration. And true to God's unfailing promises, Pancho was now a prolific reader and reading soon became his new found joy, even to the present time. It was time for Pancho to fulfill his own promise. In the fall of 1979, Pancho and Millie, expecting twins, decided to attend a local Calvary Chapel in West Covina, California, pastored by a gentleman named Raul Ries.

It was here where Pancho received most of his biblical servanthood and training. Involved in many of the church ministries for eleven years, he was asked by pastor Raul to join the echelons of church leadership. In 1989 the divine clarion call to go back to his youth hometown was received and acknowledged. Receiving the pastoral right hand of fellowship, his venture began as he returned to Montebello to start a home-fellowship.

Two years later the home-fellowship, now well over two hundred members, had moved to a larger facility, a community building aptly named Taylor Ranch, a converted barn. A short year later, the church made a bold, innovative move: Sunday morning services in the local high school auditorium. On July 12, 1992, Calvary Chapel Montebello was officially a church. Pastor Raul Ries provided the dedication message on that special day.

In July of 1995 the church made yet another daring turn. They moved to a 98,000 sq.ft. building, formerly a warehouse. By now the congregation consisted of eight hundred adults. Two years later, on August 1997, something so huge, and supernatural occurred: the building became the property of Calvary Chapel Montebello. The congregation purchased the entire property! The church is now ministering to more than 3,000 adults and 1000 children. There is always a church-activity going on each day of the week.

Pancho continues to share his straight-ahead, straight-up style of teaching. While he is still going through t

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Mukai on December 19, 2005
I had the privilege to design the cover of this book, and also the privilege to READ it. If you need a book that will take you to a place in your life when you have struggled or when you have had any ALTERATIONS, then this is the book for you. Why get a book to remind you or take you through it all over again... because it will also remind you of God's grace in your life. Through the life of Poncho Juarez, you can see that life isn't perfect and that through the good times and the bad, God can bring you through it. Through these stories, regardless of YOUR PERSONAL alterations, you will feel the love, hurt, joy, pain, happiness and most importantly God grace.

If you haven't gotten through your struggle/alterations just yet... this book is for you. So that you can begin to experience God's grace and mercy in your life. This book will take you through it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BostonEd on June 1, 2010
I have met members of the Juarez family, and this book is as real as they are. Pancho's testimony brings encouragement to anyone who is facing a trial. Financial struggles, battles with drugs and alcohol, abandonment issues, among many other topics are dealt with in An Altered Life. As an author of a young adult book series that deals with drug and alcohol abuse with a Christian message, I found An Altered Life to be a very well written and realistic testimony that anyone could relate to in some way.

Stacy Padula, Author of Montgomery Lake High #1: The Right Person
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jose Verduzco on November 24, 2005
Pastor Pancho tells it like it is. He shows special courage in sharing personal experiences of his life, that most of us would rather keep secret. I to grew up in East Los Angeles around the same time. I to listened to the same Music to hide the hurt I had inside. Coming from a dysfunctional family, there were many issues I refused to face. After high school, I also joined The Marine Corps. The Corps has been important part of my life, like Pancho's. I went to Nam and was wounded. Only later to find out I was also spirituallly wounded as well as physically. My Ghost has followed me for years. Attending CCM, and listening to Pancho and having him pray for me, has been a much needed blessing.

I also married the Love of my life. My wife Theresa has lived through the drunkeness and sin I brought to our family, but she prayed and I stayed.

She has witnessed my sobriety, to which I now have 26 years.

Pastor Pancho is a blessing to our community. I have attened CCM for years and am growing like the congregation. Pastor Pancho is a servent our God and is totally dedicated to Jesus and his Family.

Pastor, Welcome Home Marine, job well done.

The sun is shining, Jesus Loves me and I am Sober.

Joe Verduzco, sr

Mike 3/7, RVN Class of 1969
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Pancho Juarez's book is just awesome! One of the most inspiring books of a life I have ever read. I couldn't put it down! I have seen him speak in person. Everyone should read this book no matter what they are going through!
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By RetroDad on October 10, 2013
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I HAVE LISTENED TO PANCHO FOR A FEW YEARS NOW ON HIS CHURCH PODCAST'S. WAS ABLE TO SEE HIM IN PERSON AT A MEN'S RETREAT THIS YEAR. HIS TESTIMONY IS REMARKABLE AND SHOWS US WHAT GOD CAN DO FOR US IF WE LET HIM.
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