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I Had to Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard's Fall Hardcover – June 5, 2007
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However, Mike Jones reveals a lot of courage in what he writes about in this book. From being bullied by his older brother, which prompts him into taking weightlifting classes in high school, to the time when he first realized he could make money from his hard physique, it's hard not to root for the guy. Though he writes a little too much about all the tears he shed over the years, it is nice to know that beneath that rock hard exterior lies a true and sensitive soul. It reveals something about our society in which married men in high positions (pro-sports, business, the clergy, and political office) are willing to part with $200 an hour to be authentic with him in ways they can't be with their wives or girlfriends.
It's a good read, heartwarming, and an inspiration, even. We should all be happy and grateful for what he has done, to expose hypocrisy of the worst type: religious piousness. Jesus would be very proud of this man!
I have to confess that I bought Mike Jones's memoir expecting a fun, tawdry read. I was surprised by his depth of insight and articulateness, although I almost drowned in the tsunami of tears he sheds in the text, which is literally, as they used to call maudlin movies, a hankie-soaker.
"I Had to Say Something" was so absorbing it deserves the cliches "I couldn't put it down" and "a real page-turner."
Shameless self-promotion: As someone who literally wrote the book on gays and methamphetamine, "Tweakers: How Crystal Meth Is Ravaging Gay America" (Alyson, 2005), I offer a possible explanation for Haggard's continuing inexplicable behavior, like reviewing Jones's book on Amazon. Crystal makes you do crazy things.
A sad postscript to Mike and Ted's Excellent Misadventure: While researching two books I wrote about substance abuse, I interviewed Dr. Thomas Newton, the former head of UCLA's Substance Abuse Inpatient Services at the university's Neuropsychiatric Institute. Professor Newton told me, "Once somebody gets into crystal, they're just going to go down the toilet," an accurate description of where Haggard and his ministry ended up.
Worse, other addictionologists told me that methamphetamine is even more addictive than heroin. Like all addictions, crystal use is a progressive disease, which means it only gets worse and doesn't improve or remit spontaneously. Only professional treatment or self-help groups, optimally both, will force the disease into remission and turn it into chronic but treatable condition.Read more ›
But a couple of pages into the narrative I immediately knew that Mike Jones was a kind, sensitive soul who would never intentionally hurt anyone.
As I continued to read, the depth of his personality shone through with such conviction. He never skirted around any issue and it is clearly evident to me that Mike was himself a victim of not only hypocrisy but of men who choose to use men like himself for their own pleasure without thinking of the consequences.
He makes you empathize with himself and with Pastor Haggard (who I pray has come to terms with himself for his sake as well as the sake of his family....especially his five children).
Mike Jones bares his emotions so vividly that any misconception I had about him were resolved. The narrative about his dealing with his mother's illness and death is particularly compelling and poignant. I may not agree with what he chose to do in his life to make a living but that's not for me to judge. That is between him and God. All I can say is that in recounting his experience he demonstrates that we are all hippocrites to some extent or another. We are all sinners. None of us will get out of this life unscathed. He made me appreciate the gifts that we all have to offer to one another and to make the most out of what has been given to us and never to take anything for granted.
I hope and pray that Mike Jones has found happiness and rebuilt his life and I applaud him for the courage it took to tell his story. God Bless him because there but for the grace of God go I.....
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This book is a bit of a mixed bag, since Mr. Jones fills in some of his history as a backstory, but his picture of Ted Haggard is well drawn, if explicit. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Frank McEvoy
Yet another "book" with a "gay" theme to make everyone want to read it and at the end you realize you shouldn't have wasted the time, like I am now doing while... Read morePublished 11 months ago by C. Hackman
I live in Colorado and watched as the events described in this book transpired. It was a wonderful thing to see truth triumph over hypocrisy and I really applauded Jones' actions. Read morePublished 16 months ago by peacefeline
This is a "can't put down" book that is so well written and filled with amazing stories that in the end it leaves you wanting more. Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by Mediaman
I appreciate this man coming forth with his story. He could have looked the other way considering his relationship to Ted Haggard, but he took the brave honest road. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Reginald S. Williams
I am incredibly grateful to Mike Jones and people like him - whistleblowers - who protect us from unspeakable disasters of religious hypocrisy as evidenced by a growing avalanche... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by True Justice